The Hong Kong General Chamber of Commerce (HKGCC) welcomes the Government’s announcement today to scrap almost all Covid-19 measures starting 29 December.
The decision to remove the requirement of mandatory PCR Covid-19 tests for inbound travellers, together with the vaccination pass requirement will revive the city’s attractiveness to international business travellers and tourists.
The Government also announced that close contacts of confirmed Covid-19 patients will no longer be required to quarantine. This will be a relief for employers and increase their flexibility to manage operations in the currently tight workforce. The mask mandate, however, will remain in place to reduce risk of transmission of Covid-19 as well as season flu. Although not compulsory, people arriving from overseas will be advised to take RAT tests for five days after their arrival.
As much of the world has reopened and the Mainland is also normalizing travel, the measures will help Hong Kong recover, boost our competitiveness and rebalance the flow of talent.
Now that travel into the city has returned to normal, and Hong Kong will be able to function normally as a global business and financial hub, the Chamber believes the economy and businesses should see a rebound in the new year.