Coronavirus: Hongkonger who spent 3 months at airport finally enters city

A traveller who spent three months living inside Hong Kong International Airport amid the Covid-19 travel lockdown is a Hongkonger and has entered the city without needing to undergo quarantine, the Post has learned.

The individual departed Canada on a Cathay Pacific flight heading to Vietnam in March but ended up remaining at the airport due to the border restrictions. The traveller entered the city on Thursday.

The Department of Health said he tested negative for the virus, adding his quarantine period was already over when he entered Hong Kong, as he arrived in the city in mid-March.

A Cathay Pacific spokeswoman confirmed the passenger had left the airport. “The passenger has completed the necessary arrival procedures in Hong Kong,” the company said on Friday.

As part of Hong Kong’s emergency response to the global health crisis, its airport transit services were suspended on March 25, only to resume on June 1. But mainland China has remained off-limits for transfers.

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