Hong Kong to Relax Entry Restrictions in July

Fully vaccinated visitors from most countries will see their quarantine period reduced to just one week.

Aqua Luna (left) and Duk Ling (right) on Hong Kong’s Victoria Harbour. (Photo: Martin Cox/Unsplash)

There’s good news for those hoping to reconnect with family and friends in Hong Kong after enduring more than a year of lockdowns and global travel restrictions. The territory now plans to reopen its borders to fully vaccinated travelers from around the world, so long as they can show proof of vaccination and a positive result from a recognized serology antibody test conducted within the past three months. Eligible visitors will have their mandatory quarantine shortened to just seven days, and will need to take multiple nucleic acid tests after arrival.

A government spokesperson said in a statement this week, “As Hong Kong is an international metropolis, many of our citizens have genuine needs to travel around the world. There are also social and economic needs to maintain flows of people between Hong Kong and other places.” The spokesperson added that these arrangements were made based on the recommendations of experts, and would “strike a balance between the need for preventing the importation of cases and that for facilitating traveling.”

Existing regulations allow non-residents traveling from Australia and New Zealand, Mainland China, and Macau to enter Hong Kong, though unvaccinated travelers from these places must undergo 14 days of self-isolation in a hotel. The new entry rules are due to take effect on June 30 for returning Hong Kong residents and sometime in July for international visitors; they will apply to people coming from all countries and territories except for those classed as “extremely high-risk” or “very high-risk” by the Hong Kong government, which are Brazil, India, Indonesia, Ireland, Nepal, Pakistan, the Philippines, and South Africa. Arrivals from these eight nations will still have to spend 21 days in hotel quarantine regardless of their vaccination status.

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