Taiwan ready to welcome tourists again as it confirms end of quarantine for visitors

Taiwan has confirmed that it will end its mandatory Covid-19 quarantine for travellers from Oct 13, in its latest step to reopen to tourists.  The date was first floated last week amid a string of other announcements to ease the island’s strict border control measures, including the end of polymerase chain reaction tests for travellers arriving […]

No change to Malaysia’s Covid-19 quarantine rules till end of year, says health minister Khairy

KUALA LUMPUR – There will be no changes to the Malaysia’s Covid-19 quarantine rules at least until the year’s end, said Health Minister Khairy Jamaluddin. Currently, individuals who test positive for Covid-19 are required to undergo seven days of home quarantine, but they may be released if they test negative on the fourth day. “One of […]

Taiwan plans to lift Covid-19 quarantine for arrivals by mid-October

TAIPEI – Taiwan is considering lifting its three-day quarantine requirement for arrivals by no later than mid-October, a top health official said, as it joins other regional holdouts moving to reopen their borders to travellers. Officials on the island are discussing an exact date for the relaxation as a recent spike in Covid-19 cases appears […]

Hong Kong may announce end of hotel quarantine this week, report says

HONG KONG – Hong Kong could detail plans to end hotel quarantine for inbound travellers in a move designed to trumpet the financial hub’s revival, Oriental Daily reported. The announcement could come as soon as this week with arrivals instead required to undergo self-monitoring for seven days, the newspaper said, citing unidentified people. The implementation […]

Hong Kong ‘actively considering’ no hotel quarantine

HONG KONG – The Hong Kong government is “actively considering” eliminating the mandatory hotel quarantine requirement for inbound travellers, Radio Television Hong Kong reported Saturday, citing the city’s health chief Lo Chung-mau. The government has “a positive attitude” toward shortening hotel quarantine, Dr Lo said on an unidentified radio show, adding that data was being […]

Hong Kong to let travellers with Covid-19 remain at designated quarantine hotels

HONG KONG – Hong Kong will allow incoming travellers who test positive for Covid-19 to remain in their designated quarantine hotels instead of being transferred to isolation hotels or community facilities like the infamous Penny’s Bay. The move, which will begin on Nov 1, comes as Hong Kong prepares for a series of high-profile events including […]

Hong Kong’s leader gets nod for ‘reverse quarantine’ into China

HONG KONG – Hong Kong Chief Executive John Lee has secured China’s preliminary support for a “reverse quarantine” programme to boost travel into the mainland, after two years of strict Covid-19 border controls throttled ties. He said at a Thursday news briefing that officials from neighbouring Guangdong province expressed support for travellers to isolate in […]

Hong Kong weighs Covid-19 quarantine exemptions for banking summit

HONG KONG (BLOOMBERG) – Hong Kong is considering a series of travel and quarantine exemptions for participants in a November investment summit designed to trumpet the financial hub’s revival, according to a local media report. The government is studying exemptions that would allow participants to skip mandatory hotel quarantine as part of its plan to […]

Hong Kong’s John Lee to discuss cutting Covid-19 hotel quarantine, report says

HONG KONG (BLOOMBERG) – Hong Kong’s leader John Lee and his team will hold a meeting Wednesday (Aug 3) to discuss reducing mandatory hotel quarantine for overseas arrivals, Sing Tao Daily reported. Health officials may present data on nucleic acid tests collected from arrivals in hotel quarantine in the meeting, according to the report, citing […]

Hong Kong weighs cutting Covid-19 hotel quarantine to five days or less

HONG KONG (BLOOMBERG) – Hong Kong is considering reducing mandatory hotel quarantine for overseas arrivals to five days or less, down from seven days, according to the city’s health chief. During the two-day home isolation period that follows, visitors will be required to use a so-called yellow health code and refrain from visiting high-risk venues, […]