48-hour negative nucleic acid test requirement for cross border travel between HK and Mainland to be scrapped in the next few days, sources


29th January 2023 – (Hong Kong) The COVID-19 epidemic has affected Hong Kong for 3 years. It has been 3 weeks since Hong Kong and the Mainland have resumed quarantine-free cross border travel. Daily quota is still set and travellers need to produce 48-hour negative nucleic acid test results.

A politician who attended an event today (29th) said that he expects waiver of nucleic acid testing requirement in the next few days. He also believes that the daily quota will be cancelled soon during the implementation of the 2nd stage of border reopening.

It can be seen that the number of nucleic acid testing sites in the Mainland is decreasing. He also called on the government to reopen Lo Wu Control Point and Huanggang Port as early as next month. He continued to point out that the original intention of the quota was to ensure travellers could cross border in an orderly manner. However, from the current situation, it can be seen that “an orderly approach has been achieved” and the quota can be scrapped.

In addition, Chief Secretary for Administration Erick Kwok pointed out that Hong Kong has been relaxing social distance measures in an orderly manner, such as lifting the quarantine order starting from 30th January, and relaxing immigration control measures. It is currently discussing comprehensive border reopening with the Mainland.