Hong Kong to end mandatory hotel quarantine for travelers

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HONG KONG (AP) — Hong Kong’s leader has announced the city would no longer require incoming travelers to quarantine in designated hotels.

The city is seeking to remain competitive and open up globally after nearly two years. The city’s chief executive John Lee at a news conference Friday said incoming travelers will also no longer need a negative PCR test within 48 hours before boarding a plane to Hong Kong.

Instead, they will need to present a negative result from a rapid antigen test conducted within 24 hours before their flight.

The measures will go into effect Monday. Lee said there must be a balance between COVID-19 risks and economic growth.

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