Keen to return dwelling, Singaporeans primarily based in Hong Kong begin reserving flights earlier than travel bubble begins
SINGAPORE: Just as Ms. Xianna Lock received a trip to Singapore-Hong Kong, she went to the Singapore Airlines page to register trips back to Singapore for Christmas and New Year China.
A 36-year-old Singaporean woman and her husband have been in Hong Kong for three years. The last trip to Singapore took place in March, Hong Kong before closing its borders to stop the spread of COVID-19.
Now he is happy with the prospect of coming home.
“How did we feel (when we found out about the rest of the trip)? Yes, in the end!” Ms. Lock told CNA by telephone from Hong Kong.
“Because in the past, for the past three years, we have been going to Singapore more often. That is why to suddenly stop the habit … and I mean, you are also affected by your relatives in Singapore because it was also a difficult time for everyone. ”
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Singapore and Hong Kong announced on October 15 that they have reached an agreement to establish a flying bubble.
Details of the agreement, including the date of launch and the date of the COVID-19 test, have not been announced.
But air bubbles allow travelers to isolated areas or home notices if they are defective in the coronavirus during tests performed with polymerase chain reaction (PCR).
Unlike green lanes or fast lanes to other places, there will be no restrictions on walking under the noise of a trip to Singapore-Hong Kong, opening the pause. They will no longer need a systematic approach.
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Once Singaporeans are able to return home according to the current situation, travelers from Hong Kong must provide seven days’ notice of stay at their local home.
Home awareness was 14 days earlier at the sanctuary, but was reduced since October 15 when Hong Kong was added to the list of at-risk states and territories in Singapore.
These restrictions made it difficult for Singaporeans to find time to work.
Since the separation period was 14 days in Hong Kong, it adds a few days to the annual working leave, says Ms Su Weiying, who has been working in Hong Kong for almost six years.
FILE PHILE: Cathay Pacific Airways flights to Hong Kong International Airport, China September 6, 2019. REUTERS / Amr Abdallah Dalsh / File Photo
Despite the lack of details of the trip to Singapore-Hong Kong, Mrs. Lock and her husband decided to continue to secure their seats as the Chinese New Year is a very popular time for Singaporeans in Hong Kong to return home.
More people from other countries who feel “locked up” in Hong Kong are also coming out in December, he added.
Mrs. Lock said that having been away from home for a long time because of the epidemic, it makes her have a better time to enjoy her family, such as eating dinner or playing with her nephew.
“I’m just going back to Singapore and eating local food. I think for us, being away from Singapore for years, is the one thing we always need when we’re not there,” he added.
MONTH OF DIVISION AND DELAY IN FLIGHTS
It is an idea that most Singaporeans live and live in Hong Kong.
Shortly after the announcement of the fleece fleet, Joanne Tan, who has not returned since March 2019, began looking for flights back to Singapore.
She had just given birth, and her main goal was to return home to allow her family to meet her eight-month-old daughter.
“I made up my mind that at my birthday, I would take the time to bring my baby, show everyone, hang out with everyone there,” the 34-year-old said. “But then this didn’t happen.”
“That’s why only my parents were able to come three days before the Chinese New Year to see them born. It’s a pity I couldn’t go back and most of all I couldn’t bring my baby to reunite with his family.”
Without the need to isolate herself from her daughter, this could make the journey more difficult, added Ms Tan.
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It has been an unpredictable time for Singaporeans abroad, who have had to change dates and travel restrictions as COVID-19 has changed worldwide.
The Lock women, who return to Singapore every month, have to cancel several trips between April and July.
When she and her husband initially tried to hope to follow their June or July tickets, they soon decided, after their April and May tickets were renewed, to simply cancel all their travel arrangements.
“(The April and May ticket changed the day) we were like, you know what, let’s just cancel everything because there is no need to reschedule one day when you don’t know if you can fly. That’s why we stopped and we were put back in place,” he said.
Ms Su reversed her flight to Singapore several times.
He had originally planned to return to March, but when the COVID-19 cases in Hong Kong and Singapore escalated, he moved them to May.
As a result of Singapore’s “regional suspension”, it was pushed back in July, and then until October.
“This is where (the airline) told us, why not stop and book another flight, because the first stop can only be for one year. At the level I expect, I may just cancel and reserve this book,” said Ms Su.
Eventually, Ms Su decided to give up the ticket and return to Singapore on another plane. He returned home in September, gave her a 14-day stay at home and is now working a long way from Singapore.
However, the 36-year-old said he was “delighted” to discover the walking fur.
Reducing travel restrictions “opens more doors for dialogue and modern design” by the companies that work, he said, adding that more employees can make work arrangements wherever they want.
“I am very happy with my friends who are planning to come home so that they can have more time to spend with family instead of working at a hotel,” he added.
Since nothing is placed on the rocks, Mrs. Lock prepares for anything that might happen.
“We know I’m very fluid,” he said. “So the only thing we can do is just sit there and let us know that if it’s difficult to navigate, let’s steer the plane.”
“If it happens in Singapore or Hong Kong and they agree with this, I think we should accept that this will be a new culture, so we are no longer expecting passengers and trying not to plan for anything, without telling all our friends that, guys, we will be back today.
“I think you just feel like going home as soon as you get to the airport and maybe you get on a plane, then it might affect you that, well, well, I’ll be back in Singapore now. But until then, I don’t think we are trying to really enjoy it, ”he said.
Like Mrs. Lock, Ms. Tan said she is looking forward to local food when she travels to Singapore.
“I have a list,” he said with a laugh. “I’ve been making a list of foods I should eat. Last year, I’ve been making a list.”
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