HK government to impose “0+3” home quarantine for overseas arrivals from 26th Sept, PCR test before boarding scrapped


23rd September 2022 – (Hong Kong) The Chief Executive, John Lee held a press conference of the Anti-epidemic Command and Coordination Group at 3.40pm today. All overseas and Taiwan arrivals will undergo only 0+3 quarantine arrangement. All hotel quarantine measures will be scrapped. 48-hour pre-departure PCR test before boarding will be cancelled and replaced with rapid antigen test i.e. all travellers only need to obtain a negative 24-hour rapid antigen test before boarding. All unvaccinated Hong Kong Kong residents will be allowed to enter Hong Kong but they need to obtain vaccine pass as soon as possible after returning to Hong Kong. All quotas will be lifted on travellers using Return2HK and Come2HK schemes and they can be used in any city in Mainland and Macao.

All these measures will take effect on 26th September. Arrivals will no longer need to undergo “test and hold” at the airport. Instead, they will only undergo a PCR Test and will be allowed to go home (“Test and go”).

All arrivals can use any public transport or own transport to go home or any preferred accommodation after leaving the airport. After obtaining negative PCR results, yellow code will be valid for 3 days while blue code will be activated after 3 days if the test result is negative. Arrivals will be allowed to enter scheduled premises including catering premises 3 days later. However, arrivals will not be allowed to enter scheduled premises when amber code is in effect. PCR tests still need be conducted at local community testing centres during 4th and 7th day after arrival.

The Chief Executive’s Office held a long meeting this morning to discuss the relevant plan.