HK streamlines home isolation rules for mainland and Macau arrivals

[Corrected to clarify the home isolation policy covers those not under the Return2hk or Come2hk schemes]

Shortly after easing quarantine requirements for overseas arrivals, Hong Kong authorities announced that home isolation arrangements for inbound persons coming from Macau and mainland China outside the current quarantine exemption arrangements will also be relaxed.

Since September of last year visitors from mainland China and Macau can come to Hong Kong without undergoing compulsory Covid-19 quarantine under the Return2hk or Come2hk Schemes.

In a new announcement, authorities from the neighbouring SAR stated that vaccinated people arriving from the Mainland or Macau, not under the Return2hk or Come2hk schemes, will have their compulsory quarantine period at home correspondingly adjusted to three nights, followed by four nights of self-monitoring on the third day of arrival.

Still, during the self-monitoring period, they will be required to take their body temperature twice daily and undergo the compulsory nucleic acid test as required, and Amber Code restrictions under the Vaccine Pass are not applicable.

The amber code prevents entry to places that actively check patrons’ vaccination records, including restaurants, bars, gyms and beauty salons.

Meanwhile, people who arrived at Hong Kong earlier and are undergoing home quarantine, from today onwards will be considered to have completed home quarantine after 9:00am on Day 3 of arrival and can remove their electronic wristbands.

The testing requirement for all inbound persons from the Mainland or Macau will be also adjusted to receive compulsory nucleic acid tests on Day 4 and Day 6 of arrival in Hong Kong.

The new arrangements will not impact those arriving in Hong Kong under the Return2hk or Come2hk Schemes.

Yesterday the Hong Kong government cut the hotel quarantine period for Taiwan and overseas arrivals from seven to three days.