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Hong Kong eases travel restrictions, shortens hotel quarantine

Hong Kong chief executive John Lee announced that the city will reduce the period of time that arrivals from overseas must spend in hotel quarantine to 3 days, plus 4 days of health monitoring. This is to ease travel restrictions that have largely isolated the Asian financial hub throughout the pandemic. The new rules come into effect from 12 August. Business groups, however, have been lukewarm about the new rules saying it is unlikely to benefit the broader business and tourist travel, which will need a full lifting of quarantine controls. David Graham, executive director of the British Chamber of Commerce in Hong Kong, said this will be critical for Hong Kong’s economic and business outlook, adding that they continue to encourage the government to move toward quarantine-free travel.

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