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Planning a Singapore visit? Here’s how the travel bubble works

A step-by-step guide on everything travellers from Hong Kong need to know 

The Hong Kong-Singapore Air Travel Bubble allows for quarantine-free travel between the two cities. We’ve created this guide to help you through the process, with everything you need to know about eligibility, flights and testing. 

Visit the Hong Kong Tourism Commission website for the most up-to-date official information.

Flying to Singapore

1.    Ensure you’re eligible 

To be eligible for quarantine-free travel in the Air Travel Bubble, you must have no travel history to any place other than Singapore or Hong Kong in the last 14 days prior to departure from Hong Kong.

You’ll also need a negative COVID-19 polymerase chain reaction (PCR) test result, with the sample taken within 72 hours before departure. 

Read more about eligibility here.

2.    Book a bubble flight

You must travel on designated Air Travel Bubble flights (flights CX759 and CX734) to Singapore.  To book, simply visit cathaypacific.com and search for flights to Singapore. You’ll see bubble flights marked as ‘Travel Bubble’. 

Travel bubble flights currently run until 31 December 2020. However, we'll continue to reserve CX759 and CX734 for bubble passengers after this date. These two flights will be formally designated as bubble flights once we obtain government approval. 

3.    Take a COVID-19 test within 72 hours of your departure from Hong Kong 

You need to take a COVID-19 test, with the sample taken within 72 hours before your scheduled departure from Hong Kong. This test:

  • Must be a COVID-19 polymerase chain reaction (PCR) test, taken at a testing institution in Hong Kong recognised by the Hong Kong government
  • Must state that the test result is negative
  • Must be in English, and must state your date of birth (or age), your passport number (or HKID number), and your name exactly as it appears on your valid travel document.

Children aged 12 years or younger do not need to take a COVID-19 PCR test. 

The Hong Kong government offers testing at their Community Testing CentresOpen a new window. Alternatively, check this pageOpen a new window for other recognised institutions that offer testing. Costs per person usually range from a few hundred to 2,000 HKD.

4.    Get all your Singapore entry requirements ready

If you’re not a Singapore citizen, permanent resident or Long-Term Pass holder, you need to apply for an Air Travel PassOpen a new window in order to enter the country. This must be done between 7 and 30 calendar days before your arrival date. If you plan to arrive in Singapore on or after 22 November 2020, you can start applying for your Air Travel Pass from 12 November 8am onwards. 

You also need to submit your health, travel history and accommodation declarations online via the SG Arrival Card e-serviceOpen a new window no earlier than three days prior to your arrival in Singapore. 

Finally, if you're a foreign visitor to Singapore, download the TraceTogether appOpen a new window to your mobile device, register your details, and activate the app before you land in Singapore. You'll have to keep the app running throughout your stay there. The app should stay on your phone 14 days after you depart Singapore. Children aged 12 and under, and those unable to use a mobile device due to a certified disability/special need, are exempt. 

Note: If you're a Singapore Long-Term Pass holder, you and your dependents must obtain the the Singapore Ministry of Manpower's entry approval to enter the country.

HKIA airport

5.    At Hong Kong International Airport

At check-in, you need to present your:

  • Flight itinerary. The ticket must be for a designated Air Travel Bubble flight
  • Passport (and a valid visa, for passport holders needing visas)
  • Negative COVID-19 PCR test result from a recognised testing institution within 72 hours before the scheduled flight departure time
  • Valid Air Travel Pass approval letter (electronic or physical copy) for the specified period of entry into Singapore
  • Mobile device with Singapore’s TraceTogether app downloaded and registered (if you're a foreign visitor to Singapore)
  • Approval letter of entry, issued by the Singapore government (for Long-Term Pass holders)

You’re also required to submit a health declaration electronically via the SG Arrival Card e-service if you’re not a Singapore citizen, permanent resident or Long-Term Pass holder.

Finally, we’ll ask you to sign a declaration form to confirm that you meet all the requirements of the Air Travel Bubble, and that you have all supporting documentation with you.

6.   Arriving at Singapore Changi Airport

If you’re not a Singapore citizen, permanent resident or Long Term Pass holder, you need to present your:

  • Passport and a valid visa (if required)
  • Negative COVID-19 PCR test result
  • Valid Air Travel Pass approval letter
  • Mobile device, with Singapore’s TraceTogether app downloaded and registered (if you're a foreign visitor to Singapore)

If you’re a Singapore citizen, permanent resident or Long Term Pass holder, you need to present your:

  • Passport
  • Negative COVID-19 test result
  • Approval letter of entry, issued by the Singapore Government (for Long-Term Pass holders)

You will need to take a COVID-19 PCR test at Singapore Changi Airport upon landing. This is an added measure, following the recent surge in COVID-19 cases in Hong Kong. For details, please view this Singapore government notice.  

Please follow the airport staff’s instructions for the arrival test.  This test is free of charge for all travellers from 22 to 28 November, but will cost SGD196 per person after 28 November. ​

After taking the test, you must self-isolate at your individual residence or at a designated hotel whilst you wait for your test results. The wait will be around 6 to 8 hours. Please do not leave your self-isolation location during this time – random calls will be made to bubble passengers to ensure compliance.

You should take private transportation (such as taxi or a Grab ride) to your self-isolation location. Please do not take public transport. 

Returning to Hong Kong

Singapore

1.    Determine if you need another COVID-19 test

If your return flight to Hong Kong is scheduled to depart within 72 hours of when you provided the test specimen for your first COVID-19 test in Hong Kong, and the test results were negative, you won’t need to get tested again in Singapore.

Staying longer? Then you’ll have to take a COVID-19 PCR test at a clinic or testing centre designated by the Singapore government within 72 hours of your scheduled departure.

If you plan to take your COVID-19 PCR test before 4 December 2020, you need to apply here for approval to take your test at least 7 days before you depart. 

Singapore

2. Book and pay for your post-arrival COVID-19 test before you fly

You will need to take a COVID-19 PCR test when you arrive at the Hong Kong airport. 

This test must be arranged, booked and paid for before your departure from Singapore. You can book this test with Prenetics, a Hong Kong-based testing company.

Once you’ve booked and paid for the test, you’ll receive a QR code confirming your booking. 

Singapore

3. Complete your online health declaration before you fly

​Upon arrival in Hong Kong, you must provide the Hong Kong Government health declaration form for entry. You’ll need your seat number to fill in the form.

To make the process smoother, please check in online to get your seat number; then complete the health declaration formOpen a new window online. Both are available within 48 hours before your scheduled departure from Singapore.

After you submit the form, you will receive a QR code.

Singapore

4. At Singapore Changi Airport

At check-in, you need to present your:

  • Flight itinerary. The ticket must be for a designated Air Travel Bubble flight
  • Passport, HKID, and a valid visa (for passport holders needing visas)
  • Negative COVID-19 PCR test result, with the sample taken within 72 hours of departure. This test result must be in English or Chinese, and must state your name exactly as it appears on your travel document
  • Valid QR code showing you’ve booked and paid for your on-arrival COVID-19 test in Hong Kong
  • Valid QR code showing your electronic Hong Kong government health declaration
Singapore

5. During your flight to Hong Kong

Remember not to eat or drink in the 30 minutes just before landing in order to take your arrival COVID-19 test.

Singapore

6. Getting tested when you arrive

There will be a dedicated path at HKIA for travel bubble passengers. Follow the signs, which will lead you through the arrivals procedure. You will need to:

  • Present your electronic health declaration
  • Present your QR code for your arrival COVID-19 test
  • Present your passport for registration and receive a specimen bag
  • Take a sample for your COVID-19 test and place it at the collection point
  • Proceed through immigration
  • Wait for your test result in the designated area at the baggage claim hall. This will take around four hours
  • Once you receive your negative test result via SMS or email, you can claim your baggage and leave the airport

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