Hong Kong will enable non residents to enter the monetary hub from Might for the primary time in additional than two years, a small step in unwinding stringent coronavirus restrictions which have turned the town into one of many world’s most remoted locations.
Hong Kong’s guidelines for airways that carry contaminated COVID-19 sufferers may also be eased barely, the federal government mentioned in a press release on Friday, with the edge for suspending incoming flights rising to 5 contaminated passengers from three at the moment.
A ban on particular person airline routes might be shortened to 5 days from 7.
Overseas travellers might be topic to the identical process as residents, the federal government mentioned.
The announcement comes with every day infections below 1000 for greater than every week from a peak of greater than 70,000 on March 3.
Hong Kong’s borders have primarily been closed since early 2020 with only a few flights and weeks lengthy quarantine for arrivals.
Most flights at the moment touchdown in Hong Kong, which prides itself because the east-meets-west gateway, are from mainland China and some different Asian cities.
Eleven flight routes have been banned this week from airways together with Cathay Pacific, Emirates, Qantas, and KLM, in response to authorities information. There have been greater than 70 flight bans to this point this yr.
The previous British colony lifted a ban on flights arriving from 9 nations together with the U.S. and Britain on April 1 and minimize quarantine for residents to seven days from 14, however the nonetheless stringent standards imply that few flights can function in what was as soon as one of many world’s busiest transit hubs.
Hong Kong has adopted mainland China in implementing a “dynamic zero” coronavirus coverage which goals to curb all outbreaks.
Hundreds of residents making an attempt to return to Hong Kong have been impacted by final minute cancellations, leaving them scrambling to seek out various routes whereas making certain they will safe their quarantine resort room amid tight provide.
Hong Kong reopened gyms, magnificence parlours, theme parks and cinemas on Thursday for the primary time in additional than 4 months.
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