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Hong Kong prepares to lift flight bans and reduce quarantine for arrivals

Carrie Lam has announced changes to quarantine measures for Hong Kong residents, with the current 14-day period to be cut to seven days, providing they test negative on the sixth and seventh day from arrival.

According to a report in the South China Morning Post, Hong Kong has announced a significant easing of pandemic-control measures from next month, including halving the quarantine period for residents arriving in the city and the lifting of flight bans on nine countries, including the UK and USA. After conceding last week that the public had reached the limits of tolerance for the strictest anti-pandemic measures in the world, chief executive Carrie Lam has announced that the government will ease restrictions from April 1st, while putting on hold a controversial plan for compulsory universal testing of the entire population.

Hotel quarantine for fully vaccinated Hong Kong residents returning from overseas will be cut from 14 to seven days from April 1st, as long as travellers test negative on the fifth day via a PCR test, and via rapid antigen tests on the sixth and seventh day of their stay.