Hong Kong bans Air Canada flights from Vancouver after passengers test positive for COVID-19 – .

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Hong Kong bans Air Canada flights from Vancouver after passengers test positive for COVID-19 – .


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The Hong Kong government has banned Air Canada flights from Vancouver after a passenger on a recent flight tested positive for COVID-19.

The Chinese Special Administrative Region announced the ban in its pandemic update on Friday, saying a person on Air Canada flight 7 between Vancouver and Hong Kong on October 13 had tested positive for the coronavirus at his arrival.

An additional passenger did not follow local regulations, according to the update. The Hong Kong government did not specify what the traveler did that was against the rules.

The ban on Air Canada flights from Vancouver to Hong Kong will be in effect from October 16 to 29.

In a statement, Air Canada told CTV News Vancouver it had four flights between Vancouver and Hong Kong during that window, all of which were canceled.

“Air Canada’s Toronto-Hong Kong passenger flights and Vancouver-Hong Kong cargo flights are unaffected and will continue to operate as planned,” the airline said.

Travelers who were booked on the four canceled flights are re-rented and offered alternatives such as travel at a later date, Air Canada said.

“Customers are also entitled to a refund of the remaining value of their tickets if we are unable to reserve them on a new flight departing within three hours of their original departure time,” the statement said.

International travelers to Canada must be fully immunized and provide proof of a negative COVID-19 test taken within 72 hours of departure.

The rules for international flights departing from Canada depend on the destination country. In the case of Hong Kong, fully vaccinated travelers arriving from Canada must provide proof of vaccination and a negative test. They are also required to spend 14 days in quarantine upon arrival, unless the reason for their trip meets the criteria for a quarantine exemption.

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