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Hong Kong scraps quarantine policy

by on September 25, 2022
 

Hong Kong scraps quarantine from tomorrow, 26th September 2022, for all arrivals, after more than 2.5 years. But you’re not completely free to go out and party immediately as the removal does come with some conditions.

Hong Kong scraps quarantine, with conditions

All international arrivals may return home or to their preferred accommodation, but must self-monitor for three days after entering the Chinese special administrative hub, according to a government statement.

Reuters quotes Hong Kong’s Chief Executive John Lee, who told a press briefing on Friday 23rd September:

….. We are aiming in one single direction of allowing people to come with more convenience and they are allowed to go about their activities with maximum possibilities John Lee

What’s required:

  • Travellers may go to work or school
  • You may not enter bars or restaurants for three days.
  • The previously required pre flight PCR test taken 48 hours before flying will be replaced by a Rapid Antigen Test.

Some things haven’t changed

  • Groups of more than four people gathering in public are still banned.
  • Masks are mandatory for all, including small children

The number of flights operating to and from Hong Kong, previously one of the world’s busiest and most efficient airports has been sharply reduced. As a result, the city has lost its position as a global aviation hub according to airlines group IATA. This will take time to rebuild as airlines return and services ramp up.

Due to the border closures the city has had to cancel multiple events  since 2020. However, as a sign of confidence slowly returning, Hong Kong is planning to host two major events in November. Bankers planning to attend a major finance conference have indicated that quarantine-free travel is a precondition for attendance.

The international Rugby Sevens has also been announced, with the head of the city’s Rugby Union confirming that drinking will be allowed at the event but eating food is still under discussion with the government.

  • Spectators will need to
    • scan their vaccine pass before entering the stadium
    • wear masks unless drinking
  • Staff and media will be required to wear protective equipment.

Chief executive Robbie McRobbie doesn’t believe these are significant barriers to enjoying a day out at the Sevens. Organisers expect the stadium would have around 30,000 fans at 85% capacity under current government rules. Any team with five or more positive coronavirus cases will have to withdraw from the tournament.

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