Mainland to fully resume travel with HK and Macao
2023-02-05 15:00     Source : CGTN

The cross-border travel between the Chinese mainland, the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region (HKSAR), and the Macao Special Administrative Region (SAR) will resume fully on February 6, dropping existing quotas, the Hong Kong and Macao Affairs Office of the State Council announced on Friday.

Citing a circular by the State Council's Joint Prevention and Control Mechanism - the country's top COVID-19 control task force, the office said that starting from Monday, the mainland will no longer cap the number of passengers arriving from the two SARs via land ports in Guangdong Province.Besides, passengers arriving from the regions via land ports in Guangdong Province will alsono longer need to make reservations, and group tours will be resumed from Monday, according to the circular.Inbound passengers do not need to provide negative test proof if they haven't traveled overseas over the previous seven days. If they have recently traveled overseas, they will need to provide negative test proof within 48 hours, the circular said.It said that inbound passengers with abnormal health codes, or those with high body temperatures, will be tested by customs officers, and COVID-19 positive passengers can choose to isolate at home or a hospital on the mainland.According to the circular, authorities will work to open more ports to handle the influx of passengers and bolster the capacity of passenger transport companies.

In addition, the announcement came a day after Hong Kong launched a promotion campaign including 500,000 free flights to lure back visitors, businesses and investors to the financial hub after years of tough COVID-19 curbs.

Editor: Zheng Sihui