All curbs on trips between HK and mainland to be lifted on Mon

Travelers between the mainland and Hong Kong can enjoy quarantine-free, quota-free, and test-free cross-border travel starting from Monday, with all checkpoints due to be reopened.

The current quota limit for Hong Kong-mainland travel will be scrapped, and passengers will no longer need to make reservations before crossing the border.

Group tours between China, Hong Kong and Macau will resume, while the number of customs checkpoints open will return to pre-pandemic levels.

The three border checkpoints that have yet to reopen will do so from February 6, including the Lo Wu Control Point, the Liantang/Heung Yuen Wai boundary control point, and the Lok Ma Chau Control Point.

Hong Kong will end the Covid test requirement for all mainland visitors on the same day. The city will also drop the rapid antigen test for travelers from Macau, as well as the Covid-19 vaccination requirement for overseas and Taiwan-inbound passengers.

Travelers from Hong Kong and Macau to the mainland will no longer need to provide proof of a negative test if they haven't been to Taiwan or overseas over the past seven days.

Business leaders and representatives of other sectors hailed it as a significant boost to the revival of Hong Kong's economy.

From Jan 8, Hong Kong resumed the initial stage of quarantine-free travel with the mainland and capped the daily quota of cross-border passengers at 75,000.

Chief Secretary for Administration Eric Chan Kwok-ki said that starting from Wednesday (Feb 8), cross-border students at Hong Kong's secondary schools can use special channels at checkpoints and school bus services to return to Hong Kong for face-to-face classes.

The arrangement will cover other cross-border students in primary schools, kindergarten and special schools from Feb 22.

Data from Ctrip, an online travel platform, showed that searches for Hong Kong and Macau as destinations increased more than threefold immediately after the full resumption arrangement was announced, and page views for tour products to the two cities increased 1.8 times.