Mainland China to Fully Resume Travel with Hong Kong and Macao
From February 6, 2023, Mainland China will resume travel with Hong Kong and Macao special administrative regions.
Following the downgrading of COVID-19 to a Class B infectious disease and the removal of centralized quarantine for incoming travelers, on February 3, 2023, the State Council’s Joint Prevention and Control Mechanism released Circular of the People’s Republic of China on the Comprehensive Restoration of Personnel Exchanges between the Mainland and Hong Kong and Macao (Circular), to optimize the measures regulating passenger travel between the mainland and the two Special Administrative Regions (SARs).
List of optimized measures to be implemented from February 6
Starting from February 6, 2023, the optimized measures listed in the table below will be implemented:
|Optimized travel measures|
|Resumption of travel||
In addition, to accommodate the influx of travelers and increase the capacity of passenger transportation companies, authorities will work to open more ports.
Previously, on January 5, 2023, China’s Hong Kong and Macao Affairs Office announced the optimization of personal exchange between the mainland and Hong Kong and Macao, as part of moves to reopen its border and resume cross-border travel.
Fully reopening to the two special administrative regions is part of China’s latest steps toward a “living with COVID” approach, which is well situated in the country’s more extensive strategy to end mandatory quarantine and boost investor confidence. In addition, as confirmed by several Chinese embassies, Beijing resumed applications for most visa types while promising to gradually reintroduce tourist visas for short-term travelers.
The resumption of group tours included in the policy will also benefit the recovery of tourism both ways, thus further accelerating the area’s economic growth.
Macao, for example, had already removed the requirement for mandatory testing at customs as early as January 8, 2023, and consequently experienced an exponential 154 percent increase in the number of visitors, compared to the same period in 2022.
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