Hong Kong Health Code to be launched this Thursday, sources

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30th November 2021 – (Hong Kong) The Hong Kong government is preparing for quarantine-free border reopening with the Mainland. The Innovation and Technology Bureau has previously indicated that it will introduce the Hong Kong Health Code in detail this week. Sources confirmed that the Hong Kong Health Code system will be released this Thursday (2nd December).

It is estimated that an updated version of “LeaveHomeSafe” will be released in a few days, allowing citizens to upload their travel records to the Hong Kong Health Code system by then.

A number of Omicron cases has been detected in various countries, which may cause hindrance in the border reopening between China and Hong Kong. However, the Hong Kong government intends to launch the Hong Kong Health Code as scheduled. According to the news, the registration of the Hong Kong Health Code requires the real name, Hong Kong ID card and Mainland Travel Permit for Hong Kong and Macao Resident number, proof of address, 48-hour nucleic acid test results, vaccination records as well as travel records uploaded on “LeaveHomeSafe” app.

The app will generate the corresponding QR code based on the information provided by the public. It is expected to be similar to the current practice of Return2HK scheme by resorting to colour codes. For example, persons with out of date test reports, persons under compulsory testing and persons from high-risk areas will be issued with a “red code” i.e. that border-crossing conditions are not met, and the green code means the border-crossing conditions are met. In the early stage, the Hong Kong Health Code will be presented in the form of a website instead of an independent application, there will not be any tracking function, but if it is changed to an application in the future, its function may be changed.

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