Hong Kong Slightly Eases Entry Restrictions From Australia, New Zealand & Singapore

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Hong Kong this past week slightly reduced the 21-day quarantine requirement for passenger arrivals from Australia, New Zealand, and Singapore, including non-residents.

They need to quarantine at designated hotels for 14-nights, followed by 7-days of self-monitoring and a Covid-19 PCR-RT test on day 19.

Hong Kong has restarted travel bubble discussion with 10 or so countries. The first bubble with Singapore burst before the first flight even took off due to community transmission in Hong Kong.

Here’s an excerpt from the SCMP:

Hong Kong will lift its entry ban on residents stranded in Britain and allow designated flights to bring them home in late April, while all travellers from Australia, New Zealand and Singapore, deemed low-risk countries, can soon enter the city for the first time in over a year.

The compulsory quarantine period for arrivals from the three low-risk nations – now including non-residents – would be cut by seven days to 14, authorities announced on Monday in a partial easing of strict border controls and social-distancing measures amid the city’s improving Covid-19 situation.

Confirming a Post report, officials said they would also relaunch efforts to strike quarantine-free “travel-bubble” deals with more than 10 countries, and had already written to their counterparts in Japan, Korea, Thailand, Vietnam and Australia to start talks.

Conclusion

14-days of hotel quarantine instead of 21 probably only help Hong Kong residents who wish to visit their home, but difficult to see anyone else from these three countries taking advantage of this facility.

Who would be willing to quarantine for two weeks instead of three?

These travel bubble talks are always very problematic because the bubbles can suddenly burst without any advance notice leaving travelers stranded for an extended period.

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