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Hong Kong cuts Covid-19 hotel quarantine to 3 days for incoming travellers

Starting Friday, 12 August, arrivals to Hong Kong will undergo a three-day hotel quarantine with four days of health monitoring. Here’s what you need to know.

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.

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.


Hong Kong also announced the implementation of Red, Yellow and Blue Codes, a a tiered health-code system that helps track the movements of Covid-19 patients who are isolating at home.

Stay tuned for more information, and find out more about Hong Kong’s travel restrictions here.

Nathan Erickson


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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