Hong Kong to abandon hotel quarantine due to Covid from 26 September

Hong Kong to abandon hotel quarantine due to Covid from 26 September
Hong Kong to abandon hotel quarantine due to Covid from 26 September

Hong Kong will drop its controversial Covid-19 hotel quarantine policy for all arrivals from 26 September, more than 2.5 years after its implementation, in a move long-awaited by residents and businesses in the financial hub.

All international arrivals will be able to return home or to accommodation of their choice, but people will have to self-monitor for three days after entering the Chinese special administrative center, the government said on Friday.

“We are pointing in a single direction to allow people to come more conveniently and be able to carry out their activities with maximum possibilities,” Chief Executive John Lee said at a press conference.

People will be able to go to work or school, but they will not be able to enter bars or restaurants for three days. A PCR test, required for travelers to Hong Kong 48 hours before a flight, will be replaced by a rapid antigen test.

The former British colony is a global exception outside mainland China in imposing hotel quarantine for international arrivals.

Business groups, diplomats and many residents have criticized the Covid-19 rules, saying they threaten Hong Kong’s competitiveness and its position as a global financial hub.

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