A quarantine exemption granted by the Hong Kong government to Nicole Kidman has sparked a public backlash. The star was travelling to Hong Kong for the Amazon series The Expats, which is shooting in the city.
According to local media reports, Kidman travelled to Hong Kong on a private jet from Sydney on August 12 and in the week since has been seen shopping in the city.
Most people entering Hong Kong are subject to a 21-day mandated quarantine in a hotel, regardless of vaccination status. Australia is trying to contain an outbreak of the Covid Delta variant at present and many cities have been experiencing lockdown measures to curb an increase in cases. Many have not been able to travel overseas from the city in nearly two years.
The Commerce and Economic Development Bureau released a statement confirming the actress had been “granted permission to travel to Hong Kong with a quarantine exemption” and that her filming work is “conducive to maintain the necessary operation and development of Hong Kong’s economy,” according to the South China Morning Post.
Some Hong Kong residents took to social media to express their dissatisfaction at the exemption. “So we have HK residents who can’t come back if not vaccinated (and even then with 2-3 weeks quarantine) but Nicole Kidman can just enter like this? It’s disgusting!” Wrote one user on Twitter.
Kidman is listed an executive producer on The Expats; it has not been confirmed if she will also star. Lulu Wang is also an exec on the series and is writing and directing episodes. It is based on The Expatriates by Janice Y.K. Lee.