By Alison Fox
Sep 26, 2022
HONG KONG HAS ELIMINATED its mandatory three-day hotel quarantine and eased testing rules, effectively reopening to international tourists and ending one of the last strict pandemic-era travel quarantine measures left in the world.
As of September 26, overseas travelers arriving at Hong Kong International Airport no longer need to quarantine in a hotel, according to the Hong Kong Tourism Board. The policy had been in place for more than two years.
Instead, the city has implemented a “0+3” policy in which new arrivals must self monitor for symptoms for three days and can do so from home. They are able to go outside during this time but restricted from certain places like bars and restaurants.
Under the new reopening rules, you are also no longer required to take a PCR test before boarding a flight to Hong Kong; rather, travelers only need take a rapid antigen test within 24 hours before boarding. On arrival, you need to undergo a PCR test on day 2, day 4 and day 6, as well as undergo a rapid antigen test each day for seven days.
“The new arrangements mark Hong Kong’s re-opening as a tourism gateway with significant international connections. This is expected to initially attract mainly business travelers, family visitors and returning Hong Kong residents,” Dr. Pang Yiu-kai, chairman of the Hong Kong Tourism Board, said in a statement. “The new arrangements will allow greater convenience and flexibility for travelers.”
Hong Kong’s Chief Executive John Lee cited the city’s stabilizing infection numbers as a reason for the relaxed entry rules.
“We hope to give the maximum room to reconnect Hong Kong, and to revitalize our economy,” Lee said.
The new measures come on the heels of Japan’s decision to begin welcoming independent travelers again on October 11. Japan will also lift its daily cap on the number of arriving visitors. Currently, travelers can visit Japan, but are only allowed with a state-recognized travel agency.