Hong Kong relaxes Covid rules for tour groups, says tourist activities to start this month
Hong Kong’s government announced on November 7 that it was easing COVID-19 restrictions on inbound tour groups, including allowing them to enter theme parks and museums after arriving in the financial hub.
Hong Kong has relaxed its strict coronavirus policies in recent months, including a hotel quarantine for international arrivals from September 26.
International arrivals are, however, subject to multiple coronavirus tests and barred from entering bars, restaurants and venues such as sports clubs for the first three days.
The government said special measures for tourist visits would begin this month, without specifying a start date.
“Appropriate arrangements can support the gradual resumption of the inbound tourism market in an orderly manner and provide a more favorable business environment for the travel trade,” the government said.
The announcement came after Hong Kong hosted a high-profile financial summit last week, for which more than 200 financial executives who flew to the former British colony were exempted from Hong Kong’s international arrivals rules.
Many local residents have pointed to inconsistencies in government policy and said authorities should lift restrictions equally for everyone.
Hong Kong’s economy has been hit by coronavirus restrictions that have lasted nearly three years, with many small and medium-sized businesses closed.
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