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HK loosens travel restrictions

Hong Kong has announced easing travel restrictions by relaxing some Covid-19 testing requirements for incoming air passengers starting June 1. Travellers still need a PCR test within 48 hours of the scheduled departure of their flight but the Hong Kong government said travellers will no longer have to give documentary proof of lab accreditation. The financial hub will also drop requirements for transit passengers to have a pre-flight PCR test. The government also announced an easing of the flight-suspension mechanism for airlines that carry Covid-positive travellers. From June 1, airlines that trigger the mechanism over a 10-day period will receive a warning and a HKD20,000 (SGD3,500) penalty. If the carrier again breaches the terms within 10 days, it will be prohibited from flying that route into Hong Kong for five days.

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