The Visiting Scheme to Outlying Islands programme, which has been suspended due to Covid-19, has started accepting applications for the first time in three years. The scheme has also introduced new ferry routes to and from Lantau and Ma Wan.

The scheme, which was launched in 2012, provides free ferry services to and from Cheung Chau, Lantau (Mui Wo), Peng Chau, and Lamma Island (Yung Shue Wan and Sok Kwu Wan). This year, it launched new routes in Lantau (Tung Chung, Sha Lo Wan and Tai O) and Ma Wan.

Applicants can apply for rides on ordinary or fast ferries, but will only get ordinary class seats.

Groups that qualify for the scheme are schools, uniformed groups, non-governmental organisations, community and local groups.

Applicants should submit a completed application form along with copies of the required supporting documents at least 30 days before their planned trip.

For more details about the scheme, click here.

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From the Middle East to the Far East and a couple of places in between, Anjali has lived in no fewer than seven cities in Asia, and has travelled extensively in the region. She worked as a lifestyle journalist in India before coming to Hong Kong, where her favourite thing to do is island-hopping with her daughter. You can check out her musings on motherhood, courtesy her Instagram profile.

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