Hong Kong will remain closed to visitors until late September

The shutters are staying down in Hong Kong for another three months.

By David Flynn, June 2 2020
Hong Kong will remain closed to visitors until late September

Hong Kong's airport has reopened for transit passengers, but the territory's borders will remain closed to foreign visitors until late September.

Secretary for Food and Health Sophia Chan said on Tuesday that the current ban – introduced on March 23 initially for 14 days, and then extended until later this month – would now remain in place through to September 18.

Social distancing measures in the city will also be extended. The move comes after a surge in local infections, sparking fears of another community outbreak.

All arrivals at the airport continue to be required to attend the nearby AsiaWorld Expo site for COVID-19 testing, before proceeding to their home for a mandatory 14-day quarantine period.

As previously reportedtravellers are now permitted to transferring from one flight to the next at Hong Kong airport, however they need to have been "checked through at the origin port and take transit/transfer flights operated by the same airline group," the airport authority says.

There can also be no more than eight hours between inbound and outbound flights, and transits are not permitted to or from destinations in mainland China.

Read more: Hong Kong airport outlines new restrictions for transit passengers

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David Flynn is the Editor-in-Chief of Executive Traveller and a bit of a travel tragic with a weakness for good coffee, shopping and lychee martinis.

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09 Jun 2019

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A pity there isn't an airside hotel in HKIA, but the many lounges are all good, as long as they remain open.

12 Feb 2013

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I believe 18 September refers to the date the 14 day compulsory quarantine to be reviewed for returning HK residents from places other than Mainland China, Macau and Taiwan (which will no longer have to undergo the 14 day quarantine from early July). There has been no date yet for reopening for tourists and visitors.

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