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Hong Kong axes COVID tests on arrival, most remaining rules

Vaccination passes also scrapped but face masks will remain mandatory

Travelers arrive at Hong Kong International Airport in December: Entry to the city is about to get easier as the last COVID-19 restrictions come down.   © Reuters

HONG KONG -- Hong Kong on Wednesday announced it will scrap nearly all remaining coronavirus restrictions, including testing rules for arriving travelers and social distancing restrictions, following mainland China into a full reopening.

The changes take effect Thursday. The city's government said it would also ax a mandatory vaccine pass required to enter various premises but keep indoor and outdoor mask-wearing rules.

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