According to Hong Kong newspapers, the initial number of tourists was limited to a few hundred per day.
The South China Morning Post quoted two unnamed official sources from the mainland to report on Thursday night that from the first week of December, Hong Kong travelers will be allowed to enter mainland China without isolation.
The newspaper stated that the initial number of visitors will be limited to “only a few hundred per day”, and then in the next few months, once any initial issues are resolved and a testing and tracking system is established, it will increase to “a few thousand.” people”. , To quote one of the officials.
After being approved by the “high-level Chinese leaders”, the reopening will begin on December 17th.
After months of negotiations between Beijing and Hong Kong, the timetable was accelerated, and Hong Kong prioritized the reopening of its borders with China before anywhere else. Mainland China and Hong Kong are maintaining strict quarantine systems and zero tolerance for Covid-19.
This strategy keeps the number of cases and deaths low, but as the rest of the world opens up and treats the coronavirus as an endemic disease, these two places are in a state of isolation. Reopening to China is the key to reinvigorating Hong Kong’s population flow, and it is also vital to Hong Kong’s economy.
According to reports, the trial will begin at about the same time as the three-day visit of the Chinese delegation to the Tokyo Olympics, which will begin on December 2.
“Although the visit of the mainland Olympic athletes is not directly related to the border opening process, we hope that their visit and the pilot opening of the border can share how they bring patriotism and tenacity to the people of Hong Kong through the athletes. Overcoming difficulties and winning. The highest sports honor,” the newspaper quoted one of them as saying.
The Hong Kong Constitutional and Mainland Affairs Bureau declined to comment on the South China Morning Post, and did not immediately respond to Bloomberg News’s calls and e-mails.