To further prevent importation of COVID-19 cases and reduce contact between returnees from overseas and the local community, the Government fully implemented the Designated Quarantine Hotel Scheme on 22 December 2020. Travellers arriving from countries outside China are required to undergo 21 days’ compulsory quarantine at designated quarantine hotels since 25 December 2020. On 1 April 2021, the Government announced the latest quarantine arrangements in which the compulsory quarantine period for persons arriving at Hong Kong on or after April 9, and who have only stayed in Australia, New Zealand or Singapore on the day of arrival in Hong Kong or during the 21 days before that day, will be shortened to 14 days. These persons will still be required to undergo compulsory quarantine in designated quarantine hotels. They are required to self-monitor for the subsequent seven days and be subject to compulsory testing on the 19th day after their arrival at Hong Kong. This arrangement will be applicable to both Hong Kong residents and non-Hong Kong residents.
The first cycle of the Designated Hotel Scheme, providing around 12,000 rooms, had ended on 19 February 2021. The second cycle of the Scheme which was launched on 21 February would run until 20 April 2021 Some 10,000 rooms are provided. The Government is carrying on with the third cycle of the Scheme. There will be thirty designated quarantine hotels in the third cycle, providing about 8,300 rooms. The validity of the contract period of these hotels will last until 19 June 2021.
Designated quarantine hotels are required to observe the following strict requirements,
all designated hotels have to be inspected by relevant departments (Department
of Health, Electrical and Mechanical Services Department, Buildings Department,
etc) so as to ensure the design, facilities and operations of the hotels meet
the Government’s infection control requirements;
designated hotels should not accept non-quarantine guests during the period when
joining the Scheme;
public should not be allowed to have access to the hotel premises, except for
areas in lobby and carpark which have been properly segregated;
hotels should take all reasonable procedures to ensure that persons undergoing
quarantine will not leave their rooms during the quarantine period and no
visitations to these persons should be allowed;
hotels should step up cleansing and infection control as well as security
arrangements and arrange for its relevant staff to attend COVID-19 test every 14
The Government will arrange dedicated staff to inspect the designated quarantine hotels
to ensure their compliance with the relevant requirements imposed by the Government.
To minimise the contact between travellers and the community, the Government will
provide designated point-to-point transportation at the Airport to convey travellers to
the designated quarantine hotels. All coaches are required to observe the infection
control requirements. Apart from the driver, there will be staff on each coach to ensure
travellers will get off at the pre-booked hotels. Getting off in the middle of the
journey is not allowed.