HKTB’s Canadian office cheers Canada’s decision to drop pre-departure testing

HKTB’s Canadian office cheers Canada’s decision to drop pre-departure testing

TORONTO — The Canadian office of the Hong Kong Tourism Board (HKTB) is cheering the federal government’s decision to lift temporary pre-departure test requirements for air travellers from China, Hong Kong and Macao.

The eased policy took effect March 17, 2023.

“We welcome the removal of pre-departure test requirements for travellers from Hong Kong. Along with the relaxation of most travel restrictions in Hong Kong and the elimination of the city’s mask mandate, it is now more convenient for Canadians to visit Hong Kong. We look forward to welcoming our Canadian friends to immerse themselves in our rich culture, thriving arts scene, world-class dining, and breathtaking outdoors,” said Michael Lim, HKTB Director for Canada, Central & South America.

Last month Hong Kong recorded a provisional visitor arrival total of 1.462 million, three times January’s numbers.

It marked the first time since February 2020 that visitor figures surpassed one million, representing 30% of pre-pandemic levels.

The HKTB’s ‘Hello Hong Kong’ global campaign, featuring 500,000 air ticket giveaways (with Canadians covering taxes and other fees) and one million visitor vouchers, launched last month.

The HKTB is also showcasing new attractions, including M+ and the Hong Kong Palace Museum, the new Peak Tram, Water World Ocean Park, and Hong Kong Disneyland’s ‘Momentous’ show. Hong Kong will also host more than 250 events and festivals in 2023 and over 100 international MICE events, highlighting the city’s diverse appeal.

More information about Hello Hong Kong and the Hong Kong goodies can be found at

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