Encouraging domestic medical travel to Hong Kong

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The Hong Kong Health Code is a new system which will enable local medical tourism from China.

Hong Kong Health Code has opened for registration in the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region (HKSAR). Members of the public can register for an account online. The “LeaveHomeSafe” mobile app 3.0 version is also available for update on app stores.

The Code facilitates quarantine-free travel between Guangdong, Macao and Hong Kong, which ensures that the users are not high-risk individuals during boundary crossings and would not impose additional risk to the anti-epidemic work in the Chinese mainland, and is beneficial to the joint prevention and control mechanism.

Applicants are required to register personal information such as name, identity document number and date of issue, contact telephone number, residential address, and upload Hong Kong residential address proof.

Upon successful registration, users of the Code can upload their visit records in the LeaveHomeSafe mobile app, as well as make a health declaration online.

The system will compare users’ residential address and their visit records in the past 21 days with the lists of COVID-19 confirmed cases and close contacts to determine and issue to the users their own Red, Amber or Green Hong Kong Health Code.

Hong Kong is one of the most expensive medical cities in the world, and struggles to attract business that is not China based. As a full territory of China, the loss of Hong Kong’s independence has turned off some nations that used to go there, particularly the USA.  But patients from the Chinese Mainland and Macau are increasingly visiting hospitals in Hong Kong for treatment.