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COVID-19 updates

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Entry to Australia:
Australia has closed its borders to all non-citizens and non-residents. The entry ban took effect from 9pm AEDT Friday, 20 March 2020, with exemptions only for Australian citizens, permanent residents and their immediate family, including spouses, legal guardians and dependants. Details here.

Entry to New Zealand:
New Zealand has closed the border to almost all travellers from 23:59 on Thursday 19 March 2020 (NZDT). New Zealand citizens, permanent residents and residents with valid travel conditions can still come to New Zealand. Details here.

Entry to Hong Kong:
The Hong Kong SAR Government has extended, until further notice, the entry restriction on non-Hong Kong residents coming from overseas countries or regions by plane and those having been to overseas countries or regions in the past 14 days preceding arrival at Hong Kong. The transit services at the Hong Kong International Airport have resumed from 1 June 2020. Details here.

News & Events

1 July 2020 Speech by CE at reception in celebration of 23rd anniversary of establishment of HKSAR
30 June 2020 The Law of the People's Republic of China on Safeguarding National Security in the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region gazetted and takes immediate effect
30 June 2020 CE welcomes passage of The Law of the People's Republic of China on Safeguarding National Security in the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region by NPCSC
30 June 2020 Video message by CE at United Nations Human Rights Council meeting
29 June 2020 HKSARG welcomes Thailand's announcement to establish special travel arrangement for cross-border control with Hong Kong
16 June 2020 Government relaxes social distancing measures under Prevention and Control of Disease Ordinance
15 June 2020 Transcript of remarks by CE in video on national security legislation in Hong Kong
15 June 2020 Hong Kong's Gross National Income and external primary income flows for first quarter of 2020
11 June 2020 Public may collect CuMask+™ at more than 300 places starting June 15
9 June 2020 Government upholds Hong Kong's international aviation hub status through Land Fund investment
8 June 2020 Government announces details of Cash Payout Scheme
30 May 2020 HKSAR Government refutes statements by US Administration
 
27 Apr 2020 External merchandise trade statistics for March 2020
27 Apr 2020 LawTech Fund to open for applications on April 28
24 Apr 2020 Guangdong/Hong Kong Expert Group on Protection of Intellectual Property Rights takes forward co-operation projects for 2020
24 Apr 2020 2020 Mainland-Hong Kong Joint Funding Scheme opens for applications
20 Apr 2020 HKSAR Government's response to Fitch's announcement of change to Hong Kong's credit rating and outlook
20 Apr 2020 Government enhances testing arrangements for asymptomatic inbound travellers
18 Apr 2020 CE welcomes passage of funding application for second round Anti-epidemic Fund by LegCo
16 Apr 2020 First round Anti-epidemic Fund making good progress
9 Apr 2020 Transcript of remarks of press conference
8 Apr 2020 Government announces measures involving over $130 billion to support enterprises, employees and the public
6 Apr 2020 Entry restriction on non-Hong Kong residents coming from overseas extended
4 Apr 2020 The Basic Law - Best Safeguard for the Prosperity and Stability of Hong Kong
3 Apr 2020 HKMA and banking sector join forces to help Hong Kong's economy overcome outbreak of COVID-19
28 Mar 2020 Prevention and Control of Disease (Prohibition on Group Gathering) Regulation
27 Mar 2020 Global Financial Centres Index Report
27 Mar 2020 Prevention and Control of Disease (Requirement and Directions) (Business and Premises) Regulation gazetted
24 Mar 2020 Government announces enhancements to anti-epidemic measures in four aspects
22 Mar 2020 Government announces enhanced measures for disease control
17 Mar 2020 Hong Kong rated as world's second freest economy
17 Mar 2020 Government issues Red Outbound Travel Alert on all overseas countries/territories
17 Mar 2020 DH to further extend health quarantine arrangements on inbound travellers from overseas
11 Mar 2020 World Justice Project reaffirms Hong Kong's position in the Rule of Law Index
3 Mar 2020 Government extends funding scopes of Researcher Programme and Postdoctoral Hub
2 Mar 2020 Public consultation on proposed application of CISG to the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region commences
2 Mar 2020 Professional Services Advancement Support Scheme invites new round of applications after enhancements
27 Feb 2020 Over $10 billion in environmental projects outlined in Budget
26 Feb 2020 "Report on the Survey on Information Technology Usage and Penetration in the Business Sector for 2019" published
26 Feb 2020 Anti-epidemic Fund Steering Committee convenes first meeting
26 Feb 2020 FS unveils $120 billion spending plan to support enterprises, safeguard jobs, stimulate the economy and relieve people's burden
26 Feb 2020 FS uses budget to promote economic diversification, boost pillar industries and foster talent
26 Feb 2020 Healthcare, environmental protection and housing highlight Budget's liveable city focus
26 Feb 2020 Tax measures proposed in 2020-21 Budget
21 Feb 2020 HKSARG enhances dissemination of anti-epidemic information through social media and online platforms
20 Feb 2020 CE visits Logistics and Supply Chain MultiTech R&D Centre and meets with I&T start-ups
3 Feb 2020 Hong Kong showcased in Sydney Lunar Festival Dragon Boat Races
31 Jan 2020 Enhanced funding arrangements for Enterprise Support Scheme announced
30 Jan 2020 Government launches enhanced Technology Talent Admission Scheme
24 Jan 2020 CE leads TeamHK delegation to promote Hong Kong in Davos
24 Jan 2020 SCED promotes HK's edge as trade capital in Davos
24 Jan 2020 SCED attends WTO Informal Ministerial Gathering in Davos
23 Jan 2020 SCED meets with political and business leaders in Davos to reinforce that Hong Kong's institutional strengths remain intact
23 Jan 2020 CE attends World Economic Forum Annual Meeting and meets leaders from various sectors
21 Jan 2020 Invest Hong Kong assists record number of overseas and Mainland companies setting up or expanding in Hong Kong
17 Jan 2020 Free Trade Agreement and Investment Agreement between Hong Kong and Australia enter into force
13 Jan 2020 Asian Financial Forum explores redefinition of growth through innovation and breakthrough
7 Jan 2020 Federation sets up regional headquarters in Hong Kong to foster ties in Guangdong-Hong Kong-Macao Greater Bay Area
18 Dec 2019 Free Trade Agreement and Investment Agreement between Hong Kong and Australia enter into force
12 Dec 2019 11th Asia Cultural Co-operation Forum promotes cultural co-operation in Asian economies
12 Dec 2019 Hong Kong team excels at the International Junior Science Olympiad
6 Dec 2019 Government urges political figures to stop asking other governments or legislatures to intervene in Hong Kong affairs
5 Dec 2019 Speech by CE at Business of IP Asia Forum
4 Dec 2019 IMF commends resilience of Hong Kong's financial system and welcomes Government's policies to support economy and safeguard financial stability
4 Dec 2019 Speech by FS at Joint Opening of SmartBiz Expo and Asian E-tailing Summit
3 Dec 2019 S for IT and Vice Minister of Science and Technology co-chair 14th meeting of Mainland/Hong Kong Science and Technology Co-operation Committee
30 Nov 2019 Yim Tin Tsai Arts Festival brings brand new travel experience to visitors
23 Nov 2019 Hong Kong team bag 16 awards at 19th APICTA Awards
21 Nov 2019 Mainland and Hong Kong sign Agreement Concerning Amendment to the CEPA Agreement on Trade in Services
19 Nov 2019 Opening remarks by STH at Asian Logistics and Maritime Conference
13 Nov 2019 Hong Kong and Guangdong sign framework agreement related to co-operation on agricultural matters
13 Nov 2019 Hong Kong-Zhuhai-Macao Bridge Hong Kong Section project wins Institution of Civil Engineers People's Choice Award 2019
12 Nov 2019 Hong Kong Fintech Week spotlights digital asset regulation, virtual banking, future technologies and FintechHK Global Competition final
6 Nov 2019 CE attends meeting of Leading Group for Development of Guangdong-Hong Kong-Macao Greater Bay Area
6 Nov 2019 Speech by FS at opening of Hong Kong Fintech Week 2019
5 Nov 2019 Hong Kong joins second China International Import Expo to tap business opportunities
4 Nov 2019 Hong Kong House in Sydney opens for public visits
31 Oct 2019 Speech by CE at Joint Business Community Luncheon
29 Oct 2019 FS leads delegation to promote financial innovation ties in London
24 Oct 2019 Hong Kong ranked world's third easiest place to do business
21 Oct 2019 Latest government surveys show city continues to attract multinationals and start-ups
21 Oct 2019 Hong Kong Dragon soars at OzAsia
19 Oct 2019 FS attends Annual Meetings of IMF and World Bank Group in Washington, DC
16 Oct 2019 FS attends APEC Finance Ministers' Meeting in Chile
16 Oct 2019 Numbers of overseas and Mainland companies and start-ups in Hong Kong continue to grow
16 Oct 2019 Full text of "The Chief Executive's 2019 Policy Address
16 Oct 2019 CE sets out principles for restoring calm, boosting the economy in Policy Address
16 Oct 2019 CE outlines policies to boost housing and land supply
16 Oct 2019 Policy Address aims to enhance people's livelihoods says CE
15 Oct 2019 FS attends APEC Finance Ministers' Retreat in Chile
14 Oct 2019 Speech by S for IT at Symposium on Innovation & Technology
14 Oct 2019 Tai Kwun - Centre for Heritage and Arts wins Award of Excellence of UNESCO Asia-Pacific Awards for Cultural Heritage Conservation
11 Oct 2019 New patent system in Hong Kong to launch on December 19
4 Oct 2019 Prohibition on Face Covering Regulation gazetted
1 Oct 2019 HKSAR float "Hong Kong In" joins 70th Anniversary parade in Beijing
26 Sep 2019 Speech by Acting SFST at Hong Kong Institute of Bankers Annual Banking Conference 2019
26 Sep 2019 11th Hong Kong Macao Co-operation High Level Meeting discusses further collaboration
19 Sep 2019 Speech by SFH at reception and information session for healthcare students studying in major universities in Sydney
19 Sep 2019 SCED: Hong Kong's fundamentals as free, open and dynamic city remain intact
18 Sep 2019 Speech by SFH at gathering with Hong Kong community and healthcare professionals (Chinese only)
17 Sep 2019 Speech by SFH at information session at Monash University in Melbourne
16 Sep 2019 Speech by SFH at gathering with Hong Kong community and healthcare professionals in Melbourne
15 Sep 2019 SFH to visit Australia
12 Sep 2019 First Guangdong-Hong Kong-Macao Bay Area Legal Departments Joint Conference held in Hong Kong
12 Sep 2019 Hong Kong once again ranked as freest economy in the world
11 Sep 2019 Belt and Road Summit gathers 5,000 participants from around the world to explore collaboration opportunities
11 Sep 2019 Speech by CE at Belt and Road Summit
11 Sep 2019 Speech by FS at Belt and Road Summit luncheon
8 Sep 2019 InvestHK encourages Mainland companies to tap Belt and Road development opportunities and "go global" via Hong Kong
4 Sep 2019 Video address by CE to members of the public
20 Aug 2019 Seventy-one students awarded scholarship for excellence
20 Aug 2019 London-based architecture and interior design firm set up new base in Hong Kong to expand into Asia and Mainland China
20 Aug 2019 Transcript of remarks by CE at media session before ExCo meeting
19 Aug 2019 Unemployment and underemployment statistics for May - July 2019
16 Aug 2019 Economic situation in second quarter of 2019 and latest GDP and price forecasts for 2019
15 Aug 2019 FS announces measures to support enterprises and residents
31 Jul 2019 Fifth meeting of Joint Task Force on the Development of the HK-Shenzhen Innovation and Technology Park in the Loop held
30 Jul 2019 First Guangdong-Hong Kong-Macao Customs Intellectual Property Enforcement Cooperation Meeting held in Hong Kong
29 Jul 2019 Cantonese opera performance tour in Australia and New Zealand showcases Hong Kong's cultural heritage
22 Jul 2019 Hong Kong team achieves outstanding results in first participation in International Biology Olympiad
19 Jul 2019 Second Joint Conference on Advancing Hong Kong's Full Participation in and Contribution to Belt and Road Initiative held in Beijing
18 Jul 2019 SJ explores co-operation on dispute avoidance and resolution services with Mainland
17 Jul 2019 Music Office Youth Choir and Hong Kong Youth Symphony Orchestra achieve outstanding results at overseas competitions
14 Jul 2019 Investment Agreement between Hong Kong and Chile enters into force
10 Jul 2019 Speech by S for IT at STARTIT.asia Hong Kong 3rd Edition Startup & Ecosystem Mixer
9 Jul 2019 Transcript of remarks by CE at media session before ExCo meeting
1 Jul 2019 Speech by CE at reception in celebration of 22nd anniversary of establishment of HKSAR
19 Jun 2019 Unemployment and underemployment statistics for March - May 2019
18 Jun 2019 Transcript of remarks by CE at media session
18 Jun 2019 Opening remarks by CE at media session
17 Jun 2019 HKSAR Government welcomes Ministry of Finance's issuance of sovereign bonds in Hong Kong
16 Jun 2019 HK and UAE forge closer economic and trade ties
16 Jun 2019 Hong Kong and United Arab Emirates sign Investment Promotion and Protection Agreement
16 Jun 2019 Government response to public procession
15 Jun 2019 Transcript of remarks by CE at media session
13 Jun 2019 SCED reaffirms Hong Kong's support for free trade and multilateral trading system on US visit
12 Jun 2019 SCED: Hong Kong-US trade and economic relationship mutually beneficial and expanding
11 Jun 2019 Hong Kong Customs teams up with Australian Border Force and Australian Federal Police to curb international drug trafficking activities
10 Jun 2019 Opening remarks by CE at media session
29 May 2019 Hong Kong ranked as world's second most competitive economy
29 May 2019 Speech by CE at AustCham Westpac Australia-China Business Awards Gala Dinner 2019
24 May 2019 Government committed to promoting mediation in Hong Kong
24 May 2019 Permanent Secretary for Development officiates at opening of Heung Yuen Wai Highway
24 May 2019 SCED attends OECD and WTO meetings in Paris
21 May 2019 SCED encourages UK enterprises to leverage on Hong Kong's advantages to attain business opportunities
20 May 2019 Speech by CS at opening ceremony of new Facebook office in Hong Kong
16 May 2019 21st Plenary of Hong Kong/Guangdong Co-operation Joint Conference held in Guangzhou
14 May 2019 Hong Kong Laureate Forum launching ceremony held today
9 May 2019 Free Trade Agreement between Hong Kong and ASEAN enters into force
27 Apr 2019 CE attends exchange session of All-China Women's Federation in Beijing
25 Apr 2019 Hong Kong participates actively in second Belt and Road Forum for International Cooperation in Beijing
25 Apr 2019 Speech by CE at dedicated session on HK at thematic forum on sub-national co-operation of second Belt and Road Forum for International Cooperation in Beijing
23 Apr 2019 Speech by FS at Chartered Institute of Management Accountants Centenary Dinner
17 Apr 2019 Speech by CE at International Dispute Resolution Conference 2019
15 Apr 2019 Speech by CE at Internet Economy Summit 2019
13 Apr 2019 Government technology applications showcased at International ICT Expo
12 Apr 2019 IFC and HKMA strengthen commitment to green and sustainable finance through groundbreaking agreements
3 Apr 2019 Speech by CE at 2019 ACI Asia-Pacific/World Annual General Assembly, Conference & Exhibition
2 Apr 2019 HKSAR and Mainland sign arrangement on interim measures in aid of arbitral proceedings
31 Mar 2019 Hong Kong Immigration Department wins 2019 Skytrax Award for Best Airport Immigration Service
28 Mar 2019 CE attends Boao Forum for Asia Annual Conference in Hainan
26 Mar 2019 SCED: Hong Kong and Australia building stronger bilateral economic relationship with free trade and investment agreements signed
26 Mar 2019 Hong Kong and Australia sign Free Trade Agreement and Investment Agreement
22 Mar 2019 Business seminar in Auckland showcases unparalleled business opportunities of Greater Bay Area
10 Mar 2019 Speech by CE at Opening Ceremony of 2019 FIA Formula E Hong Kong E-Prix
5 Mar 2019 CE attends NPC session opening ceremony in Beijing
1 Mar 2019 CE welcomes Central Government's promulgation of eight policy measures for taking forward development of Guangdong-Hong Kong-Macao Greater Bay Area
27 Feb 2019 HKETO Sydney holds reception in Melbourne to celebrate Year of the Pig
27 Feb 2019 FS introduces Budget measures to counter uncertain economic outlook, support businesses and residents
27 Feb 2019 FS uses Budget to help diversify economy, promote innovation and technology
27 Feb 2019 Budget promotes a caring and high-quality living environment
27 Feb 2019 Tax measures proposed in 2019-20 Budget
21 Feb 2019 Governments of Hong Kong, Guangdong and Macao co-organises Symposium on Outline Development Plan for Greater Bay Area
21 Feb 2019 CE's speech at Symposium on the Outline Development Plan for the Guangdong-Hong Kong-Macao Greater Bay Area
20 Feb 2019 HKETO Sydney holds reception in Sydney to celebrate Year of the Pig
18 Feb 2019 HKETO Sydney showcases Hong Kong's culture and diversity at Auckland Lantern Festival
18 Feb 2019 CE welcomes promulgation of Outline Development Plan for Guangdong-Hong Kong-Macao Greater Bay Area
11 Feb 2019 HKETO promotes Hong Kong's strengths in Sydney Lunar Festival Dragon Boat Races
30 Jan 2019 HKETO Sydney participates in Chatswood Year of the Pig Festival
30 Jan 2019 Speech by FS at Global Loan Market Summit
28 Jan 2019 CE meets Founder of Heritage Foundation
25 Jan 2019 Hong Kong rated as world's freest economy for 25 consecutive years
25 Jan 2019 FS meets senior overseas financial officials in Davos, Switzerland
24 Jan 2019 Speech by CS at Jumpstarter
24 Jan 2019 CE speaks on Belt and Road Initiative and Greater Bay Area development in Davos
24 Jan 2019 Hong Kong is prime platform and key link for Belt and Road Initiative
23 Jan 2019 CE attends World Economic Forum Annual Meeting in Switzerland
23 Jan 2019 Speech by FS at Greater Bay Entrepreneurship Day in Davos
17 Jan 2019 Speech by FS at Financial Literacy Strategy 2019 Launch Ceremony
14 Jan 2019 Asian Financial Forum promotes sustainable growth and inclusive future
14 Jan 2019 Speech by FS at Asian Financial Forum 2019 cocktail reception
10 Jan 2019 CE meets Secretary of CPC Zhaoqing Municipal Committee
9 Jan 2019 Hong Kong and Japan sign Memorandum of Cooperation
7 Jan 2019 Speech by CS at opening session of Asian Licensing Conference

 

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