John Lee Ka-chiu, Hong Kong’s Chief Executive, declared that the government is now transitioning to treating Covid-19 as an upper respiratory illness.

At a press conference this Tuesday, Lee reported that the government is planning on doing away with current restrictions on international travellers, such as vaccination and pre-departure testing requirements. Presently, all visitors who want to enter Hong Kong must have received two doses of a Covid-19 vaccine and must bring proof of a negative test result prior to setting off to the SAR. The Chief Executive also highlighted that the resumption of quarantine-free travel with the mainland is also part of their plan to bring the city back to its normal operations, and he is looking forward to soon announcing the removal of the PCR testing requirement and the set quota.

At the start of this month, the borders between Hong Kong and the mainland were opened again with a daily cap of 60,000 on the number of people crossing through air, land, and sea.