Asian Financial Hubs Hong Kong and Singapore Announce First ‘Travel Bubble’
Singapore and Hong Kong have announced a two-way “air travel bubble” that will allow passengers to skip quarantine after arriving, boosting hopes for Asian countries eager to restart international tourism after months of crippling coronavirus restrictions.
Under the agreement, set to be launched as early as November, tourists from the two Asian financial hubs will have to test negative for the coronavirus. But two-week quarantine and stay-home restrictions will be eliminated, allowing travellers to wander around freely without controlled itineraries.
“Singapore and Hong Kong are regional aviation hubs and both governments have recognized that we successfully controlled [our] epidemics and incident rates remain low,” transport minister Ong Ye Kung, who has frequently stressed the importance of travel, told local reporters Thursday.
“Risks will be low as infection rates are low. It’s a small but significant step and hopefully one that sets a model for air travel.”
The experiment would be the first to involve a Southeast Asian country at a time when many of Singapore’s neighbors in the region are hurting from battered economies that lived on tourism.
Thailand, which went from an estimated 40 million tourists last year to empty beaches and hotels after the pandemic struck, is also mulling travel bubbles as it goes months with barely any reported cases of local transmission.
The bubbles or travel corridors are seen as the solution to reviving the badly hit global tourism and aviation industries but governments remain cautious in fully reopening their borders after seeing second and third waves of infection.
The first European travel bubble involving Estonia, Latvia and Lithuania ended after new quarantine rules were announced, though it is still possible to move between many European countries as long as rules are observed. In almost all of Asia, however, only domestic tourism and work travel has resumed.
Singapore appears to have brought its outbreak under control in recent weeks, with fewer than 10 new cases of infection being reported daily. Experts in Hong Kong however, say a fourth wave of infections is looming.
Source : Heather Chen Link
Hong Kong Democracy Activist Joshua Wong Arrested Again Hong Kong pro-democracy activist Joshua Wong was arrested Thursday for “illegal assembly” and flouting a controversial 2019 anti-mask law that banned the wearing of face masks and covers during large public gatherings. … read more
Hong Kong’s Delayed Election Is Bad for Democracy but Very Good for China HONG KONG — When Sam Cheung Ho Sum went out to protest on Sunday, he wasn’t sure if many Hong Kongers would show up for the demonstration … read more
Nearly 300 Arrested in Renewed Hong Kong Protests Hong Kong police arrested almost 300 people— including a prominent opposition activist—after protesters returned to the streets to demonstrate against Beijing’s controversial national security law and a decision to delay local elections … read more
Activists urge boycotts of Disney’s ‘Mulan’ after actress favors Hong Kong police The live-action film version of Disney’s “Mulan” is facing renewed boycott calls from Asian activists. Thai and Taiwanese activists have joined Hong Kong protestors fighting for democratic reform … read more
#BoycottMulan trends after star’s reported “support for Hong Kong police” The #BoycottMulan hashtag has begun trending on Twitter after the Disney film’s online release yesterday (September 4). Read more: ‘Mulan’ review: the best live-action Disney reboot to date After the … read more
Hong Kong walking tour company moves online to survive pandemic By Reuters August 24, 2020 | 12:40pm Paul Chan, tour guide and CEO of Walk in Hong Kong, and Charles Lai, architect, speak during a live streamed virtual tour, following … read more
James Hong, ‘Hollywood’s most prolific actor,’ may finally get Walk of Fame star He has more credits than nearly anyone in Hollywood, yet he still isn’t a bona fide “star.” In his legendary career, actor James Hong — who recently … read more
The US Just Sanctioned Hong Kong’s Leader Carrie Lam Over China’s Crackdown in the City The Trump administration slapped sanctions on Hong Kong leader Carrie Lam, and ten other senior Chinese and Hong Kong officials today, making good on promises … read more
TikTok Connected Hong Kong’s Domestic Workers to Family and Friends. Now It’s Gone. It was just another TikTok challenge. You had to bite at the brim of your hat and tilt your head up as fast as possible to flip … read more
Four Hong Kong Students Arrested for ‘Inciting Secession’ on Social Media Four Hong Kong students were arrested on Wednesday under the region’s new national security law, with local police claiming they were under suspicion of organising and inciting secession. The … read more
China Orders Hong Kong to Suspend Extradition Agreements with Australia, Britain and Canada China has ordered Hong Kong to suspend extradition agreements with Australia, Britain, and Canada as retaliation for those countries taking a similar stance against the region in … read more
Hong Kong activists are using Animal Crossing to continue protesting in lockdown Looking beyond the collections of rare bugs and painstaking recreations of their favourite clothes and magazine covers, it’s clear that the players of Animal Crossing: New Horizons are … read more
Hong Kong Gamers Protested Inside ‘Animal Crossing.’ Now China Wants to Ban It. China is trying to ban people from playing the hugely popular Nintendo Switch game ‘Animal Crossing: New Horizons’ because protesters are using the game to criticize President … read more
Badminton: China, Hong Kong to miss Asian team event due to coronavirus Badminton: China, Hong Kong to miss Asian team event due to coronavirus MUMBAI (Reuters) – China and Hong Kong have had to withdraw from this week’s Badminton Asia … read more
Art Basel cancels Hong Kong fair over protests, coronavirus Art Basel has canceled its Hong Kong fair in March because of the city’s ongoing protests and the coronavirus emergency. “Our thoughts are with those affected by the recent coronavirus outbreak … read more
You can buy a flight from Hong Kong to New York for $201. The catch? You have to stop in Wuhan for 6 hours. Airbus A380 China Southern Airbus A Chinese airline is offering travelers a rare deal: a flight … read more
Hong Kong, U.S. take steps to curb coronavirus spread As experts tell people to not to panic about the unfamiliar coronavirus, several governments are taking steps to limit its spread. A second case of the respiratory virus that originated in … read more
Golf: Australian Ormsby secures Hong Kong Open title BANGKOK (Reuters) – Australian Wade Ormsby completed a wire-to-wire victory at the Hong Kong Open on Sunday as a final-round 66 lifted the Australian to the title for the second time in … read more
Hong Kong Cops Aren’t Sorry For Pepper Spraying A Politician Right In the Face Want the best of VICE News straight to your inbox? Sign up here. Hong Kong’s police are facing fresh allegations of brutality after a riot cop … read more