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Sep 23, 2022 05:50 PM
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Hong Kong Ends Hotel Quarantine in Biggest Covid Shift Yet

John Lee, Hong Kong's chief executive, speaks during a news conference in Hong Kong, China, on Friday, Sept. 23, 2022. Hong Kong will scrap hotel quarantine for inbound travelers from Sept. 26, the most substantial move yet in the city's push to end its isolation and salvage its status as a global financial center. Photo: Bloomberg
John Lee, Hong Kong's chief executive, speaks during a news conference in Hong Kong, China, on Friday, Sept. 23, 2022. Hong Kong will scrap hotel quarantine for inbound travelers from Sept. 26, the most substantial move yet in the city's push to end its isolation and salvage its status as a global financial center. Photo: Bloomberg

(Bloomberg) — Hong Kong will scrap hotel quarantine for inbound travelers from Sept. 26, the most substantial move yet in the city’s push to end its isolation and salvage its status as a global financial center.

People coming to the city will need to take a rapid test before departure, with the city doing away with the requirement for a pre-flight PCR, and will still need to take a PCR upon their arrival, Chief Executive John Lee said at a briefing on Friday. In the three days after they get to Hong Kong, travelers will continue to face restrictions on their movements, including being banned from going to bars and eating at restaurants, he said.

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