Unionist calls for more quotas for mainlanders in quarantine-free travel scheme

A veteran unionist on Wednesday urged the government to expand the daily quota for mainland and Macau residents in a quarantine-free travel scheme that is set to go live next week.

The SAR government earlier announced that two thousand people can come via the Shenzhen Bay checkpoint and the Hong Kong-Zhuhai-Macau bridge per day under the “Come2hk” scheme, starting from September 15.

Those arrivals would not have to undergo quarantine if they can present a Negative Covid test result.

Speaking on a radio program today, deputy chairman of the Federation of Hong Kong Industries Sunny Tan, said the SAR government should expand the daily quota for the scheme, facilitate cross-border traders’ business activities.

“Not only did the quarantine-free scheme eases the burden of traveling businessmen, it also attracts those who wish to transit to other countries via the SAR,” said Tan, adding that the quarantine period for those returning to the mainland after their trip is already halved.

He said authorities could gradually increase the quota to 2,000 for each port daily, also extending the scheme for airport arrivals in the future.

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