The Hong Kong authorities have added Russia and France to the list of countries with an increased risk of coronavirus transmission, TASS reports with reference to a government decree.
It is noted that in connection with the decision taken, since October 26, the rules for entering Hong Kong from Russian and French territories are being tightened.
As explained in the Consulate General of the Russian Federation in Hong Kong, for the entry of persons who have visited Russia for 14 days, now you need to provide a certificate from an accredited laboratory about the absence of COVID-19. The document must be issued in English or Chinese no later than 72 hours before departure.
In addition to a certificate, the presence of which must be monitored by airlines, upon arrival in Hong Kong, it will be necessary to undergo a mandatory two-week quarantine at the hotel.
Earlier, similar rules were introduced for arrivals from 11 other countries at increased risk of the spread of coronavirus, including the UK, India, the United States and Kazakhstan. Foreigners have virtually no opportunity to visit Hong Kong since the end of March unless they have a residence permit or work visa. Because of this, the flow of visitors there decreased by 99.9%.
As a reminder, direct flights between Russia and Hong Kong were interrupted in March. In the special administrative region of the PRC, the situation with the coronavirus has improved markedly in the past two months. On Friday, only seven new cases were detected in Hong Kong, including six imported. Since the beginning of the pandemic, 5,221 people have become ill there, 105 patients have died.
In Russia, the daily increase in the number of cases of COVID-19 for the first time exceeded 15 thousand.