Hong Kong will be shutting its borders to all arrivals from South Korea from today, in response to a sudden spike in Covid-19 cases there which had South Korea raising its virus alert level to the highest red on Monday.
Travellers who have been to South Korea in the past 14 days will also be denied entry to the SAR.
Hong Kong residents returning from South Korea will be placed under medical surveillance for 14 days, while those returning from virus-hit cities including Daegu and North Gyeongsang will be placed under a 14-day quarantine at quarantine centres, public broadcaster RTHK reported.
South Korea now has more than 800 confirmed cases of the Covid-19, making it the most virus-hit country outside China.
The Hong Kong Security Bureau has also issued a Red Outbound Travel Alert on South Korea, with security secretary John Lee advising citizens against any non-essential travel to the country.