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Asia, Hong Kong

Hong Kong is Giving Away Half a Million Flights 🇭🇰 🛩

This sounds almost too good to be true: Hong Kong is giving away free flights! You can find out how to enter to win and current entry requirements here.

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The mandatory hotel quarantine after entry has now been abolished, but the entry conditions are not that simple. Similar to when Singapore was opened, many tests have to be carried out on-site in the first few days.

According to a report by the Bloomberg news agency, an unusual measure has been considered in Hong Kong in order to boost idle tourism as quickly as possible: Half a million flight tickets are to be simply given away.

Which Airlines Are the Tickets Valid For?

The free tickets are issued for Hong Kong-based airline, Cathay Pacific.

Who Pays for the Free Tickets?

The Hong Kong Tourism Board is providing 2 billion Hong Kong dollars, i.e. around 261 million US dollars, for this purpose. This would result in an average ticket price of around $522, which should also cover long-haul flights (especially if some of the flights cover shorter routes). The tickets were already bought from the airlines as part of an aid program in 2020.

How to Get the Free Flight?

The airport operator Airport Authority Hong Kong (AAHK) is currently working out the details with the airlines. As soon as there is news about this, you will of course find out here with us.

🔍 Source: Bloomberg

Under What Conditions Can I Enter Hong Kong?

The hotel quarantine, which was necessary a long time after entry, was completely canceled a few days ago. A PCR test is no longer necessary either. Nevertheless, the conditions are still a bit tricky.

However, there are already rumors that further easing could be announced in mid/late October.

Before entering the country, please note the following:

  • From 12 years old: full vaccination (proof by digital Covid certificate of the EU)

  • Register online before entering the country (QR code will be generated)

  • Negative antigen rapid test from 24 hours before departure (no self-test; must be specified when registering online; must be presented at check-in)

The following must be observed on site:

  • A PCR test will be carried out on entry and on days 2, 4, and 6, which should be free of charge in the public test centers

  • On days 1 to 7, rapid tests must be carried out independently

  • Up to 3 days after entry (9 a.m.) no places may be visited that can only be entered with the LeaveHomeSafe app

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