Travel Bubble in Hong Kong is Reopening Borders for 11 Countries

Western District PCWA, Sai Wan, Hong Kong

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The Hong Kong government has recently provided new details about reopening its borders to several countries in a new "travel bubble" strategy in an active attempt to rebuild and re-establish its economy and restore tourism back into the country. China has had some of the strictest guidelines implemented since the coronavirus outbreak. This is the first time in several months since closing their borders to many neighboring countries that the administration has provided more details on reopening.

The 11 countries they are currently including in the travel bubble strategy are Japan, Thailand, Singapore, Malaysia, South Korea, Vietnam, Australia, New Zealand, France, Germany and Switzerland.

People from 159 countries and regions, including Hong Kong, are currently still not allowed to enter Japan unless there are exceptional circumstances. However, this month Japan has started allowing travelers with resident status, provided they had tested negative for Covid-19.

Currently particular U.S. citizens are already permitted to travel to H.K. provided proof of a negative COVID-19 nucleic acid test administered within 72 hours of the scheduled time of departure. According to the U.S. Consulate General Hong Kong & Macau website, U.S. citizens with Hong Kong residency, diplomats, and U.S. citizens that have not traveled outside of mainland China, Taiwan, and Macau in the past 14 days are permitted to enter Hong Kong.

Hong Kong's Commerce Minister, Edward Yau Tang-wah, states that anyone allowed to travel within the bubble of countries would also be mandated to undergo COVID-19 PCR testing at both the beginning and ending of their trip to Hong Kong.

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