Covid-19: Hong Kong to suspend hotel quarantine from the 26th

Hong Kong will abandon its controversial COVID-19 hotel quarantine policy for all people arriving in the territory from September 26, more than 2.5 years after its implementation. The measure was long awaited by residents and businesses.

All people arriving on international flights will be able to return home or be accommodated according to their choice, but will have to self-monitor for three days after entering the financial center, the government said on Friday.

“We are pointing in a single direction to allow people to come with more peace of mind and carry out their activities with the maximum of possibilities,” Chief Executive John Lee said in an interview.

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 bound for Hong Kong 48 hours before the flight, will be replaced by a rapid antigen test.

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

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

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