Travel News Wrap: 9 November Week

By Halal Trip | 13, Nov, 2020
Travel News Wrap: 9 November Week

Singapore and Hong Kong Air Travel Bubble to start from 22 November
Hong Kong Singapore air travel bubble travel news update

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After much discussion between the two, Singapore and Hong Kong have decided to start the Air Travel Bubble for the residences of both territories. This air travel bubble will make traveling for leisure possible for the two territories. The Air Travel bubble is set to start from 22 November 2020 onwards.

Travelers interested in traveling in this air travel bubble must travel using specific flights that have been designated for this air travel bubble. The flight numbers include SQ890, SQ891, CX734, and CX759. As of 22 November, the arrangement will be one flight a day capped with 200 passengers in the flights. However, starting from 7 December, when all the flights are active, the frequency will be increased to 2 flights a day into each territory, still capped at 200 passengers per flight.

To be eligible to travel within this air travel bubble, passengers will have to have remained in Singapore or Hong Kong for the last 14 days, consecutively. Work Permit and S-Pass holders in the construction, marine shipyard or process sectors in Singapore will not be eligible for travel in this Air Travel Bubble. 

Further safety measures are in place to cater to this air travel bubble, with COVID-19 tests required before departure from both territories.

Please refer to the authorities for the latest and in-depth details on the Air Travel Bubble and the requirements for travel.


Australia plans to reopen its borders by Christmas 2020
Australa to reopen borders by Christmas Sydney Opera House Travel News Wrap

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More options are surfacing in the world of travel as Australia has announced plans to reopen its borders for all states and territories by Christmas this year. After allowing travel with New Zealand a few weeks earlier, Australia is working on ways to allow for travel in and out of Australia this year.

The Australian Government is looking to expand the travel bubble to include countries that they deem to have managed the spread of COVID-19 effectively. These countries are focused on the APAC region with the inclusion of; Singapore, Taiwan, South Korea, China, and Japan. 

Currently, there are no details or dates set in stone as to when the plans will be implemented but several news sources have reported that the negotiations between Australia and these countries are still in its infancy and are still said to be exploratory.

Please refer to the authorities for the latest and in-depth details on the requirements for travel.


South Africa lifts some restrictions on International Travel
South Africa Cape Town lifts restrictions International travel news wrap

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Recently announced, South Africa has also lifted travel bans for visitors from selected countries from the high-risk countries from the United Kingdom. However, Britain in particular is not in this list of selected countries. Even with the lift of the travel ban, there are still entry restrictions in place. These include Evidence of a negative COVID-19 test that was taken 72 hours prior to the departure to South Africa.

The situation is somewhat complicated with the two nations as South Africa is still one of the United Kingdom's travel ban list. Currently, only essential travel is allowed for travelers from the United Kingdom to South Africa.


United Kingdom Quarantine List Update
United Kingdom London Bridge Quarantine List Update Travel News Wrap

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There have been some developments recently on the Quarantine List of the United Kingdom. Recently 8 destinations have been added to England's quarantine free corridor list. These destinations include Chile, Cambodia, Laos, UAE including Dubai, the Turks and Caicos Islands, Iceland, Bahrain, and Qatar. 

In this same announcement, mainland Greece has also been removed from the safe travel list but the 5 Greek islands; Corfu, Crete, Rhodes, Zakynthos, and Kos is still under the safe travel list.

Please refer to the authorities for the latest and in-depth details on the requirements for travel.

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