Authorities in Hong Kong have decided to extend quarantine measures until March 31, 2022 due to concerns regarding imported cases of the Delta variant of Covid-19.
Hong Kong.- Authorities in Hong Kong have decided to extend current quarantine measures until March 2022.
Under the Prevention and Control of Disease Ordinance, people who have been in Macau and want to enter Hong Kong must undergo a 14-day quarantine. However, the decision may change in the following months as a travel bubble could be launched by September on a “limited scale.”
That plan was delayed in July due to Hong Kong reporting a new case of Covid-19 since June 7. Macau has set a requirement of 28 days with no new cases to launch a travel bubble.
However, Macau authorities are reported to have invited experts from China’s National Health Commission to inspect the situation in Macau and provide opinions on a possible relaxation of travel restrictions with Hong Kong.
Hong Kong gives up on travel bubble plans with Singapore
In July, during a legislative council meeting, lawmakers said that Hong Kong’s focus should be on keeping Covid-19 cases under control to facilitate travel to mainland China rather than on a potential travel bubble with Singapore. The decision came after Singapore relaxed some of its Covid-19 countermeasures.
According to RTHK, Michael Tien, roundtable lawmaker, said: “The mainland will not tolerate any loopholes at our airport. If Singapore really changes its anti-pandemic target, the government can stop talking to the country about setting up a travel bubble.”