Two-week non-resident ban beginsLocal | 25 Mar 2020 12:30 pm
Hong Kong implemented a virtual border shut down today, stopping entry to all foreigners and enforcing compulsory quarantine on everyone else flying in, RTHK reports.
One of the last flights to land was one from Dubai which arrived at 11:30pm on Tuesday, just half an hour before the new measures started. Some of the passengers in that flight had come from the UK.
One passenger who gave his name as Daniel said he was panicking about the possibility that he wouldn’t make it into Hong Kong before midnight.
Another relived passenger, who gave her name as Sally, who arrived in the city before the midnight deadline, and said she agreed with the Hong Kong government’s approach to ban non-residents from entering Hong Kong.
“I’m a Brit and in England it’s really bad, well great Britain it’s really bad, and I actually think we’re safer here because the government seems to have managed it much better than the British government.”
Not everyone was lucky; one flight departing from Shanghai Pudong Airport missed the midnight deadline due to delays, and all passengers on board are now required to undergo a 14-day quarantine.
Chief Executive Carrie Lam announced on Monday that the border will be closed to all non-residents for the next 14 days amid a surge of coronavirus cases involving people who have travelled overseas in recent weeks.
Under the stricter border measures, people from Macau, Taiwan, and the mainland must undergo 14 days' quarantine, unless they've been overseas in the past two weeks, in which case they will be denied entry.
All incoming residents must also undergo a mandatory 14-day quarantine.
The only non-resident foreigners who can enter Hong Kong now is those who fly in from the mainland, Macau or Taiwan,if they had not travelled anywhere else in the last 14 days.