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Flight ban on Philippines, 8 other countries extended to Apr 20

22 February 2022

by The SUN

The ban on flights from the Philippines and eight other countries will be extended to April 20 to avoid adding to the pressure that the fifth wave of Covid-19 cases has imposed on the territory’s medical system, Chief Executive Carrie Lam announced in a press conference about an hour ago.

The “place-specific flight suspension mechanism” for Australia, Canada, France, India, Pakistan, the Philippines, Nepal the United Kingdom and the United States of America was supposed to expire on Mar 4, four weeks after it was first put into place.


Under the prohibition, all passenger flights from these places will not be allowed to land in Hong Kong. In addition, people who have stayed in these places for more than two hours within the last 14 days before their trip, will not be allowed to transit in other places on their trip to Hong Kong.

Another anti-Covid-19 measure – the suspension of flights that bring in a number of passengers who test positive on arrival or fail to comply with boarding requirements, will continue to be enforced.


The place-specific flight ban has been in force since January 8, except for the one on Nepal which started  on Feb 12. 

Originally, it was imposed because of a number of passengers from these places testing positive on arrival in Hong Kong. 

In the case of the Philippines, records showed 40% of all those who arrived in the first week of January tested positive on arrival at the airport, or a few days after moving to a quarantine hotel. 


This time, the ban has been extended because of an unprecedented surge in coronavirus cases in Hong Kong, which has resulted in all hospitals and isolation facilities barely able to cope with the demand for treatment and medical attention.

The number of confirmed cases listed today was 6,211 but according to health authorities there were more than 8,000 infections reported to them in the past 24 hours. The remaining cases have yet to be verified by the Hospital Authority or the Department of Health.
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