The Latest on Hong Kong’s COVID Rules
New year, new rules from Hong Kong’s government. Toward the end of last year some changes have been made to the rules preventing the spread of COVID. These affect international travellers as well Hong Kong locals. Here’s what you need to know.
1. OPENING OF BORDERS TO MAINLAND CHINA
Hongkongers now have a chance to reunite with families on the mainland. China is looking to drop quarantine for Hong Kong residents from January 2023. Hong Kong aims for quarantine-free travel with mainland China as early as 8th January.
2. NO MORE PCR TESTS
Travellers to Hong Kong no longer need to take a PCR test upon arrival at the airport. They will be allowed to proceed to their respective hotels and homes without the testing or vaccine pass requirement.
3. NO MORE “0+3” MEDICAL SURVEILLANCE
Hong Kong also scrapped the “0+3” medical surveillance requirement. As Hong Kong ended the amber health code requirement, visitors in the city could move around freely. Additionally, residents no longer needed to scan QR codes with their “Leave Home Safe” app.
4. RELAXATIONS ON DINING OUT
The government is also lifting all restrictions on people sharing a table and gatherings. In addition, visitors and residents will no longer need to scan the vaccine pass while entering the restaurant premises. Finally, bars will remove previously existing regulations for maximum table capacity. However, the government does not allow eating and drinking on public transport.
5. CINEMA CAPACITY
The government has given the green light for cinemas to now operate at full capacity and you can now eat and drink while watching a movie.
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