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Hong Kong removes flight ban from nine countries

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Passengers arriving from Australia, Canada, France, India, Nepal, Pakistan, the Philippines, the United Kingdom, and the United States can now enter Hong Kong. On April 1, 2022, the decision took effect.

Hong Kong has also reduced the hotel quarantine period for fully vaccinated passengers arriving in the city from 14 to seven days. After testing negative for COVID-19 on the sixth and seventh days of self-isolation, arrivals can leave the hotel quarantine.

Passengers must also produce a negative COVID-19 test done within 48 hours of arrival in Hong Kong, in addition to their full vaccination status.

In the aftermath of the COVID-19 pandemic, Hong Kong was regarded as one of the harshest cities in the world in terms of quarantine and travel restrictions.

Cathay Pacific, the city’s flag carrier, applauded the action, which experienced a drop in passenger flow as a result of the limitations. In February 2022, the airline was operating at 2% of pre-COVID levels.

The airline said in late March 2022 that it is actively trying to restore more flights.

“We are fully committed to keeping all vital connections, and the flow of people and goods between Hong Kong and the rest of the world moving, and to upholding Hong Kong’s international aviation hub status, just as we have over the past many decades,” Cathay Pacific announced in an emailed statement.

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