Singapore and South Korea working on air travel bubble

Out-Law News | 08 Jun 2021 | 1:20 am |

Singapore and South Korea started talks on an air travel bubble (ATB) in March, according to Strait Times

A travel bubble is an agreement between two or more cities or countries with similar levels of Covid-19 cases that allows for a two-way, quarantine-free travel for those who have proof of a negative coronavirus test result.

It is reported that South Korea is considering ATBs with Singapore, New Zealand, Taiwan, Guam and Saipan.

In March South Korean deputy prime minister Hong Nam-ki said during a meeting that the government will seek to create travel bubbles with other countries in order to recovery air travel which was hit hard by the Covid-19 pandemic.

Mayumi Soh of Pinsent Masons MPillay, the Singapore joint law venture between MPillay and Pinsent Masons, the law firm behind Out-Law, said: “Both Singapore and South Korea are likely to be closely monitoring the public health situation in both places before deciding on the way forward.”

Singapore and Hong Kong originally reached an ATB agreement last November and designated flights were planned to start in the same month. The ATB agreement later was delayed for twice due to sudden rise of Covid-19 cases in Hong Kong and Singapore.

Singapore has taken a series of travel measures during the Covid-19 pandemic including fast lane, reciprocal green lane (RGL), air travel pass and air travel bubbles.