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The Chinese government removed the quarantine measures, and the medical procedure for tourists who entered the country was only a negative test.
From January 8, 2023, China will reopen its borders, SCMP newspaper reported on December 26, and assessed this move as the government’s last step in removing the “Zero Covid” policy, switching to phase of “living with the virus”.
Accordingly, people entering the country, in addition to the requirements of normal visa procedures, only need to present a negative test result (not sure whether rapid test or PCR), done within 48 hours before entry. Persons who do not show signs of Covid-19 when doing customs procedures are not subject to any restrictions. Centralized quarantine has also been removed but the wearing of masks is mandatory.
Hong Kong has dropped most of its Covid-19 prevention measures
People entering Hong Kong do not need to do a PCR test on arrival, do not need to be isolated, and vaccine passports will also be dropped.
From December 29, the Hong Kong government removed most of the Covid-19 prevention measures, such as not requiring PCR testing upon entry, removing the vaccine pass, and quarantining close contacts. However, wearing a mask in public is still required. This easing closely resembles the mainland policy announced on December 26. Hong Kong is expected to reopen its border with the mainland, as early as January 10, according to SCMP.
However, people entering the country still need to present a negative result (PCR or antigen) done within 24 or 48 hours prior to arrival. They will be encouraged to take the rapid test daily for the first 5 days.
Positive cases must be isolated for 5 days, and can only go out after being negative for two days Wednesday and Thursday. Close contacts do not need to be isolated for 5 days or tested daily.
Currently, visitors to restaurants, bars or entertainment facilities such as gyms, cinemas do not need to show a vaccine passport or face any quarantine restrictions. Restaurants have removed the requirement to maintain a distance of 1.5 meters between tables. The ban on 12 or more people gathering in public places was also lifted.
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