The Hong Kong S.A.R. government announced on Wednesday that Hong Kong’s high-speed rail link will resume carrying passengers across the border with the Chinese mainland on Sunday, a week after the two sides resumed quarantine-free travel.
According to MTR, travelers can use new stops in Dongguan, Dongguan South, and Guangzhou East.
Ticket sales begin at 2 p.m. on January 12 at Hong Kong West Kowloon Station and begin at noon at other ticketing locations. China Railway 12306 online ticketing platform, designated Ticket Agents, and Mainland stations are among the other ticketing channels.
The city section of the Guangzhou-Shenzhen-Hong Kong Express Rail Link, measuring 26 kilometers, was in service for about 16 months before closing in January 2020 due to the Covid-19 pandemic. Trains ran from Kowloon’s western terminus to Shenzhen and south of Guangzhou.
Other services, such as long-distance connections, will be resumed at a later date, according to the government.
On Wednesday, Chief Executive John Lee announced on his Facebook page the formation of a team to maintain communication and coordination with the Mainland authorities and railway operators.
Travelers passing through the West Kowloon border crossing are not subject to a daily quota. They are free to travel as long as they can purchase a ticket.
At the moment, authorities allow 50,000 people per day to travel in either direction through the land crossings at Shenzhen Bay, Man Kam To, and Lok Ma Chau rail station.
However, travelers must have a negative PCR test result issued 48 hours before crossing and fill in advance the Mainland health online declaration.
The West Kowloon terminus will be open daily from 6.30 a.m. to 11.30 p.m.