Hong Kong government to quarantine individuals entering from mainland China beginning Feb. 8. Most border crossings remain closed.

Severity: Warning Alert

This alert began 05 Feb 2020 17:39 GMT and is scheduled to expire 18 Feb 2020 23:59 GMT.

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

Summary
Authorities in Hong Kong will begin imposing a mandatory 14-day quarantine period for travelers arriving from mainland China beginning Feb. 8. The quarantine is part of a series of restrictions meant to limit the spread of 2019 novel coronavirus (2019-nCoV). It will apply to all travelers from mainland China to Hong Kong, regardless of residency status or nationality. Additionally, immigration processing centers at Ocean Terminal and Kai Tak Cruise Terminal will close from Feb. 8. The duration of the border crossing restrictions will likely depend on the intensity and extent of the 2019-nCoV outbreak in China.

Authorities announced quarantine measures after Hong Kong officials declared the number of border crossing checkpoints that will be open between the territory and mainland China. As of Feb. 6, land border crossings are only possible at the Shenzhen Bay checkpoint and along the Hong Kong-Zhuhai-Macau Bridge. Authorities had previously suspended all high-speed rail and cross-border ferry services and reduced the number of flights with mainland China. Additionally, officials in mainland China stopped issuing individual travel passes to Hong Kong for mainland Chinese residents. Hong Kong International Airport (HKG) remains open. Authorities may impose additional entry and exit restrictions in the coming weeks and days.

The border restrictions and quarantine requirements will have a major impact on cross-border ground transport and trade. Significant traffic congestion is likely along routes that remain open; government officials could also prioritize crossings for cargo vehicles as the territory imports most of its food from mainland China. Increased employee absenteeism is highly likely, particularly for employees that reside in mainland China. Many businesses in Hong Kong have implemented work-from-home policies as a precaution.

Advice
Consider deferring nonessential travel between mainland China and Hong Kong from Feb. 8. Follow all official instructions. Plan for transport disruptions and possible supply chain interruptions. Allow significant extra time if entering Hong Kong.