Following hot on the heels of Mainland China’s announcement of eliminating quarantine for international travellers, Hong Kong is set to scrap nearly all of its remaining pandemic-related travel restrictions as of December 29, 2022.
Hong Kong Eases Travel Restrictions
Since September 26, 2022, independent tourists have been able to enter Hong Kong for the purpose of tourism with no designated quarantine. The caveat was that inbound travellers were subject to a myriad of tests before and after their flights to Hong Kong, as well as a three-day health monitoring period upon arrival.
While these requirements were very light in comparison to previous heavy-handed rules, they still added some stress for anyone planning a trip to Hong Kong.
As of December 29, 2022, travellers will no longer be subjected to coronavirus testing after their arrival in Hong Kong. This removes another barrier for anyone who might otherwise be contemplating a trip to Hong Kong, but didn’t want to be subjected to so many tests after arrival.
Furthermore, Hong Kong’s vaccine pass, which provided access to many establishments, will also no longer be required. Similarly, social distancing requirements and mandatory quarantine with a positive test are both set to disappear, too.
Note that inbound passengers over the age of three are still required to take a pre-departure test, which can either be a rapid antigen test taken within 24 hours or a PCR test taken within 48 hours prior to departure. Passengers over the age of 12 are also still required to show proof of vaccination.
The only other remaining COVID-19 restriction is that everyone must wear face masks in public spaces, except for when exercising.
This marks yet another shift in Hong Kong’s approach to the pandemic, which had some of the most restrictions in the world until recently.
How to Get to Hong Kong
With this announcement, there is surely going to be a barrage of travellers who wish to visit Hong Kong once again.
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