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Greater China border reopening to boost travel retail

In another big fillip for the travel retail sector, Mainland China fully reopened its borders with the Special Administrative Regions of Hong Kong and Macau on Monday, February 6.

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All Hong Kong’s land crossings will reopen from the same date. Hong Kong Chief Executive John Lee Ka-Chiu said that the Lo Wu, Lok Ma Chau and Heung Yuen Wai checkpoints – which were all closed – are now reopened.

In Mainland China, all Covid restrictions have been scrapped and there are no quotas imposed on visitor numbers.

The State Council’s Hong Kong and Macau Affairs Office declared that people entering the Mainland from the two special administrative regions, and who have not travelled overseas in the week prior to departure, will no longer require a PCR test to cross the border.

Anyone who has travelled overseas in the previous week will still need a PCR test within 48 hours of departure.

The positive news followed Lee’s launch yesterday of the ‘Hello Hong Kong’ promotional campaign to entice visitors back after three years of strict pandemic restrictions.

Speaking at the campaign launch, John Lee said: “We have prepared 500,000 free air tickets to welcome tourists from every part of the world to come to Hong Kong. This, ladies and gentlemen, is probably the world’s biggest welcome ever.”

Source: Moodie Davitt Report