When the new administration takes office next week, there is hope that one of the strictest Covid quarantine policies in the world will be relaxed because Hong Kong’s incoming health secretary has stated he will look into reducing the city’s hotel quarantine for incoming travelers from seven days to five or less.
Lo Chung-mau said on a radio broadcast on Thursday that only 1% of arriving travelers had Covid, allowing authorities to perhaps shorten the quarantine time even more.
Any such reduction, according to Lo, would come with additional conditions, including visitor point-to-point transit or self-isolation at home.
In addition to the cost and inconvenience to travelers, quarantine hotel rooms in Hong Kong are in low supply and sell out quickly each time a fresh batch becomes available for reservations.
The quarantine was originally 21 days, then reduced to 14 and cut again to seven. Business groups and private travellers have fiercely criticised the policy as draconian and unnecessary.
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