Those arriving in Hong Kong can now hire designated taxis to take them to their quarantine hotels, the government has announced.
Meanwhile, from Thursday, all inbound travellers will be asked to complete a more comprehensive health declaration form online before flying into the city.
The government announced in a statement on Monday that, under the coordination of the Transport and Logistics Bureau, the city’s taxi trade has arranged 100 vehicles for arrivals to hire to go to designated quarantine hotels.
A trial of the taxi services, operating from 8 a.m. to 2 a.m. daily, was launched on Monday.
Lam Sai-hung, the secretary for transport and logistics, told the press on Monday that authorities reacted to community demands for the new taxi arrangement.
Each taxi can only carry a maximum of three passengers as the front seat must be left empty, he said.
In light of “anti-epidemic costs” and the fact that drivers will not be able to pick up other passengers, the government will give each driver a daily subsidy of HK$1,500.
The official said he was unable to provide an estimation of costs at the moment as more vehicles may be added to the fleet if the service was popular among visitors.
Currently, arrivals at Hong Kong’s airport can take free coaches, or pay for hotel limousines, to travel to designated quarantine hotels.
The government’s statement said there are currently 18 coach routes. Each trip takes up to two hours and covers three to five hotels.
Extended health declaration form
Meanwhile, starting Thursday, all inbound travellers coming to Hong Kong will be asked to complete a longer health declaration form online – including Covid-19 vaccination proof and reservation reference numbers for the quarantine hotels they booked –