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

This page was last updated on 21 July, 2021.

 

At a Glance

Travel Restrictions

Entry For Vaccinated Travelers: Partially Allowed
Vaccination Requirements: Quarantine period for fully vaccinated travellers coming from lower-risk countries would be reduced.

For detailed information click here https://www.coronavirus.gov.hk/eng/inbound-travel.html#quarantinemeasures2

Wearing of facemask and social distancing is required.
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 02.07.2021
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 in the past 14 days have only been in Australia, the Mainland of China, Macao SAR, China or New Zealand;
– 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;
– deadheading crew;
– merchant seamen.
2. Passengers who in the past 21 days have been in or transited through Brazil, India, Indonesia, Nepal, Pakistan, Philippines, South Africa or United Kingdom for more than 2 hours are not allowed to enter.
– This does not apply to merchant seamen.
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 who have been in or transited through Argentina, Bangladesh, Belgium, Brazil, Cambodia, Canada, Chinese Taipei, Colombia, Ecuador, Egypt, Ethiopia, France, Germany, India, Indonesia, Ireland (Rep.), Italy, Japan, Kazakhstan, Kenya, Korea (Rep.), Malaysia, Nepal, Netherlands, Pakistan, Philippines, Romania, Russian Fed., Singapore, South Africa, Switzerland, Thailand, Turkey, Ukraine, United Arab Emirates, United Kingdom, USA or Viet Nam in the past 21 days must have:
– a negative 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 test result 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 document proving that the laboratory is:
– ISO 15189 accredited; or
– approved by the local government.
All documents must be in Chinese or English.
6. Passengers who in the past 21 days have been in or transited through Brazil, India, Indonesia, Nepal, Pakistan, Philippines, South Africa or United Kingdom for two hours or less 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/eng/designated-hotel-list.html . Details can be found at https://www.coronavirus.gov.hk/pdf/list_of_recognised_covid19_vaccines.pdf .
7. Passengers who in the past 21 days have been in or transited through Ireland (Rep.) 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/eng/designated-hotel-list.html . Details can be found at https://www.coronavirus.gov.hk/pdf/list_of_recognised_covid19_vaccines.pdf .
8. Passengers without a vaccination certificate showing that they were fully vaccinated at least 14 days before arrival 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/eng/designated-hotel-list.html . Details can be found at https://www.coronavirus.gov.hk/pdf/list_of_recognised_covid19_vaccines.pdf
– This does not apply to:
– passengers who in the past 21 days have only been in Australia, Mainland of China, Macao SAR, China or New Zealand;
– passengers who in the past 21 days have been in or transited through Brazil, India, Indonesia, Ireland (Rep.), Nepal, Pakistan, Philippines, South Africa or United Kingdom.
9. Passengers with a vaccination certificate showing that they were fully vaccinated at least 14 days before arrival must have a hotel reservation confirmation in Chinese or English for a minimum of 14 nights. The hotel must be listed on https://www.coronavirus.gov.hk/eng/designated-hotel-list.html . Details can be found at https://www.coronavirus.gov.hk/pdf/list_of_recognised_covid19_vaccines.pdf
– This does not apply to:
– passengers who in the past 21 days have only been in Australia, Mainland of China, Macao SAR, China or New Zealand;
– passengers who in the past 21 days have been in or transited through Brazil, India, Indonesia, Ireland (Rep.), Nepal, Pakistan, Philippines, South Africa or United Kingdom.
10. Passengers who in the past 21 days have only been in Australia or New Zealand must have a hotel reservation confirmation in Chinese or English for a minimum of 14 nights. The hotel must be listed on https://www.coronavirus.gov.hk/eng/designated-hotel-list.html .
– This does not apply to passengers with a vaccination certificate showing that they were fully vaccinated at least 14 days before arrival. They must have a hotel reservation confirmation for a minimum of 7 nights.
11. Passengers who in the past 14 days have not been in or transited through Australia, Brazil, India, Indonesia, Ireland (Rep.), Nepal, New Zealand, Pakistan, Philippines, South Africa and United Kingdom must have a hotel reservation confirmation in Chinese or English for a minimum of 7 nights, if they have:
– a COVID-19 vaccination certificate showing that they were fully vaccinated at least 14 days before arrival; and
– a positive COVID-19 serology antibody test taken in the past 3 months by a laboratory listed on https://www.coronavirus.gov.hk/pdf/List_of_local_antibodytesting.pdf .
12. Passengers and airline crew must complete a Health Declaration Form at https://www.chp.gov.hk/hdf/. This will generate a QR code which must be presented upon arrival.
13. Passengers and airline crew are subject to a COVID-19 test upon arrival. Details can be found at https://www.coronavirus.gov.hk/eng/inbound-travel.html .
14. Passengers are subject to medical screening upon arrival and quarantine for up to 21 days. More details can be found at https://www.coronavirus.gov.hk/eng/inbound-travel.html .
15. Airline crew must have a negative COVID-19 nucleic acid test result issued at most 48 hours before departure.
16. Airline crew are subject to medical screening upon arrival and self-isolation in a hotel.
17. Airline crew who have been in or transited through Brazil, India, Indonesia, Nepal, Pakistan, Philippines, South Africa or United Kingdom in the past 21 days are subject to quarantine for 21 days.
18. Merchant seamen must have:
– a negative 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.

 

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 undergo a swab test for the Covid-19 virus at the Temporary Specimen Collection Centre (TSCC) set up in the airport’s restricted area.

Since May 12, compulsory quarantine periods will be shortened for travellers from low-risk countries and those who have completed their Covid-19 vaccination. Rules for inbound travellers are categorised based on the countries they are coming from (https://www.coronavirus.gov.hk/eng/high-risk-places.html). From June 30, quarantine period for fully vaccinated travellers coming from lower-risk countries would be reduced. However, boarding, quarantine, and testing arrangements for inbound travellers – including fully vaccinated persons (unless they are coming from ‘Group B’ specified places like Bangladesh, Belgium, Canada, Ecuador, Egypt, Ethiopia, France, Germany, Indonesia, Kazakhstan, Romania, Russia, Switzerland, Turkey, Ukraine, the United Arab Emirates, and the United States of America) – from high-risk countries will remain unchanged. Places included on the list of ‘extremely’ high-risk countries will need to complete the compulsory quarantine for 21 days, self-monitor further for another seven days, and be subject to nucleic acid testing on the 26th day from their return to Hong Kong.

The quarantine-free air bubble slated to take off on May 26 – after its initial planned launch in November 2020 – is deferred for the second time due to the worsening Covid-19 situation in Singapore. Both cities remain strongly committed to launching the ATB safely, so authorities will review the developments and closely monitor the numbers of positive cases in the next few days before they announce the next launch date.
 

Lockdown Details

The government extends current social distancing rules until July 21.

Most of the existing restrictions will still apply, including those imposed for bars and restaurants.

Relaxation of regulations will only apply to cinemas, performance venues, and museums, which can now extend their maximum capacity to 85 percent from 75 percent.

Mask-wearing requirements will still apply except for indoor sports premises where all staff and users have been fully vaccinated; people in the premises are exempted from wearing masks.

Gathering restrictions will remain at a four-person limit, but more people will be allowed in the spectator stands of public skating rinks, sports premises, and swimming pools.
 

Sources

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