Online booking system for NAT at Shenzhen Bay port expected to roll out this week: Govt

An online booking arrangement for the special Nucleic Acid Testing (NAT) service at the Shenzhen Bay port will soon be launched to cope with the growing number of outbound travellers, the Hong Kong government has announced. The system should be deployed within the week.

With the increase in quotas for Shenzhen quarantine hotels on July 8 and additional humanitarian quotas to be applied by specific groups, the number of travelers departing for Shenzhen via the Shenzhen Bay checkpoint has increased.

To facilitate travelers’ movement, the government said it is preparing to launch an online reservation system for the special NAT departure at the checkpoint.

Under the upcoming booking arrangement, travelers must first secure a quota at a quarantine hotel in Shenzhen and then book a time slot for the special NAT on the day of departure through the online booking system.

Travelers without a reservation will not be permitted to enter the checkpoint for nucleic acid testing and immigration clearance.

Currently, the operating hours of the Shenzhen Bay Checkpoint for passenger clearance are 9:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m. daily. The free special NAT service is provided from 08:00 to 18:30.

According to the latest flow of passengers at customs clearance, the time for travelers to undergo the special NAT during peak hours is around three hours, while it usually takes around 2 hours during off-peak hours.

The government also said testing capacity for the rapid in-port nucleic acid test had been boosted. He urges travelers to avoid crossing the border during peak hours.

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