International visitors to Hong Kong who test negative for COVID-19 will no longer be subject to the amber health code that prohibits them from entering certain venues and can enter freely as of December 14, 2022.
The news from Hong Kong comes a week after Beijing Capital International Airport (PEK) in China announced that it will no longer require visitors to show a negative COVID-19 test result to enter.
Hong Kong has abided by one of the strictest COVID-19 regulations in the entire world. When the pandemic was at its worst, Hong Kong routinely barred aircraft that were discovered to have transported more than five people who tested positive for COVID-19.
At a press conference with members of the local media, Hong Kong’s health secretary Lo Chung-mau announced that visitors to the city will no longer receive an “amber code.”
During their first three days in the island administrative region, visitors were prohibited from visiting restaurants and bars under Hong Hong’s most recent COVID-19 restriction scheme, the Amber code.
Lo also stated that the government health app scanning requirement would no longer apply to entering public spaces, although she added that a vaccination pass would still be required to enter spaces like restaurants.
Visitors to Hong Kong will still be required to present a negative COVID-19 test result upon arrival, despite this most recent and eased requirement. The three coronavirus vaccination jabs are still required for entry into pubs and restaurants.