2nd December 2021 – (Hong Kong) The government announced today (2nd) that according to the latest development of the global COVID-19 epidemic, Finland, Ghana, South Korea, Norway and Saudi Arabia will be listed as high–risk Group A specified places from midnight next Sunday (5th). In addition, the government will also require all transit passengers boarding from overseas and Taiwan to have a negative virus test certificate from midnight next Wednesday (8th).
The government stated earlier that it would designate the areas where Omicron imported cases were found in high–risk Group A specified places. Non-Hong Kong residents who have stayed there within 21 days are not allowed to enter and Hong Kong residents must have completed COVID-19 vaccination before boarding back to Hong Kong, they will stay at designated quarantine hotel after arriving in Hong Kong and undergo 6 virus tests during the period. They must also go to the community testing centre for compulsory testing on the 26th day of arrival in Hong Kong.
In addition, there are the newly-added boarding and testing requirements for transit passengers, including the requirement that all transit passengers boarding from overseas regions and Taiwan to Hong Kong, must present a negative result proof of a polymerase chain reaction-based nucleic acid (PCR) test for COVID-19 with specimen collected within 72 hours before the scheduled time of departure.
The relevant requirements are the same as the current pre-boarding inspection requirements for arriving passengers destined for Hong Kong. The government has also recommended that the Airport Authority further tighten the arrangements for transit passengers during their stay at the Hong Kong International Airport, including strengthening the implementation of infection control measures in the restricted areas of the airport where transit passengers can go, and tightening quarantine arrangements for transit passengers who need to wait longer for connecting flights to reduce the chance of cross-infection.
The government will gazette update the relevant specifications under the “Prevention and Control of Diseases (Regulation of Cross-Border Transport and Arrivals) Regulations” in Cap 599H to implement the above new measures.