World Hong Kong to further tighten Covid travel restrictions

08:25  26 october  2021
08:25  26 october  2021 Source:   afp.com

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Travellers to Hong Kong should note that even they have conducted a COVID -19 nucleic acid test before returning to Hong Kong , for prudence sake, they will still be mandated to undergo testing for COVID -19 at the DH's Temporary Specimen Collection Centre and wait for their If the relevant report is not in English or Chinese or does not contain all of the above information, a written confirmation in English or Chinese issued by the laboratory or healthcare institution bearing the name of the relevant traveller matching that in his or her valid travel document and setting out all of the above information.

Travel Restrictions . Entry For Vaccinated Travelers : Partially Allowed Vaccination Requirements: Quarantine period for fully vaccinated travellers coming from lower-risk countries would be reduced. 5. Passengers must have: – a negative COVID -19 nucleic acid test taken at most 72 hours before departure of the last direct flight to Hong Kong , SAR China. The name in the test result must match the name on the travel document, or a written confirmation issued by the laboratory with the name of the passenger must be presented; and – a document proving that the laboratory is: – ISO 15189

Hong Kong will tighten coronavirus travel restrictions to bring it more into line with the Chinese mainland, its leader said Tuesday, as the city extended its streak of more than two months without a major local outbreak.

Hong Kong has one of the strictest mandatory Covid quarantine regimes in the world © ISAAC LAWRENCE Hong Kong has one of the strictest mandatory Covid quarantine regimes in the world

The announcement came despite concerns from the international hub's business community that the city remains indefinitely cut off from the rest of the world, with one of the strictest mandatory quarantine regimes of any jurisdiction.

Most arrivals have to undergo 14 to 21 days of hotel quarantine.

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All passengers travelling from Hong Kong to Beijing are required to present a valid proof of a negative COVID -19 nucleic acid test result issued by one of the testing institutions recognised by the HKSAR Government. The test must be done within seven days before boarding the flight to Beijing. Hong Kong International Airport (HKIA) is committed to safeguarding the airport and the well-being of our passengers and staff. In response to COVID -19, we have stepped up measures to protect the health of those who work at and use the airport. All airport staff entering the airport restricted area are required

Latest travel advice for Hong Kong including how coronavirus ( COVID -19) is affecting travel and entry requirements at this time as well as safety and security and local laws and customs. Countries may further restrict travel or bring in new rules at short notice, for example due to a new COVID -19 variant. Check with your travel company or airline for any transport changes which may delay your journey home. If you test positive for COVID -19, you may need to stay where you are until you test negative.

Chief Executive Carrie Lam said Hong Kong will now go even further as she tries to persuade China's leaders to restore travel with the mainland.

"Soon we will... announce that most of the quarantine exemptions granted to specific groups of visitors coming from overseas and mainland will be cancelled," Lam said, adding only essential workers such as cross-border truck drivers would be allowed to make quarantine-free trips.

At present, Hong Kong allows certain groups of people to skip quarantine or isolate at home. They include diplomats and business leaders as well as some mainlanders with Hong Kong resident cards.

Lam did not detail which categories would now be denied exemptions.

Last month, Hollywood star Nicole Kidman was allowed to skip quarantine to shoot a television show, a decision that sparked much public anger.

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Travel to Hong Kong is permitted for fully vaccinated travelers . It is unknown when the border closure for non-vaccinated travelers will be lifted. This does not apply to residents. Open with conditions. Travelers are required to quarantine for 21 days on arrival at a designated quarantine hotel, with a total of 6 COVID -19 tests administered during this period. The booking confirmation, written in Chinese or English, will be requested before departure. Travelers are not allowed to leave their hotel rooms at any time.

Update China travel restrictions & travel advisory due to covid -19: China's current entry policy, when will China open its borders, China quarantine rules, flights to China, visa restrictions . On August 2, 2021, the Hong Kong government (HKG) announced multiple changes to Hong Kong 's entry and quarantine requirements for inbound travelers . Hong Kong residents and non- Hong Kong residents who have only stayed in medium and low risks areas (inluding US, Australia, New Zealand, and more) during the relevant period (the day of boarding for/arrival at Hong Kong or during the 14 days before

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Lam has previously described reopening to the mainland as "more important" than restoring Hong Kong's international travel links.

On Tuesday, she made clear Beijing expects the city to mimic its own strict restrictions.

"We are caught in a sort of dilemma because in order to resume some quarantine free travel with the mainland we have to ensure our anti-Covid 19 practices are more in line with the mainland practices," she told reporters.

"So if Hong Kong were to loosen border controls for people arriving from overseas or adopt with what other countries have done -- so-called to live with Covid-19 virus -- then the chances to travel with the mainland will be reduced."

Hong Kong's business community has looked on with growing exasperation as rival finance hubs such as Singapore, Tokyo, London and New York reopen.

On Monday, the top lobby group for financial firms warned that Lam's decision to pursue a zero-Covid strategy and keep the city cut off was hammering its long-term prospects as a business hub. 

But there is little sign of change on the horizon. 

China maintains strict curbs on overseas arrivals and has given no timetable for opening its borders.

Over the weekend, the Financial Times, citing a Chinese government source, said Beijing planned to keep its borders largely closed until after a major Communist Party gathering in November 2022.


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