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Hong Kong to cut hotel quarantine with health code

07/25/2022| 11:46:16 AM|

Authority mulls reducing hotel quarantine to four or five days.

Hong Kong plans to cut hotel quarantine for arrivals with the introduction of a two-color health code system, Sing Tao Daily reported on Monday.

The government is considering moving to five days of hotel quarantine, after which arrivals will be issued with a so-called yellow health code for two days that would prohibit them from entering high-risk areas where masks can be removed. Another option under consideration is four days of hotel isolation followed by three days of yellow code restrictions, according to the report, which cited an unidentified person. Hong Kong currently requires seven-day quarantine for arrivals. 

The government is expected to make a decision in the next one to two weeks, the Chinese-language newspaper said.

Separately, Hong Kong will require travelers to the city to fill out an electronic health declaration form before boarding a flight, no longer allowing them to do the paperwork after landing, in an effort to make the process more efficient, the government said in a statement Sunday. The new system will begin July 28 on a trial basis. 

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