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October 6, 2021

The Chief Executive outlines bright future for Hong Kong in Policy Address

The Chief Executive, Mrs Carrie Lam, delivered her fifth annual Policy Address on 6 October, the last one of the current-term Hong Kong Special Administrative Region Government, setting out her plan for the future of the city. Under the theme of "Building a Bright Future Together", Mrs Lam said Hong Kong’s "One Country, Two Systems" principle was back on track, and is now ready again for a new start for economic development.

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September 27, 2021

Report on Hong Kong's Business Environment: A Place with Unique Advantages and Unlimited Opportunities

The Hong Kong Special Administrative Region Government published the "Report on Hong Kong's Business Environment: A Place with Unique Advantages and Unlimited Opportunities" on 27 September. The Report reviews and sets out Hong Kong's current business environment and advantages, and describes the development opportunities available to Hong Kong under the Mainland China's new phase and pattern of development.

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October 29, 2021

Webinar: "Hong Kong as the Green and Sustainable Finance Hub: Investments with Returns and Purpose” (29 Oct)

The Hong Kong Economic and Trade Office (Tokyo) will organise a webinar on - "Hong Kong as the Green and Sustainable Finance Hub: Investments with Returns and Purpose” on 29 October (Friday) from 3pm – 4pm15:00 to 16:00 (Japan time, GMT+9). The webinar aims to share with the Japanese businesses insight into the opportunities arising from green finance and investments, leveraging Hong Kong’s strengths as the green finance hub. It also explores the prospects of the development of green finance in Hong Kong and Japan as well as the relevant collaboration opportunities between the two places. Mr Christopher Hui, the Secretary for Financial Services and the Treasury of the HKSAR Government, will speak for the event together with other Hong Kong and Japanese speakers.

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August 20, 2021

New Boarding and Quarantine requirements for persons arriving in Hong Kong from Japan (Update as of August 20)

Non-Hong Kong residents from Japan who are fully vaccinated have been allowed entry to Hong Kong starting 9 August 2021. Following the announcement of the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region Government (HKSARG) on 17 August, new boarding, quarantine and testing requirements for persons arriving from overseas will take effect on 20 August 2021.
For fully-vaccinated travellers (including Hong Kong residents and non-Hong Kong residents) arriving at Hong Kong who had stayed in overseas places categorised as Group B specified places (medium-risk), including Japan, their compulsory quarantine period in designated quarantine hotels would be 14 days.
Non-Hong Kong residents who do not hold a recognised vaccination record are not allowed to board flights for Hong Kong.
According to the HKSARG announcement on 20 August, persons entering Hong Kong who are holding vaccination records that are issued by the relevant authorities or relevant institutions where the vaccines were administered will continue to be regarded as fulfilling the boarding and compulsory quarantine period-related vaccination record requirements. In other words, vaccination records issued by the Japan authorities or institutions (for vaccines administered in Japan) continue to be recognised by Hong Kong.
Please refer to the “Boarding, quarantine and testing requirements” link below for the latest arrangements.

Boarding, quarantine and testing requirements

17 Aug press release

20 Aug press release

September 15, 2021

Come2hk Scheme for non-Hong Kong residents to enter Hong Kong from Guangdong Province

Starting from 15 September, non-Hong Kong residents coming from Guangdong Province, upon fulfillment of all the specified conditions under the Come2hk Scheme, can be exempted from compulsory quarantine upon entry into Hong Kong. Eligible persons may apply for a quota to enter Hong Kong through the online booking system of the Come2hk Scheme.

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September 24, 2021

Hong Kong rises to third place in Global Financial Centres Index

Hong Kong ranked third globally in the latest Global Financial Centres Index Report published on 24 September by Z/Yen from the United Kingdom and the China Development Institute from Shenzhen, rising by one place from the March issue of the index this year.

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September 14, 2021

Hong Kong once again ranked as the world's freest economy

The Fraser Institute once again ranked Hong Kong as the world’s freest economy in the Economic Freedom of the World 2021 Annual Report. Hong Kong has gained the top rank since the inception of the report. Among the five areas of assessment, Hong Kong continued to rank top in "Freedom to Trade Internationally" and "Regulation".

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August 6, 2021

Hong Kong - Emerging Stronger and Beyond

The Principal Hong Kong Economic and Trade Representative (Tokyo), Ms Joyce HO, has published an article to give an update on Hong Kong’s latest developments. The article provides facts and figures demonstrating that Hong Kong has maintained its unique strengths, and encourages the Japanese businesses to partner with Hong Kong to tap the immense opportunities in the Mainland market.

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July 27, 2021

Webinar on “Hong Kong’s Latest Development and Opportunities” held on 27 July

The webinar on “Hong Kong’s Latest Development and Opportunities”, co-organised by the Japan Business Federation (Keidanren) and the Hong Kong Economic and Trade Office (Tokyo), was held on 27 July.
During the webinar, Principal Hong Kong Economic and Trade Representative (Tokyo) Ms Joyce HO; Associate Director-General of Investment Promotion (Business Development), Invest Hong Kong, Dr Jimmy CHIANG; and Director (Japan), Hong Kong Trade Development Council, Mr Benjamin YAU shared their insights on Hong Kong’s latest development and opportunities and addressed the issues raised by Keidanren members.

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Answers to Key Questions Received for Webinar on “Hong Kong as a pro-business gateway to China”

The Chief Executive, Mrs Carrie Lam, addressed a wide range of questions during the webinar on “Hong Kong as a pro-business gateway to China” organised by the Hong Kong Economic and Trade Office (Tokyo) on 26 April. Mrs Lam’s answers to some of the questions received during registration and the webinar have been uploaded on our website.

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June 24, 2021

Government adjusts testing requirement for boarding from high-risk places

Currently, persons arriving at Hong Kong who have stayed in Japan on the day of boarding for/arriving at Hong Kong or during the 14 days before that day are required to present at boarding negative result proof of a nucleic acid test for COVID-19 conducted within 72 hours before the scheduled time of departure of the aircraft.
The Government has specified that the relevant test must be a polymerase chain reaction (PCR)-based nucleic acid test. Results of tests conducted using other testing technologies/methodologies (e.g. reverse transcription loop-mediated isothermal amplification, RT-LAMP) shall not be considered to have fulfilled the relevant specified boarding requirement.
The following are common acceptable terms for "PCR-based nucleic acid test":

✳"Polymerase chain reaction" ("PCR")
✳"reverse transcription polymerase chain reaction" ("RT-PCR")
✳"real-time PCR"
✳"real time RT-PCR"
✳"quantitative PCR"
✳"qPCR"
✳"quantitative RT-PCR"
✳"qRT-PCR"
✳"TrueNAT"
✳"CBNAAT"

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May 6, 2021

Hong Kong ranked third most preferred seat for arbitration globally

Hong Kong has risen one place to rank the world’s third most preferred seat for arbitration, according to the 2021 International Arbitration Survey by Queen Mary University of London. The Hong Kong International Arbitration Centre also rose one place to rank as the world’s third most-preferred institution for arbitration.

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April 26, 2021

Webinar: Hong Kong as a pro-business gateway to China

The webinar on “Hong Kong as a pro-business gateway to China” held on 26 April was attended by more than 800 Japanese entrepreneurs and business executives.
During the webinar, the Chief Executive, Mrs Carrie Lam, highlighted how Hong Kong’s strong fundamentals and unique advantages under “One Country, Two Systems” make it an ideal partner for Japanese enterprises to tap the vast market in the Mainland of China, in particular the Guangdong-Hong Kong-Macao Greater Bay Area.
Presentation materials and webinar recording have been uploaded to the event page in our website.

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April 12, 2021

New direction in fighting pandemic

As the epidemic apparently under control, the Government will adopt a new direction in fighting the pandemic by adjusting various anti-epidemic measures with “vaccine bubble” as the basis.
The Chief Executive, Mrs Carrie Lam, said that the convenience brought about by vaccinations can be applied to cross-boundary travel, including shortening the quarantine period of persons arriving in Hong Kong from low-risk and medium-risk places; allowing vaccinated Hong Kong residents to take part in an Air Travel Bubble or enjoy the convenience of shortened or no quarantine for overseas travel offered by foreign governments.

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March 19, 2021

Webinar on “Setting a Global Standard for Climate Change Disclosure”

The Hong Kong Economic and Trade Office (Tokyo) sponsored a webinar on 19 March 2021 at which panelists from Hong Kong, Japan and Korea shared their views on the desirable way forward for adequate corporate disclosure on climate change risk.

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COVID-19: Hong Kong’s Multi-pronged response

The Government has implemented a comprehensive and co-ordinated approach to contain the spread of COVID-19 and protect the health of the community while maintaining Hong Kong’s position as an international city and aviation hub.

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Fact Sheet

February 24, 2021

Budget initiatives to revive the economy and relieve people’s burden

In his 2021-22 Budget Speech on 24 February, the Financial Secretary of the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region Government Mr Paul Chan announced that wide-ranging measures will be implemented to revive Hong Kong’s economy, help people overcome financial difficulties amid the COVID-19 pandemic, as well as assist enterprises in weathering the current economic difficulties and prepare for a post-pandemic recovery. He also set out various initiatives to reinforce the competitiveness of the city’s backbone industries, including financial services, innovation and technology and tourism.

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Budget Speech

January 29, 2021

Non-recognition of the BN(O) passport as a valid travel document and proof of identity

The Government of the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region (HKSAR) announced on 29 January 2021 the non-recognition of the British National (Overseas) (BN(O)) passport as a valid travel document and proof of identity.
With effect from 31 January 2021, BN(O) passports cannot be used for immigration clearance and will not be recognised as any form of proof of identity in Hong Kong. The Hong Kong residents concerned may continue to use their HKSAR Passports or Hong Kong Permanent Identity Cards for entering or departing Hong Kong.

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Last Updated: October 22, 2021

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