Top News Hong Kong sets in motion reduced quarantine order By Prudence Lui / Posted on 8 August, 2022 17:52 The three-day hotel quarantine order for all overseas arrivals into Hong Kong will officially start on August 12, announced the city authorities this afternoon. The decision was supposed to have been made on August 5, but was disrupted by a system glitch, said sources. Travellers entering Hong Kong will serve a three-day hotel quarantine from August 12 The current arrival requirement calls for a seven-day hotel quarantine. From this Friday, people entering Hong Kong will only serve three days in a Designated Hotels for Quarantine (DHQ) property, followed by four days of medical surveillance. Travellers who get an all-clear health report at the end of their DHQ will be given a yellow code on their LeaveHomeSafe app, permitting them to use public transport services and enter certain public facilities such as malls and their work places. However, they will need to continue to provide a daily negative ART/RAT result throughout their four-day medical surveillance, and refrain from entering high-risk establishments such as restaurants, bars and entertainment venues during this period. A spokesperson of Cathay Pacific welcomed the decision. “We are asking the government to urgently provide a clear roadmap showing the complete removal of all Covid-related restrictions for aircrew and passengers as soon as it is feasible to protect Hong Kong’s international aviation hub status,” he said. Other tourism stakeholders are urging the same, saying that Hong Kong’s tourism recovery can only truly begin with quarantine-free arrivals. Destination China’s general manager and co-founder, Gunther Homerlein, told TTG Asia in an interview: “The first question we get from our customers is when quarantine will be removed. When we say we don’t know, it is the end of the conversation. We will not get any return of business until Hong Kong ends the quarantine requirement, like the rest of the world.” Freddy Yip, managing director of Goldjoy Travel, agrees that the reduced quarantine is of little help in triggering business rebound. “My clients cannot tolerate a single day of hotel quarantine,” he said.