The latest from HKFP on the battle against the coronavirus pandemic in Hong Kong.


Covid-19: Hong Kong tightens restrictions for mainland returnees, limits free testing eligibility

Hong Kong has suspended its quarantine-free Return2HK scheme for residents coming back from mainland China, in an attempt to stop an outbreak of the more infectious coronavirus Delta variant from spreading to the city. The new measures will only allow people returning from neighbouring Guangdong province and not the rest of China to be exempted […]

Hong Kong rugby sevens cancelled again in World Series Covid re-shuffle

The Hong Kong Sevens tournament scheduled for November has been cancelled for a second year due to the coronavirus pandemic, World Rugby announced on Wednesday. The women’s event in Paris also set for this year was also shelved for the same reason. “The decisions have been taken with the health and wellbeing of the rugby community and the […]


HKFP Guide: Receiving a Covid-19 vaccine in Hong Kong

On February 26, Hong Kong launched its free mass vaccination programme, more than a year after the coronavirus pandemic began in the city. HKFP presents some basic questions and answers about the vaccines and the logistics of the programme. Last update: March 15, 2021. See also: HKFP Guide: How to survive and even thrive in […]

HKFP Guide: How to survive and even thrive in Hong Kong hotel quarantine

By Mart van de Ven Three weeks of percolating in a hotel room is now the price of admission or re-admission to the city. So how can you keep yourself from going steaming mad? We’ve compiled tips and resources you’ll need to survive – nay! dare we say, thrive – during a mandatory sojourn in […]


Explainer: After months of protests, is Hong Kong selectively enforcing covid-19 laws?

As the coronavirus began to wreak havoc around the world in mid-March, returning travellers and students caused a spike of cases in Hong Kong. With a record 65 new cases announced on March 27, this “second wave” was far more serious than February’s initial outbreak imported from mainland China. In response, the Hong Kong government […]

Explainer: As Beijing declares victory over the coronavirus, can we trust its data?

The spread of SARS-CoV-2 from the epicentre in Wuhan, China, has led to hundreds of thousands of COVID-19 cases around the world. The medical community, governments, data analysts, and the general public rely on accurate data to make timely assessments and save lives. But the accuracy of official data from the Chinese authorities is routinely […]


Just when you thought things couldn’t get any worse in Hong Kong…

Covid-19 lockdowns. Former pan-democratic politicians and activists rotting in jail. The city’s flagship anti-government newspaper forced to shut down by a police force on steroids. And all the while it appears “National Security” has replaced “World City” as Hong Kong’s new catchphrase. Things can’t possibly get any worse. Right? Not so fast. Chief Executive Carrie […]

Beijing’s 2022 Winter Olympics: Why taking a stand on Hong Kong could pose safety risks to athletes

By Lindell Lucy The US State Department’s travel advisory for China is currently at Level 3, which means that Americans are advised to “avoid travel due to serious risks to safety and security.” The main reason provided for China’s Level 3 status is not the Covid-19 pandemic, but rather, “arbitrary enforcement of local laws.” The […]

Despite the anniversary bluster, many Hongkongers are not in a party mood

Even before the official celebrations for the 100th anniversary of the Communist Party of China (CPC) have begun, Beijing’s officials in Hong Kong – joined slavishly by Chief Executive Carrie Lam Cheng Yuet-ngor – are full of bluster and bombast about the party’s role in transforming the city from a cauldron of chaos into an […]


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