One of the priorities for the Hong Kong Government is to reopen its borders for tourism as soon as possible.
If COVID19 can be further controlled and borders are opened, expect a sharp increase in tourism in 2021. Large numbers from Mainland China are expected to resume, whilst there is talk of ‘inter-region travel bubbles’ being arranged within Asia for countries least affected by the virus.
As the virus has affected every business in the tourism industry worldwide, Hong Kong is no different. Many tourism-related businesses have closed, and there have been disruptions with accommodation.
Yet, Hong Kong still boasts unseen adventure for many of the visitors who flocked to the city. With hundreds of islands and dozens of hiking trails, adventure tour companies like Wild Hong Kong, are flourishing with local tourism.
Current COVID-19 practices and requirements
Hong Kong currently only allows with arrivals from Mainland China, Macau and Taiwan due to the coronavirus pandemic. All must undergo a compulsory COVID19 test and stay in quarantine for 14 days.
Furthermore, air passengers from high-risk countries now need to provide a negative COVID19 test prior to boarding when travelling to Hong Kong.
Hong Kong is going through its third wave of the coronavirus, and its most severe yet.
From July 15th, social distancing laws have reduced from 50 to four, dining in restaurants will be prohibited from 6:00 pm to 5:00 am daily and various businesses like bars, gyms, beauty studios and entertainment complexes are closed.
It is now mandatory to wear a face mask using public transport, although residents have practised mask use since January.
At the time of writing, Hong Kong’s coronavirus cases are still significantly low in comparison to other places in the Asia region, though cases have spiked, with now over 100 per day. Current cases 1,886 with 12 deaths.
As mainland Chinese state-run media portrayed the protests very negatively, pro-democracy protests resulted in a sharp decline in visitors to Hong Kong in 2019.
The new national security law adds to the latest setback for tourism in Hong Kong. The dual hits of issues medical and political have dropped tourism down to 96% of its former business as usual.
Adventure parks Disneyland and Ocean Park have recently both opened and closed due to spikes in cases.
Rainbow Lodge in Tsim Sha Tsui is one of the well-known hostels to have closed, whilst the popular Yes Inn has closed their Causeway Bay branch, restructuring in Yau Mei Tei. Urban Pack, arguably Hong Kong’s best hostel, is waiting to see on the outcome post COVID19.
For the hotels that are still open, prices have been significantly slashed, with some even reducing daily rates by 70%. These include some major hotel chains.
Check with hotels that are allowing quarantined guests. Some hotels are very affordable, and have welcomed quarantined guests who have gone on to become positive with COVID19.