New China US inbound travel COVID requirement



U.S. Travel Association issued the following statement on forthcoming policy changes for inbound Chinese visitors.

“We look forward to welcoming Chinese travelers back to the United States. The Biden administration’s highly targeted COVID testing approach is reasonable and appreciated,” said the association President and CEO Geoff Freeman.

While in Hong Kong…

The Hong Kong SAR Government announced the lifting of all mandatory PCR test requirements for inbound travelers upon arrival in Hong Kong, as well as the lifting of Vaccine Pass which allowed access to specified premises and other measures starting from tomorrow (29 December).

Dr Pang Yiu-kai, Chairman of the Hong Kong Tourism Board (HKTB), said, “The new measures mark a key milestone for tourism revival and the full reopening of the tourism doors of Hong Kong. Visitors can now fully enjoy Hong Kong’s diverse offerings once they arrive in town. We believe this will attract visitors to Hong Kong from around the world. Taking into account the pace of outbound travel resumption in different visitor source markets, HKTB will gradually step up its promotions worldwide to uphold Hong Kong’s status as a world-class travel destination.”

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In the last few years, numerous attractions, world-class museums, and hotels have been opened or revamped to inject novelty into the travel experience in the city. In addition to the new experiences, a strong line-up of all-time favorites continues to await visitors to rediscover in Hong Kong, including its diverse gastronomic options, year-round events and the great outdoors.

Inbound travelers to Hong Kong are now only required to present negative results from PCR tests conducted within 48 hours or rapid antigen tests (RAT) within 24 hours before their flights to Hong Kong.

U.S. Travel Association is a national non-profit organization representing all components of the travel industry. Travelers in the United States are estimated to spend $1.1 trillion in 2022 (still 10% below 2019 levels). U.S. Travel advocates for policies to accelerate an even recovery across the travel industry and restore economic and job growth for this essential contributor to our nation’s success.

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