The Hong Kong government announced that there will be a ninth cycle of designated quarantine hotels that will start accepting bookings for after October 31, which is when the current eighth cycle ends. During this cycle, inbound travellers who test positive for Covid-19 at their quarantine hotels can spend their recovery period there.
In an official press release issued on Tuesday, authorities stated that “the government issued letters to enlist hotels or guesthouses with valid licenses to join the ninth cycle of the Designated Quarantine Hotel (DQH) Scheme with a view to facilitating the planning of DQHs and inbound travellers.”
The release did not mention when the ninth cycle will end, but the government recently extended the city’s anti-Covid laws — which cover anti-epidemic measures such as quarantine of Hong Kong-bound travellers — until March 31, 2023. When the ninth cycle begins, travellers undergoing hotel quarantine who test positive for the virus during this period can choose to remain at their quarantine hotels at their own expense.
Currently, overseas arrivals must spend their first three days after their arrival into Hong Kong at a quarantine hotel and undergo Covid tests every day. If they contract the virus during this time, they are sent to a community isolation facility. They are discharged if they test negative on antigen tests on Days 6 and 7 after they first tested positive.
In addition, EAST Hong Kong will join the eighth cycle of quarantine hotels from September 15, and Four Points By Sheraton Hong Kong will add more rooms for inbound travellers. By mid-September, there will be 62 hotels in the current cycle that provide a total of approximately 23,600 rooms for overseas arrivals.
Header image credits: Wpcpey via Wiki Commons