Hong Kong temporarily bans British Airways, Emirates, KLM
12/14/2020|3:44:44 PM|Executive Traveller

Hong Kong has temporarily banned four international airlines under strict new rules aimed at stemming the latest COVID-19 outbreak.

Flights by British Airways, Emirates, KLM Royal Dutch Airlines and Nepal Airlines have all been suspended by the Hong Kong government after a number of passengers on recent flights tested positive for COVID-19 upon arrival.

The bans remain in place for 14 days, and even a single positive passenger arriving on a flight into Hong Kong can see that airline hit with a two-week ban if other passengers failed to comply with onboard health measures.

British Airways' flight BA27 from London on Tuesday December 8 was revealed to be carrying four passengers with COVID-19.

Hong Kong's Department of Health said it “thus invoked the regulation to prohibit landing of passenger flights from London operated by BA in Hong Kong from December 12 to 25.”

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