Singapore-Hong Kong vacation bubble: Added COVID-19 take a look at for travellers from Hong Kong, flights to go forward on Sunday

SINGAPORE: Travellers arriving in Singapore beneath the Singapore-Hong Kong air journey bubble will now be required to take a COVID-19 examination at Changi Airport, an additional measure following a surge of coronavirus conditions in Hong Kong. 

The launch of the air journey bubble will go forward as prepared, explained the Civil Aviation Authority of Singapore (CAAS) in a media launch on Saturday (Nov 21). The first designated flights will acquire off and land in the two towns as scheduled on Sunday. 

The added necessity of a polymerase chain response (PCR) examination is a “precautionary measure presented the increase of COVID-19 conditions in Hong Kong more than the previous couple days, and is furnished for less than the Singapore-Hong Kong ATB (air travel bubble) settlement”, mentioned CAAS.

“Far more conditions are expected in Hong Kong in excess of the next few times owing to the emergence of new clusters. The Singapore and Hong Kong wellbeing authorities are in close contact and monitoring the condition.”

Beneath the conditions of the vacation bubble, the arrangement would be suspended if the 7-working day shifting average of unlinked conditions exceeds five per day.

That determine for Hong Kong is at present 2.14, reported CAAS. 

“The threshold will be exceeded if there are a lot more than 22 unlinked situations in Hong Kong more than the subsequent 3 times. This will set off a two-day recognize interval, right after which suspension will arrive into outcome.

“Prevailing border actions – a seven-day SHN (keep-dwelling notice) in the situation of travellers from Hong Kong – will then use upon entry into Singapore.”

The aviation authority extra: “Hong Kong has a extensive community health and fitness surveillance process and the in general incidence charge is nonetheless very low.”

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For travellers arriving from Hong Kong beneath the journey bubble, the COVID-19 PCR take a look at will cost S$196. This will be waived for the initially 7 days (Nov 22 to Nov 28), claimed CAAS, to give travellers “time to change”.

After the test at Changi Airport, travellers are expected to self-isolate in their place of home or a specified lodge, whilst waiting for the outcomes, which will consider about six to 8 hrs. Travellers should consider non-public transportation, taxi or personal-employ the service of car or truck from the airport to their declared put of accommodation, claimed CAAS.

Ahead of Sunday’s start of the vacation bubble, CAAS also encouraged to individuals travelling to Hong Kong to “remain vigilant, work out precaution by staying away from crowded spots and to adhere to Hong Kong’s prevailing general public wellbeing measures at all occasions”.

“They are advised to make contingency strategies, for the reason that must the (air vacation bubble) be suspended, they may possibly have to adjust their flights, and will have to undergo seven-working day SHN upon return,” claimed CAAS.

NO QUARANTINE, Continue to be-Property Discover

Less than the journey bubble, travellers will not be issue to quarantine or stay-home observe.

They have to take COVID-19 checks and focused flights, but there are no limitations on the function of vacation and no prerequisite for a managed itinerary.

Singapore on Friday noted four new COVID-19 scenarios, all of which have been imported. No locally transmitted scenarios had been noted for the 10th consecutive day. The country’s tally of COVID-19 bacterial infections stands at 58,143, with 28 fatalities.

Hong Kong claimed 26 new COVID-19 scenarios on Friday, with the city’s prime overall health official describing the scenario as “serious”.

“I would attraction to persons to halt all needless gathering things to do because the condition is significant now in Hong Kong,” Secretary for Meals and Wellbeing Sophia Chan reported.

Hong Kong has “almost certainly entered into a new wave of circumstances”, she said.

In-particular person courses for lower key college pupils on the island have been suspended.

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Before in November, Mr Ong stated that the requirements for the air journey bubble were not intended to be “totally symmetrical”.

Initially, both of those metropolitan areas had agreed to the want for pre-departure COVID-19 PCR exams as a prerequisite for vacation, but only travellers from Singapore to Hong Kong have been demanded to just take an additional examination upon arrival at Hong Kong Intercontinental Airport. 

That will now transform with the new prerequisite introduced on Saturday.

Singapore also excludes young children aged 12 and under from acquiring to acquire the PCR test, even though Hong Kong demands all travellers to be tested.

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