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Government adjusts quarantine arrangements for air crew
     In view of the latest developments of the epidemic situation, the Government today (October 4) adjusted the quarantine arrangements for air crew which came into effect today.
     Under the adjusted quarantine arrangements, locally based air crew performing flight duties to/from overseas places or Taiwan are subject to stringent layover conditions. Specifically, they must avoid mask-off activities save for eating or drinking and refrain from mass gathering and going to crowded places (such as bars, etc). Upon arrival at Hong Kong International Airport, they are required to undergo a "test and hold" arrangement and can only leave the airport after obtaining a negative result of the nucleic acid test, unlike the "test and go" arrangement for inbound travellers from overseas places or Taiwan. In addition, air crew are subject to daily nucleic acid tests until the fourth day following their arrival, so as to keep their health conditions under continued monitoring.
     The Government has also requested airlines to put in place robust mechanisms to ensure their air crew's compliance with the requirements during their layover. For an air crew who fails to comply with the requirements, the eligibility of his/her designated quarantine arrangements will be revoked. In addition, airlines should introduce internal mechanisms for imposing penalty that is commensurate with the gravity of the non-compliance on their non-compliant air crew.
     The Government emphasises that the above adjustments are made under a science-based and targeted approach for fighting the epidemic, as far as risks could be properly managed. Locally based air crew performing flight duties to/from overseas places or Taiwan must also comply with the conditions and additional quarantine requirements set by the Government during their layover and upon arrival in Hong Kong.
     The adjustments should effectively assist airlines to enhance their capacity, with view to enhancing flight services between Hong Kong and other parts of the world, enabling Hong Kong to play its role as an international aviation hub for bringing convenience to travellers and business, as well as facilitating the normal resumption of economic and social activities.
     The Government will continue to keep in view the local and global epidemic situation, and review and adjust the quarantine arrangements for air crew as and when appropriate.
Ends/Tuesday, October 4, 2022
Issued at HKT 18:15
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