Hong Kong reopens

Authorities hope that the long-awaited dropping of travel restrictions for visitors to Hong Kong will presage a renaissance for the former international tourism hotspot.

TRAVEL to Hong Kong is in full swing now, after the removal of COVID-19 restrictions which means visitors will no longer need to take mandatory PCR COVID-19 tests on arrival or be quarantined.

The Chinese city’s authorities have also removed the Vaccine Pass requirement, which restricted access to certain premises.

The changes took effect on 29 November, with Hong Kong Tourism Board (HKTB) Chairman, Dr Pang Yiu-kai, saying the news marks a “key milestone for tourism revival and the full reopening of the tourism doors of Hong Kong”.

“Visitors can now fully enjoy Hong Kong’s diverse offerings once they arrive in town…we believe this will attract visitors to Hong Kong from around the world,” he said, adding that HTKB would amp up its marketing activity to attract travellers back into the city.

In response to the easing of restrictions, United Airlines announced it would resume its SFO-HKG services on 03 Mar.

According to a Smartraveller update, inbound travellers to Hong Kong will still need to show evidence of negative tests taken prior to departure, regardless of their vaccination status.

The update also noted that dual citizenship is no longer recognised in the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region following the implementation of the Nationality Law of the People’s Republic of China.

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