Hong Kong to shorten 21-day Covid-19 quarantine to 14 days for incoming travellers

Hong Kong will shorten its 21-day Covid-19 hotel quarantine requirement for incoming travellers to 14-days, Chief Executive Carrie Lam announced on Thursday. From February 5, incoming travellers will need to undergo a fortnight in a quarantine hotel followed by seven days of self-monitoring at home.

The city has maintained a “zero-Covid” strategy and some of the strictest travel restrictions in the world amid fears that the city’s status an an international business hub could be affected. At present, only Hong Kong residents are able to return from high-risk areas and flights from eight countries are banned.

File photo: Rachel Wong/HKFP.

The chief executive said that the change was made considering Omicron’s shorter incubation period.

Candice is a reporter at Hong Kong Free Press. She previously worked as a researcher at a local think tank. She has a BSocSc in Politics and International Relations from the University of Manchester and a MSc in International Political Economy from London School of Economics.

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