Hong Kong will ban non-Hong Kong residents coming from overseas countries or territories by plane from entering Hong Kong for 14 days starting from Mar 25. Non-Hong Kong residents coming from the Mainland, Macao and Taiwan will also be denied entry to Hong Kong if they have been to any overseas countries and regions in the past 14 days. In addition, all transit services at Hong Kong International Airport will be suspended. These new measures are part of a ramp-up effort to stop the surge of coronavirus infections in the city.
Earlier, the Hong Kong SAR Government issued the Red Outbound Travel Alert on all overseas countries/ territories in view of the continuing and rapid growth in the number of COVID-19 cases globally. All people arriving in Hong Kong from March 19 onwards, regardless of whether they are Hong Kong residents, will be under compulsory quarantine. As the risk in all overseas countries is currently high, members of the public are strongly advised to adjust travel plans and avoid any non-essential travel outside Hong Kong.
The Government will mandate all arriving persons from the United States, the United Kingdom and other countries in Europe to undergo virus tests to identify infected but asymptomatic cases as early as possible. The Hospital Authorities has also set up test centers at the Asia World-Expo and the North Lantau Hospital. Both test centers, in compliance with infection control standards, have designated waiting areas and individual waiting places. Internet access and charging facilities are also provided.