Travelers from more than 150 countries would be prevented from traveling via Hong Kong’s airport, as per the city’s latest anti-virus travel bans.
The action further isolates the city, which has a rigorous zero-COVID policy and generates fresh issues for airlines, which have begun to ignore the Chinese colony owing to its strict quarantine laws.
Hong Kong separates nations into groups based on the prevalence of COVID-19 infections, with 153 countries now categorized as Group A, necessitating arrivals to spend 21 days in quarantine.
The airport in Hong Kong reinforced its security procedures on Friday while the restriction will come into operation on Sunday and will last for one month.
Australia, Canada, France, India, the Philippines, Pakistan, the United Kingdom, and the United States were amongst the eight Group A countries that are already prevented from entering Hong Kong.
The city is struggling with a tiny epidemic of the omicron variant, which originated with returning Cathay Pacific personnel who defied quarantine laws back home.
It has reestablished strong social segregation policies, such as closing gyms and prohibiting restaurant dining after 6:00 p.m.
Cathay Pacific is also being probed by the government, which has cautioned that the business may face disciplinary consequences.
Cathay Pacific is only flying a small percentage of its pre-pandemic routes, and many of its long-haul flights pass through Hong Kong.
Bloomberg News first announced the transportation ban this week, quoting people who said it would not hinder diplomats, officials, or athletes traveling to Beijing for the Winter Olympics next month.
According to a press release issued by the Hong Kong airport on Friday, there are no restrictions for Olympic officials.