Covid-19: Hong Kong removes mandatory hotel quarantine for travelers – News

Arriving passengers will also no longer need a negative PCR test within 48 hours of boarding.



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Published: Fri Sep 23, 2022 12:45 PM

From Monday (September 26), Hong Kong would no longer require incoming travelers to quarantine at designated hotels, it was announced on Friday.

The decision comes as the city seeks to open up to the world after nearly two years.

Inbound travelers will also no longer need a negative PCR test within 48 hours before boarding a plane to Hong Kong, the city’s chief executive, John Lee, told a news conference on Friday. . Instead, they will be required to present a negative COVID-19 result from a rapid antigen test taken within 24 hours of boarding.

“Although we can control the trend of the epidemic, we must leave maximum room to enable connectivity with the world, so that we can have economic momentum and reduce inconvenience for arriving travelers,” Lee said. , who also said authorities will not. reconsider the measures announced on Friday.

He said there must be a “balance between risk and economic growth”.

From Monday, travelers to Hong Kong will have to undergo three days of home surveillance. If they test negative for Covid-19 after three days, they will be allowed to enter places such as restaurants and bars.

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For nearly two years, Hong Kong has required foreign arrivals to the city to serve a mandatory quarantine period in designated hotels. At one point, the city experienced one of the longest quarantine periods in the world with 21 days of mandatory isolation.

The easing of measures comes as Hong Kong prepares to hold several high-profile events, including the Rugby 7s tournament in November and an international banking summit.

Neighboring Taiwan is expected to do the same next month. That leaves mainland China as one of the only places in the world that will still require travelers to self-quarantine upon arrival.

For most of the pandemic, Hong Kong has aligned itself with China’s “zero-Covid” strategy.

For the past two and a half years, authorities in Hong Kong have imposed strict social distancing measures and locked down residential buildings with confirmed Covid-19 infections to test residents en masse.

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