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

Travelers at Hong Kong Airport

HONG KONG (Reuters) – Hong Kong will drop its controversial COVID-19 hotel quarantine policy for all arrivals from September 26, more than 2.5 years after its implementation, in a move long-awaited by residents. and companies in the financial center.

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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