Hong Kong Shortens Quarantines for Some Travelers

From May 12, most incoming passengers who have been inoculated against Covid-19 will have their self-isolation period cut by a week.

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Top officials in Hong Kong have just revealed details on a plan to cut quarantines for fully vaccinated arrivals from outside Mainland China, Macau, and Taiwan. At a press conference this afternoon, the territory’s Permanent Secretary for Food and Health, Thomas Chan, said the updated rules would take effect from midnight on May 12. Passengers arriving in Hong Kong will have their quarantine adjusted depending on their place of departure, according to which category it fits into under Hong Kong’s risk assessment system.

At the moment, only three countries are classified as low-risk by local authorities: Australia, New Zealand, and Singapore. Travelers from these nations who have received both doses of an approved Covid-19 vaccine will only have to spend seven days in hotel quarantine. This will be followed by a self-monitoring period of another seven days, with mandatory testing conducted on the 12th and 19th day. Dr. Ronald Lam, the head of Hong Kong’s Centre for Health Protection (CHP), explained that self-monitoring means reducing social contacts and following anti-epidemic measures while staying vigilant for symptoms. There is no indication that those released from self-isolation must stay at home during this time.

Meanwhile, fully vaccinated travelers coming in from both medium- and high-risk places will have their hotel quarantines cut from the standard 21 days to 14 days, followed by a week of self-monitoring, with additional rounds of testing on the 19th and 26th day.

Arrivals from very high-risk countries, specifically Ireland and the United Kingdom, must stay in self-isolation for 21 days regardless of their vaccination status, and undergo six coronavirus tests. Flights from extremely high-risk places are suspended, and no arrivals or transit passengers from those areas will be allowed to enter Hong Kong. A list of approved vaccines will be uploaded to the CHP’s Covid-19 thematic website in the coming days.

Scroll down to see a table of countries grouped in risk-based categories:

 

Group A1:

Extremely High-Risk

Group A2: Very High-Risk Group B: High-Risk Group C: Medium-Risk Group D: Low-Risk
Brazil

India

Nepal

Pakistan

Philippines

South Africa

Ireland

United Kingdom

Bangladesh

Belgium

Canada

Ecuador

Egypt

Ethiopia

France

Germany

Indonesia

Kazakhstan

Romania

Russia

Switzerland

Turkey

Ukraine

UAE

United States

All non-listed countries except for China Australia

New Zealand

Singapore

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