Mandatory quarantine order

Waiting for an internal review by Department of Health of their handling of this request.

Dear Department of Health,

Please advise the number of mandatory quarantine orders issued to arrivals in Hong Kong from the start to the end of the policy ie. March 2020 - Sep 2022.

I would also like to see a breakdown by number of days for each order and whether it was at home or in a hotel.

Yours faithfully,

Ms SM Darwin

Department of Health

Dear Ms Darwin,

I refer to your email dated 8 March 2023.

The Department of Health had issued about 1 600 000 compulsory quarantine
orders to persons who arrived in Hong Kong.  A breakdown of the compulsory
quarantine orders is not available.

Thank you for your attention.

(Kara LAI)
for Director of Health

Dear Department of Health,

Please pass this on to the person who conducts Freedom of Information reviews.

I am writing to request an internal review of Department of Health's handling of my FOI request 'Mandatory quarantine order'. I am dissatisfied with the response received so far as it is incomplete.

My response is as follows:

Dear Ms Lai

Thank you for your response.

While I note that you have answered my question regarding the total number of quarantine orders, the following information that I requested is still missing:

- total number of home quarantine orders
- total number of hotel quarantine orders
- how many home quarantine orders were there for different durations of stay (ie. 7 days, 14 days, 21 days etc)
- how many hotel quarantine orders were there for different durations of stay (ie. 3 days, 7 days, 14 days, 21 days etc)

I believe that the breakdown of quarantine orders whether by home or hotel and by duration should be publicly available and I look forward to hearing from you.

Yours sincerely

Ms SM Darwin


A full history of my FOI request and all correspondence is available on the Internet at this address:

Yours faithfully,

SM Darwin