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

This page was last updated on 3 June, 2022.

Is Hong Kong open for visitors?

Yes. From 1 May 2022, Hong Kong has opened to international visitors. However, visitors must still follow all COVID-19 entry requirements, which are now the same as those that apply to Hong Kong citizens and residents.

Is Hong Kong open to international tourism?

Yes. Hong Kong is open to international visitors but with certain restrictions.

From 1 May, fully vaccinated non-Hong Kong residents are now permitted to enter the nation. Travellers from all places other than mainland China, Macao and Taiwan will need to undergo facility-based quarantine upon arrival.

Please consult the Government of Hong Kong website for further information.

Is Hong Kong open for business travellers?

Yes. From 1 May 2022, Hong Kong is now allowing the entry of vaccinated international visitors, including business travellers.

Hong Kong has a particular migration visa scheme called ‘‘Entry for Investment’ for foreign entrepreneurs who wish to operate their businesses in Hong Kong. This visa scheme also acts as a work permit issued to the owner of a business. The entrepreneur visa is typically issued for one year and can be renewed after that.

 

What are Hong Kong’s vaccine requirements?

Hong Kong is open to fully vaccinated international travellers. Arrivals to Hong Kong who have stayed in any place outside China will need to have the vaccine requirements as follows:

  • A vaccination certificate issued by Hong Kong or authority or recognized institution of a place or the relevant organization on the ‘List of places of issuance of recognized vaccination records.
  • Vaccine certificates will be accepted in Chinese or English.
  • The traveller’s last vaccine dose must have been administered at least 14 days before travel.
  • The traveller must have a written confirmation in English or Chinese issued by relevant authorities or recognized institutions, bearing the name of the relevant vaccinated traveller that matches their valid travel document. The written confirmation must be presented together with the vaccination record.

Unvaccinated travellers

Please note that unvaccinated travellers who have visited places outside mainland China, Macao or Taiwan within the past 14 days will be denied entry into Hong Kong.

Individuals who cannot be fully vaccinated due to medical reasons will be granted entry but must undergo 14 days of quarantine in a designated quarantine hotel. They will also need to present proof of the relevant medical reason certified by a medical practitioner before departure to Hong Kong.

Minors

Minors between the age group of 12-17 years can provide vaccination proof of a single dose of the BioNTech vaccine. Children under the age of 3 are NOT required to present proof of a pre-departure test before entering Hong Kong. However, they will still be subject to PCR and rapid antigen testing on arrival.

Unvaccinated minors under 12 years will also be permitted entry to Hong Kong only if they travel with fully vaccinated parents/guardians. They will also be subject to the same quarantine and testing requirements as the adults accompanying them.

Fully vaccinated minors aged 12-17 years and travelling alone will also need to quarantine for 7 days on arrival at a designated hotel.

Here’s a list of COVID-19 vaccines recognized for specified purposes in Hong Kong:

  • Pfizer/BioNTech
  • Moderna
  • CanSino
  • Janssen (Johnson & Johnson)
  • Oxford/AstraZeneca
  • Covaxin
  • Sputnik V
  • Nuvaxovid
  • Covishield
  • Covovax
  • Corona Vac
  • Sinopharm
  • Sinovac

Source: Hong Kong – vaccines recognized for specified purposes (coronavirus.gov.hk)

 

What are Hong Kong’s testing and quarantine requirements?

Testing requirements

Travellers arriving in Hong Kong will need to provide a negative nucleic acid test result for COVID-19, taken no more than 48 hours before departure. The Hong Kong Government has specified that this must be a polymerase chain reaction (PCR) based nucleic acid test. Other types of tests, such as the reverse transcription loop-mediated isothermal amplification (RT-LAMP), will not be accepted and do not fulfil the relevant boarding requirement.

All travellers to Hong Kong will have to go through the following testing procedures before arrival in Hong Kong:

  • Fully vaccinated travellers above the age of 3 years will need to provide a negative nucleic acid test result for COVID-19, taken no more than 48 hours before their departure.
  • Make sure that the test is a polymerase chain reaction (PCR) based nucleic acid test. Other tests, such as the reverse transcription loop-mediated isothermal amplification (RT-LAMP), are not accepted since they do not fulfil the relevant boarding requirement.
  • From 1 June 2022, it is no longer necessary for fully vaccinated travellers to present a separate certificate confirming that the testing laboratory meets the required COVID-19 testing standards.

Hong Kong residents and non-Hong Kong residents who have only stayed in Mainland China or Macao during the 14 days before arrival must present a negative COVID-19 PCR-based nucleic acid test conducted within the 3 days prior to their scheduled arrival in Hong Kong.

Individuals who have recently recovered from COVID-19 will need to observe the following protocols:

  • The relevant Mainland or Macao traveller must undergo COVID-19 testing, the sample for which was taken from the person on the day of arrival at Hong Kong or within the 3 days before scheduled arrival in Hong Kong.
  • The test conducted must be a PCR-based nucleic acid test for COVID-19 and must be negative.
  • Present a separate certificate confirming that the testing laboratory meets the required COVID-19 testing standards recognized by the governments of Hong Kong or the National Health Commission of China or is a medical testing institution in Guangdong Province.

Quarantine requirements

International travellers from all places other than mainland China, Macao and Taiwan will need to undergo 7 days of quarantine at a designated quarantine hotel. Upon arrival, travellers will need to verify their hotel room reservation at their designated quarantine hotel. The essential requirement is to undergo compulsory quarantine for 14 days in a DQH, including daily rapid antigen tests (RATs) during mandatory quarantine.

Travellers who hold a 7-night DQH room reservation and are opting for early discharge from compulsory quarantine must fulfil the following conditions:

  • Undergo PCR-based nucleic acid tests on day-5 after arrival;
  • Can be discharged earlier from quarantine and must leave the DQH if fully vaccinated or being accompanied by minors aged 11 or below
  • The results of the PCR test conducted on day 5 and the RATs conducted on days 6 and 7 must all be negative;
  • Monitor health for the subsequent 7 days; and
  • Undergo a PCR test on the 9th and 12th days of arrival in Hong Kong at a Community Testing Centre, a mobile specimen collection station, or a recognized local medical testing institution.

 

Travellers who hold a 14-night DQH room reservation and are not opting for early discharge from compulsory quarantine must undergo PCR-based nucleic acid tests on days 5 and 12 after arrival in Hong Kong. Such travellers can leave the DQH upon confirmation of negative PCR test results.

You can find further details on the Hong Kong SAR government website.

 

Additional entry requirements

All international travellers are required to submit a health declaration form online at: https://www.chp.gov.hk/hdf/

After submitting the online form, travellers will be provided with a QR code that they will need to present to the border control point staff upon entering Hong Kong. For those arriving via Hong Kong International Airport, the QR code will be valid for 48 hours, while for travellers coming via land control points, the QR code is valid for 24 hours.

 

Transiting in Hong Kong

Transit services at Hong Kong International Airport are now permitted since 1 April. Travellers are allowed to transit through Hong Kong but not mainland China.

Transit passengers must undergo a pre-departure PCR test before departing Hong Kong and will also be subject to advanced screening measures, including temperature checks. Passengers showing COVID-19 symptoms or having a high temperature will need to undergo further testing or could be transferred to a Hong Kong public hospital for mandatory checks/treatment.

 

Interstate Travel in Hong Kong

Please note that border crossings with mainland China have been shut indefinitely. Only areas such as the Shenzhen Bay Checkpoint and the Hong Kong-Zhuhai-Macao Bridge are open. Ferry crossings between Hong Kong and mainland China are currently not in operation except for services from Shenzhen Shekou Port to Hong Kong International Airport.

Those who wish to board a shuttle bus to cross the bridge from Hong Kong to Macao must present a negative PCR test certificate that was undertaken within 72 hours of their departure.

Travellers to Hong Kong from mainland China, Taiwan and Macao must undergo mandatory quarantine at home or in a hotel for 7 to 14 days. Certain groups of people coming from mainland China, Taiwan, and Macao can be granted an exemption from quarantine requirements by applying to the Chief Secretary of the Administration in advance.

 

Exit requirements for Hong Kong

Foreign Travellers exiting Hong Kong must make sure that they have a valid passport and a completed Departure Card. The Departure Card can be found on the bottom sheet of the original Arrival Card in the passport.

Hong Kong residents are advised to complete their COVID-19 vaccination before undertaking international travel to effectively protect themselves against the COVID-19 disease.

Travellers are required to refer to destination country travel rules to understand the specific requirements of the destination country.

 

Sources

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