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Hong Kong to Allow Inbound Tour Groups in November. Details to be Announced.

Hong Kong will allow travellers who join pre-registered itineraries of inbound tour groups handled by licensed travel agents later this month. Licensed travel agents are required to pre-register the itineraries of those inbound tour groups with the Travel Industry Council of Hong Kong and to undertake strict compliance with applicable anti-epidemic measures. These travellers have to use the “LeaveHomeSafe” mobile app and comply with the requirements under the Vaccine Pass. Staff members are required to wear a mask at all times when receiving inbound tour group members.

These itineraries include entry into designated tourist attractions including theme parks, museums and temples, and dining in partitioned areas in designated catering premises when holding the Amber Code of the Vaccine Pass.

The Hong Kong Government will explore allowing such travellers to undergo fewer nucleic acid tests while balancing the epidemic risks.

More details of this arrangement will be announced later. The Hong Kong Government hopes to strike a balance between epidemic risks and the need for economic development. Relevant information will be uploaded to the Travel Industry Council of Hong Kong website in due course.

“The new arrangements mark Hong Kong’s resumption to normality and send a positive message to travelers and our trade partners around the world. It is expected that the specific arrangements can help gradually attract leisure travelers to visit Hong Kong again, especially consumers in short-haul markets. The HKTB will continue to work with the Government, the tourism industry, and related sectors to demonstrate Hong Kong’s diverse tourism appeal to ramp up travelers’ interests in visiting the city, to drive the revival of tourism in Hong Kong.”

Dr. Pang Yiu-kai, Chairman of the Hong Kong Tourism Board 

Compulsory hotel quarantine for inbound travellers have been removed since 26 September this year. However a new ‘0+3’ boarding and medical surveillance arrangement was introduced.

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