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Hong Kong International Airport - which is the main airport in Hong Kong - is located on the island of Chek Lap Kok. 

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Hong Kong International Airport - which is the main airport in Hong Kong - is located on the island of Chek Lap Kok. 

Address

Airport Authority Hong Kong, HKIA Tower, 1 Sky Plaza Road, Hong Kong International Airport, Lantau, Hong Kong

Phone

+852 2181 8888

Terminals

Hong Kong International Airport owns one of the world's largest passenger terminal buildings and the airport’s main terminal offers the highest standards of service and facilities to travelers to relax after a journey. Procedures at the terminal center are fast and efficient. The terminal is multifunctional and modern. 

Prayer Facilities

Designated prayer rooms and mosque facilities are available at the Hong Kong International Airport. 

Halal Food

Although few in number, sufficient Halal-friendly food courts are available at Hong Kong International Airport, giving passengers several options such as restaurants, cafes and fast-food outlets. The airport also has vegetarian food courts for Muslim passengers. Muslim travellers could enquire about the availability of Halal food prior to dining, when in doubt.

Transport

Numerous transport options are available around the Hong Kong International Airport at affordable prices. Travelers can easily get into a bus or pick-up a car or taxi which can be taken from the area. Taxis are a popular - and also cheap - method of transport. 

Shopping

There are plenty of duty-free shops at Hong Kong International Airport to buy goods. Passengers may purchase the best perfumes and cosmetics, chocolates, bags, fashion items, sweets, eyeglasses, sun glasses and soft toys. There are varieties of shops including superstores, gift and crafts shops as well as clothing shops.
 

Amenities

Plenty of modern facilities are available within the Hong Kong International Airport including banking facilities, internet access, public telephones, cafes, restaurants, duty-free outlets, pharmacies, first aid services, dentists, conference rooms, multi-purpose meeting and event centre, wheelchair services, staff assistance, ATMs, luggage facilities and post offices. There are enough places to entertain as well. 

  • South Korea's Seafood Paradise: Things to see and do around Jagalchi Market in Busan

    Approximately 4 hours ride from Seoul, you can reach the city of Busan. Being the second most populous city in Korea, there are so many things to see and do around Busan. Busan may or may not be in your itinerary when you are traveling to Korea. But if you happened to be there or finding a reason to visit Busan, then check out Jagalchi Market. There is more to it than just being a seafood market. And we are here to break it down for you.   Where is the Jagalchi Market? Image Credit: DO KIBOCK on Unsplash As mentioned earlier, Jalgalchi Market is located in Busan. Tucked in between two train stations, Nampo and Jagalchi Stations, it is only 5 minutes walk from either station. Nampo Station is just 2 stations away from Busan Station, thus making it accessible to get from Seoul via the Korea Train Express (KTX).   What is the Jagalchi Market? Image Credit: Daniel Bernard on Unsplash Being accessible to public transports makes Jagalchi Market a recommended place to visit when in Busan. It is the largest and oldest seafood market in South Korea, with huge varieties of fresh edible sea creatures. Apart from living seafood, you can also find dried ones. Jagalchi Market is notable for its five-story building. The outdoor section already gives you a glimpse of seafood available. The ground floor of the building is no different. Most people will purchase their seafood here and head one level up to get them prepared and cooked at any one of the restaurants. As Jagalchi Market is also located just a few walks away from Nampo-Dong Shopping District, your trip here will be worthwhile and fulfilling!   What to do and see around Jagalchi Market? Image Credit: Daniel Bernard on Unsplash Heading down to Jagalchi Market wouldn't limit yourself to only the seafood market itself. Some said that if you happened to visit Jagalchi Market, you would be able to experience what Nampo-Dong has to offer you. 1. (See)Food! Image Credit: Photo by Markus Winkler on Unsplash It is a waste to leave Jagalchi Market without trying any of the fresh seafood. It is a heaven for all seafood lovers. You can shop for any kind of seafood available at the ground level and bring them up to any restaurants on the second floor. The downside is that there are no Halal eateries available here. Please dine at your own discretion, ensuring that the dishes are not prepared with alcohol despite alcohol being served at premises.If Jagalchi Market happens to be the last location for the day, how about bringing the seafood haul home and savor it in your accommodation? Provided you have proper storage for it, I'm sure you can still enjoy them! Also, a plus point if your accommodation has a basic necessity for cooking your own meal.   2. Enjoy the Panoramic View around Jagalchi Market from the Observatory Deck Who would have thought that a seafood market would have an observatory deck? Located on the rooftop of the Jagalchi Market, the observatory deck, also known as the sky terrace, is free! All you need to do is to take the elevator to the top level and climb up the stairs. Enjoy the panoramic view of Nampo port and also, you can spot Busan Tower from the sky terrace.   3. Get Starstruck at BIFF Square Image Credit: Ryan Bodenstein, CC BY 2.0, via Wikimedia Commons If you happened to alight at Jagalchi Station and take exit 7, you would be able to see BIFF Square. BIFF is short for Busan International Film Festival and you may have guessed it right. Similar to Hong Kong's Avenue of Stars and Hollywood's Walk of Fame, BIFF Square housed the handprints of famous celebrities. It is also the main venue for the BIFF event. This street has transformed from just 2 movie theaters to a shopping complex and leisure facilities.BIFF Square is also famous for its street food. As there is no known Halal street food available here, we wouldn't leave you starving from all the walking and exploring. There is an Indonesian restaurant called Bakso Bejo, and it is Muslim-Owned! If you have yet to settle your meal throughout the trip, you can savor on their Bakso and Nasi Goreng.Address: 4, Nampo-gil, Jung-gu, Busan   4. Stroll down Yongdusan Park Image Credit: Mobius6, CC BY-SA 4.0, via Wikimedia Commons "Yongdu" in English means Dragon's head, and Yongdusan mountain is named as such to protect the area from foreign sea invaders. It is one of the three famous mountains in Busan. Every nook of this park is picturesque, not only because of the symbolic Busan Tower. You can also find the statue of the Great Admiral Yi Sun-Sin, Bell of the Citizens, Dragon sculpture, and Flower Clock.Address: 37-55, Yongdusan-gil, Jung-gu, Busan   5. Shop till you drop at Gwangbokro Fashion Street As the name suggested, Gwangbokro Fashion Street is Busan's Myeong-Dong. It is easy to spot Gwangbokro Fashion Street from the entrance of Yongdusan Park. Stroll down its beautifully decorated streets and find clothing items and cosmetics, from bargained products to renowned brands. So, fill up your shopping bag and bring home some momento from Busan!Shops at Gwangbokro Fashion Street close until late at night so you would have the luxury of your time to stroll around and find things that you fancy. And if you happened to get hungry from all the walkings, head down to Warung Jaya Mba Tia, another Indonesian restaurant in the area. You will definitely get energized to continue your day!Address: 72-1, Gwangbok-dong, Jung-gu, Busan   6. All sorts of activities await you in the Lotte Department Store Image Credit: Photo by Walter Cheung on Unsplash You would be familiar with the Lotte Department Store when in Korea. Ranging from local brands to international luxury brands, you can find them all in the Lotte Department Store. But Lotte Department Store is not just limited to shopping. If the Myeong-Dong Branch has Star Avenue, the Gwangbok Branch has plenty to see too! Your trip to the Lotte Department Store wouldn't be a wasted trip!Not only the Gwangbokro Fashion Street caters to youth fashion, but the Gwangbok Branch is also the largest youth-oriented shopping complex. Being the first seaside department store in Korea, the surrounding scenery is stunning. Enjoy the view of the entire city of Busan from the Rooftop garden, which seems to be the largest in Korea too! If you happen to be here at the right time, you may be able to witness the lifting of Yeongdo-daegyo (bridge), allowing ships to pass between the south and north ports. You can also watch the World's largest musical fountain in the mall, as recorded in the Guinness World Records.   7. Explore the winding alleys of Gamcheon Cultural Village Image Credit: Valentin on Unsplash Just about 15 minutes bus ride from Jagalchi Market lies Gamcheon Cultural Village. Known as the Machu Picchu of Busan and the Santorini of South Korea, the Gamcheon Cultural Village is a neighborhood of colorful houses and quirky artworks. Either you are doing it for the 'gram or just appreciating the beauty, you will love every single photo spots in Gamcheon Cultural Village. It is also homed to cafes and small museums. The only thing you might need to brace for is the crowd. Also, as this is a residential area, do be respectful when visiting and exploring the area.Address: 203, Gamnae 2-ro, Saha-gu, Busan   Jagalchi Market is open every day, from 8 am to 5 pm. If you want to experience the daily and local life of the vendors, you can head down by 5 am or 6 am to watch them set up the stalls. Address: 52 Jagalchihaean-ro, Nampo-dong, Jung-gu, Busan...

  • Travel News Wrap: 12 October Week

    Malaysia's Conditional Movement Control Order (CMCO) Image Credit: Ishan @seefromthesky on Unsplash Arguably one of the biggest news this week has to be the implementation of the CMCO or Conditional Movement Control Order in Malaysia. After experiencing an upsurge of Coronavirus (COVID-19) cases, Malaysia has decided to curb the new wave with the implementation of this CMCO. Similar to the past CMCO, this CMCO will limit the movement of the residents in the affected states. The CMCO is in effect for the federal territories of Kuala Lumpur, Putrajaya, and Selangor state. It began earlier this week on Wednesday, 14 October, and is currently set to last till 27 October this year. Under the CMCO most industries can continue their operations under the condition that they practice the health precautions in place. Meanwhile, schools and places of worship have been closed along with the ban on sporting events in the country.  This decision might have been influenced by the interstate travel ban enforced in Sabah last week, which was also due to the rising number of COVID-19 cases there. Together, the CMCO is said to affect around 11 million or 30% of the country’s population. For more information on the CMCO and travel advisories, please check with the respective authorities.   Hong Kong and Singapore Travel Bubble Image Credit: Dan Freeman on Unsplash Announced on Thursday, 15 October, Hong Kong, and Singapore has decided to set up a travel bubble between the two cities. With the low incidence of COVID-19 cases in the two cities, the decision was made in order to re-establish overseas travel and lift complications such as quarantine or stay-home notices for visiting travelers. In this new travel bubble, there will be no travel purpose restrictions and controlled itinerary but, travelers will still need to test negative on the COVID-19 test and travel on dedicated flights for those traveling under this new bubble.  Currently, there are no set dates for the launch of this new travel bubble. The launch date and implementation details will be announced in due course, according to the ministry.   New Zealand and Australia Travel Bubble Started Today (Trans-Tasman) Image Credit: John Kappa ツ on Unsplash Some more welcoming news in the travel world. Today, 16 October, the Trans-Tasman travel bubble is in effect. This travel bubble between New Zealand and Australia, with the first passengers arriving in Sydney, Australia earlier today.  The travelers arriving in Australia from New Zealand are not required to quarantine themselves upon arrival. This is in line with Australia’s tentative reopening to international tourism. However, the arrangement is not reciprocal between the two countries. Travelers from Australia traveling to New Zealand will still be required to undergo the 14-day quarantine amongst other requirements. Travelers from the no-quarantine flights might still need to be quarantined depending on the Australian state or territory they are planning to enter. Please refer to the respective authorities for more details on the travel advisories and safety measures in place.   Reciprocal Green Lane between Singapore and Indonesia are in the works Image Credit:Swapnil Bapat on Unsplash The prospect of traveling between Singapore and Indonesia looks to be promising. Similar to the other reciprocal green lanes between Singapore and some other countries which are already in effect, Indonesia looks to be the next addition to that list. Indonesia and Singapore have agreed on implementing a reciprocal green lane which will allow for essential business and official travel between the two countries. Applications for travel under this reciprocal green lane will begin on 26 Oct. The application is only open for Singapore and Indonesian residents as well as permanent residents of the two countries. The requirements are similar to the other reciprocal green lane arrangements with the need for sponsors for travel, SafeTravel Pass / Visas, Pre-departure and Post-arrival COVID-19 tests. Points of entry and exits have also been designated. For air travel, Changi Airport and Jakarta’s Soekarno-Hatta International Airport has been designated. For Sea Travel, Tanah Merah Ferry Terminal and Batam Centre Ferry Terminal has been chosen as the points of entry and exit. This point of entry and exit is a measure to reduce the possibility of infectious patients slipping into the communities. To read more about the Reciprocal Green Lane Arrangements, check out our blog “Everything you need to know about Singapore's Green Lanes Travel Arrangement". Please refer to the respective authorities for more details on the travel advisories and safety measures in place....

  • Travel News Wrap: 5 October Week

    We are back with more travel news to update you on the things that are happening in the travel world. There has been quite a number of developments around the world this week.   Qatar Airways Offering Free Tickets for Teachers in 2021 Image Credit: Jan Rosolino on Unsplash Qatar Airways shocked everybody when they announced that they will be giving away complimentary Economy Class return tickets to any destination operated by the airliner. The giveaway opened on World Teacher’s Day, 5 October, and closed yesterday, 8 October at 03:59 (Doha time). The tickets will be valid for travel until 30 September 2021. There are over 21,000 complimentary tickets up for the giveaway and it was open for teaching professionals from over 75 countries, which concurrently are places where Qatar Airways currently operates at. The giveaway was allocated and staggered over the countries and the three-day campaign period. Those successful in getting the tickets will receive one Economy Class return ticket to anywhere on Qatar Airways’ current flight network.   Japan and South Korea Restarting Business Travel Image Credit:  Louie Martinez on Unsplash According to multiple sources, Japan and South Korea are planning to restart business travel between the two countries, starting from 8 October. This is an attempt to improve the relationship between the two countries. Japan and South Korea have been in talks to launch and resume this travel arrangement since July, in hopes of improving their bilateral ties. With this arrangement, South Korea will be the second country after Singapore which allows for short-term and long-term travel into Japan. The arrangement here will be that both countries will allow for short-term and long-term essential travel for official and business purposes. The agreement states that those on short-term business trips will not be required to go through the 14-day self-isolation if they are tested positive for COVID-19. As for long-term travelers, they will only be allowed to enter after going through a two-week quarantine period. Please refer to the authorities for more details on the requirements and safety measures on travel.   'Cruises to Nowhere' from November Image Credit:  Peter Hansen on Unsplash After the whole ‘Flight to Nowhere’ saga with SIA, comes another COVID-travel method. ‘Cruise to Nowhere’. The Singapore Tourism Board (STB) has partnered with two cruise lines to get the ball rolling. Genting Cruise Lines’ World Dream and Royal Caribbean International’s Quantum of the Seas were chosen for the first to be part of the ‘Cruise to Nowhere’. The cruise will be round trips with no port of call while sailing at a lower capacity than usual to make it safer for the current times. Currently, the cruises will only be open to Singapore Residents. This experience is being called a "Seacation" for the residents of Singapore. Safety has been taken largely into consideration with a number of measures. Other than the reduced passenger load, passengers will have to show negative COVID-19 test results before boarding. While sailing, the cruise ships will have to follow strict sanitation guidelines to minimize the risk as much as possible. Including the already normal safety measures like wearing masks when outside of their rooms, the boarding and disembarking will be staggered to prevent crowds from building. The first cruise will begin on 6 November this year.   Singapore Air Travel Bubbles Image Credit:  Mike Enerio on Unsplash Similar to what is being done by India, Singapore has taken a similar approach to resume flights in and out of the country. Currently, Singapore is moving towards setting up Air Travel Bubbles with a number of countries, that have been deemed safe by the authorities. These travel bubbles differ from the already established Reciprocal Green Lane arrangements as the travel bubbles will not need a controlled itinerary when traveling. The number of travelers per day will be controlled as a form of risk management. In addition, travelers will still have to adhere to COVID-19 safety measures and protocols such as COVID-19 testing and acquiring air travel passes before coming here. This news comes in hand with the other travel resumptions relating to the arrangements with other countries. An example is Japan’s recent removal of a ban on overseas travel to Singapore. All in all, it looks like travel resumptions are on the horizon as for now. Please refer to the authorities for more details on the requirements and safety measures on travel.   Hawaii Quarantine Requirement Dropped Image Credit: Cristian Guerrero on Unsplash Continuing on with the development in Hawaii last week, starting from 15 October onwards, travelers will be allowed to skip going through quarantine if they are able to provide a negative COVID-19 test result. The test has to be taken no more than 72 hours before arrival. Travelers who do not want to be tested can still opt to go through quarantine. Previously it was reported that they were planning to launch something similar but due to the spike in cases, it was postponed. Please refer to the authorities for more details on the requirements and safety measures on travel.   AirAsia Japan Shuts Down Operations Image Credit:  sayhitobel on Unsplash Another casualty of the global pandemic, the low-cost budget airline, AirAsia Japan, has decided to fold its operations starting this week. Hit hard by the travel restrictions and uncertainties the low demand for travel has been put as the cause of the cessation of operations. All flights operated by AirAsia Japan has been canceled. To avoid confusion, this will only affect domestic and international flights operated by AirAsia Japan with the code DJ and does not affect the other flights in and out of Japan which are operated by other airlines under the AirAsia Group.  All is not bad for the group though as their restaurants serving its in-flight food, Santan, are planned to expand with over 100 branches across the world, by 2022. Read more on similar in-flight offerings that airlines are turning to in this pandemic on our blog “Get The Full Airline Experience Without Leaving the Ground at these Hotels & Restaurants”   Singapore Airlines Reinstate Flights to Four Destinations Image Credit: Troy Mortier on Unsplash Inline with the announcement of Singapore’s intent of resuming travel, Singapore Airlines, the country’s national carrier has announced that they will be reinstating flights to four destinations. The four being Fukuoka, Male, Brunei, and Kathmandu. The reinstation will be done over the next three months. Furthermore, the frequency of the flights to some existing routes will also be increased in the next three months. Some reported changes:   Now By December Singapore-Melbourne 1 Daily 2 Flights Daily Singapore-Bangkok None 1 Daily While flights to Dhaka, Amsterdam, and Hong Kong will also be increased in frequency.   Interstate Travel Ban Imposed in Sabah, Malaysia Image Credit: Andy Wang on Unsplash Due to the recent developments of the COVID-19 situation in Malaysia, an interstate travel ban has been imposed on the Malaysian state of Sabah. Banning travel from the state and the Peninsula, Sarawak, and Labuan. Currently, the ban will be enforced from 12 October to 25 October 2020. In addition to this, anyone entering the state of Sabah must undergo a COVID-19 test upon arrival. Please refer to the authorities for more details on the requirements and safety measures on travel....

  • 5 Best Places to Watch the Sunset in Singapore

    The Sunset, a glorious moment where the sky changes its colors to that beautiful pastel-golden hue. Very few things in life are as beautiful as the sunset, which holds true to the saying “Sometimes the best things in life are the simplest”. Even if you see it daily, the sunset never fails to impress.  Living in a concrete jungle like Singapore, it may come as a surprise that there are a number of quiet places in Singapore to see where you can get the best out of this few minutes of natural wonder. For the early risers, some of these places also double up as a Sunrise spot as well. Here are some places in Singapore where you can get the best views of the sunset (and sunrise).   Mount Faber Image Credit: @touchdown599 on Instagram Right smack in the southern part of the city, the inclination of Mount Faber makes it one of the go-to places to see the sunset. Due to its location, it overlooks the tall buildings around it giving off a great view as the sun sets and disappears behind the skyline. Kind of like Hong Kong’s famous Victoria Peak but a tad smaller. In addition to the view, Mount Faber is a great place for a nice and easy hike up the hilly terrain. Surrounded by lush greenery, the whole experience of going to the peak to see the sunset will be an enjoyable experience.   Henderson Waves Image Credit: VisitSingapore.com The highest pedestrian bridge in Singapore, Henderson Waves also makes for a good spot to go chasing sunsets. Near Mount Faber, the Henderson Waves stands tall above the vegetation and roads to give you a clear view of the sunset. In addition to the already great sunset, Henderson Waves itself is a looker at night with its interesting design incorporating smooth curve lines that complement the surrounding hills. As part of the Southern Ridges trail, Henderson Waves require a bit of a walk to get to the optimum spot to view the sunset but it will all be worth it once you actually see the views. Sounds like a good place to rest if you ask me.   Changi Boardwalk Image Source: @hoteljenog on Instagram The first few things that come to mind when I think of Changi is Nasi Lemak, Airplanes, the ferry rides to Tekong, and of course, the beautiful sunsets. No, you don’t have to be on the ferry to see the beautiful sunsets. Take a trip back in time when you visit the Changi Boardwalk. With the Kelong-like walkways over the waters, it has this particularly rustic vibe to it that goes really well with the gorgeous sunset view that the place offers. You will want to walk till the end and onto the Sunset Walk for the best views of the sunset. This serene gem in the east is one of the lesser-known spots to chase the sunset but it is definitely worth a visit! Peaceful, beautiful, this place is a great place to see the sunset while also escaping the hustle and bustle of everyday city life.   Bedok Jetty Image Credit: u/Kinderboeno on reddit A true Fisherman’s Friend, Bedok Jetty has always been a favorite amongst the fishing enthusiasts and cyclists. The long stretch of concrete atop the waters of East Coast makes for an unobstructed view of the sunset. As a matter of fact, you can even see the iconic city skyline glow orange because of the sunset.  So chope a bench there and absorb in the views and the great environment that the jetty has to offer. If you’re cycling or jogging, be sure to make the jetty one of your rest stops!   Raffles Marina Lighthouse Image Credit: Jesstini Rays on Pinterest Perched at on the western tip of Singapore lies a lonely lighthouse that has been keeping the waters safe since 1994. The Raffles Marina Lighthouse is a popular spot for wedding photoshoots and sunset chasers looking for that Instagram-worthy sunset shot. The lighthouse area offers an unobstructed view of the sunset, you can clearly see the sun sinking over the horizon. Just a short walk from Tuas MRT station, this lighthouse is not only accessible, but it is also a very rare sight in Singapore. It almost feels like this place is a replacement for the now-closed Tuas Lalang field which was also famous for the same things. Rising in the East and Setting in the West, there are many places in Singapore to see the sunset, regardless of where you are on the island. With the busy schedules of work and other errands, missing the sunset seems like a regular occurrence. But sometimes it’s great to slow things down and just take in the magnificent view of the golden hour to enjoy the beauty of the world we live in. You’re gonna love it!...

  • Travel News Wrap: 14 September Week

    Cover Image Credit: Photo by chuttersnap on Unsplash This week has been filled with travel related news. Here's a summary for this week: SIA Flight to Nowhere Set to Launch in October 2020 Image Credit: Photo by Goh Rhy Yan on Unsplash Singapore Airlines (SIA) is planning to launch flights to nowhere this October. Jumping on the flycation trend, following the footsteps of similar flights from All Nippon Airways, EVA Air Air, and Qantas, albeit the later is flying over Antarctica. The decision to hold this three-hour flights to nowhere came after the news of Singapore Airlines Group cutting 4300 jobs due to the brunt of COVID-19. The flights are set for domestic passengers to take off from Changi Airport and land again at the same airport. SIA decided to launch this initiative after they found that 75% of 308 people surveyed were willing to pay for such flights. In addition to this, SIA is also exploring a partnership with the Singapore Tourism Board, Hotels, and other partners to value-add to this service. Objectively, SIA is hoping to pump the business back into the industries to mitigate the COVID-19 fallout. The decision to go through with this plan has made a lot of buzz on social media and environmental groups, with many expressing concerns about the environmental impact that the flights will have. The concern is justified though, as it has been proven to be a big contributor to the global carbon footprint. SIA does share its environmental efforts on their website, but currently, at the time of writing, there are no developments to their story or decision.   Mexico Reopening Tourist Site after 5 Months Image Credit: Photo by Jezael Melgoza on Unsplash COVID-19 has affected Mexico as badly as it has affected the rest of the world. The travel restrictions, closing of facilities in order to keep people safe, many have had their livelihoods affected by the pandemic. To help boost the country’s economy and help those affected by it, Mexico has decided to reopen the country’s archaeological site such as the pyramids of Teotihuacan, a UNESCO World Heritage site, a popular tourist spot. Not forgetting that COVID-19 is still a threat, the reopening does come with additional safety measures. The main archeological zone is limited to only 3,000 visitors per day, temperature checks and masks are required at the site as well. After 5 months of closure, the reopening was very well received by the general public.   Singapore - Hong Kong Green Lane Update Image Credit: Photo by Ryan McManimie on Unsplash Singapore and Hong Kong are starting to show interest in talks of gradual resumption of cross-border travel between the two. Citing strong business and social ties, the resumption will be beneficial for both.  Currently, Hong Kong is already in talks with Japan and Thailand, to set up for a similar arrangement. In addition to Japan and Thailand, Hong Kong has also expressed interest in a travel bubble with 11 countries, among them is Singapore.  Currently, Singapore has travel arrangements with China, Malaysia, Brunei, New Zealand, South Korea, and Japan Read more on the Reciprocal Green Lanes on our blog “Everything you need to know about Singapore's Green Lanes Travel Arrangement”.   Hawaii Tentative Reopening Image Credit: Photo by Luke McKeown on Unsplash Hawaii has been playing with the idea of opening its borders for a few months now. Recently, due to the change in leadership, it has been reported that Hawaii is set to begin a testing program to let incoming passengers avoid quarantine if they are tested no earlier than 72 hours before arriving to the island state. Travelers will have to also have an FDA-approved nucleic acid amplification test (NAAT) done and have to show proof of their negative COVID test from a CLIA certified laboratory. Currently, the pre-travel COVID-19 test is targeted that the new scheme will be in place by 15 October this year. Tourism is a big part of Hawaii’s economy but with the uncertainty of COVID-19, the number of cases can directly impact whether this tentative reopening will start according to the target date. For more information on this scheme, please check with Hawaiian authorities.   Singapore & Thailand Added to England and Scotland’s Quarantine-free list Image Credit: Photo by Heidi Fin on Unsplash Carrying on with the ‘Quarantine-Free’ travel theme, Singapore and Thailand have been added onto England and Scotland’s Quarantine-free list. Starting from 4 AM, 19 September 2020, travelers from Singapore and Thailand will not have to self-isolate or quarantine themselves upon arrival in England or Scotland. The prerequisite of this is that the traveler must not have been in or transited through any other non-exempt countries in the preceding 14 days. To learn more about this, please check with the travel advisories from the authorities of the respective countries.   P&O Cruises Cancel All Cruises until 2021 Image Credit: Photo by Belinda Fewings on Unsplash Cruise company P&O will be extending its suspension of all sailing until 2021. Earlier on, it was planned that they will be resuming it from mid-November, but with the evolving restrictions on travel from the UK, they have decided to extend the suspension. Guests who have booked on canceled cruises will be reached out by the company with refunds available. This comes in line with their parent company, Carnival Corporation’s announcement to sell off 12% of their fleet and after the news that P&O is planning to cut 450 jobs across the cruises to keep the company afloat.   Vietnam Resumes International Flights Image Credit: Photo by Tony Pham on Unsplash Vietnam is set to resume international commercial flights to multiple Asian destinations starting from Friday, 18 September 2020. This arrangement, however, is reserved for Vietnamese nationals, diplomats, experts, managers, skilled workers, investors, and their families. In general, this arrangement is reserved for business and official travel only and does not include tourists. The countries included in these flights are South Korea, Japan, China, Taiwan, Cambodia, and Laos. As with other flights during this time, travelers are required to have a negative COVID-19 test certificate and travelers will be tested upon arrival and kept in quarantine if required. Please check with the respective authorities for more details on the travel arrangement.   SIA Suspends Flights to Canberra & Wellington Image Credit: Photo by Shawn Ang on Unsplash Singapore Airlines announced that they will no longer be flying direct from Singapore to Canberra, as reported by ABC news. This was decided based on the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on the aviation industry pushing them to make this decision along with the laying off of over 4,300 staff from their workforce.  Currently, Singapore Airlines will suspend services to Canberra, Dusseldorf, Stockholm, and Wellington from their network of flights.   U.S. Airlines Are Getting Rid of Change Fees Image Credit: Photo by Miguel Ángel Sanz on Unsplash A few weeks ago, it was reported that United Airlines has made the decision to get rid of their change fees. Now, other airlines in the United States are following suit. All of the airlines, except for JetBlue, have eliminated the change fees which has been a costly fee associated with domestic flights. This will affect the fees of not only domestic flights but will also affect some short-haul flights to the Caribbean, Mexico, and Canada for some airlines. There you have it, you are now caught up with the latest and most prominent travel news this week! Happy Weekend and Stay Safe!...



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