China already requires quarantine upon arrival, but a mandatory quarantine before travel seems to be a much rarer requirement.
There were three medium-risk areas left as of February 19.
Even the city’s biggest travel firms laid off workers or put staff on unpaid leave.
Medical measures applied by the Chinese side are invasive and include in part daily blood tests and computer scans.
The Hong Kong government announced that airlines must ask passengers to show their Hong Kong passport or Hong Kong identity card as proof when flying to Hong Kong.
The airport is expected to see 22,000 flights with 1.93 million passengers during the travel rush this year, a 60% decrease in passenger numbers and 40% decrease in flights.
CCCC was among the Chinese firms blacklisted by the United States in August for their roles in constructing and militarizing artificial South China Sea islands.
As of February 15, 2020, the total tickets affected by the policy exceeded 20 million with a value of more than 20 billion yuan ($3.09 billion).
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