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IATA statement on Hong Kong’s border measures

Many governments in the Asia Pacific region have lifted quarantine for vaccinated travelers.

IATA’s  statement on the easing of Hong Kong’s border measures.

The easing of border measures announced by the Hong Kong SAR government is a step forward. But a lot more still needs to be done to rebuild Hong Kong’s connectivity and support the recovery of aviation sector.  

Allowing non-residents to enter Hong Kong is a welcome development. The need to be quarantined, however, continues to be a disincentive for many people considering travel to Hong Kong, especially when many other cities in Asia are already allowing quarantine free travel.  

And while Hong Kong has eased the threshold for suspending flights that bring in infected passengers, and has reduced the suspension period, the reality is that airlines still face the uncertainty and possibility of a suspension for something outside of their control, even though passengers have presented the necessary documentation and test certificates. 

Many governments in the Asia Pacific region have lifted quarantine for vaccinated travelers. They are currently looking at removing or have removed COVID-19 test requirements. That is what Hong Kong needs to be working towards.”
 

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