Hong Kong bans Singapore Airlines flights


Singapore Airlines is banned from Hong Kong for two weeks (photo courtesy Changi Airport).


The Hong Kong government has banned Singapore Airlines flights from landing at Chek Lap Kok for two weeks.


It’s believed the ban has been brought into force following the arrival of flight SQ882 on Wednesday carrying an infected passenger and three passengers who had not complied with local health regulations.


According to a statement issued by Hong Kong’s Department of Health, the three passengers had not met requirements stipulated under the Prevention and Control of Disease Regulation. No further explanation was given.


Passenger flights from Singapore operated by Singapore Airlines are now forbidden from landing in Hong Kong until April 16.


The two cities had entered into talks this week regarding the resumption of an air travel bubble. Hong Kong’s secretary for commerce and economic development sent a new proposal to Singapore this week. The first attempt at a travel bubble burst the day before it was due to start last November when Hong Kong entered a fourth wave of infections.


Singapore is considered a low risk country by Hong Kong and from April 9 quarantine restrictions will be eased from 21 days of hotel quarantine to 14 days for arrivals from the Lion City, followed by seven days of self-monitoring at home. Australia and New Zealand have also been placed in this low risk band.


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