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Hong Kong cuts Covid-19 hotel quarantine down to 3 days for new arrivals

Good news for travellers looking to enter Hong Kong. From 12 August, new arrivals to Hong Kong will no longer need to undergo a 7-day hotel quarantine. It has been cut down to 3 days, with 4 days of health monitoring. Here are all the details.

It’s about time: the Hong Kong government has announced the biggest loosening of its Covid-19 quarantine regulations since the pandemic began. In this morning’s briefing, Chief Executive John Lee announced that the seven-day mandatory hotel quarantine currently in place will be cut to three days, with four days of “health monitoring” to follow.

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Hong Kong cuts hotel quarantine time down to 3 days

During the four days of health monitoring, arrivals are free to leave home with a negative daily rapid antigen test (RAT) result; however, they will still not be permitted to enter vaccine-pass venues during that period.

The Hong Kong government also announced the implementation of Red, Yellow and Blue Codes.

Those who are Covid positive will be marked as red, and will not be permitted to leave isolation.

Those under monitoring will be marked as yellow, but will be allowed to leave for work, school and be able to take public transportation with a negative RAT test result. They will not be permitted to enter vaccine pass venues (ie: restaurants and bars) during this period.

Those once all clear of monitoring and testing negative will be marked as blue.

The changes were made as the government noted seven-day hotel quarantine was “not cost effective” and the majority of cases will be caught within the initial three day period.

Nathan Erickson

Editor-in-Chief

Born in Seoul and based in Hong Kong, Nathan has been writing about culture, style and food for some of the world's biggest publications for over a decade. He's loyal to tequila soda and Canon lenses, and still produces music in his spare time. (Charley is his Korean name.)

 
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