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HK moves New Zealand to its list of ‘medium risk’ countries

HK residents and travelers from NZ will now have to undergo longer quarantine.

Hong Kong will be imposing stricter quantity measures for individuals arriving from New Zealand starting 17 November after the country was reclassified as a “medium risk” country.

New Zealand previously belonged to the HK’s list of Group C places or “low-risk” countries and was the only overseas place under the category.

With the reclassification, fully vaccinated travelers and Hong Kong residents coming from New Zealand will now have to undergo compulsory quarantine for 14 days in a designated quarantine hotel, instead of the previous seven days.

They will also have to be swabbed four times during their quarantine period.

After the 14-day quarantine, visitors must also conduct self-monitoring for seven days and get tested anew on the 16th and 19th days of arrival in Hong Kong.

Meanwhile, Hong Kong residents who are not fully vaccinated will undergo a 21-day compulsory quarantine at DQHs and six swab tests.

“Non-Hong Kong residents who are not fully vaccinated will not be allowed entry,” the government said.

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