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23 mars 2020 | 17h17 UTC

Hong Kong: Government closes borders to all non-residents from March 25 /update 16

Hong Kong, SAR China Alerte de sécurité

Hong Kong to close borders to all non-residents from March 25 due to COVID-19; confirm travel itineraries

TIMEFRAME expected from 23/3/2020, 12h00 until 30/4/2020, 11h59 (Asia/Hong_Kong). COUNTRY/REGION Hong Kong

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Event

On Monday, March 23, Hong Kong Chief Executive Carrie Lam announced that non-residents, including transit passengers, will not be allowed into Hong Kong due to the ongoing outbreak of coronavirus disease (COVID-19). The measure will go into effect at 00:01 (local time) on Wednesday, March 25, and last for a two-week period. Travelers arriving from mainland China, Macau, or Taiwan are exempt from the restriction provided they have not traveled anywhere else in the 14 days prior.

To date, there have been more than 350 confirmed cases of COVID-19 in Hong Kong, including at least four associated fatalities. Further international spread of the virus is expected over the coming days and weeks.

Context

The first case of COVID-19 was reported on December 31 and the source of the outbreak has been linked to a wet market in Wuhan (Hubei province, China). Human-to-human and patient-to-medical staff transmission of the virus have been confirmed. Many of the associated fatalities have been due to pneumonia caused by the virus.

Cases of the virus have been confirmed in numerous countries and territories worldwide. Virus-screening and quarantining measures are being implemented at airports worldwide, as well as extensive travel restrictions. On March 11, the World Health Organization (WHO) declared COVID-19 a pandemic.

Pneumonia symptoms include dry cough, chest pain, fever, and labored breathing. Pneumonia can be contagious and can be transmitted from human to human. The influenza virus, or the flu, is a common cause of viral pneumonia.

Advice

Measures adopted by local authorities evolve quickly and are usually effective immediately. Depending on the evolution of the outbreak in other countries, authorities are likely to modify, at very short notice, the list of countries whose travelers are subject to border control measures or entry restrictions upon their arrival to the territory in question. It is advised to postpone nonessential travel due to the risk that travelers may be refused entry or be subject to quarantine upon their arrival or during their stay.

Potentially impacted travelers are advised to monitor the situation, confirm travel itineraries, and adhere to all instructions issued by local authorities. 

To reduce the risk of transmission, travelers are advised to abide by the following measures:

  • Frequently clean hands by applying an alcohol-based hand rub or washing with soap and water.
  • When coughing and sneezing, cover mouth and nose with a flexed elbow or tissue; if used, throw the tissue away immediately and wash hands.
  • If experiencing a fever, cough, difficulty breathing, or any other symptoms suggestive of respiratory illness, including pneumonia, call emergency services before going to the doctor or hospital to prevent the potential spread of the virus.

 

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