Singapore, Hong Kong Pause Air Travel Bubble Talks

Singapore and Hong Kong are putting talks of a possible air-travel bubble on hold until at least late August, citing concerns of a rise in Covid-19 cases and new containment measures in Singapore.

Officials from both sides jointly agreed to resume talks on the travel corridor “only when the Covid-19 situation allows,” Singapore’s Ministry of Transport said in a statement Tuesday. Officials will take stock of the talks in late August, it added.

The decision comes after Singapore announced Tuesday that it would introduce new social-distancing measures in the wake of rising numbers of virus cases in the city-state. The new rules, which include limiting social gatherings and interactions to two people, are set to run through Aug. 18.

The region’s premier financial hubs have discussed the possibility of opening a travel corridor for months. In November, a spike of Covid-19 cases in Hong Kong saw officials call off a quarantine-free travel plan a day before it was set to start. In May, a surge in Singapore canceled fresh plans.

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