People arriving under the Return2HK Scheme, and those who are vaccinated will now have to do three Covid tests instead of two, while non-vaccinated people will have to do five tests instead of two.

Initiated on April 29 the scheme allows for Hong Kong residents that have not been in places other than Hong Kong, the Mainland or Macau, or any places in the Mainland designated as medium and high-risk in the past 14 days before arriving in Hong Kong to be exempted from the 14-day compulsory quarantine requirement.

They have to test negative for Covid-19 virus 72 hours before crossing the border and have to carry out further testing afterwards.

Guangdong Province registered 15 new locally transmitted confirmed COVID-19 cases on Wednesday, four of which were previously asymptomatic cases, the provincial health commission said today.

The fresh outbreak in Guangdong also led Hong Kong authorities to postpone the launch of its ‘Come2HK’ scheme, which would have allowed mainland travellers to come to the city without quarantining.

Meanwhile, local authorities have expressed repeatedly that only after 14 consecutive days without local cases could their start negotiations with the neighbouring SAR to remove the current quarantine requirements demanded Hong Kong arrivals.