The Hong Kong government announced that visitors and staff who work at public hospitals and care homes for the elderly and people with disabilities do not have to undergo rapid antigen tests (RATs) before they enter these premises, starting March 25. However, anyone who enters these establishments must continue to wear masks.
Hong Kong scrapped several of its Covid-19 testing requirements over the past few months. In February this year, authorities stopped requiring travellers from Mainland China to provide pre-departure PCR test results to enter the SAR. Earlier this month, the Education Board said that schoolchildren do not need to take a RAT before they enter school premises.
The only Covid-19 testing mandate that remains in Hong Kong is the pre-departure RAT or PCR for overseas travellers before they depart for the city. They have the option of taking a self-administered RAT within 24 hours of their departure to Hong Kong, or undergoing a PCR test within 48 of leaving for the SAR.
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