Hong Kong government said on Monday that it would shorten the quarantine period for vaccinated people arriving in the city to 7 days from 14 days, provided travellers show sufficient antibodies against the coronavirus.
Hong Kong government announced on Monday that the quarantine requirements for persons arriving at Hong Kong who have received COVID-19 vaccination will be adjusted in phases.
Except for those who had stayed in extremely high-risk or very high-risk places (Group A1 and A2 specified places), fully vaccinated persons with a positive result of serology testing for antibodies will be subject to a further shortened compulsory quarantine period of seven days upon arrival.
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Additionally, the restriction from entry to Hong Kong will also be relaxed for fully vaccinated non-Hong Kong residents who have not stayed in Group A1 or Group A2 specified places.
The relevant persons are still subject to multiple nucleic acid tests after arrival to avoid missing any cases.
Shortened Compulsory Quarantine
Persons arriving at Hong Kong who have only stayed in Group B specified places, Group C specified places or Taiwan on the day of arrival or the 14 days before that day will be subject to a shortened compulsory quarantine period of 7 days at designated quarantine hotels if they fulfil the following three conditions.
They have to undergo two nucleic acid tests during the quarantine period, followed by a seven-day self-monitoring period as well as compulsory testing on the 12th, 16th and 19th days of arrival at Hong Kong.
The three conditions are:
As of today (June 22, 2021), the category of specified places is as follows:
Fully vaccinated with a vaccination record;
Obtained a negative nucleic acid test result during “test-and-hold” upon arrival at Hong Kong;
Possess positive result proof of a recognised serology antibody test conducted within the past three months.
Entry of Non-HK Residents to HK
At present, non-Hong Kong residents can only enter Hong Kong if they have only stayed in Group D specified places, the Mainland or Macao on the day of arrival or the 14 days before that day.
The Government plans to allow non-Hong Kong residents who have been fully vaccinated with a vaccination record and who have only stayed in Group B specified places, Group C specified places or Taiwan to enter Hong Kong.
Such non-Hong Kong residents have to comply with the same quarantine and nucleic acid testing requirements as those applicable to Hong Kong residents, including a seven-day shortened compulsory quarantine period for those who possess positive result proof of a recognized serology antibody test conducted within the past three months.
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SOURCE | GovHK / Reuters