Hong Kong, Hong Kong--While the Hong Kong International Jewellery Show was rescheduled from March 2020 to August 2020 and then canceled days ago by the Hong Kong Trade Development Council (TDC), the September 2020 Hong Kong Shows are watching closely for government decisions that could well allow them to move forward.
These shows include TDC's September 1-5, 2020 Hong Kong Watch & Clock Fair and Informa Markets' Jewellery & Gem World Hong Kong, scheduled for September 13-19, 2020 at the Hong Kong Convention & Exhibition Centre and AsiaWorld Expo.
The hope lies in exceptions the government is considering to allow, especially the following exerpt from a June 2, 2020 Government announcement that would give the Hong Kong Secretary of Food and Health (SFH) the power to exclude from the mandatory two-week quarantine in place through September 18 those traveling to Hong Kong from places other than Macau, Taiwan and Mainland China, providing their trip "is necessary for purposes relating to manufacturing operations, business activities or the provision of professional services in the interest of Hong Kong’s economic development, and thus be aligned with relevant provisions under Cap. 599C.” SFH could also exclude those who obtain a negative COVID-19 test result.
Jewellery & Gem World Hong Kong provides the following update as an automatic pop-up for those arriving at its web site:
Hong Kong Update: Travellers who meet specific criteria will be exempt from compulsory quarantine arrangement
Government to issue more details and conditions of exemption
The Hong Kong Government announced on 2 June 2020 that it is considering the gradual relaxation of compulsory quarantine requirements for certain travellers “arriving from specific countries and places after assessing the relevant public health risks.”
In the same media announcement, the Government said entry restrictions will remain in place until 7 July 2020 for travellers from Macau, Taiwan and mainland China, and 18 September 2020 for travellers from other countries and regions. Unless they satisfy certain eligibility criteria, arrivals from these places will be subject to the mandatory two-week quarantine period in Hong Kong.
Among the amendments to the Compulsory Quarantine of Certain Persons Arriving at Hong Kong Regulation (Cap. 599C) and the Compulsory Quarantine of Persons Arriving at Hong Kong from Foreign Places Regulation (Cap. 599E) is a mechanism that will empower the Secretary for Food and Health (SFH) to specify two categories of places, namely:
(a) For Category 1-specified places, those persons will be subject to compulsory quarantine arrangements; or
(b) For Category 2-specified places, those persons will be excluded from the requirements in respect of the compulsory quarantine arrangements subject to meeting certain conditions (such as obtaining a negative COVID-19 test result).
The criteria to exempt travellers from the quarantine requirement will also be expanded to people whose trip “is necessary for purposes relating to manufacturing operations, business activities or the provision of professional services in the interest of Hong Kong’s economic development, and thus be aligned with relevant provisions under Cap. 599C.”
In light of this recent announcement and its potential impact on your participation in Jewellery & Gem WORLD Hong Kong (JGW) in September, Informa Markets – Jewellery will continue to monitor the situation and share details on Hong Kong’s entry regulations when they become available.
At the same time, we are working on potential alternatives that will enable us to deliver the B2B experience that you expect and deserve in a safe environment before the end of the year.
We will get back to you with more information in the coming weeks. Until then, let’s all stay strong together!