Hong Kong will end the mandatory quarantine by covid-19 for foreigners who arrive in its territory, its leader said this Friday, in a decision that turns the page on two and a half years of isolation.
“Under this provision, the quarantine system in a hotel will be cancelled,” Chief Executive John Lee told reporters.
In the last two and a half years, Hong Kong has adopted the same China policy of zero covid, causing problems for this financial center as other competing cities reopened earlier.
The announcement leaves mainland China as the only major economy to maintain a lockdown for international arrivals.
The Hong Kong chief executive said the current three-day hotel quarantine will be lifted for those arriving in Hong Kong from abroad and Taiwan.
Travelers will undergo a PCR test upon arrival and will not be able to go to bars and restaurants for the first three days, according to a system called “0+3” by the authorities.