Hong Kong Reopens to International Travelers on May 1

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Hong Kong will reopen to international travelers on May 1, authorities have announced, as COVID-19 restrictions continue to ease around the globe.

Starting in May, the Chinese region’s government will allow fully vaccinated international passengers to enter Hong Kong from overseas on the same boarding, quarantine, and testing arrangements as the city’s residents.

The current requirements include being fully vaccinated, taking a pre-departure Covid test, and booking a designated quarantine hotel in Hong Kong.

Travelers from abroad also have to go through a “test and hold” arrangement at Hong Kong International airport before being transferred to their quarantine hotel for seven days.

Additionally, Hong Kong will adjust its route-specific flight suspension mechanism for services where a certain amount of passengers test positive for COVID-19.

"If there are five or more passengers, or five per cent or more of the total number of passengers on board the same flight, whichever is higher, that test positive for Covid-19 upon arrival, the airline's passenger flights of that route from the same origin place will be prohibited from landing in Hong Kong for five days," authorities from the Hong Kong government explained.

Earlier this month, Hong Kong has lifted the ban on flights from nine countries, including the UK, France and the United States.  The government statement said reopening is based on four COVID-related factors: Recent volume of inbound passenger flow, the number of imported cases, the city's capacity in tackling the local epidemic, and socioeconomic needs.

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