Hong Kong introduced that it’s going to finish obligatory lodge quarantine for arrivals beginning 26 September. Individuals travelling to Hong Kong will solely be monitored for COVID-19 an infection for 3 days, throughout which they should keep at residence and their motion shall be restricted.
Chief Govt John Lee introduced the extremely anticipated new plan at a press convention on 23 September. Earlier than the announcement, the coverage in place was often called the ‘3+4’ settlement, which required visitors to undergo quarantine in a designated hotel for 3 days after which keep at residence for the subsequent 4 days below medical supervision.
Listed here are the main points of Hong Kong’s relaxed lodge quarantine and the easing of anti-pandemic measures
‘Take a look at and Go’ coverage
Saying the brand new ‘0+3’ association, Lee stated, “Individuals who arrive in Hong Kong can return residence or keep at a lodge of their alternative. They’re allowed to exit however adjust to a PCR take a look at which shall be performed on the airport. They don’t have to attend for PCR outcomes. So, it is a ‘Take a look at and Go’ association.”
He added that guests can select any type of public transport from the airport.
Nonetheless, Lee defined that guests are topic to code restrictions throughout the first three days of their arrival. Guests shall be given an amber code upon arrival, which signifies that they can’t enter sure premises similar to bars and eating places. The restrictions shall be lifted when guests are issued a blue code on the fourth day if a PCR take a look at outcome seems unfavorable.
Lee additionally stated that unvaccinated residents can even board flights to Hong Kong but will have to follow rules to fulfil their vaccine go necessities.
The federal government additionally dropped the requirement for a unfavorable PCR take a look at outcome earlier than boarding and changed it with a speedy antigen take a look at (RAT) taken inside 24 hours of boarding.
The announcement is available in time for individuals who want to journey to Hong Kong to take pleasure in a sequence of upcoming occasions, together with Oktoberfest and a number of artwork exhibitions.
Low caseloads led to the elimination of older coverage
The obligatory lodge quarantine coverage was in place for over two-and-half years, although the size of quarantine has steadily eased over the interval.
The choice to finish the lodge quarantine coverage comes within the wake of a speedy lower in caseloads.
In accordance with South China Morning Publish (SCMP), the numbers have come down from a excessive of 10,000 earlier within the month to five,000 earlier this week.
Till the announcement, Hong Kong was following a system considerably just like China’s zero-COVID coverage. As such, it was one of many few regimes with a strict anti-pandemic measure.
Restrictions eased in some neighbouring nations
Earlier within the week, Lee stated that he would permit an “orderly opening-up” to deliver Hong Kong extra in keeping with the remainder of the world and ease connectivity.
Different neighbouring nations, similar to Singapore and Japan, have already resumed quarantine-free journey. Japanese Prime Minister Fumio Kishida stated on 22 September that his nation will start accepting particular person guests and reinstate visa-free journey beginning 11 October.
Taiwan, too, will elevate its weekly cap on guests to 60,000 from 50,000 and finish PCR exams on the airport beginning 29 September. In accordance with SCMP, the nation additionally plans to take away its three-day obligatory quarantine by 13 October.
In different good travel-related information, Japan will reinstate visa-free journey from 11 October. Examine it right here.
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This story was first printed on Lifestyle Asia Singapore