“Hong Kong has basically fulfilled the conditions” to resume non-quarantine travel with mainland: panel of experts

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“Experts from the mainland claimed that Hong Kong had strengthened a series of anti-epidemic measures and fostered an environment conducive to the resumption of travel without quarantine,” he said in the post-event statement.

At the Second Mainland and Hong Kong Anti-Epidemic Work Meeting held in Shenzhen, experts announced that “Hong Kong has basically reached the conditions for resuming travel without quarantine.”

“Experts from the mainland claimed that Hong Kong had strengthened a series of anti-epidemic measures and fostered an environment conducive to the resumption of travel without quarantine,” he said in the post-event statement.

The meeting was hosted by Deputy Director of the Hong Kong and Macao Affairs Office of the State Council, Huang Liuquan, who thanked the Hong Kong SAR government for its measures to prevent and control the epidemic, in accordance with the goal of zero infection and protection against importation of cases and resurgence of local infection. Chief Administration Secretary John Lee led representatives from Hong Kong SAR to the meeting.

What’s next on both sides?

In order to successfully resume non-quarantine travel between mainland China and Hong Kong SAR, here are the steps to follow:

  1. Both parties are to submit reports on the relevant anti-epidemic measures and the implementation plan for the resumption of non-quarantine travel in accordance with the relevant procedure.
  2. Further exchanges of views would be organized if necessary.
  3. Task forces to be set up on both sides to study:
    1. Interface, code conversion and operation issues of Hong Kong and Mainland health code systems; and
    2. Management and cooperation as well as a joint prevention and control mechanism at border control points.

Priorities for the establishment of the Hong Kong SAR

On the side of the Hong Kong SAR government, it is now preparing to fully prepare for the implementation of non-quarantine travel, which includes the following tasks:

  • Deployment of the “Hong Kong Health Code”
  • Boundary control point workflow plan
  • Labor allocation
  • Cooperation mechanism between Hong Kong and the mainland
  • Mechanism for identifying high-risk individuals.

Chief Secretary Lee called on the Bureau of Food and Health to immediately follow up on comments provided by experts on the mainland and strengthen the management of high-exposure groups.

He also asked the Office of Innovation and Technology to announce the “Hong Kong Health Code” implementation plan next week to enable citizens to download and familiarize themselves with the most mobile application. quickly possible.

The meeting, hosted by Huang, brought together representatives from the mainland, including Deputy Director of the Liaison Office of the Central People’s Government of Hong Kong SAR, Yin Zonghua, experts from the National Health Commission and representatives. General Administration of Customs, National Immigration Administration, Civil Aviation Administration of China, People’s Government of Guangdong Province, Shenzhen Municipal People’s Government and Municipal People’s Government of Zhuhai.

Hong Kong SAR representatives led by Lee included Food and Health Secretary Prof. Sophia Chan; the Secretary for Innovation and Technology, Alfred Sit; the Under-Secretary for Constitutional and Continental Affairs, Clement Woo; and representatives of the Ministry of Health, the Office of the Government Information Officer, the Security Bureau, the Transport and Housing Bureau and other related offices and departments.

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