Destinations2020's out of the window for the Hong Kong-Singapore travel bubble launch.

Pop goes the bubble – again

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Both Singapore and Hong Kong authorities remain in close discussion, and the new date for resumption will be reviewed again later this month.
Both Singapore and Hong Kong authorities remain in close discussion, and the new date for resumption will be reviewed again later this month. Photo Credit: Getty Images/joyt, Chunyip Wong

A fourth wave of Covid-19 cases in Hong Kong has further deferred the launch of the travel bubble with Singapore to 2021, according to Singapore's aviation authority.

This marks the second delay, after the bubble's original 22 November launch was first pushed back just a day before flights would commence.

In an official statement by Civil Aviation Authority of Singapore (CAAS), the Singapore – Hong Kong Air Travel Bubble (ATB) will be deferred "beyond December 2020". Both authorities remain in close discussion, and the new date for resumption will be reviewed again later this month.

The CAAS has also advised passengers to contact their respective airlines regarding their travel plans.

Hong Kong chief executive Carrie Lam has urged residents to stay at home as the city enters into what could be their worst Covid-19 wave to date.

"The next two weeks will be critical so unless necessary, I hope residents can stay at home, especially the elderly. People should avoid social gatherings even if at home," Lam said at her weekly press conference on 1 December.

Hong Kong Tourism Board (HKTB) has also revoked exemptions on group gathering restrictions for local tours, effective immediately. Remaining tours will resume when the situation stabalises locally. Travel agencies will be contacting participants who have already signed up for HKTB’s Free Tours Programme, or they can choose to opt out and have their deposits returned.

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