Due to the spread of the global pandemic, the government has banned the entry to Hong Kong from foreign countries of non-residents since March 25, 2020, to limit the volume of inbound passengers.
Starting from Sunday, non-Hongkongers who have stayed overseas in the past 14 days were allowed to enter the city and be subject to the same boarding, quarantine and testing arrangements as residents.
Travelers are required to comply with all testing and quarantine requirements, including being fully vaccinated, undergoing pre-departure nucleic acid tests and booking quarantine hotels. They would also be subject to "test-and-hold" upon arrival, transferred to quarantine hotels by designated transport, and tested multiple times amid quarantine.
A flight from Kathmandu, Nepal, landed at the airport this morning, with most passengers being residents. Some returning residents said it was difficult to book air tickets and quarantine hotels, while another said he had waited for a year to back to the city.
Starting Sunday, if on the same flight there are five or more passengers, or five percent or more of the total passengers (whichever is higher) tested positive by arrival test; or three or more passengers are tested positive by arrival test and one or more non-compliant case board without complying with the requirement under the regulation; the passenger flights of that route operated by the airline concerned from the same origin place will be prohibited from landing for five days.
Meanwhile, the quarantine period for local passenger aircraft crew members returning from overseas will be reduced to three days in designated hotels starting Sunday, while local cargo aircraft crew members will be exempted from quarantine.
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