Hong Kong airport bans transit passengers from 153 countries, including Singapore

14/1/2022 12:22:00 PM

Hong Kong airport bans transit passengers from 153 countries, including Singapore

Like mainland China, Hong Kong has maintained some of the world's harshest measures throughout the pandemic - including weeks-long quarantines, targeted lockdowns and mass testing.The Chinese business hub ranks territories into categories based on how widespread their Covid-19 infections are, with 153 countries including Singapore currently classified as Group A - from which arrivals must spend 21 days in quarantine.

Hong Kong's airport said anyone who has spent time in the last three weeks in any of those countries would be banned from transiting between Sunday and Feb 15.Eight Group A countries - Australia, Canada, France, India, the Philippines, Pakistan, Britain and the United States - are already banned entirely from arriving in Hong Kong.

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Like mainland China, Hong Kong has maintained some of the world's harshest measures throughout the pandemic - including weeks-long quarantines, targeted lockdowns and mass testing. The Chinese business hub ranks territories into categories based on how widespread their Covid-19 infections are, with 153 countries including Singapore currently classified as Group A - from which arrivals must spend 21 days in quarantine. The move comes as the city has seen around 50 cases of the fast-spreading Omicron variant since the end of last year. Hong Kong's airport said anyone who has spent time in the last three weeks in any of those countries would be banned from transiting between Sunday and Feb 15. Don’t worry. Eight Group A countries - Australia, Canada, France, India, the Philippines, Pakistan, Britain and the United States - are already banned entirely from arriving in Hong Kong. Hong Kong International Airport said in a statement on Friday that any persons who have stayed in places classified as high risk by health authorities in the 21 days before travelling cannot transit through the city from Jan 16 until Feb 15. The city is battling a small outbreak of the Omicron variant that began with returning Cathay Pacific flight crew who breached home quarantine rules. Hong Kong currently classifies more than 150 countries and territories as high risk.

It has reimposed strict social distancing rules, including closing gyms and halting restaurant dining after 6pm, and has said Cathay Pacific might face legal action. Hong Kong currently classifies more than 150 countries and territories as high risk. The previous evening, the independent Chinese-language news outlet of five years said it was closing. Cathay Pacific is already flying only a fraction of its pre-pandemic routes and many of its long-haul flights transit through its home city. Other airlines have dramatically scaled back routes to Hong Kong or begun avoiding it altogether because of the quarantine rules. The Chinese-ruled city has followed mainland China's policy in adopting a zero-tolerance towards local Covid-19 cases even as much of the world shifts towards living with the coronavirus. China flare-ups It is not clear whether the transit suspension will impact the Winter Olympics, with many athletes and officials expected to travel to China via Hong Kong in the coming days ahead of next month's opening of the Games. “If I am no longer confident enough to guide and lead my reporters, I must be responsible,” Li said last week. The suspension was first reported by Bloomberg News this week, citing sources who said it would not apply to diplomats, officials and athletes heading to the Olympics. Fifteen type of venues, including bars and clubs, cinemas, gyms and beauty salons were ordered to close, while dining in restaurants is banned after 6pm.

But the Hong Kong airport statement on Friday listed no exemptions for Olympic delegates and a spokesman did not immediately reply to a request for clarity. More On This Topic . The government is expected to announce later on Friday that the restrictions will be extended through the Lunar New Year holiday at the start of February.” On 4 January, another outlet, Mad Dog Daily, followed suit and halted operations together with Citizen News.