Government Affairs8 January a breakthrough day for Chinese travel with Hong Kong and Macau fully reopening borders with China.

At long last, China opens its doors to the world

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China also has plans in motion to facilitate smoother and faster travel for travellers to and from Hong Kong and Macau.
China also has plans in motion to facilitate smoother and faster travel for travellers to and from Hong Kong and Macau. Photo Credit: Adobe Stock/Blue Jean Images

After nearly three years of self-imposed isolation, China has finally lifted pandemic restrictions on foreign travel and ended quarantine requirements for inbound travellers.

The Chinese authorities have announced that starting 8 January, travellers from Macau and Hong Kong no longer need to present negative Covid-19 test results on arrival.

However, travellers arriving from Hong Kong to China will be required to submit proof of a negative test result taken within 48 hours prior to their departure.

Those flying in from Macau are not subjected to the pre-departure tests, as long as they have not stayed in a foreign country or region within the past seven days.

China is also set to resume transits at the Hong Kong and Macau International Airports. The passenger cap on Hong Kong and Macau to and from China will be gradually lifted and flight frequencies to be increased over time.

The processing of endorsements for Chinese residents to visit Hong Kong for leisure or business purposes will also be reinstated.

China is further facilitating the return of travellers by bringing back land and water passenger transport for Hong Kong and Macau.

According to the announcement issued by the State Council’s 'Joint Prevention and Control Mechanism' for Covid-19 management: "China will resume tourism to Hong Kong and Macau in an orderly manner in light of the epidemic situation in the two regions and their ability to provide services."

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