Hong Kong eases some Covid-19 testing requirements for inbound travel

29/5/2022 1:30:00 PM

The city will drop requirements for transit passengers to have a pre-flight PCR nucleic acid test, amongst other changes.

The city will drop requirements for transit passengers to have a pre-flight PCR nucleic acid test, amongst other changes.

Hong Kong will relax some Covid-19 testing requirements for incoming passengers as the city takes small steps toward easing travel restrictions.

While travelers still need a nucleic acid test withing 48 hours of the scheduled departure of their flight to the financial hub, they will no longer have to give documentary proof of the lab’s accreditation, the Hong Kong government said in a statement Sunday.Lee, 64, a former security chief who oversaw the crackdown on Hong Kong's democracy movement, was chosen as the next chief executive by a small committee of Beijing loyalists in early May..A SHANGHAI/BEIJING (May 29): Shanghai announced on Sunday further steps towards returning to more normal life and lifting a two-month Covid-19 lockdown this week, while Beijing reopened parts of its public transport, some malls, gyms, and other venues as infections stabilised.

The city will also drop requirements for transit passengers to have a pre-flight polymerase chain reaction-based nucleic acid test.The changes take effect from June 1 and are the latest tweaks from a government that says it’s committed to a strict Covid Zero policy even as case numbers dwindle and much of the world outside China opens up.As part of a four-day trip, Lee will be officially appointed and is expected to meet with top Chinese leaders, according to local media.Hong Kong lifted a ban on non-residents coming to the city from the start of May but still requires inbound passengers to quarantine for at least seven days after their arrival.The government’s latest announcement also included an easing of the flight-suspension mechanism for carriers that bring in a certain number of people who test positive on arrival.The incoming chief executive will have to undergo testing and quarantine over the weekend, and will not be able to meet outsiders during his trip, the report said.| From June 1, airlines that trigger the so-called circuit breaker will receive a warning and a HK$20,000 ($2,548) penalty.People entering public venues or taking public transport will need to show a negative PCR test taken within 72 hours, versus 48 hours previously.

If the carrier again breaches the terms within 10 days it will be prohibited from flying that route into Hong Kong for five days.It is not yet confirmed whether Xi will visit Hong Kong for the 25th anniversary celebrations, which will be seen as a symbolic endorsement of Lee's new administration.The current policy doesn’t offer warnings and instead goes straight to banning flights if more than five passengers test positive.Hong Kong health authorities on Sunday reported a total of 237 new daily Covid cases, 37 of which were imported.In July 2017, Xi attended the swearing-in of Hong Kong leader Carrie Lam as part of a three-day trip, which also included a visit to the local Chinese army barracks.No new deaths were recorded, the officials said at a briefing.- Bloomberg Article type: free.More than 10,000 police officers will be deployed in the event a Chinese leader does visit Hong Kong, local publication Eastweek magazine reported.The authorities approved 240 financial institutions in the city for reopening from Wednesday, state-run Shanghai Securities News reported on Sunday, adding to a list of 864 firms released earlier this month.

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