Hong Kong Airport Bans Transit Travellers From 153 Countries, Including India Amid Rising COVID Cases

Flights from India, France, Pakistan, Australia, Canada, the Philippines, the United Kingdom, and the United States have previously been barred from landing in Hong Kong. It has banned passengers from around 153 countries from 16 January onwards.

Published: January 15, 2022 8:31 PM IST

By Travel Staff

Hong Kong Airport Bans Transit Travellers Amid Rising COVID Cases From 153 Countries (Picture Credit: Pixabay)

Due to the present COVID-19 scenario, Hong Kong airport has imposed a transit embargo on 153 nations (which is most of the world). The declaration was issued on Friday by the Hong Kong government in order to put a stop to the escalating number of COVID-19 cases.

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Throughout the pandemic, Hong Kong was noted for implementing some of the most stringent precautions, including a weeks-long quarantine, rigorous lockdowns, and mass testing. Currently, China’s special administrative zone recognises 153 countries and divides them into Groups A and B. (from which arrivals must spend 21 days in quarantine).

People who have visited any of the 153 countries in the last three weeks would be barred from travelling starting Sunday, according to Hong Kong’s airport. Eight countries (Group A) have already been barred from entering Hong Kong, including India, Pakistan, Canada, France, the Philippines, Australia, the United Kingdom, and the United States. According to Hong Kong’s airport, people who have visited any of these countries in the previous 21 days are barred from transiting from January 16 onwards.

The Omicron outbreak is currently affecting Hong Kong, and it started with a returning Cathay Pacific flight crew that broke home quarantine laws. Since then, all COVID limitations have been reinstated, including social distancing, gym closures, and restaurant closings after 6 PM.

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Published Date: January 15, 2022 8:31 PM IST