Tuesday, 7 April 2020

Hong Kong still closed to foreigners

Hong Kong will continue to be closed to foreigners, extending the initial two-week entry restrictions on non-residents indefinitely, reports AP.

Non-residents coming from overseas to Hong Kong by plane will be denied entry, and those coming from mainland China, Macao and Taiwan will be barred from entering if they have been overseas in the past 14 days.

The move to continue shutting out foreigners was announced by the government on Monday and comes as the number of COVID-19 cases in Hong Kong rose to 915. Hong Kong has seen a rise in the number of imported cases in the city, and its confirmed cases has more than doubled in the last two weeks.

On Sunday, Hong Kong’s airport saw only 813 arrivals, a drop of close to 82% compared to before the restrictions were put in place on March 24.

Hong Kong’s entry restrictions exempt certain groups, including aircraft crew, government officials on duty, spouses and minor children of Hong Kong residents as well as personnel engaged by the government in anti-epidemic work.

 Cathay Pacific and Cathay Dragon recently confirmed that capacity had been reduced by 96% across its passenger network during April and May in light of the severe drop in demand due to the ongoing coronavirus pandemic and multiple government travel restrictions.

Cathay Pacific and Cathay Dragon intend to operate a bare skeleton passenger flight schedule in April and May, although the freighter/cargo capacity remains intact.

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