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No Covid-19 case reported as Korea & Colombia classified as ‘high risk’

11 June 2021

By The SUN 

It's zero Covid-19 day in HK, but authorities are taking no chances

The Centre for Health Protection reported no new Covid-19 case today, Jun 11, the first  zero-infection day for Hong Kong since May 28. As a result, the city’s total tally remains at 11,874.

Health officials remain on high alert, though, as the source of infection of three local variant carriers detected earlier this month remains unknown.

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Meanwhile, Hong Kong has downgraded Korea and Colombia from Group C to Group B specified places with effect from June 18, meaning they will be categorized as “high risk” instead of just “medium risk.”

As such, travelers from the two countries will have to present a negative Covid-19 test result taken within 72 hours before the scheduled time of departure for Hong Kong, in addition to confirmed reservation in a designated quarantine hotel.

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If the traveler is fully vaccinated, the quarantine period will still be shortened to 14 days, with three tests to be conducted during the period, followed by seven days’ self-monitoring. They will also have to be tested again on the 16th and 19th day of arrival in Hong Kong.

Those who have not been taken two doses of a coronavirus vaccine at least 14 days before traveling to Hong Kong will have to stay in a quarantine hotel for 21 days.


For those flying in from medium-risk countries, no negative test result is required prior to boarding, but the quarantine rules are the same.

Vaccinated travelers from 'high-risk' places like Indonesia can quarantine for 14 days

Those currently designated as “high risk” places apart from the two additions are: Argentina, Bangladesh, Belgium, Cambodia, Canada, Ecuador, Egypt, Ethiopia, France, Germany, Indonesia, Italy, Japan, Kazakhstan, Kenya, Malaysia, the Netherlands, Romania, Russia, Singapore, Switzerland, Thailand, Turkey, Ukraine, the United Arab Emirates, the United Kingdom, the United States of America, and Vietnam.


A group of health experts has recently proposed that the quarantine period for all vaccinated travelers, save those coming from "very" to "extremely" high-risk places be further cut down to seven days, with self-monitoring for another week.

Currently, only Ireland is designated as “very high risk”, and this means that travelers from this country, vaccinated or not, must quarantine in a hotel for 21 days, and submit a negative test result prior to boarding. Two more tests are also required after the quarantine period.

The strictest restrictions apply to places designated as “extremely high risk” which right now include Brazil, India, Nepal, Pakistan, the Philippines and South Africa.

A flight ban has been imposed on these designated countries owing to their high Covid infection rate, the prevalence of the more infectious coronavirus variants, and the low vaccination rate.

Hong Kong has imposed no time limit to the ban, but said it would review “the epidemic situation in each place, the prevalence of new virus variants, vaccination progress, and changes in the volume of cross-boundary passenger traffic” before deciding on whether the entry restrictions should be eased.

Details on the grouping of specified places and their respective boarding and compulsory quarantine requirements can be found at
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