Hong Kong green-lights plan to cut quarantine for vaccinated travellers

Fully vaccinated travellers from most places to Hong Kong will need only serve a seven-day quarantine at a designated hotel as long as they pass an antibody test, Bloomberg reported, citing people familiar with the matter.

According to the report, the plan will not include travellers coming from high-risk locations like Japan, the UK and the US. Currently, travel from some countries like India deemed extremely high-risk is still barred.

Hong Kong will shorten quarantine for fully vaccinated travellers from most places; people strolling along Central and Western District Promenade in Hong Kong pictured 

The timeline for the policy has not been determined and will hinge on when the testing facilities are ready, said the sources.

The report further quoted the sources as saying that authorities are now trialling various antibody tests which will detect if a person has been vaccinated or has recovered from Covid-19.

Currently, Hong Kong has one of the world’s strictest border policies. Travellers entering Hong Kong are required to quarantine in a designated hotel for up to 21 days, even if they’re fully vaccinated.

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