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Hong Kong Won’t Open to World Until Mid-2022, Lam Aide Says

  • Advisory council member says city needs at least six months
  • China border, elderly vaccination rate key to opening up
Operations at Hong Kong Airport as City Eases Entry for Vaccinated Residents and Tourists
Photographer: Paul Yeung/Bloomberg
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Hong Kong could open up to global travel in roughly six months, after officials have successfully navigated the introduction of quarantine-free borders with mainland China and boosted the local vaccination rate, a government adviser said.

The Chinese territory needs to finish negotiating open borders with the mainland, while using the next few months to increase the flagging Covid-19 inoculation rate among the city’s elderly, Lam Ching-choi, a member of Hong Kong leader Carrie Lam’s advisory Executive Council, said in an interview on Monday.