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Hong Kong in travel bubble talks with Japan, Thailand

Hong Kong has actually reactivated conversations with Japan and also a handful of various other nations over establishing travel bubbles, business principal Edward Yau stated Monday, provided an equally acknowledged coronavirus screening system is developed.

Addressing a webinar held by the Hong Kong Productivity Council on local business promo amidst the coronavirus pandemic, the Yau informed the information media that Hong Kong has actually involved in travel bubble conversations with in between 8 and also 10 nations and also areas.

Health employees in Hong Kong, China, on August 12, 2020. (PHOTO NOT FOR SALE)(NurPhoto/Getty/Kyodo)

Discussions with Japan and also Thailand, which had actually been put on hold as the pandemic gotten worse in July, are in advanced phases contrasted with various other nations, Yau stated.

“Travelers would take coronavirus tests that are mutually recognized, and the test results would be sent to the destination country via the flight companies for confirmation, before they were being allowed to board,” Yau stated, describing the feasible plan controversial. “Once landed, the local health department could demand further testing.”

But the bubble might not be established anytime quickly as all sides require to evaluate the pandemic’s growth and also scenario, he included.

Japan obtained 2.29 million site visitors from Hong Kong in 2015, contrasted with 20 site visitors last month, according to the Japan National Tourism Organization.

Foreign site visitors have actually been prohibited from getting in Hong Kong considering that March as the federal government placed in area determines to eliminate the pandemic, while Hong Kong locals returning from international nations go through 14-day obligatory quarantine.

Arrival site visitors went down 99 percent in June year-on-year and also are down 90 percent in the very first fifty percent of this year from the very same duration of in 2015, tourist numbers revealed.

A 12-day run of 100-plus day-to-day brand-new instances was reported in mid-July as the 3rd wave of the pandemic hit the city. But instances have actually gone down consequently as 9 were reported Monday, with the overall tally getting to 4,691 and also 77 fatalities.