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May 29, 2022

New testing rules for arrivals to Hong Kong

The Government announced on 29 May a number of adjustments in relation to the pre-departure and post-arrival nucleic acid testing arrangements for travellers arriving Hong Kong from overseas places.
Passengers transferring or transiting through the Hong Kong International Airport are no longer required to present proof of the 48-hour pre-departure nucleic acid test from 1 June.
While arrivals still have to present the negative result proof of a nucleic acid test conducted within 48 hours prior to the scheduled time of departure, from 1 June, they no longer need to present the documentary proof of the ISO 15189 accreditation or the recognition by the local authority regarding the laboratory or the healthcare institution.
From 1 June, children aged below three are no longer required to present the proof of the 48-hour pre-departure nucleic acid test when boarding. However, upon arrival in Hong Kong, the young children will still be subject to polymerase chain reaction (PCR)-based nucleic acid tests (normally conducted with stool samples) as per existing arrangement.
Meanwhile, arrivals on or after 24 May and are discharged early from compulsory quarantine have to take an additionalcompulsory PCR-based nucleic acid test on the ninth day of arrival in HK, in addition to the PCR-based nucleic acid test on the fifth and 12th day of arrival.
Recovered persons previously infected with COVID-19 can be exceptionally allowed to board a flight for Hong Kong if they hold the relevant documentary proof to show that they were infected with the virus 14 to 90 days prior to boarding for Hong Kong and have recovered, together with a negative Rapid Antigen Test (RAT) result conducted within 24 hours prior to boarding.

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April 22, 2022

Hong Kong to reopen to non-residents from overseas from May

From 1 May, entry to Hong Kong of non-Hong Kong residents from overseas places would be allowed. Non-Hong Kong residents would observe the same boarding, quarantine and testing requirements as Hong Kong residents.
The Government will also shorten the "test-and-hold" time at the airport by conducting a rapid antigen test (RAT) on each arriving passenger, in addition to the PCR test. So long as the RAT test result is negative, the passenger may transfer to his/her designated hotel immediately, without having to wait for the PCR test result at the airport.

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Details of boarding, quarantine and testing arrangements

March 22, 2022

Quarantine Rules for Hong Kong residents arriving at Hong Kong will be relaxed from 1 April

From 1 April 2022, the quarantine period for fully vaccinated Hong Kong residents arriving at Hong Kong from overseas places (including Korea) will be reduced to 7 days in designated quarantine hotels, to be followed by a 7-day self-monitoring period. They must hold a negative result of a polymerase chain reaction (PCR)-based nucleic acid test taken within 48 hours before boarding and a confirmation of a room reservation at a designated quarantine hotel (DQH) for at least 7 nights.
Eligible Hong Kong residents will be subject to “Test and hold” arrangement upon arrival in Hong Kong airport, where a rapid PCR-based nucleic acid test will be conducted; upon a negative test result, a 14-day Quarantine Order will be issued and designated transport taken to go to the reserved DQH. During the quarantine period, daily rapid antigen tests (RATs) and PCR-based nucleic acid tests on Day 5 will be conducted. If the results of Day 5 PCR-based nucleic acid test and Day 6 and 7 RATs are all negative, early discharge from the DQH will be allowed.

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The latest boarding, quarantine and testing arrangements

Concise Guide

2022

25th Anniversary of the Establishment of the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region

The year 2022 marks the 25th anniversary of the establishment of the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region (HKSAR). A series of celebration activities will be organized in Korea to showcase the various aspects of Hong Kong as a global business hub, an attractive tourism destination, a place with rich and unique culture, and a city full of creativity, character and artistic creation.

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May 8, 2022

CE-elect pledges new era of unity

John Lee was elected in the Sixth Term Chief Executive Election held on 8 May. His term of office will commence on 1 July 2022.
He pledged to start a new chapter for Hong Kong and build a caring, open and vibrant city full of hope, opportunities and harmony.

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March 24, 2022

Hong Kong maintains third place in Global Financial Centres Index

Hong Kong maintained the third globally in the latest Global Financial Centres Index Report published on 24 March by Z/Yen from the United Kingdom and the China Development Institute from Shenzhen.

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February 23, 2022

2022-23 Budget to support livelihood and business and boost capacity for economic development

The Financial Secretary of the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region Government, Mr Paul Chan, announced the 2022-23 Budget Speech with a focus on the following areas –
・allocating adequate resources for an all-out effort to win the fight against the epidemic;
・supporting Hong Kong people and small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) to ride out of the epidemic;
・supporting the economy and fostering post-epidemic economic revival; and
・investing for the future by planning ahead for the medium- and long-term development of the economy.

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February 14, 2022

Webinar: Hong Kong as an Asset and Wealth Management Hub and Springboard to Mainland China

Targeting the business and financial sectors in Korea, the webinar aims to introduce Hong Kong’s strengths as an asset and wealth management hub and its connectivity with the Mainland China, particularly in the Guangdong-Hong Kong-Macao Greater Bay Area (GBA). Participants will also be apprised of the business opportunities arising from Hong Kong’s initiatives of strengthening its asset management capabilities in the region.

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20 December 2021

White paper on "Hong Kong: Democratic Progress Under the Framework of One Country, Two Systems"

The Chief Executive, Mrs Carrie Lam, welcomes the publication of the white paper on "Hong Kong: Democratic Progress Under the Framework of One Country, Two Systems" on 20 December by the China’s State Council Information Office, which gives a detailed and systematic historical account of Hong Kong's democratic development.
The Central Government emphasises in the white paper that it will continue to develop and improve democracy in Hong Kong in line with the actual situation and in accordance with the Constitution, the Basic Law, and the relevant decisions of the National People's Congress and its Standing Committee; and it will work with all social groups, sectors and stakeholders towards the ultimate goal of election by universal suffrage of the Chief Executive and all members of the Legislative Council.

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For reference: White Paper (English version)

November 10 to 28, 2021

Hong Kong Comix Exhibition at Dongdaemun Design Plaza (10 to 28 Nov)

With the support of the Hong Kong Economic and Trade Office, the Hong Kong Arts Centre presented “Hong Kong Comix Exhibition” at Dongdaemun Design Plaza from 10 to 28 November. The exhibition showcased the history and development of Hong Kong comics as well as a set of thematic creations by Hong Kong artists.

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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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Policy Address

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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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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 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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September 3, 2021

Hong Kong - Emerging Stronger and Beyond

The Principal Hong Kong Economic and Trade Representative, 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 Korean businesses to partner with Hong Kong to tap the immense opportunities in the Mainland market.

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August 18, 2021

Webinar on “Clusters of innovation: New technologies and smart economies in Asia”

The Secretary for Innovation and Technology, Mr Alfred Sit, on 18 August updated the business community in Korea on Hong Kong’s latest developments and opportunities in innovation and technology (I&T) at a webinar entitled “Clusters of innovation: New technologies and smart economies in Asia” organised by the Economist Corporate Network with full sponsorship from the Hong Kong Economic and Trade Office.

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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 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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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

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: June 02, 2022

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