Hong Kong to ban Australian passengers for two weeks

Hong Kong to ban Australian passengers for two weeks

As case numbers soar in Australia, Hong Kong's authorities have opted to ban passengers who have been here within 21 days prior to arrival, even if they only stepped foot in Australia for two hours.

According to the Australian Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade's (DFAT) Smartraveller website, the new measure in Hong Kong will take effect from 8 January and the passengers it covers will not be allowed to board a flight to Hong Kong.

"For entry before 8 January, you’ll be subject to 21 days of compulsory quarantine at a designated quarantine hotel on arrival, followed by seven days of self-monitoring," Smartraveller reported in a notice, adding compulsory tests would also be needed.

However, only Hong Kong residents will be able to travel there from Australia prior to 8 January, and even then they won't be allowed to enter if they have been in Australia for more than two hours on that day or during the previous 21 days, according to Smartraveller.

The ban will be in place for two weeks, subject to review.

Hong Kong has also banned flights from seven other countries, including Canada, Britain, the United States, France, India, Philippines and Pakistan.

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