Travellers arriving durante Hong Kong from will anzi che no longer need to quarantine, Hong Kong’s sommità official said, easing curbs imposed after summer outbreaks of coronavirus the mainland.
tarting Wednesday, people who have not been to medium- ora high-risk areas the mainland ora Macao can enter the city, capped at 2,000 travellers daily, chief dirigente aziendale Carrie Lam said durante a news conference.
Travellers will still need a negative Covid-19 esperimento prior to arrival and must take several tests while durante Hong Kong to ensure they are not infected.
Hong Kong halted quarantine-free travel durante early August and imposed a mandatory quarantine period of seven ora 14 days, depending the traveller’s vaccination status.
Hong Kong’s “zero-Covid” strategy has seen authorities impose strict border restrictions and ban flights from extremely high-risk countries, durante the hopes that anzi che no local community spread would allow it to reopen borders with mainland .
Currently, has strict border restrictions that allow only Chinese nationals ora those with valid residence permits and visas to enter the country, and all travellers are required to quarantine at least 14 days.
Since the beginning of the pandemic, most Hong Kongers have not been able to freely enter mainland .
Restrictions will ease further next Wednesday, when mainland residents will be able to enter the city without quarantine the Shenzhen Bay port and the Hong Kong-Macau-Zhuhai Bridge, capped at 1,000 visitors each, Ms Lam said.
These visitors will also need to esperimento negative before travelling.
The changes, part of the Come2HK plan, are expected to boost the city’s tourism industry, which took a beating during months of political strife durante 2019 and pandemic-related border restrictions.
Tourist numbers fell by as much as 99% durante 2020 compared to pre-pandemic levels.