In some excellent news that rounded out 2022 on a high note, the beloved destination of Hong Kong announced the lift of most Covid entry requirements for international travellers visiting the region.
This great news was announced in late December 2022 and the restrictions were officially lifted on Thursday the 29th of December. The lifted restrictions included some relaxations on the Hong Kong entry testing rules surrounding the Covid pandemic, alongside the removal of the Vaccine Pass that was previously instated for all vaccinated international visitors.
Following the lift of restrictions, the special administrative region of Hong Kong has been declared restriction-free in celebration, though there is one precautionary rule remaining (any entry requirements for Hong Kong, Covid-related or otherwise, can be found live on the Foreign Travel Advice page).
All travellers to Hong Kong will still be required to provide proof of a negative test taken pre-departure, though this applies regardless of vaccination status. The test taken can either be a PCR test taken within 48 hours pre-departure, or a rapid antigen test taken within 24 hours pre-departure.
Dr Pang Yiu-kai, the Hong Kong Tourism Board Chairman, said, “The new measures mark 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. Taking into account the pace of outbound travel resumption in different visitor source markets, HKTB will gradually step up its promotions worldwide to uphold Hong Kong’s status as a world-class travel destination.”
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