Hong Kong To Ease Quarantine For Travellers
Government authorities in Hong Kong announced they would ease quarantine restrictions for international travellers visiting the region.
In a press conference held on 08 August 2022, Hong Kong Chief Executive John Lee stated that the previous seven-day quarantine hotel arrangement would be reduced and will follow a 3+4 format from 12 August 2022.
This means that arrivals will only have to book three days of hotel quarantine followed by four days of ‘home medical surveillance’, which will allow travellers limited movement to some areas in the city such as offices, public transport, markets, and shopping malls.
Hong Kong has imposed strict border controls to keep the COVID-19 pandemic in check however many restrictive measures in place weighed on residents. These measures have devastated the city’s tourism industry and disrupted business travel in a city known for being an international financial centre and a business hub.
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Who Can Enter Hong Kong
Only fully vaccinated Hong Kong residents and non-Hong Kong residents are allowed entry. Those who cannot get vaccinated for Covid-19 due to medical reasons must have valid proof and are required to undergo 14 days of compulsory quarantine.
Travellers who have recently recovered from Covid-19 are allowed entry if they can show proof of recovery 14 to 90 days before boarding the flight. A negative rapid antigen test result within 24 hours of boarding a flight is also required.
From 1 May, non-Hong Kong residents are finally allowed to enter the city. Visitors must be fully vaccinated and are required to undergo the same quarantine requirements imposed for inbound Hong Kong residents, which include booking a mandatory quarantine at any of the designated hotels.
Arrivals will be required to download the Leave Home Safe app when they land in Hong Kong and undergo daily RAT and regular intervals of RT-PCR tests.
Mandatory Covid Mask
The government requires mandatory mask-wearing in terminals, public transport, as well as indoor and outdoor public places. Eating and drinking are also not allowed on public transport.
Mask is not mandatory in parks or when exercising or jogging in outdoor areas.
Those caught violating the mask-wearing regulations will get a maximum fine of $10,000.
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