Hong Kong Refuses to Recognize Korean Vaccination Certificates

  • By Kim Seung-jae

    August 20, 2021 10:51

    The government of Hong Kong is refusing to recognize vaccination certificates from Korea, so Koreans will be denied visa-free entry to the territory and have to endure three weeks' quarantine there.

    Hong Kong tightened entry and quarantine requirements after a fully vaccinated woman from the U.S. tested positive for the Delta coronavirus variant after her seven-day quarantine.

    Hong Kong recognizes vaccine certificates from 36 countries "with advanced regulatory agencies" in addition to China and Macau. They include Australia, Canada, France, Germany, Hungary, Italy, Japan, and the U.S. The criteria for "advanced regulatory agencies" were set by WHO and the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria for delivery of medicines around the world.

    Unfortunately Korea is not on the list. 

    The abrupt decision could spell a great deal of hardship for the many Korean businesspeople who have interests in the territory. 

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