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

This page was last updated on 16 December, 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: Negative PCR test is required for all countries.
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 15.12.2021
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 or Macao SAR, China;
– 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 between 12 and 17 years old who reside in Hong Kong (SAR China), with a COVID-19 vaccination certificate showing that they received one dose of Pfizer-BioNTech (Comirnaty) at least 14 days before arrival. 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;
– passengers with a COVID-19 vaccination certificate showing that they were fully vaccinated at least 14 days before arrival. 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. They must, in the past 21 days, not have been in or transited through Angola, Argentina, Australia, Austria, Bangladesh, Belgium, Botswana, Brazil, Cambodia, Canada, Chile, Cook Isl., Croatia, Cuba, Cyprus, Czechia, Denmark, Estonia, Eswatini, Ethiopia, Fiji, Finland, France, Germany, Ghana, Greece, Iceland, India, Indonesia, Iran, Ireland (Rep.), Israel, Italy, Japan, Jordan, Korea (Rep.), Kuwait, Latvia, Lebanon, Lesotho, Liechtenstein, Luxembourg, Malawi, Malaysia, Maldives, Mauritius, Mexico, Mozambique, Namibia, Nepal, Netherlands, Nigeria, Norway, Pakistan, Philippines, Portugal, Romania, Russian Fed., Saudi Arabia, Senegal, Singapore, Sierra Leone, South Africa, Spain, Sri Lanka, Sweden, Switzerland, Tanzania, Thailand, Tunisia, Turkey, Uganda, United Arab Emirates, United Kingdom, USA, Zambia or Zimbabwe (Effective 17 December 2021, also including Bahrain, Bermuda, Congo (Dem. Rep.), Gibraltar, Hungary, Oman and Slovakia). 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 Angola, Argentina, Australia, Austria, Bangladesh, Belgium, Botswana, Brazil, Cambodia, Canada, Chile, Cook Isl., Croatia, Cuba, Cyprus, Czechia, Denmark, Estonia, Eswatini, Ethiopia, Fiji, Finland, France, Germany, Ghana, Greece, Iceland, India, Indonesia, Iran, Ireland (Rep.), Israel, Italy, Japan, Jordan, Korea (Rep.), Kuwait, Latvia, Lebanon, Lesotho, Liechtenstein, Luxembourg, Malawi, Malaysia, Maldives, Mauritius, Mexico, Mozambique, Namibia, Nepal, Netherlands, Nigeria, Norway, Pakistan, Philippines, Portugal, Romania, Russian Fed., Saudi Arabia, Senegal, Singapore, Sierra Leone, South Africa, Spain, Sri Lanka, Sweden, Switzerland, Tanzania, Thailand, Tunisia, Turkey, Uganda, United Arab Emirates, United Kingdom, USA, Zambia or Zimbabwe (Effective 17 December 2021, also including Bahrain, Bermuda, Congo (Dem. Rep.), Gibraltar, Hungary, Oman and Slovakia) 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 entering or transiting through Hong Kong SAR, China must have:
– a negative COVID-19 PCR or RT-PCR test taken at most 72 hours before departure of the last direct flight to Hong Kong, SAR China. More information can be found at https://www.coronavirus.gov.hk/eng/inbound-travel-faq.html#FAQB5
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 PCR or RT-PCR test taken at most 3 days before arrival. More information can be found at https://www.coronavirus.gov.hk/eng/inbound-travel-faq.html#FAQB5
7. Passengers who in the past 21 days have been in or transited through Angola, Argentina, Australia, Austria, Bangladesh, Belgium, Botswana, Brazil, Cambodia, Canada, Chile, Cook Isl., Croatia, Cuba, Cyprus, Czechia, Denmark, Estonia, Eswatini, Ethiopia, Fiji, Finland, France, Germany, Ghana, Greece, Iceland, India, Indonesia, Iran, Ireland (Rep.), Israel, Italy, Japan, Jordan, Korea (Rep.), Kuwait, Latvia, Lebanon, Lesotho, Liechtenstein, Luxembourg, Malawi, Malaysia, Maldives, Mauritius, Mexico, Mozambique, Namibia, Nepal, Netherlands, Nigeria, Norway, Pakistan, Philippines, Portugal, Romania, Russian Fed., Saudi Arabia, Senegal, Singapore, Sierra Leone, South Africa, Spain, Sri Lanka, Sweden, Switzerland, Tanzania, Thailand, Tunisia, Turkey, Uganda, United Arab Emirates, United Kingdom, USA, Zambia or Zimbabwe (Effective 17 December 2021, also including Bahrain, Bermuda, Congo (Dem. Rep.), Gibraltar, Hungary, Oman and Slovakia) 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 or Macao SAR, China;
– passengers who in the past 21 days have been in or transited through Angola, Argentina, Australia, Austria, Bangladesh, Belgium, Botswana, Brazil, Cambodia, Canada, Chile, Cook Isl., Croatia, Cuba, Cyprus, Czechia, Denmark, Estonia, Eswatini, Ethiopia, Fiji, Finland, France, Germany, Ghana, Greece, Iceland, India, Indonesia, Iran, Ireland (Rep.), Israel, Italy, Japan, Jordan, Korea (Rep.), Kuwait, Latvia, Lebanon, Lesotho, Liechtenstein, Luxembourg, Malawi, Malaysia, Maldives, Mauritius, Mexico, Mozambique, Namibia, Nepal, Netherlands, Nigeria, Norway, Pakistan, Philippines, Portugal, Romania, Russian Fed., Saudi Arabia, Senegal, Singapore, Sierra Leone, South Africa, Spain, Sri Lanka, Sweden, Switzerland, Tanzania, Thailand, Tunisia, Turkey, Uganda, United Arab Emirates, United Kingdom, USA, Zambia or Zimbabwe (Effective 17 December 2021, also including Bahrain, Bermuda, Congo (Dem. Rep.), Gibraltar, Hungary, Oman and Slovakia).
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 or Macao SAR, China;
– passengers who in the past 21 days have been in or transited through Angola, Argentina, Australia, Austria, Bangladesh, Belgium, Botswana, Brazil, Cambodia, Canada, Chile, Cook Isl., Croatia, Cuba, Cyprus, Czechia, Denmark, Estonia, Eswatini, Ethiopia, Fiji, Finland, France, Germany, Ghana, Greece, Iceland, India, Indonesia, Iran, Ireland (Rep.), Israel, Italy, Japan, Jordan, Korea (Rep.), Kuwait, Latvia, Lebanon, Lesotho, Liechtenstein, Luxembourg, Malawi, Malaysia, Maldives, Mauritius, Mexico, Mozambique, Namibia, Nepal, Netherlands, Nigeria, Norway, Pakistan, Philippines, Portugal, Romania, Russian Fed., Saudi Arabia, Senegal, Singapore, Sierra Leone, South Africa, Spain, Sri Lanka, Sweden, Switzerland, Tanzania, Thailand, Tunisia, Turkey, Uganda, United Arab Emirates, United Kingdom, USA, Zambia or Zimbabwe (Effective 17 December 2021, also including Bahrain, Bermuda, Congo (Dem. Rep.), Gibraltar, Hungary, Oman and Slovakia).
10. 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.
11. 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.
12. 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
13. 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
14. Airline crew must have a negative COVID-19 PCR or RT-PCR test taken at most 48 hours before departure. . More information can be found at https://www.coronavirus.gov.hk/eng/inbound-travel-faq.html#FAQB5
15. Airline crew are subject to medical screening upon arrival and self-isolation in a hotel.
16. Airline crew who in the past 21 days have been in or transited through Angola, Argentina, Australia, Austria, Bangladesh, Belgium, Botswana, Brazil, Cambodia, Canada, Chile, Cook Isl., Croatia, Cuba, Cyprus, Czechia, Denmark, Estonia, Eswatini, Ethiopia, Fiji, Finland, France, Germany, Ghana, Greece, Iceland, India, Indonesia, Iran, Ireland (Rep.), Israel, Italy, Japan, Jordan, Korea (Rep.), Kuwait, Latvia, Lebanon, Lesotho, Liechtenstein, Luxembourg, Malawi, Malaysia, Maldives, Mauritius, Mexico, Mozambique, Namibia, Nepal, Netherlands, Nigeria, Norway, Pakistan, Philippines, Portugal, Romania, Russian Fed., Saudi Arabia, Senegal, Singapore, Sierra Leone, South Africa, Spain, Sri Lanka, Sweden, Switzerland, Tanzania, Thailand, Tunisia, Turkey, Uganda, United Arab Emirates, United Kingdom, USA, Zambia or Zimbabwe (Effective 17 December 2021, also including Bahrain, Bermuda, Congo (Dem. Rep.), Gibraltar, Hungary, Oman and Slovakia) are subject to quarantine for 21 days.
17. Merchant seamen must have:
– a negative COVID-19 PCR or RT-PCR test taken 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.
More information can be found at https://www.coronavirus.gov.hk/eng/inbound-travel-faq.html#FAQB5

 

Detailed Tourist Information

Passengers travelling from or who have visited a Group A country in the past 21 days, may only enter Hong Kong if they are either a fully vaccinated Hong Kong resident or a fully vaccinated Foreign Domestic Helpers with a valid employment visa and hold one of the following travel documents:

-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

*Group A – High risk places

Passengers who have stayed in or transited through Angola, Australia, Austria, Bangladesh, Belgium, Botswana, Brazil, Cambodia, Canada, Czech Republic, Denmark, Ethiopia, Eswatini, France, Germany, Greece, India, Indonesia, Iran, Ireland, Israel, Italy Japan, Lesotho, Malawi, Malaysia, Mozambique, Namibia, Nepal, The Netherlands, Nigeria, Pakistan, The Philippines, Portugal, Russia, South Africa, Spain, Sri Lanka, Sweden, Switzerland, Tanzania, Thailand, Turkey, the United Arab Emirates, United Kingdom, the United States, Zambia or Zimbabwe in the past 21 days.

*Note: From 5 December 2021: Finland, Ghana, Korea, Norway, Saudi Arabia will be classified as Group A – high risk places.
*From 6 December 2021: Iceland and Singapore will be classified as Group A – high risk places

-Passengers travelling from or who have visited a Group B country in the past 14 days, may enter Hong Kong if they are a Hong Kong resident or a fully vaccinated non-Hong Kong residents.

-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 who have not been to any other country/region in the past 14 days, are allowed to enter Hong Kong.

Fully vaccinated travelers must present a recognised vaccination record.

Click here to see the recognised vaccination record https://www.coronavirus.gov.hk/eng/inbound-travel.html#Vaccination .

All travelers must provide negative result proof of a PCR-based nucleic acid test for COVID-19 within 72 hours (including documentary proofs that the lab is ISO15189 accredited or Government recognised). https://bit.ly/3BYOStr

*Fully vaccinated persons who have only stayed in the Mainland, Macao:

-Undergo compulsory quarantine for 7 days at designated places (home, hotel or other accommodation);

-Undergo 2 tests during compulsory quarantine (DTS sample);

-Self-monitoring in the subsequent 7 days; and

-Compulsory testing on the 9th, 12th, and 16th day of arrival at HK (professional swab sampling at a Community Testing Centre (CTC)or a recognised local medical testing institution); and

-Compulsory testing on the 19th day of arrival at HK (must be conducted at a CTC)

*Unvaccinated person who have only stayed in the Mainland, Macao:

-Undergo compulsory quarantine for 14 days at designated places (home, hotel or other accommodation);

-Undergo 3 tests during compulsory quarantine (DTS sample);

-Compulsory testing on the 16th day of arrival at HK (professional swab sampling at a Community Testing Centre (CTC) or a recognised local medical testing institution); and

-Compulsory testing on the 19th day of arrival at HK (must be conducted at a CTC)

*Fully vaccinated travelers stayed in Taiwan:

-Undergo compulsory quarantine for 14 days in a designated quarantine hotel;

-Undergo 4 tests during compulsory quarantine (professional swab sampling);

-Self-monitoring in the subsequent 7 days; and

-Compulsory testing on the 16th day of arrival at HK (professional swab sampling at a Community Testing Centre (CTC) or a recognised local medical testing institution); and

-Compulsory testing on the 19th day of arrival at HK (must be conducted at a CTC)

*Unvaccinated travelers stayed in Taiwan:
-Undergo compulsory quarantine for 21 days in a designated quarantine hotel; and
-Undergo 6 tests during compulsory quarantine (professional swab sampling)

*Travelers from Group A specified places(High-risk):

-Undergo compulsory quarantine for 21 days in a designated quarantine hotel;

-Undergo 6 tests during compulsory quarantine (professional swab sampling);

-Self-monitoring in the subsequent 7 days; and

-Compulsory testing on the 26th day of arrival at Hong Kong at any Community Testing Centre (CTC)

*Fully vaccinated travelers from Group B specified places (Medium-risk):

-Undergo compulsory quarantine for 14 days in a designated quarantine hotel;

-Undergo 4 tests during compulsory quarantine (professional swab sampling);

-Self-monitoring in the subsequent 7 days;

-Compulsory testing on the 16th day of arrival at HK (professional swab sampling at a
Community Testing Centre (CTC) or a recognised local medical testing institution); and

-Compulsory testing on the 19th day of arrival at HK (must be conducted at a CTC)

*Unvaccinated travelers from Group B specified places (Medium-risk):

-Undergo compulsory quarantine for 21 days in a designated quarantine hotel; and

-Undergo 6 tests during compulsory quarantine (professional swab sampling)

*Fully vaccinated travelers from Group C specified places (Low-risk):

-Undergo compulsory quarantine for 7 days in a designated quarantine hotel;

-Undergo 2 tests during compulsory quarantine (professional swab sampling);

-Self-monitoring in the subsequent 7 days; and

-Compulsory testing on the 9th, 12th, and 16th day of arrival at HK (professional swab sampling at a Community Testing Centre (CTC) or a recognised local medical testing institution); and

-Compulsory testing on the 19th day of arrival at HK (must be conducted at a CTC

*Unvaccinated travelers from from Group C specified places (Low-risk):

-Undergo compulsory quarantine for 14 days in a designated quarantine hotel;

-Undergo 4 tests during compulsory quarantine (professional swab sampling);

-Self-monitoring in the subsequent 7 days; and

-Compulsory testing on the 16th day of arrival at HK (professional swab sampling at a
Community Testing Centre (CTC) or a recognised local medical testing institution); and

-Compulsory testing on the 19th day of arrival at HK (must be conducted at a CTC)

All travelers must present confirmation of room reservation in a DQH. Please click here for more details https://bit.ly/3bL6ZrQ .

All inbound travellers are required to submit a health declaration form.

Travellers can submit the form online (https://www.chp.gov.hk/hdf/).

After submitting the online form (https://www.travelhealth.gov.hk/english/downloads/files/eHDF_poster_general.pdf ), the system will generate a QR code. Please save the result and show it to the border control point staff upon entering Hong Kong. The QR code is valid for 48 hours for arrival via Hong Kong International Airport (For arrival via land control points, the QR code is valid for 24 hours).

Currently, the paper health declaration form is not applicable to travellers arriving in Hong Kong via the Hong Kong International Airport, Passenger Clearance Building of Hong Kong-Zhuhai-Macao Bridge Hong Kong Port and Passenger Terminal Building of Shenzhen Bay Control Point. If travellers have problems with the online form (e.g.no applicable mobile device), they may seek assistance from staff of the Department of Health upon arrival in Hong Kong.

For detailed information upon arrival click here 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 December 8.

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.html
Data Source: covidcontrols.co