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Measured approach needed to bring back travel

03/01/2021| 2:26:41 PM|

With community vaccination in full swing, a gradual decline in infections would pave the way for relaxation.

Life is not back to normal until traveling returns, so it would seem. For Hongkongers, the urge to venture beyond the city after a long year under Covid-19 is even stronger.

High on the agenda is the postponed deal with Singapore. Abruptly put on hold in November because of a fresh community outbreak, the agreement would have enabled quarantine-free traveling for those with negative test results.

Whether vaccination would become a new requirement remains to be seen, but there have been suggestions that more safeguards are being considered.

Consideration also should be given to cross-border traveling in due course. Since November, a quarantine exemption has been provided for Hongkongers with negative test results returning from Guangdong province and Macau under a special daily quota. But outbound travel is still subject to restrictions upon arrival.

Now that the community vaccination program is in full swing, a gradual decline in infections would pave the way for relaxation.

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