Quarantine exemptions set

May 21, 2020

The Government today announced that enterprises with an operating base relating to logistics, port or shipping business on the Mainland can apply for an exemption from the compulsory quarantine arrangement. 


In accordance with the amended Compulsory Quarantine of Certain Persons Arriving at Hong Kong Regulation, the Chief Secretary may designate any person or category of people for exemption from quarantine if their travelling is necessary for purposes relating to business activities in the interest of Hong Kong’s economic development.


The Chief Secretary has exempted two more categories of people from the quarantine arrangement.


They include owners of enterprises with a valid business registration certificate and with an operating base relating to logistics, port or shipping business activities on the Mainland, as well as up to one person employed and authorised by the enterprise.


The other category covers up to two people employed and authorised by such an enterprise.


An exempted person must only travel to and stay in the Mainland area or city where that individual’s operating base is located, and must take every precautionary measure to ensure personal hygiene and avoid unnecessary social contact whilst there.


After returning to Hong Kong, the exempted person will be subject to medical surveillance arranged by the Department of Health for a period of 14 days.


Currently, travellers to the Mainland would still be subject to the 14-day compulsory quarantine requirement imposed by Mainland authorities.


The Hong Kong Special Administrative Region Government is discussing with Mainland authorities the mutual recognition of COVID-19 testing results conducted by recognised medical laboratories, with a view to exempting the quarantine requirement for Hong Kong travellers to the Mainland.


Call 3509 8211 for application enquiries.

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