Many people from airlines predicted to reporters that the new measures would also encourage more foreign passengers to choose to return via Hong Kong.
This afternoon, Hong Kong, China announced that from next Monday (September 26), it would lift the mandatory hotel quarantine measures for arriving passengers, and change the quarantine measures from the current "3+4" to "0+3", that is, overseas and Taiwan arriving passengers only need to have medical monitoring at home for three days.
The four new measures for arrival in Hong Kong also include that after receiving nucleic acid testing at the airport, people arriving in Hong Kong can go home or go to the hotel without waiting for the results, or can choose their own means of transportation. You will get a "yellow code" for three days after arriving in Hong Kong, during which you can go out, but still cannot enter restaurants, bars and other places; The nucleic acid test results of the previous day will be received on the fourth day after arrival in Hong Kong, and those who are negative will be given a "blue code".
In addition, the nucleic acid test 48 hours before boarding is canceled and replaced by rapid test (RAT); Cancel the restriction that non vaccinated citizens cannot go to Hong Kong, but non Hong Kong residents still need to meet the vaccination requirements or obtain a medical exemption before boarding; "Easy to come to Hong Kong" and "Easy to return to Hong Kong" do not set limits, but also apply to people in mainland China and Macao.
After the above measures were announced, the instantaneous search volume of international flights to Hong Kong, China on Qunar platform increased four times. The United States, Australia, the United Kingdom, Canada, Japan, Singapore, Thailand, Russia and Malaysia are the highest ranked starting places for search.
Christoph Meyer, general manager of sales in Hong Kong, Macao and South China of Lufthansa Group, also told the reporter that policy relaxation for passengers will increase the demand for travel to and from Hong Kong, China. "Two hours after the announcement of the new policy, we have received many inquiries from European travel agencies about air tickets."
It is worth noting that since the second half of this year, a new transit route back to China has been opened: the Hong Kong government has shortened the centralized isolation time for vaccinated entry personnel to 7 days for hotel isolation (and then further shortened it to three days for hotel isolation and quarantine and four days for home medical monitoring), which means that some foreign passengers cannot directly transfer to the mainland at the Hong Kong airport, However, the policy of visa free stay for 7 days in transit can be used to isolate people in Hong Kong for 7 days before returning to the mainland. However, after returning to the mainland, it is necessary to conduct centralized isolation according to the requirements of each city.
Although it takes more isolation time to return to China through this route, since Hong Kong has no "Five Ones" policy restrictions on international flights, and there are basically daily flights between Europe and the United States, direct flights from abroad to Hong Kong are much cheaper than direct flights to mainland cities, and they can be purchased directly on the airline's official website. Therefore, many foreign passengers have chosen to return to the mainland through Hong Kong.
The new measures just announced in Hong Kong mean that after landing in Hong Kong, it is no longer necessary to isolate in hotels, but after entering Hong Kong, you can fly back to the mainland with nucleic acid sampling and detection within 5-8 hours before the flight takes off. Therefore, many people from airlines predicted to reporters that the new measures would also encourage more foreign passengers to choose to return to the mainland via Hong Kong.[P, A Hong Kong Mainland economy class ticket with a full price of two or three thousand yuan is often bid up to nearly ten thousand yuan.
However, some insiders predict that with the implementation of Hong Kong's new epidemic prevention measures, the increase in the number of people returning to the mainland from abroad via Hong Kong will further push up the ticket price of Hong Kong returning to the mainland.