Hong Kong’s incoming government is considering cutting the time inbound travelers must spend in hotel quarantine, the latest shift in a costly and chaotic policy that’s kept the financial hub from opening up to the world.
The city may allow incoming air travelers to quarantine in a hotel for five days followed by two days of isolation at home, according to people familiar with the matter. Officials haven’t made a final decision, but the change is expected to come into effect sometime after John Lee is sworn in as chief executive on July 1, said the people, who asked not to be identified because the information isn’t public.
Hong Kong currently requires seven days of hotel quarantine for travelers from overseas. The incoming health secretary said in an interview last week with media outlet Commercial Radio that he aimed to reduce quarantine to five days. Cable TV reported Tuesday that the five days would be followed by two days at home.
Lee’s office didn’t respond to an emailed request for comment.
Read original article