Hong Kong Eases Quarantine Rules for Overseas Arrivals
Hong Kong is changing its Covid-19 related restrictions for arrivals, shortening the quarantine period starting this Friday. Currently all visitors need to quarantine at a hotel hotel for seven days upon arrival. But from August 11, that period will be reduced to three days.
The news was revealed by the city’s leader, John Lee earlier this week and reported by Reuters.
After the three day quarantine, visitors will still need to self monitor for another four days. During that time they will be forbidden from entering restaurants, bars and other crowded establishments.
“We need to balance between people’s livelihood and the competitiveness of Hong Kong to give the community maximum momentum and economic vitality,” Lee said.
Those who are in quarantine will be issued a red code on a government mandated app. This will change to a yellow code once they leave quarantine, signifying they may not enter crowded premises.
Hong Kong has been almost completely closed off since 2020, with international arrivals facing tough quarantine, previously up to three weeks, and testing protocols. It is one of the last few places in the world that still imposes a mandatory quarantine for arrivals.
Cathay, which has seen a 98% fall in passenger numbers over the last two years, hailed the news. The airline said the adjustments were positive steps to help facilitate travel into Hong Kong.