Hong Kong, Macau discuss easing Covid travel restrictions for residents of the other
What’s up: Hong Kong and Macau have started talking about easing travel restrictions for their respective residents after the former British colony reported no local cases of Covid-19 for 14 consecutive days.
Hong Kong chief executive Carrie Lam told a press briefing on Monday that the two cities have started discussions on plans to exempt travelers from mandatory quarantine, provided they are fully vaccinated and can give a negative result from a nucleic acid test.
To prevent crowds from building up at border crossings, the two cities are considering setting a daily quota for the number of travelers.
The Hong Kong government will submit policy proposals to Beijing for reopening the border with mainland China, Lam said. The city is also considering resuming a suspended plan to exempt mainland travelers from mandatory quarantine, but only after the outbreak in neighboring Guangdong province subsides.
The background: Lam’s announcement came just as the city has not reported any new local cases of Covid-19 for two consecutive weeks. As of June 8, the only confirmed cases reported in Hong Kong were from outside the city.
About 1.94 million Hong Kong residents have received at least one dose of a Covid-19 vaccine. This represents 28.4% of the eligible population. Of these, 1.28 million people have been fully immunized.
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