A long-awaited decision. Hong Kong will lift the mandatory hotel quarantine for anyone arriving from overseas, the chief executive announced on Friday (September 23), ending more than two and a half years of international lockdown for the financial hub. . Travelers will, however, have to undergo a PCR test upon arrival, and will not be allowed to go to bars and restaurants for the first three days.
This measure will bring relief to residents and businesses who have been demanding that the Asian financial center follow the global trend by once again allowing unrestricted travel. Hong Kong applied a softer version of the Chinese strategy “zero Covid”, which imposes in particular multiple confinements as soon as positive cases appear and almost compulsory PCR tests every 72 or 48 hours. China is now the only major economy in the world to maintain a long quarantine period for international arrivals.