Top News Hong Kong to ban transit passengers from high-risk countries By TTG Asia / Posted on 13 January, 2022 14:03 Hong Kong’s international airport is set to ban transit by passengers from designated high-risk countries to keep Omicron out, according to a Bloomberg News report which cited people familiar with the matter. The report quoted the people as saying that airport officials recently briefed carriers about the plan, which is set to start on Saturday (January 15) and run through February 14, with the end date subject to review. Hong Kong airport to ban transit from high-risk countries to curb Omicron spread This comes as Hong Kong battles a relatively small number of Omicron cases, which has led authorities to impose a semi-lockdown in keeping with its zero-tolerance Covid-19 strategy. Hong Kong has designated around 150 countries and territories as high-risk, including the eight nations that have specific route flight bans in place due to Covid-19 cases on board. Those eight are Australia, Canada, France, India, the Philippines, Pakistan, Britain and the US. The ban, however, will not apply to diplomats, government officials, athletes and staff participating in the Winter Olympics, which open on February 4 in Beijing.