France and Russia added to high-risk areas by HK, negative virus test reports required


16th October 2020 – (Hong Kong) The Hong Kong government announced today (16th) that France and Russia will be listed as high-risk areas. Starting from 26th October, a 72-hour COVID-19 negative test report must be produced by arrivals from France and Russia and a confirmation letter for hotel reservations will also be required. This new regulation will be implemented until further notice.

A spokesperson for the Food and Health Bureau said that the global epidemic is becoming more severe. The number of new cases has risen from 70,000 to 100,000 daily from the end of March to mid-May to about 160,000 to 180,000 daily at the end of June. By the end of July, it rose to 220,000 to 290,000 cases per day, and to a new high of 240,000 to 320,000 cases per day in mid-September, and has remained high so far. In view of the severe global epidemic, Hong Kong’s immigration prevention and control measures cannot be relaxed.

The Government earlier enacted the “Prevention and Control of Diseases (Regulation of Cross-Border Transport and Arrivals) Regulations” (Cap 599H) to implement testing and quarantine conditions for people arriving in Hong Kong from extremely high-risk areas to reduce their risk to Hong Kong.