This video grab shows Hong Kong’s Secretary for Health Prof Lo Chung-mau speaking to the media after attending a radio program in the city on Dec 31, 2022.
HONG KONG – The health chief of Hong Kong said on Saturday that the special administrative region's government is considering how to align COVID-19 vaccination requirements for both Chinese mainland and international travelers.
Travelers from the mainland do not have to be inoculated to visit Hong Kong currently, though overseas arrivals must be fully vaccinated.
Speaking at a media session after attending a radio program Saturday morning, Professor Lo Chung-mau said the government's "principle is to align international travelers requirements with the inbound travelers coming from the mainland".
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We agree that in the past, there is a discrepancy in this requirement for inbound travelers coming from overseas as compared to the mainland.
Lo Chung-mau, Secretary for Health, HKSAR
The government will monitor the situation and consider how it can adjust the vaccination requirements for all arrivals, he said.
"We agree that in the past, there is a discrepancy in this requirement for inbound travelers coming from overseas as compared to the mainland. We will be adjusting this and our principle is to align this to make sure that the requirements for both sides are the same.”
Replying to another query on scrapping quarantine for infected people if daily COVID caseload falls below or at around 15,000, he said the government will have to monitor the overall situation for every adjustment to the anti-epidemic measures
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Referring to rise in the number of infection and hospital admission, the secretary or health said: “We have just made major adjustments to the anti-epidemic measures. One of which is to cancel the quarantine order and stop classifying people as close contacts. We will have to monitor the situation before we make further adjustments to the isolation order.”