The city’s health secretary is to formally announce the removal of restrictions on international visitors and an end to requirements to scan a government health app to access public places, city leader John Lee said on Tuesday. , during a regular press conference.
Lee said the measures would come into effect from Wednesday, when travelers arriving in the city would no longer receive a “code orange” barring them from entering restaurants and bars. in their first three days. However, a vaccine requirement for entering venues, including restaurants, would remain, he added.
“It is no longer necessary to scan the Leave Home Safe app, but we will retain the vaccination pass requirement for certain premises,” Lee said.
International arrivals are still required to undergo a PCR test upon arrival in Hong Kong and on the second day of their visit, while mask-wearing remains mandatory in all public places, including outdoors. People who test positive should self-isolate.
Since 2021, Hong Kong residents have had to scan a QR code using the government’s Leave Home Safe app before entering restaurants, bars and gyms.
Lee said one of the reasons for dropping the measures was that the risk of infection to the local community posed by imported cases was now lower.
China made a major pivot from its hardline zero-Covid stance following protests across the country in November.