Worldwide travellers to Hong Kong will not have to do a compulsory PCR COVID-19 take a look at on arrival, native broadcaster TVB mentioned on Wednesday citing sources, including that town’s vaccine move required to enter most venues would even be scrapped.
Hong Kong chief John Lee is because of maintain a media briefing at 3.30pm (0730 GMT) to offer additional particulars.
The anticipated announcement comes after Lee mentioned on Saturday that Hong Kong would reopen its borders with mainland China by mid-January.
Hong Kong has for almost three years largely adopted China’s lead in tackling the novel coronavirus.
In an abrupt change of coverage, China this month started dismantling the world’s strictest COVID regime of lockdowns and intensive testing. The nation will cease requiring inbound travellers to enter quarantine from Jan. 8, authorities mentioned this week.
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Restrictions on journey between Hong Kong and the mainland have been imposed in early 2020. The reopening was postponed a number of occasions attributable to outbreaks in Hong Kong or the mainland. Hong Kong and China have lagged the remainder of the world in easing stringent COVID guidelines.
Worldwide passengers arriving in Hong Kong since mid-month are not topic to COVID-related motion controls or barred from sure venues.
And whereas Hong Kong has successfully dismantled lots of its stringent COVID guidelines in latest months, masks are nonetheless obligatory in public locations until exercising, whereas worldwide arrivals are required to do a PCR COVID-19 take a look at on arrival and as soon as once more two days later. A compulsory vaccine move has additionally been in place since February.
Lee has mentioned the federal government was taking a gradual method to enjoyable restrictions to minimise public well being dangers.