Hong Kong will require travelers to the city to fill out an electronic health declaration form before boarding a flight, no longer allowing them to do the paperwork after landing, in an effort to make the process more efficient.
The new system will begin July 28 on a trial basis, the government said in a statement. In addition to standard health and arrival details, passengers must provide proof of vaccination and a reference number for a quarantine hotel stay in order to get the QR code needed to board a flight into the Asian financial hub, the government said.
While most passengers already fill out the forms in advance, the few who don’t can slow the arrival process and lengthen the time travelers must spend at the Hong Kong International Airport, the statement said. Passengers must still present documents and those without a QR code will be allowed to board during the trial period.
The city plans to fully implement the electronic declaration form in August, making the pre-boarding documentation verification system digital and reducing the manpower it currently takes to carry out.
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