After downgrading COVID-19 to a Class B infectious disease, Centralized quarantine for incoming passengers canceledOn Thursday, January 5, 2023, the Hong Kong and Macao Affairs Office of the State Council of the People’s Republic of China Announce Further optimize the exchange of personnel between the Mainland and Hong Kong and Macao resume cross-border travel.
What optimization measures are there?
From January 8, 2023, Hong Kong residents traveling to mainland China will no longer receive centralized quarantine and nucleic acid testing (PCR testing) after entry, but passengers still need to provide a negative PCR test certificate in the last 48 years and complete a health declaration.
Macao residents traveling to mainland China, as long as they have not been to or lived in a foreign country or region within 7 days, do not need to provide a negative PCR test when entering mainland China.
In addition, China will resume transit/transit services to the Mainland at Hong Kong and Macau International Airports. Seat restrictions on flights between Hong Kong and Macao to and from the mainland will be cancelled, and the number of flights will be increased in an orderly manner.
In addition, China will resume processing visas for mainland residents to travel to Hong Kong for tourism and business.
China will also gradually and orderly resume water and land passenger transport between the mainland and Hong Kong and Macao, so as to facilitate the rapid customs clearance of entry and exit personnel.
Regarding outbound travel to Hong Kong and Macao, the announcement stated, “China will resume travel to Hong Kong and Macao in an orderly manner based on the epidemic situation and service capabilities of the two places.”
How to understand optimization measures?
After three years of isolating the financial center from the mainland, China has finally reopened its border with Hong Kong. The move is the latest in China’s transition to a “coexistence with COVDI” model. It is part of China’s efforts to end mandatory quarantines and boost investor confidence in the economy.
Hong Kong follows the pace of resumption of work and production in the Mainland Announce Beginning December 29, 2022, lift virtually all remaining COVID-19 restrictions, including testing requirements and social distancing for incoming travelers. The Special Administrative Region (SAR) will also remove the need for vaccination permits to visit certain locations.
Under such circumstances, it won’t take long for the exchanges between mainland China and the SAR to return to pre-epidemic levels.
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