Hong Kong has announced it will end mandatory hotel quarantine for overseas passengers from September 26, 2022, after more than two years of strict COVID-19 regulations. 

Arrivals will not require a pre-departure PCR test but will be screened upon landing under a test-and-go practice and will be subject to a three-day home medical surveillance. During these three days, travelers will not be able to enter some public places such as gyms or restaurants.   

In a statement to AeroTime, Hong Kong’s flag carrier Cathay Pacific has welcomed Hong Kong’s decision to end mandatory hotel quarantine.  

“These adjustments will help boost sentiment for travel, thereby facilitating the gradual resumption of travel activities and strengthening of network connectivity to, from and through the Hong Kong aviation hub,” Cathay Pacific said.  

Cathay Pacific has been among the worst hit worldwide by strict COVID-19 travel restrictions in Hong Kong and mainland China.   

Currently, the carrier intends to add more than 200 pairs of passenger flights in October to both regional and long-haul destinations. 

Following Japan’s relaxation of travel restrictions for inbound visitors beginning mid-October, Cathay Pacific will resume daily flights to Tokyo from November 1 and four-times-weekly flights to Sapporo from December 1, 2022.