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HK Scraps Requirement for COVID Test at Airport; Quarantine-free Travel to Mainland "Still Needs Time"

Source:

Global Times

Hong Kong on Tuesday said the city was scrapping the requirement for nucleic acid testing at airport and border control points before visiting the Chinese mainland and Macao. The same day, the city also announced to scrap its amber health code from Wednesday, effectively lifting all travel restrictions for arrivals into the city who test negative.

 

Hong Kong on Tuesday said the city was scrapping the requirement for nucleic acid testing at airport and border control points before visiting the Chinese mainland and Macao. The same day, the city also announced to scrap its amber health code from Wednesday, effectively lifting all travel restrictions for arrivals into the city who test negative.

 

Hong Kong’s epidemiologists predicted it will still take some time before quarantine-free travel is implemented between the mainland and Hong Kong, as the mainland’s epidemic situation is not certain yet, and such progress takes time.

 

Health Secretary Lo Chung-mau announced that COVID-19 test points at ports to the mainland and Macao will be scrapped on Tuesday, which means travelers to the mainland and Macao will be exempted from pre-departure testing at immigration control points, and only need to present a negative result of a nucleic acid test taken within 48 hours before the travel.

 

However, travelers from overseas to Hong Kong will still need to undergo PCR tests on arrival and on day two, Lo said.

 

Under the previous policies, Hong Kong’s cross-border drivers travelling to Shenzhen needed to hand over their goods to mainland drivers at the border to let them finish driving to cargo sites for loading and discharging.

 

At a press conference on Saturday, Lee claimed there is a “great realistic chance” for quarantine-free travel between Hong Kong and the Chinese mainland next year.