Travel restrictions between Hong Kong and China will be further eased come February 6, as the daily quota for land crossings (50,000 per day) into Hong Kong will be dropped along with PCR tests on arrival.
Three border checkpoints in Hong Kong – the Lo Wu Control Point, the Liantang/Heung Yuen Wai Control Point, and the Lok Ma Chau Control Point – will reopen on Monday.
However, travellers who had been outside of China seven days prior to their visit to Hng Kong would have to present a negative PCR test result within 48 hour of border crossing.
Morning Star Travel’s managing director, Johnny So, welcomes the progressive relaxation of border controls since China reopened to visitors on January 8.
For now, his concerns lie with limited air capacity and high airfares.
“We are also worried if airlines would allocate group airfares to agents in view of tight ticket supply. We hope for more flights to fuel potential growth,” remarked So.
For Travel Industry Council, executive director, Fanny Yeung, the latest announcements signalled the “full resumption of travel to and from China”.
Hong Kong Tourism Board, chairman, Pang Yiu Kai, said the eased measures were timely, as they followed hot on the heels of the launch of Hello Hong Kong destination campaign on February 2.
“This is now the best time to step up our efforts for tourism recovery, by emphasising the key message that Hong Kong (is ready to) welcome visitors from around the world. We are confident that the new arrangements will attract both the Chinese and overseas visitors to Hong Kong to enjoy a wide range of new experiences,” he added.