Hong Kong requires 21-day quarantine for vaccinated arrivals from Vietnam

 Hong Kong requires 21-day quarantine for vaccinated arrivals from Vietnam

A flight attendant walks under an information board at the arrivals hall of Hong Kong International Airport in Hong Kong, January 11, 2022. Photo by Reuters/Lam Yik

Hong Kong has placed Vietnam among high-risk Covid areas from which visitors need to undergo 21-day hotel quarantine on arrival over fears of the Omicron variant.

Vietnam and Asian countries like Indonesia, Laos, Singapore, South Korea and Thailand are now listed in Group A, deemed at high Covid risk and passengers from these areas are required to spend 21 days in a designated quarantine hotel and undergo six Covid tests during this period.

They must self-monitor their health in the following seven days.

On Friday, Hong Kong announced a ban on passengers from more than 150 nations now classified into Group A transiting via its airport.

Hong Kong is battling a small outbreak of the Omicron variant that began with returning Cathay Pacific flight crew who breached home quarantine rules.

Hong Kong is one of the few places in the world still pursuing a zero-Covid policy with strict entry requirements.

Vietnam has recorded 68 cases infected with the Omicron variant so far, all imported.

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