Hong Kong is going to shorten the quarantine period for vaccinated travellers from 14 days down to 7 days. However, there is a catch here, such travellers are required to show that they have enough antibodies against the coronavirus.
Carrie Lam, Chief Executive of Hong Kong, spoke at a press conference regarding the new measures, saying that the new quarantine rule will kick in from the end of this month. Travellers must note that this new rule is only applicable to those who have waited for 14 days to travel after the second vaccination.
The government in Hong Kong has decided to reduce the duration of quarantine as a move to promote vaccination, as so far only 17 percent of its residents have been fully vaccinated. Hong Kong has some of the strictest quarantine rules, with its residents having to stay in quarantine for almost 21 days in a hotel after their arrival. It is important to note here that travellers coming in from countries that are high-risk, are still required to quarantine for 21 days.
Sophia Chan, who is the Secretary for Food and Health, also added that certain pandemic rules will be eased, such as restaurants and bars will be able to increase their capacity from June 24. But such rules will be applicable for vaccinated residents of Hong Kong.
On the other hand, corporations in Hong Kong have started rewarding vaccinated employees, while some others have even made it clear that pay rises can be denied, and lay offs can occur if vaccines are not taken. Hong Kong has asked businesses to allow day offs for employees for vaccinations.