Govt tightens rules for arrivals

The Government today announced that the boarding and quarantine requirements for people arriving from Botswana, Eswatini, Lesotho, Malawi, Mozambique, Namibia and Zimbabwe will be tightened from November 27.   The move came in view of the latest developments of the COVID-19 epidemic situation. Along with South Africa which is already a specified high-risk place, non-Hong Kong residents who have stayed in these places within 21 days will not be allowed to enter Hong Kong.   The Government explained that the mutant variant B.1.1.529 has been detected in South Africa and Botswana and while scientists are not fully certain of its potential effects on the epidemic situation or whether the relevant mutations would affect the efficacies of vaccines, it has to stay vigilant.   Therefore, along with South Africa, which is currently a Group A specified place, Botswana as well as the adjacent Eswatini, Lesotho, Malawi, Mozambique, Namibia and Zimbabwe will be specified as Group A specified places.   With these eight southern African locations specified as Group A specified places, non-Hong Kong residents including visitors who have stayed there within 21 days are not allowed to enter Hong Kong.   For Hong Kong residents, they can only board a flight for Hong Kong if they have been fully vaccinated and hold a recognised vaccination record. They must also undergo compulsory quarantine in a designated quarantine hotel for 21 days upon arrival.   The control and prevention measures applicable to these places under the prevailing mechanism are more stringent than the measures recently announced by the UK, Singapore and Israel, the Government added.   Click here for details on the relevant boarding and compulsory quarantine requirements for respective specified places.

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