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

This page was last updated on 27 October, 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.

Allowed Vaccines:

AstraZeneca / SK Bioscience , Anhui Zhifei Longcom Biopharmaceutical , BioNTech, CanSinoBIO, Janssen, Moderna, Serum Institute of India, Sinopharm / Beijing Institute of Biological Products, Sinopharm / Wuhan Institute of Biological Products, Sinovac, The Gamaleya National Center of Epidemiology and Microbiology, Shenzhen Kangtai Biological Products, Institute of Medical Biology Chinese Academy of Medical Sciences
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 22.10.2021
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 the Mainland of China, Chinese Taipei, 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;
– passengers with a COVID-19 vaccination certificate showing that they were fully vaccinated at least 14 days before arrival. They must not have been in or transited through Bangladesh, Brazil, Cambodia, France, Greece, India, Indonesia, Iran, Ireland (Rep.), Malaysia, Nepal, Netherlands, Pakistan, Philippines, Russian Fed., South Africa, Spain, Sri Lanka, Switzerland, Tanzania, Thailand, Turkey, United Arab Emirates, United Kingdom or USA in the past 21 days. The certificate must be in Chinese or English or accompanied by a written confirmation in Chinese or English issued by the health authority of the country of vaccination. Details on accepted vaccines can be found at https://www.coronavirus.gov.hk/pdf/list_of_recognised_covid19_vaccines.pdf .
2. Passengers who in the past 21 days have been in or transited through Bangladesh, Brazil, Cambodia, France, Greece, India, Indonesia, Iran, Ireland (Rep.), Malaysia, Nepal, Netherlands, Pakistan, Philippines, Russian Fed., South Africa, Spain, Sri Lanka, Switzerland, Tanzania, Thailand, Turkey, United Arab Emirates, United Kingdom or USA are not allowed to enter.
– This does not apply to:
– merchant seamen;
– residents of Hong Kong SAR, China with a COVID-19 vaccination certificate showing that they were fully vaccinated at least 14 days before arrival, and their accompanying children younger than 12 years. The certificate must be in Chinese or English or accompanied by a written confirmation in Chinese or English issued by the health authority of the country of vaccination. Details on accepted vaccines can be found at https://www.coronavirus.gov.hk/pdf/list_of_recognised_covid19_vaccines.pdf .
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 must have:
– a negative COVID-19 nucleic acid test 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.
– This does not apply to passengers arriving from the Mainland of China or Macao SAR, China.
6. Passengers arriving from the Mainland of China or Macao SAR, China must have a negative COVID-19 nucleic acid test taken at most 3 days before arrival.
7. Passengers who in the past 21 days have been in or transited through Bangladesh, Brazil, Cambodia, France, Greece, India, Indonesia, Iran, Ireland (Rep.), Malaysia, Nepal, Netherlands, Pakistan, Philippines, Russian Fed., South Africa, Spain, Sri Lanka, Switzerland, Tanzania, Thailand, Turkey, United Arab Emirates, United Kingdom or USA 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 COVID-19 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 certificate must be in Chinese or English or accompanied by a written confirmation in Chinese or English issued by the health authority of the country of vaccination. 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 14 days have only been in Mainland of China, Macao SAR, China or New Zealand;
– passengers who in the past 21 days have been in or transited through Bangladesh, Brazil, Cambodia, France, Greece, India, Indonesia, Iran, Ireland (Rep.), Malaysia, Nepal, Netherlands, Pakistan, Philippines, Russian Fed., South Africa, Spain, Sri Lanka, Switzerland, Tanzania, Thailand, Turkey, United Arab Emirates, United Kingdom or USA.
9. Passengers with a COVID-19 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 certificate must be in Chinese or English or accompanied by a written confirmation in Chinese or English issued by the health authority of the country of vaccination. 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 14 days have only been in Mainland of China, Macao SAR, China or New Zealand;
– passengers who in the past 21 days have been in or transited through Bangladesh, Brazil, Cambodia, France, Greece, India, Indonesia, Iran, Ireland (Rep.), Malaysia, Nepal, Netherlands, Pakistan, Philippines, Russian Fed., South Africa, Spain, Sri Lanka, Switzerland, Tanzania, Thailand, Turkey, United Arab Emirates, United Kingdom or USA.
10. Passengers who in the past 14 days have only been in 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 COVID-19 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. The certificate must be in Chinese or English or accompanied by a written confirmation in Chinese or English issued by the health authority of the country of vaccination.
11. Passengers who in the past 14 days have only been in Mainland of China, Macao SAR, China, are subject to home quarantine for 14 nights.
– This does not apply to passengers with a COVID-19 vaccination certificate showing that they were fully vaccinated at least 14 days before arrival. They are subject to home quarantine for 7 nights. The certificate must be in Chinese or English or accompanied by a written confirmation in Chinese or English issued by the health authority of the country of vaccination.
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 Bangladesh, Brazil, Cambodia, France, Greece, India, Indonesia, Iran, Ireland (Rep.), Malaysia, Nepal, Netherlands, Pakistan, Philippines, Russian Fed., South Africa, Spain, Sri Lanka, Switzerland, Tanzania, Thailand, Turkey, United Arab Emirates, United Kingdom or USA 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

If travelling from or have visited a Group A country (https://www.coronavirus.gov.hk/eng/inbound-travel.html) in the past 21 days, only fully vaccinated Foreign Domestic Helpers with valid employment visa and the fully vaccinated Hong Kong residents with one of the following travel documents will be permitted to enter Hong Kong:

-Hong Kong Permanent Identity Card or Hong Kong Identity Card that:
-bears the “asterisk” or “A” or “R” codes
-bears the “C” code (provided that it is accompanied by a valid work visa or study visa)
-bears the “U” code (Note: this type of HKID is subject to approval from Hong Kong
-Immigration prior to acceptance at check-in)
-Hong Kong SAR passport
-Hong Kong Document of Identity
-Non-Hong Kong residents will be denied entry into Hong Kong

If travelling from or have visited a Group B country (https://www.coronavirus.gov.hk/eng/inbound-travel.html) in the past 14 days, only Hong Kong residents and fully vaccinated non-Hong Kong residents, are allowed to enter Hong Kong.

All passengers (Hong Kong residents and non-Hong Kong residents, regardless of vaccination status) travelling from a Group C country, the Chinese Mainland or Macao (https://www.coronavirus.gov.hk/eng/inbound-travel.html ) who have not been to any other country/region in the past 14 days, are allowed to enter Hong Kong.

Click here for detailed information: https://www.coronavirus.gov.hk/eng/inbound-travel.html

 

Lockdown Details

Most of the social distancing rules are kept in place for 14 more days until October 27. Easing of regulations will only apply to fitness centres where under the vaccine bubble arrangements, the maximum number of participants in fitness classes will be relaxed to 12 persons (previous four) provided that all staff members are fully vaccinated, and all participants are wearing masks (unless they are fully vaccinated too).

Gathering restrictions will remain at four people in public until further notice. If people are caught gathering in groups of more than the permitted number, there will be a fine of $25,000 and imprisonment for six months for ‘any person who participates in a prohibited group gathering; organises a prohibited group gathering; owns, controls or operates the place of the gathering; and knowingly allows the gathering.’ Participants caught in the illegal gathering may be discharged by paying a fixed penalty of $5,000.

The only exemptions to the rule are gatherings in public for transportation purposes; for groups performing any governmental function; for groups gathering at a place of work or within hospital and healthcare facilities; persons living in the same household; proceedings in a court; funerals and any other occasions for mourning; and when taking pictures with your family and friends during events or group activities as long as everyone is wearing masks.

The government requires mandatory mask-wearing when entering terminals, boarding and while onboard public transport, as well as indoor and outdoor public places. If you are caught violating the mask-wearing regulations, you will get a maximum fine of $10,000. Fully vaccinated fitness coaches and their students can be exempted from wearing masks during exercise classes, and the same goes for theme park performers who perform outdoors and people using indoor sports premises where all staff and users have been fully vaccinated.

Under the relaxed regulations for the vaccine bubble, the maximum number of participants allowed for religious activities (where no food or drink is served, except as part of a religious ritual), wedding ceremonies, and business meetings are increased by 50 percent based on the normal capacity of the premises where it is held. If all attendees have received at least the first dose of the vaccine, the maximum number of attendants can be increased to full capacity.

Local tours will be allowed up to 100 attendees if two-thirds of the participants already received the first dose of the Covid-19 vaccine. Those who can’t comply can limit the tour groups to 30 persons.

Restaurants, along with gyms, hotels, cinemas, and other scheduled venues, are required to display QR codes for the LeaveHomeSafe mobile app, which records your whereabouts and checks whether you have visited any venues as a Covid-19 patient at the same time.
 

Sources

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