Hong Kong blocks UK flights in latest restriction against British travellers

Hong Kong will reintroduce its ban on passenger flights from UK from 1 July because it turns into the latest territory to impose restrictions on British travellers.

Flights from the UK to the territory had been beforehand barred from December 2020 to May.

The transfer is to curb the unfold of the Delta variant, the federal government mentioned at present.

The UK is now classed as “extremely high risk”. Passengers who’ve stayed in the UK for greater than two hours could be banned from boarding flights to town, it mentioned.

The authorities mentioned this comes “in view of the recent rebound of the epidemic situation in the UK and the widespread Delta variant virus strain there, coupled with a number of cases with L452R mutant virus strains detected by tests from people arriving from the UK”.

Hong Kong’s transfer follows plenty of different international locations which have restricted entry to Britons as a result of Delta variant.

Malta, which was positioned on the UK “green list” for journey final Thursday, has restricted entry to arrivals who’ve been totally vaccinated. It applies to everybody over the age of 12.

Meanwhile Portugal, which was shunted to the amber checklist earlier in June, has mentioned that each one British arrivals who aren’t vaccinated should quarantine for 2 weeks from at present.

Today Spain, which final month mentioned it will settle for Britons with none take a look at requirement in any respect, has mentioned all British arrivals over the age of 12 should both be totally vaccinated or have a destructive PCR take a look at certificates.