China extends their boundaries with Hong Kong on Sunday

China extends their boundaries with Hong Kong on Sunday

January 6, 2023: On Sunday, China will reopen the border with its particular administrative region of Hong Kong for the initial three years as it accelerates that unwinds of stringent Covid rules that have battered its economic growth.

On Thursday, the opening will result in quarantine-free travel between the financial club and the mainland. However, the Hong Kong and Macao Affairs Office of China said it would be done in a “gradual and orderly” way.

On Sunday, China is set to reopen to the world, welcoming international travellers and returning residents without requiring quarantine for the first time since the year 2020, even as infections surge after it scrapped its Covid curbs.

Hong Kong followed China’s strict zero-Covid policy until the middle of 2022, when it started to ease some restrictions.

The former British colony dropped all its Covid rules in December, but masks remain mandatory.

Hong Kong and China experienced easing stringent Covid precautions, and the border that reopens was postponed several times over the previous year because of Covid outbreaks in many.

People in Hong Kong can reach the mainland via the airport or two checkpoints, one at Shenzhen Bay and the other through the Hong Kong-Zhuhai-Macao bridge.

Most other border points, which include the West Kowloon high-speed rail terminus, have been closed since early 2020.

Before the coronavirus came to China at the end of 2019, there were over 236 million passenger trips to their border a year.

China will not require people to show Covid tests upon coming to the mainland from Hong Kong. At the same time, the office said that China will give special tourism and business visas for mainland residents visiting Hong Kong from January 8.

It said  China would also increase flights between the mainland, Hong Kong and Macao.

Hong Kong people have flocked to clinics to vaccinate against Covid ahead of the border, which reopens, which some fear could bring a surge in infections and demand for mRNA vaccines unavailable in the mainland.

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