As part of the phasing out of the “zero tolerance for coronavirus” policy, the mainland Chinese government said on Wednesday it was shutting down its domestic travel tracking app.
Hong Kong Health Minister Lo Chung-Mau told a press conference attended by local journalists that tourists arriving in the city would no longer be issued an “amber code”; — amber code.
The Amber code remained the latest restriction related to the fight against COVID-19 in Hong Kong. It was its presence that forced the arrivals to refrain from visiting restaurants and pubs during the first three days of their stay on the administrative territory of the island.
Lo also confirmed that the need to download and scan the official app to enter public places is no longer in effect, but a vaccination certificate is required to visit places such as restaurants.
Since the lockdown was lifted in September due to COVID-19, tourism in Hong Kong has begun to recover. An average of about 20,000 people arrive in the city-state every day, which is certainly a drop in the bucket compared to the expected 350,000 this November.
Cathay Pacific supported the lifting of restrictions, saying it will encourage more people to travel, allow travel to resume and improve congestion at the city's main airport.
Cathay Pacific and its subsidiary HK Express announced that in the fourth quarter of this year they will will increase traffic volumes by 3,000 passenger flights.
Thus, in November-December, Cathay Pacific flights will resume to many major destinations, including Tokyo (Haneda), Denpasar (Bali) and Zurich, as well as Sapporo, Fukuoka, Penang and Dhaka. Some of the most popular holiday destinations will return in early 2023, such as Phuket and Nagoya.
Hong Kong has experienced some of the world's strictest COVID-19 regulations. During the peak of the pandemic, Hong Kong imposed a flight ban on airlines carrying more than five passengers who tested positive for COVID-19.
Foreigners arriving in Hong Kong are still required to present a negative test result for COVID-19. COVID-19 on arrival despite the most recent and relaxed advice. Evidence of three coronavirus vaccinations is still required to enter restaurants and bars.