The Hong Kong government announced on July 26 that crew change arrangement for passenger vessels and goods vessels without cargo operation in Hong Kong would be suspended effective July 29 as the city moves to contain a new wave of coronavirus outbreak that has seen infected cases rise to more than 100 for nine straight days.


The testing and quarantine arrangement for sea crew members of goods vessels coming to Hong Kong for cargo operation, aircrew members and other persons exempted from quarantine requirement (exempted persons) arriving Hong Kong will also be tightened.


The Government spokesman said the quarantine exemption arrangement under the Compulsory Quarantine of Certain Persons Arriving at Hong Kong Regulation (Cap. 599C) and the Compulsory Quarantine of Persons Arriving at Hong Kong from Foreign Places Regulation (Cap. 599E) was essential for maintaining the necessary operation of society and the economy, and for ensuring an uninterrupted supply of all daily necessities to the public.


With effect from July 29, in accordance with the risk level of respective exemption categories, the government will tighten the testing and quarantine arrangement for exempted persons as set out below:
Sea crew of passenger and goods vessels

Air crew guidelines

For other exempted persons arriving in Hong Kong at HKIA:


Keeping the supply chain open

"Goods vessels coming to Hong Kong for loading and unloading of cargos are essential for the supply of daily necessities and services to Hong Kong, including daily goods, food, anti-epidemic supplies and medical materials, with a view to maintaining the smooth operation of Hong Kong. As such, the Government considers that crew members of these cargo vessels should be exempted from compulsory quarantine to allow them to undergo crew change in Hong Kong. We believe that after tightening the relevant conditions, public concerns about the public health risks can be suitably addressed," a government spokesperson said.

"On the premises of protecting the health of Hong Kong people and safeguarding Hong Kong's robust healthcare system, further to the announcement on July 7, we have further tightened the testing and quarantine arrangement for exempted persons arriving Hong Kong in accordance with the actual situation and anti-epidemic need."