Hong Kong may postpone partial border reopening with mainland to late December
11/30/2021|12:51:17 PM|The Standard

Hong Kong’s plan to reopen borders with Guangdong and allow up to 1,000 SAR citizens daily to travel to Shenzhen or Zhuhai without quarantine may be further postponed to late December, with the SAR mulling to expand the quota to up to 5,000.

Chief Secretary John Lee Ka-chiu earlier said Hong Kong has met the basic requirements for reopening the border with mainland China, after wrapping up a meeting with mainland officials on the border reopening in Shenzhen.

However, he did not reveal the exact date for commencing the quarantine-free travel.

Reports on Monday suggested that the SAR is negotiating with mainland authorities to increase the daily quota of quarantine-free travel from 1,000 to 5,000, with a view of commencing the plan before Christmas.

However, it noted that both administrations have yet to agree on details of a suspension mechanism for the travel scheme, with the SAR hoping for the threshold of the circuit-breaker to be set to two cluster outbreaks instead of one single local Covid case.

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