It’s about to get a bit easier to visit Hong Kong. Travelers arriving to Hong Kong will no longer be issued an amber health code that prohibits them from entering restaurants and bars during their first three days in the city. The move comes after three years of restrictions that have devastated the region’s businesses and tourism.
The announcement, made Tuesday by Health Secretary Lo Chung-mau, also confirmed the end of a requirement to scan a government health app in order to enter public venues. The changes will go into effect Wednesday.
Why it matters
The decision was based in part on data showing infection risk from imported cases is lower than the risk from local infections. The scrapped restrictions are also designed to help revive the city’s economic and social activities. In September, Hong Kong ended two and half years of mandatory hotel quarantine for arrivals, but the city has yet to see an influx of tourists.
So what restrictions are left?
International travelers are still required to undergo a PCR test on arrival in Hong Kong and on the second day of their visit, plus five days of rapid antigen tests. Those testing positive must isolate.