Tuesday, September 27, 2022

At a glance: Countries ease travel restrictions to revive tourism industry

While Hong Kong remains closed to tourists, countries including the United Kingdom, the United States, Thailand and Japan are easing travel restrictions to revive their tourism industries hit by the COVID-19 pandemic.

Here is a list of popular destinations and their travel policies.

United Kingdom
From 18 March, travelers traveling to the UK are not required to be tested or quarantined, even if they have been vaccinated. Tourists are not required to declare travel details and vaccination records upon entry.

United States of america
The United States has lifted previous travel restrictions, but visitors must receive two doses of a vaccine approved by the World Health Organization (WHO) or the US Federal Drug Administration (FDA) 14 days before departure. Passengers are not required to quarantine, but must provide a negative result or proof of recovery 24 hours before entry.

Canada
From April 1, Canada is not required to test visitors if they have received two doses of a government-approved COVID-19 vaccine 14 days before departure. Visitors will still be required to provide personal information through the Government of Canada’s “ArriveCAN” website or app. On arrival passengers may be randomly sampled for nucleic acid testing.

Australia
Australia allows those holding a visa and being fully vaccinated against COVID-19 with a vaccine approved by the Australian Government, by providing a negative rapid test result within 24 hours prior to departure, or by providing a negative rapid test result within 72 hours before departure. Exemption from quarantine is given by providing negative nucleic acid test result. , This policy started from February 21.

The European Union
From 1 March, travelers traveling to any of the 27 EU member states must receive two doses of the WHO-approved vaccine between 14 and 270 days from entry. Those who have been infected with COVID-19 and have recovered within 180 days from admission may be exempted from quarantine and testing.

New Zealand
From May, visitors from the UK, US, Japan, Singapore, Hong Kong, Macao and Taiwan and other countries or regions that have visa-free agreements with New Zealand will not be quarantined on arrival. But they will have to give a negative test result and undergo two rapid tests in the first week after arrival,

Thailand
From 1 April, fully vaccinated travelers to Thailand can apply for a quarantine-free entry visa, and are not required to be tested prior to arrival. Passengers may be exempted from quarantine if they test negative twice on arrival and on the fifth day after entry.

Japan
On 8 April, Japan lifted entry restrictions on 106 countries or territories, allowing those traveling for business, study or employment purposes to apply for entry visas. However, tourists are still not allowed into the country.

For the time being, Hong Kong is closed to tourists. Only vaccinated residents are allowed to return from overseas. Returning residents will have to stay in quarantine hotels for at least seven days.

Arrivals will undergo a COVID-19 test at Hong Kong International Airport and in quarantine.

Polymerase chain reaction (PCR) tests will be done on the 5th and 12th day of quarantine. Those who test positive in the RAT or PCR test will be sent to a designated isolation facility.

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