All travellers from the UK will be required to show a negative Covid-19 test before flying to Hong Kong and undergo a two-week quarantine period in a hotel room starting next month, according to the South China Morning Post (SCMP).

Citing an anonymous source, the Hong Kong-based newspaper says the measure will take effect from October 1.

“Britain is considered as having a bigger impact on Hong Kong, compared with France and Spain,” a source familiar with policymaking told SCMP.

“When deciding on which countries to add to the list, health authorities also looked at the potential number of travellers arriving from those countries and the number of direct flights available.”

The new announcement means UK travellers heading to Hong Kong will have to present a negative Covid-19 test before their departure, and serve the two-week quarantine period in a hotel room instead of their homes.

The other countries on Hong Kong’s high-risk list include the following: Bangladesh, Ethiopia, India, Indonesia, Kazakhstan, Nepal, Pakistan, the Philippines, South Africa, and the United States.

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