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All new arrivals in HK should stay in hotels starting Nov 13

06 November 2020

By The SUN 

All people arriving in HK from anywhere apart from China, will now have to quarantine in a hotel

Starting on Nov 13, all passengers arriving in Hong Kong who had been in places outside of China for 14 days prior to departure, must spend their mandatory quarantine in a hotel.

“A traveler who, on the day on which the traveler boarded a specified aircraft, or during the 14 days before that day, has stayed in a specified place outside China… must provide confirmation in English or Chinese of room reservation in a hotel in Hong Kong for not less than 14 days starting on the day of the arrival in Hong Kong,” said a government statement published on Nov. 3.

“The relevant specifications will come into effect on November 13 and remain until further notice.”

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The regulation covers even those arriving from countries not previously deemed as “high risk.”

Passengers coming in from the high-risk countries which now number 15 with the recent inclusion of Turkey, are still required to produce a negative result for a Covid-19 test taken within 72 hours before departure, in addition to a confirmed hotel booking for 14 days.

The other countries previously placed in this category are Bangladesh, Belgium, Ethiopia, France, India, Indonesia, Kazakhstan, Nepal, Pakistan, the Philippines, Russia, South Africa, the United Kingdom and the United States of America.

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The only exceptions to the travel restrictions are transit passengers and those given exemption from the mandatory 14-day quarantine by the Chief Secretary for Administration.

According to the government statement, the amendment to the Prevention and Control of Disease Regulation (Cap 599H) is meant “to reduce the risk of spreading Covid-19 to household members during home quarantine of imported cases.”

It comes amid a widespread fear of a fourth, and deadlier, wave of coronavirus infections sweeping across Hong Kong this winter.

The government also cited figures showing that the global pandemic is “becoming increasingly severe.” From a daily infection rate of up to 100,000 in mid-May, the number has reportedly gone  up to around 550,000 in October, said the statement.

“In view of the severe global pandemic situation, Hong Kong cannot afford to drop its guard on entry prevention and control measures,” the statement added.

The tighter rules are taken amid fears of a new wave of infections this winter

The government also warned of stricter enforcement of the travel restrictions.

Airlines or any conveyances that fail to comply with the pre-boarding requirements, or their operators who provide false of misleading information may be subject to a maximum penalty of $50,000 and imprisonment of up to six months.

Travelers who likewise provide false or misleading information are liable to pay a fine of up to $10,000 and imprisonment for six months.

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On arrival in Hong Kong, all travelers are given a Covid-19 test, and they are mandated to wait for the result in a place designated by the government.

If their test results are negative, they will be allowed to continue their 14-day quarantine in their chosen hotel. If the results are positive, the travelers will be transferred to a hospital for isolation and treatment.

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