Hong Kong eliminates the mandatory quarantine for foreign travelers under the new “0+3” rule.
International travelers will continue to be subject to strict pandemic regulations.
The world’s strictest travel restrictions, which devastated the economy and left the financial center of the globe isolated for over two years, will no longer be enforced, Hong Kong declared on Friday.
Residents and companies that had been suffering as a result of the stringent travel restrictions are now feeling better thanks to this action. Hong Kong has followed a lenient version of China’s strict zero-Covid regulations for the past two and a half years. After Hong Kong’s statement, China will be the only nation adhering to extensive quarantine for foreign immigrants.
According to Chief Executive John Lee, people traveling from outside would no longer be subject to the three-day hotel quarantine. Beginning on September 26, travelers will be required to undergo PCR tests upon arrival and will not be permitted to enter restaurants or bars for the first three days under a scheme known as “0+3” by officials.
Lee informed the media that the quarantine hotel system would be canceled under this arrangement.
Strict pandemic regulations will continue to apply, including bans on social contact, requirements for mask use, and digital health codes to enter public spaces.
Further PCR tests will be required for international arrivals on days two, four, and six in the city.
If a test is positive, travelers risk being imprisoned in hotel rooms at their own expense. Most locals can isolate themselves at home, but those who cannot be sent to government facilities.
Public meetings of more than four persons in a group are still prohibited.
Authorities also announced the removal of entry limits from the Chinese mainland. However, according to an AFP report, individuals traveling oppositely are still subject to Beijing’s stringent zero-Covid quarantine requirements.