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

Chartered flight taking Hong Kong residents stranded in India back home departed from New Delhi


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Melissa Ng in New York City: (212) 752 3320
Wing Yan Tong in San Francisco: (415) 835 9315

Daniel McAtee in Washington, D.C.: (202) 238 6360

May 18, 2020 - A chartered flight taking Hong Kong residents stranded in India back home departed from New Delhi at around 11pm on May 17 local time and arrived at Hong Kong International Airport on May 18 morning (Hong Kong time). There are 249 Hong Kong residents on board, including seven children under two years of age.

Upon arrival, the returnees will proceed to the Department of Health's Temporary Specimen Collection Centre at AsiaWorld-Expo by coaches for compulsory COVID-19 testing. After their deep throat saliva samples are collected, the returnees will be transferred by coaches to the quarantine center at Chun Yeung Estate, Fo Tan, for a 14-day compulsory quarantine period.

The cost for taking the chartered flight is borne by the users. As the overall cost of the flight is lower than originally expected, and there are more people taking the flight than originally planned, the cost to be paid by each passenger is around HK$3,800 (US$487) (except for children who do not occupy a seat).

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