Hong Kong scrapped hotel quarantine for inbound travellers and more easing is likely as the city tries to salvage its status as a global financial centre.
Under new rules to come into effect on Monday, 26 September 2022 morning, people coming to the city will no longer need to take a PCR test before departure, with a rapid-antigen test now sufficing, though they’ll still need to complete a PCR upon arrival, Chief Executive John Lee said at a briefing on Friday. Travelers will also be allowed to leave the airport via public transport. As per a news report by Bloomberg.
In the three days after they get to Hong Kong, travellers will continue to face restrictions on their movements, including being banned from going to bars and eating at restaurants, he said. That compares with the current policy that has travellers spending three days in a hotel followed by four days of movement restrictions.
“We want to ensure that we would monitor the situation closely so that all the risks are well controlled, and things can progress in an orderly manner,” Lee said. “We will of course keep monitoring the situation. If there are positive developments as we progress, there will be more room for us to do extra measures so we can have more movement, more activities, and more room for us to go about different manoeuvres.”