Cathay Pacific and Singapore Airlines Defer Travel Bubble Flights

The flag carriers of Hong Kong and Singapore will not be operating quarantine-free services this month.

A Cathay Pacific Boeing 777-300ER aircraft overflying Hong Kong. (Photo: Cathay Pacific)

With Hong Kong now battling a fourth wave of Covid-19 infection—with a daily average of unlinked community cases well over the threshold agreed between Singapore and the territory to allow quarantine-free travel—the Air Travel Bubble has been postponed until January at the earliest. The special arrangement will be reviewed toward the end of this month, with a new launch date announced by both governments at an appropriate time.

In a statement, Singapore Airlines said that all its scheduled flights between Singapore and Hong Kong until December 31, 2020 will be operated as regular, non-Air Travel Bubble flights. The same applies for Cathay Pacific services on the route. This means that passengers must meet the prevailing entry requirements of each jurisdiction and be subject to mandatory self-isolation upon arrival.

Short-term visitors traveling for leisure are currently barred from both cities. Those arriving in Hong Kong from the Lion City must quarantine for two weeks in a hotel at their own expense, while Singapore allows residents and citizens returning from Hong Kong to serve a shortened seven-day stay-home notice at their place of residence. Affected travelers who bought tickets directly from SIA can use the airline’s assistance request form to rebook their flights without a fee or request a full refund at no extra charge. Cathay Pacific is offering the same flexibility to its customers with free and unlimited changes to bookings, so long as travel is completed within a year of the ticket’s original date of issue.

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