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What Singapore-Hong Kong travel bubble could mean for us

Bubbles are generally fragile things and our new little travel bubble with New Zealand is already showing signs of weakness, but news of the Singapore-Hong Kong bubble could put a spanner in the works of our hopes to travel to Asia anytime soon. 


The idea of a travel bubble with Singapore has been around almost as long as our plans to have one with New Zealand. Singapore’s handling of the virus, its top notch medical facilities and even its successful resumption of domestic touring meant that it has long been on the list of potential travel bubbles. 


But now that its long delayed travel bubble with Hong Kong is set to begin on 26 May, things might be a bit different. 


The whole thing has me wondering if it’s kind of like that old ad in the 80s. You’re sleeping with everyone who has slept with your partner. If we open our borders to one country, do we open our borders who and what they are letting in?


New Zealand prime minister Jacinta Ardern says said that “long and hard consideration” will have be taken before decisions would be made, the ABD reported.  


"It is fair to say they [Singapore] have a different strategy than either of our countries,” she said.


"The idea of Singapore travel has been floated for a long time but I've never seen anything definitive on it.


"So at the moment it's a strong hypothetical, but we will make all our decisions around the way we manage our arrangement based on public health.”


The Singapore-Hong Kong bubble was meant to start in November last year, but then COVID-19 cases spiked in Hong Kong so the whole thing was put on hold. 

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Published: 26 April 2021

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