Hong Kong Economic and Trade Office, USA
Hong Kong
News Release

Hong Kong residents returned safely from Morocco


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April 10, 2020 - A Hong Kong Special Administrative Region (HKSAR) Government spokesman said today that 27 Hong Kong residents who left Morocco on a chartered flight arranged by the Chinese Embassy in the Kingdom of Morocco arrived in Guangzhou this afternoon. Among them, 26 people subsequently took the coaches arranged by the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region Government to leave there and returned to Hong Kong via the Shenzhen Bay Port. 

The remaining one Hong Kong resident chose to stay in Guangzhou for a 14-day isolation period for medical surveillance in accordance with relevant requirements.

Morocco has been in a state of national emergency since early March, imposing strict restrictions on all marine, land and air traffic. As a result, Hong Kong residents in Morocco cannot depart there on their own through normal flight arrangement. To assist Chinese citizens stranded in Morocco to leave there, the Chinese Embassy in Morocco has arranged a chartered flight to bring the Chinese citizens, including 27 Hong Kong residents, back home. The chartered flight departed from Casablanca on April 9. The cost is borne by the passengers.

As required under enhanced in-bound health management on the Mainland, all air passengers are required to undergo local 14-day isolation at a designated place for medical surveillance upon arrival in Guangzhou. Regarding the Hong Kong residents on board the chartered flight, after the discussions between the HKSAR Government and the Guangdong Provincial Government, it is agreed that these people who have completed the immigration procedures and provided with a nucleic acid specimen upon arrival at the Guangzhou Baiyun International Airport would take a coach arranged by the HKSAR Government to leave there and return to Hong Kong via Shenzhen Bay Port.

When entering Hong Kong, the travelers concerned underwent temperature screening and submitted a health declaration form. They were then sent directly to the Department of Health’s Temporary Specimen Collection Centre at the AsiaWorld-Expo for COVID-19 testing, and to wait for the test results. If tested positive, they will be transferred to the Hospital Authority’s facility for isolation treatment. If accompanying travelers are close contacts of these people, they must proceed to a designated quarantine center for a 14-day compulsory quarantine even if their test results are negative. Other travelers will also need to return home to complete the 14-day compulsory quarantine.

Eighteen Hong Kong residents who are currently still in Morocco did not take the chartered flight to leave there because of personal preference or other reasons. The HKSAR Government will continue to actively follow up with the Chinese Embassy in Morocco and a number of airlines to provide practicable and appropriate assistance to the affected Hong Kong residents and to make every effort to assist their return via other possible means.

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