Only Hong Kong citizens are allowed to transit into Hong Kong from the US. US citizens wishing to travel to Hong Kong must spend 14 days in a lower-risk country before entering Hong Kong.
Hong Kong has mandated that travelers from the US stay in a government quarantine camp for seven days after one inbound passenger from Los Angeles tested positive for the Omicron variant of the coronavirus
After the first week at the Penny's Bay Quarantine Centre, travelers from the US must isolate for another 14 days a designated quarantine hotel.
The new policy kicked in on Monday due to the infected traveler who flew in last Tuesday, prompting the Hong Kong government to "implement the most stringent quarantine and testing requirements for inbound travelers from the USA," it said in an announcement on Friday.
Per its latest COVID
updates, the US has been designated a "high-risk location." Travelers coming directly from the US will only be allowed to enter the city-state if they are fully vaccinated Hong Kong residents. Non-resident US citizens wishing to enter Hong Kong must spend the previous 14 days in a lower-risk country and then complete a 14-day quarantine in a designated quarantine hotel upon arrival.
The US is the only country outside of Africa where inbound travelers require quarantine in a government facility but the UK is set to be added to the list after two people who transited to Hong Kong from the UK tested positive for the Omicron variant, the South China Morning Post reported.
The Hong Kong media outlet featured the utilitarian and spartan quarantine camp near Hong Kong Disneyland in a video earlier this year.
The increasingly stringent measures in Hong Kong come as China continues to pursue a Covid
For those working in aviation, this could mean an endless cycle of quarantines.
A Cathay Pacific pilot said he'd spent nearly 150 days in quarantine this year alone due to the city's strict COVID
-19 rules, the BBC reported earlier this month.
The city's strict COVID
-19 policy could also deter global talent from staying in and moving to Hong Kong. Relocation service providers told Reuters there were more people moving out of Hong Kong than in.
One relocation company's managing director told the outlet he saw demand for outgoing shipments increase five-fold during the pandemic, while also noting there was a 14-fold decrease in incoming shipments.