Following the Omicron instances, Hong Kong has added Singapore and Iceland to high-risk countries


Singapore and Iceland will be moved from Category B to Category A – which denotes high-risk countries – in Hong Kong on Monday (December 6), after Omicron Covid-19 variant infections were discovered. Non-Hong Kong residents who have spent more than 21 days in these countries are prohibited from entering Hong Kong.
Only residents of Singapore and Iceland who have been appropriately vaccinated and have a recognised vaccination record are permitted to board an aircraft to Hong Kong.
They must spend 21 days in a specified quarantine hotel, undergoing six tests during that time, before being subjected to mandatory testing at a community testing centre on the 26th day after arriving in Hong Kong.
According to the Food and Health Bureau, all transit passengers from outside Taiwan must have negative Covid-19 results within 72 hours of travelling to Hong Kong.
Due to the identification of Omicron cases, the bureau said on Thursday (December 2) that it will impose restrictions on arrivals from Finland, Ghana, South Korea, Norway, and Saudi Arabia beginning Sunday.
These locations will be added to the high-risk Group A category, which prohibits non-residents from entering and requires inhabitants to undergo a 21-day quarantine. The action comes after the city discovered four imported Omicron cases, one of which included a South African transit passenger who was stuck for four days at Hong Kong International Airport owing to visa complications.
The unvaccinated 38-year-old guy landed on Qatar Airways Flight QR818 from Nigeria on November 24 and remained on the airside of the restricted area between November 24 and Saturday owing to a visa issue. However, he was revealed to harbour the Omicron form after testing positive in a pre-departure test. Sixteen airport employees have been identified as close contacts and must be confined. On Friday, three additional imported Covid-19 cases were discovered in Hong Kong, all of which possessed the highly contagious L452R mutation, also known as the Delta variant. So far, the city has registered over 12,400 confirmed cases and 213 deaths, making it one of the lowest in the world because of a zero-Covid-19 policy.


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