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Hong Kong drops on-arrival testing requirements and vaccine pass scanning

By Celia Lee 29 December 2022

Header image courtesy of Ryan Mac (via Unsplash)

More good news for inbound travellers! Following the removal of LeaveHomeSafe scanning and amber health codes, the city is further relaxing its Covid-19 restrictions as the new year approaches. On 28 December, the Hong Kong government announced that by Thursday, 29 December, further rollbacks will apply to restrictions placed on inbound travellers and people already in Hong Kong.

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Photo: Daniam Chou (via Unsplash)

Inbound travellers are no longer required to undergo mandatory polymerase chain reaction (PCR) tests under the “test-and-go” arrangement when they arrive in Hong Kong. PCR tests on Day 2 after arrival have also been scrapped.

However, travellers are still expected to provide a recognised vaccination record showing they have received at least three doses of a recognised Covid-19 vaccination, as well as conduct a PCR test within 48 hours or RAT within 24 hours before their scheduled time of departure, and obtain a negative result.

Although PCR tests on Day 0 and Day 2 are no longer required, the Hong Kong government advises inbound travellers to conduct daily RAT until Day 5 after their arrival in Hong Kong for self-monitoring purposes.

Photo: Jason Wong (via Unsplash)

At the same time, travellers and those already in Hong Kong will no longer be required to scan their vaccine pass on the LeaveHomeSafe app when entering restaurants and multiple attractions across the city. Meanwhile, masks remain mandatory in public spaces, including public transport.

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Celia Lee

Staff writer

Born and raised in Hong Kong and educated in the UK, Celia is passionate about culture, food, and different happenings in the city. When she’s not busy writing, you can find her scouting for new and trendy restaurants, getting lost in a bookstore, or baking up a storm at home.