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Sunday, February 16, 2020, 19:51
HK chartering flights to bring home cruise ship passengers
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Sunday, February 16, 2020, 19:51 By chinadailyhk.com

Photo taken on Feb 6, 2020 shows the "Diamond Princess", a cruise ship which has been kept in quarantine, waiting for supplies at the port of Yokohama in Japan. (KYODO NEWS VIA XINHUA)

HONG KONG – The government of the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region is arranging chartered flights to bring back home 330 Hong Kong residents stranded on board a quarantined cruise ship in Japan due to a coronavirus outbreak.

There are around 330 Hong Kong residents on board, including 260 holding HKSAR passport and around 70 holding foreign passports 

In a statement issued Saturday night, the Security Bureau said the chartered flights would carry for free Hong Kong residents allowed to disembark from the Diamond Princess, which remains quarantined in Yokohama for 11 days.

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According to the cruise operator, there are around 330 Hong Kong residents on board, including 260 holding HKSAR passport and around 70 holding foreign passports.      

“Once the Japanese authorities have confirmed the detailed arrangements, the government will inform the affected Hong Kong residents details of the return date and related arrangements as soon as possible,” reads the government statement.

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Taking into consideration the potential risk on public health, the cruise ship passengers will have to remain at a quarantine center for 14 days upon their arrival in Hong Kong, it said.

The Immigration Department and the Hong Kong Economic and Trade Office, Tokyo have been maintaining close contact with the Office of the Commissioner of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the People's Republic of China in the HKSAR, the Embassy of the People's Republic of China in Japan, and the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Japan, to keep abreast of the updated conditions of those Hong Kong residents under quarantine on board the cruise ship. 

“The HKSAR government will continue to urge the Japanese side to confirm the detailed arrangements for the disembarkation of the passengers on board as soon as possible,” said the statement. 

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