Hong Kong scraps Covid-19 hotel quarantine for overseas arrivals

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HONG KONG - Hong Kong said on Friday it will scrap its Covid-19 hotel quarantine policy for all arrivals from next Monday, more than 2.5 years after it was first implemented.

It is a long-awaited move for many residents and businesses in the financial hub.

“Under this arrangement, the quarantine hotel system will be cancelled,” Chief Executive John Lee told reporters. 

All international arrivals will be able to return home or to an accommodation of their choice but will have to self monitor for three days after entering the Chinese special administrative hub.

They will be allowed to go to work or school but will not be allowed to enter bars or restaurants for the period.

A pre-flight PCR test which was required for travellers to Hong Kong 48 hours before flying will be replaced by a Rapid Antigen Test.

The city is a global outlier outside mainland China in imposing hotel quarantine for international arrivals, in line with the country’s “dynamic zero” Covid-19 strategy.

Business groups, diplomats and many residents have slammed the city’s Covid-19 rules, saying they threaten Hong Kong’s competitiveness and standing as a global financial centre. AFP, REUTERS

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