What is the change? Hong Kong has announced that it will impose a 14-day mandatory quarantine on all people entering Hong Kong from mainland China.

What does the change mean? The change comes amid growing concern over the spread of coronavirus and following Hong Kong’s first coronavirus death earlier this week. The new measures will apply to all visitors entering Hong Kong from the mainland, including residents of Hong Kong. Hong Kong’s Immigration Department (ImmD) had previously announced that it would temporarily limit available services in an effort to stem the spread of coronavirus.

  • Implementation time frame: The new measures will take effect Feb. 8.
  • Who is affected: Anyone traveling from mainland China to Hong Kong, regardless of their nationality or place of residence.
  • Business impact: The mandatory quarantines and reduction in immigration services will slow business travel to Hong Kong, particularly for those coming from mainland China.
  • Additional information: Freight services between mainland China and Hong Kong will not be affected by the new measures. In order to ensure that Hong Kong is adequately prepared to implement new health measures, the government will exempt people in relevant areas of business from the quarantine.

Analysis & Comments: The measures represent a significant escalation in Hong Kong’s response to coronavirus. Those planning travel between the Chinese mainland and Hong Kong are urged to reconsider their plans. Employers should be prepared to be flexible with employee schedules and travel plans. The response to the coronavirus is evolving rapidly, and Deloitte will alert clients to additional changes as necessary.

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