Hong Kong Extends Mandatory 14-Day Arrivals Quarantine Through The End Of 2020

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Hong Kong, which has seen its highest Covid-19 infection rates this week, on Wednesday extended the mandatory 14-day quarantine for all eligible arrivals by three months through December 31, 2020.

Most airlines decided to cancel their services to Hong Kong after the local government started to require Covid-19 tests from the incoming crew members delaying rest periods and potentially canceling flights if even one had been infected.

You can access Hong Kong SAR’s page for press alerts here.

Hong Kong is currently allowing passenger arrivals (non-citizens/residents) from Mainland China, Taiwan, and Macao, who have not been outside of these three areas within the past 14 days. Even then, you are required to quarantine for 14 nights at a hotel.

Conclusion

I was in Hong Kong early March and had to leave for Japan two days earlier than scheduled before arrival quarantine kicked in (arrived 11 PM – quarantine requirement started at midnight).

Hong Kong SAR had Covid-19 under control quite well, but even when your border is mostly closed, the virus will find its way in and then spreads within the community like what is happening now.

Countries have started to extend their travel bans through the end of 2020 and challenging to see a resolution until there is a vaccine (perhaps next year or could be never), we have reached a heard immunity (long way there), or we have better therapies available to lower the death rate.

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