But most of us still have to test to visit?
In early February, Hong Kong and China agreed to eliminate arrival quotas and COVID-19 testing for those crossing directly between the two places.
Unless the visitor … had been overseas within the prior seven days. Overseas as in Japan, Egypt, Taiwan? Sure, everywhere else.
Now, as of 1 March, Hong Kong has eliminated mask mandates, save for hospitals and nursing homes. But again, if you’re flying in from anywhere that isn’t China, you need to test:
Not to mention, as I alluded to above, even if you were coming from China, if you had been overseas up to seven days before your Hong Kong arrival date, you would still need to do a COVID-19 test. Unfortunately, this also basically eliminates the transit-without-a-visa option of visiting some Chinese cities, and then continuing on to Hong Kong.
You might be asking, why am I harping on this? Oh, it’s simple. I wax nostalgic for HK; after all, it was an old stomping ground. It’s obviously easy enough to get there now, but after a 2022 of taking test after test to go to a variety of countries — including the U.S. — 2023 says no thanks.
Besides, China is Hong Kong tourism’s golden goose.