In late September, Hong Kong removed quarantine requirements on arrival (read more here), and I was on one of the first flights to arrive after the change (read more here).
There has been no relaxation on what you can do first after arriving in Hong Kong, but those are set to be slightly less restrictive later next week. Additionally, a government expert expects Hong Kong to revert to pre-pandemic entry and other requirements next summer.
Currently, all arrivals from outside the mainland have strict limitations on what they can do during the first three days of arrival (medical supervision) in Hong Kong. They can walk outdoors and visit malls, but most other activities are not available, such as eating in a restaurant or visiting a museum.
When all current testing requirements are still in place, you should be careful not to catch covid-19 in town.
From Thursday next week (November 24), arrivals in Hong Kong can participate in masked activities such as visiting museums and theme parks, but cannot enter any eating facilities (how eating is so dangerous disconcerts me).
Changes to Hong Kong entry requirements and my entry experience:
This 0+3 is great for Hong Kong residents as it allows them to travel out of town, return with minimal hassle, and quarantine at home if they test positive in frequent testing after their entry.
Hong Kong, Taiwan and Japan all opened around the same time, but you can engage in all your usual activities from day one, except in Hong Kong.
Hong Kong has been a transit point for many, where you could spend a few nights enjoying the food and getting your hair done.
You currently cannot do any of this until 9am on your fourth day of arrival (arrive on Monday and restrictions are removed on Thursday), and this IS enforced.
When I was in Hong Kong in September, hoteliers were waiting for the full reopening of travel between Hong Kong and the mainland, which is vital for the city.
Additionally, there may still be a long way to go for all covid-related “medical oversight” and other restrictions to be removed. Hopefully this happens sooner than summer 2023.