Hong Kong to quarantine arrivals from parts of Europe, and Japan, from March 14. Most crossing points with mainland China remain closed.

Severity: Warning Alert

This alert began 10 Mar 2020 15:06 GMT and is scheduled to expire 01 Apr 2020 23:59 GMT.

  • Incident: Partial border closure, quarantine measures
  • Location(s): Hong Kong (map)
  • Time Frame: Indefinite
  • Impact: Heightened security, mandatory quarantine measures, business and transport disruptions

Summary
Officials in Hong Kong will impose mandatory 14-day quarantines on passengers with recent travel history in parts of Europe and Japan from 0001 March 14. The measures apply to travelers who have been in specified areas within 14 days before their arrival in Hong Kong. As of March 10, authorities say the mandatory quarantine measures will apply to all of Italy, Bourgogne-Franche-Comte and Grand Est in France, North Rhine-Westphalia in Germany, Basque Country, Madrid, and La Rioja in Spain, and Hokkaido in Japan. Officials may impose mandatory quarantines on passengers from additional areas in the coming days.

Authorities in Hong Kong continue to ban nonresidents who have transited or traveled in South Korea or Iran within 14 days. Mandatory 14-day quarantine periods for travelers arriving from mainland China also remain in effect. The travel restrictions are part of a series of measures meant to limit the spread of coronavirus disease (COVID-19).

As of March 11, land border crossings are only possible at the Shenzhen Bay checkpoint and along the Hong Kong-Zhuhai-Macau Bridge. The immigration processing centers at Ocean Terminal and Kai Tak Cruise Terminal remain closed. The duration of the border crossing restrictions will likely depend on the intensity and extent of the regional COVID-19 outbreak.

Officials in Russia, Palau, Mongolia, Taiwan, and Israel have imposed precautionary restrictions on inbound travelers from Hong Kong. Authorities may impose additional entry and exit restrictions in other locations in the coming days and possibly weeks. Hong Kong International Airport (HKG) remains open, though flights are significantly reduced due to decreased demand.

The border restrictions and quarantine requirements have significantly reduced cross-border ground transport and trade. Government officials are prioritizing crossings for cargo vehicles, as Hong Kong sources most of its food from mainland China. There have been some incidents of panic buying, as residents seek to secure access to essential goods. Increased employee absenteeism will very likely continue, particularly for employees who reside in mainland China. Many businesses in Hong Kong have implemented work-from-home policies as a precaution. Schools are scheduled to remain closed through at least April 20.

Advice
Confirm all planned travel to and from Hong Kong. Consider deferring nonessential travel from areas with high numbers of COVID-19 cases for the duration of the travel restrictions and mandatory quarantine measures. Follow all official instructions. Plan for transport disruptions and possible supply chain interruptions. Allow significant extra time if entering Hong Kong.

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