Rise in COVID-19 cases in Hong Kong after travel restrictions eased
Hong Kong opened its borders to international travelers on May 1, 2022, and in the space of just one month, the number of daily inbound international flights doubled from 19 in April to 38. Prior to that, only citizens and Hong Kong residents were allowed to enter the city.
New cases of COVID-19 infections have been detected among overseas travellers. For the first time in January since the start of the pandemic, Hong Kong recorded triple-digit numbers in terms of new COVID-19 cases. Fast forward to June 2022, the number of new cases has now crossed the 800 mark.
On Sunday (June 12) alone, Hong Kong reported 106 new imported cases. This peak in the number of new cases is linked to the now open borders and the more frequent than ever international flights.
Hong Kong has also reduced the number of quarantine days to seven for overseas arrivals.
Hong Kong is less than a month away from the 25th anniversary of the city’s handover to China (July 1), an event most likely to be attended by Chinese President Xi Jinping.
Amid a surge in cases, the city is not ready to start shutting down again as it had previously caused a huge financial loss during the two-year period the whole world was going through the pandemic.
With most cases showing mild symptoms except for very few severe cases, no new deaths and around 88% of the city’s population vaccinated, Hong Kong is confident in its ability to cope with the current situation. .
With no travel ban, it is safe to say that Hong Kong will continue to see foreign visitors, so it is the responsibility of travelers to travel responsibly and follow simple SOPs to protect and protect themselves. others.
- When is the best time to visit Hong Kong?
Hong Kong is good all year round, but weather wise fall and early winter are the best.
- Is there a visa on arrival for Indians traveling to Hong Kong?
If the length of stay is 14 days or less, Indian passport holders do not need a visa to travel to Hong Kong. However, Indian passport holders are required to apply for Pre-Arrival Registration (PAR).
- Is Hong Kong open to international travellers?
Yes, Hong Kong is now open to international travelers since its borders reopened in May.