Hong Kong is easing its COVID pandemic-related regulations for tourists traveling in groups. However, some major foreign travel agencies say the city’s restrictions remain unattractive to travelers.
According to the South China Morning Post, none of the travel companies that used to bring in Korean, Filipino, Thai, and Singaporean tourists rushed to organize group tours. These travel agencies adopt a wait-and-see approach.
In accordance with Hong Kong’s current “0+3” policy, all arrivals are required to monitor their health for three days while being prohibited from entering restaurants, pubs, theme parks and museums. Additionally, they must get routine COVID-19 testing.
On November 14, the government announced that visitors arriving in group tours with licensed guides would be able to enter designated tourist attractions during the three days of medical supervision.
More details will be introduced this month.
Up to now, none of the travel companies the SCMP contacted have plans to resume group tours.
According to the Hong Kong Tourism Board, the number of visitors dropped by 97.4% in 2021.
The data issued earlier this year shows that arrivals dropped from 3.57 million in 2020 to 91,398 in 2021.