Hong Kong (Travel Restrictions, COVID Tests & Quarantine Requirements)

This page was last updated on 25 February, 2021.

 

At a Glance

Travel Restrictions

Tourist Entry: Partially Allowed
Testing: All arrivals from high-risk countries will be required to present negative COVID-19 test results, no older than 72 hours
Quarantine Required: Yes
Quarantine Details: Quarantine required for all countries

Local Restrictions

Lockdown in Effect: Partial
Events: Partially Allowed
Transport: Operational with restrictions
Shopping: Open
Restaurants and Bars: Open with restrictions
 

Detailed Travel Advisory

Published 21.02.2021
1. Passengers are not allowed to enter.
-This does not apply to:
– passengers with a Hong Kong SAR, China passport;
– passengers with a Hong Kong SAR, China “Document of Identity for Visa Purposes”;
– residents of Hong Kong SAR, China with a Permanent Identity Card;
– residents of Hong Kong SAR, China with an Identity card with the asterisk, the code “A” or the code “R”;
– residents of Hong Kong SAR, China with an Identity card with the code “C”, accompanied by a visa;
– residents of Hong Kong SAR, China with an Identity card with the code “U”. They must have a prior approval from Hong Kong Immigration;
– residents of Hong Kong SAR, China with an Identity card accompanied by a visa with “Permission to remain extended until”. They must enter within the validity of the permitted stay;
– passengers with a residence or study visa issued by Hong Kong SAR, China;
– passengers who are arriving from the Mainland of China, Chinese Taipei or Macao (SAR China) and have not been outside the Mainland of China, Chinese Taipei and Macao (SAR China) in the past 21 days;
– crew members of aircraft who need to commute to and from foreign places for performance of necessary duties or crew members of goods vessels;
– passengers with a diplomatic, an official or a service passport traveling on duty;
– spouses and minor children younger than 18 years of Hong Kong SAR, China residents. They must present proof of their relationship.
2. Passengers who in the past 21 days have been in or transited through Brazil, Ireland (Rep.), South Africa or United Kingdom for more than 2 hours are not allowed to enter.
3. Passengers transiting through Hong Kong SAR, China must:
– have a connecting flight booked on the same ticket, and
– have all the boarding passes printed, and
– have their baggage checked through until the final destination.
4. Passengers are not allowed to transit through Hong Kong, SAR China to the Mainland of China.
– This does not apply to passengers with a diplomatic passport.
5. Passengers arriving from outside the Mainland of China, Chinese Taipei and Macao SAR, China must have a hotel reservation confirmation in Chinese or English for a minimum of 21 nights. The hotel must be listed on https://www.coronavirus.gov.hk/pdf/designated-hotel-list_en.pdf
6. Passengers who have been in or transited through Bangladesh, Belgium, Canada, Ecuador, Ethiopia, France, Germany, India, Indonesia, Kazakhstan, Nepal, Pakistan, Philippines, Romania, Russian Fed., Switzerland, Turkey, Ukraine, United Arab Emirates or USA in the past 21 days must have:
– a medical certificate with a negative Coronavirus (COVID-19) nucleic acid test result. The test must have been taken at most 72 hours before departure of the last direct flight to Hong Kong, SAR China. The name in the certificate must match the name on the travel document, or a written confirmation issued by the laboratory with the name of the passenger must be presented; and
– a letter issued by the local authorities certifying the laboratory as approved by the government; and
– a hotel reservation confirmation for a minimum of 21 nights.
All documents must be in Chinese or English.
7. Passengers and airline crew must present a completed Health Declaration Form to the Department of Health.
8. Passengers are subject to medical screening upon arrival and quarantine for 21 days.
9. Airline crew must have a medical certificate with a negative Coronavirus (COVID-19) nucleic acid test result issued at most 48 hours before departure.
10. Airline crew are subject to medical screening upon arrival and self-isolation in a hotel.
11. Airline crew who have been in or transited through Brazil, Ireland (Rep.), South Africa or United Kingdom in the past 21 days are subject to quarantine for 21 days.
12. Merchant seamen must have:
– a medical certificate with a negative Coronavirus (COVID-19) nucleic acid test result issued at most 48 hours before departure, and
– an approval letter from the Marine Department, and
– a letter of certification to Department of Health from Hong Kong.
13. Airline crew are subject to a Coronavirus (COVID-19) test upon arrival.

 

Detailed Tourist Information

The public is encouraged to avoid all non-essential travel outside the city. All Hong Kong residents returning to town are required to submit a health declaration form and will undergo a swab test for the COVID-19 virus at the Temporary Specimen Collection Centre (TSCC) set up in the restricted area of the airport. Returning residents are subject to a 21-day compulsory quarantine unless exempted under the ‘Compulsory Quarantine of Certain Persons Arriving at Hong Kong from Foreign Places Regulation’.

All non-Hong Kong residents coming from overseas countries and regions by plane will be denied entry to Hong Kong. Non-Hong Kong residents coming from the Mainland, Macau, and Taiwan will be denied entry if they have been to any overseas countries and regions in the past 14 days. Flights from the UK into Hong Kong are banned since December 21. And travellers who stayed more than two hours in South Africa for the past 21 days will not be allowed to board for Hong Kong. Starting on January 23, passengers who have spent a minimum of two hours in Brazil and Ireland in the last 21 days will be banned from entering Hong Kong. For updates on travel restrictions, please visit this link.

Hong Kong and Singapore’s two-way travel bubble is postponed pending further developments in the city.​ Once launched, the travel bubble would allow a quarantine-free air route between the two cities. The highly-anticipated travel bubble will have no restrictions placed on the purpose of the trip and will not require travellers to undergo the mandatory 21-day quarantine. To learn more about the travel bubble regulations, visit this regularly updated guide.

Check the government website of your country of origin and your intended destination to see what policies have been put in place and monitor the situation should you plan to travel abroad. For information about countries/areas with reported cases of COVID-19, please visit this link.
 

Lockdown Details

In a media briefing on February 16, the government officially announced an easing of social-distancing measures starting on February 18 until March 3. Social gathering restrictions will remain at two people while dine-in services will extend to 10pm, allowing a maximum of four people per table. Government services will also resume normal operations along with gyms, cinemas, gaming arcades, beauty and massage parlours, bowling alleys, amusement parks, and ice skating rinks. However, these facilities are required to comply with additional infection-control measures such as staff getting tested every 14 days, and guests to use the LeaveHomeSafe tracing app. Low-risk sports outdoor venues have also started to reopen, but people on the premises are required to use the LeaveHomeSafe App. Meanwhile, bathhouses, bars, party rooms, karaoke venues, nightclubs, mahjong parlours, and swimming pools will remain shut pending further developments in the city.

The government tightened the regulations on December 10, 2020, and it was extended several times after that. It will be the first time this year that the restrictions will ease and according to the government, it is unlikely that it will relax further soon.
 

Sources

https://www.coronavirus.gov.hk/eng/inbound-travel-faq.html
Data Source: covidcontrols.co