Health authorities to consider possible quarantine reduction in line with recent mainland policy changes

Health authorities indicated today (Wednesday) that they will study possible adjustments to the required entry quarantine duration so as to match the recent border control easing announced by mainland authorities for international travellers.

The Chinese central government on Tuesday reduced the length of mandatory quarantine for inbound travellers in the new pandemic control guidelines, which cuts the length of isolation for overseas arrivals to seven days plus three more of home monitoring — a drastic drop from the previous 21 days of quarantine and home monitoring combined.

The adjusted regulations marked the biggest relaxation of entry restrictions by the Chinese government since 2020, with a limited number of international flights allowed to fly into the country an effort to tamp down imported virus cases.

Local health authorities have reduced the mandatory hotel quarantine period for fully vaccinated travellers coming from overseas to 10 days plus seven of health self-management this month.

Officials require passengers to test negative for COVID-19 on arrival and during the quarantine period.

Individuals must undergo self-health monitoring for one week after completing quarantine and take nucleic acid tests on days 11, 12, 14, 16, and 17. Unvaccinated travellers must quarantine for 14 days.

Prior to the current community outbreak, there had been previous indications that it could further reduce it to a 7+7 system, a change that would still be longer than the policy currently in force in mainland China.

Health Bureau Director Alvis Lo Iek Long, stated in today’s pandemic update press conference that any change in the relevant quarantine arrangements will be announced in due course.