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

This page was last updated on 07 May, 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 03.05.2021
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 21 days have only been in Australia, the Mainland of China, Chinese Taipei, Macao SAR, China, New Zealand or Singapore;
– 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, Ireland (Rep.), Nepal, Pakistan, Philippines, 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 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 .
– This does not apply to passengers who in the past 21 days have only been in Australia, Mainland of China, Chinese Taipei and Macao SAR, China, New Zealand or Singapore.
6. Passengers who in the past 21 days have only been in Australia, New Zealand or Singapore 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 .
7. Passengers who have been in or transited through Bangladesh, Belgium, Brazil, Canada, Ecuador, Egypt, Ethiopia, France, Germany, India, Indonesia, Ireland (Rep.), Kazakhstan, Nepal, Pakistan, Philippines, Romania, Russian Fed., South Africa, Switzerland, Turkey, Ukraine, United Arab Emirates, United Kingdom or USA 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 approved by the local government; and
– a hotel reservation confirmation for a minimum of 21 nights.
All documents must be in Chinese or English.
8. Passengers and airline crew must present a completed Health Declaration Form to the Department of Health.
9. 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 .
10. Airline crew must have a negative COVID-19 nucleic acid test result issued at most 48 hours before departure.
11. Airline crew are subject to medical screening upon arrival and self-isolation in a hotel.
12. Airline crew who have been in or transited through Brazil, India, Ireland (Rep.), Nepal, Pakistan, Philippines, South Africa or United Kingdom in the past 21 days are subject to quarantine for 21 days.
13. 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.
14. Airline crew are subject to a 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.

Residents coming from high-risk countries like the UK will be required to quarantine for 21 days. Vaccinated inbound travellers, including non-residents from low-risk countries like Australia, New Zealand, and Singapore will only be required a 14-day quarantine in designated hotels with additional seven-day home quarantine. Travel bubble with designated countries are also on the table. The government is currently talking to various countries including Singapore, Japan, South Korea for future ‘air travel bubble’ arrangements.

For updates on travel restrictions, please visit this link https://bit.ly/2Pl3HnS

Hong Kong and Singapore’s two-way travel bubble is postponed, but talks about the arrangements are back on the table and other countries including Japan and South Korea might soon be included in the ‘air travel bubble’ arrangements. Once launched, air travel bubbles would allow a quarantine-free air route between the designated countries.

To learn more about the initial agreed travel bubble regulations with Singapore, visit this guide https://bit.ly/3meBVFB

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 https://bit.ly/3wodDNN

The government announced on April 18 that Hong Kong is banning flights from India, Pakistan, and the Philippines for 14 days starting on Tuesday, April 20.
 

Lockdown Details

The government announced the easing of rules for vaccinated residents to officially start on April 29. Those who have received doses of the coronavirus vaccine will allow more room for socialisation under the first phase of the ‘vaccine bubble’. Starting April 29, restaurants with vaccinated staff who have already received their first dose of the jab will be allowed to operate until midnight and seat up to six customers per table. Thereafter, when staff have received their second vaccination, restaurants can set up a specific area for customers who have taken their first vaccine dose, seat eight guests per table, operate at 75 percent capacity, and resume dining services until 2am. Booking for banquets will also be increased to 100 people. The use of the LeaveHomeSafe app will continue on all premises.

Bars, nightclubs, public bathhouses, karaoke, party rooms, mahjong parlours will finally be allowed to open as long as staff have received the first dose of the vaccine and only welcome customers who have already gotten their first vaccine dose too. This rule will eventually relax once all staff and customers have received the complete vaccination. Local tours of not more than 30 people can also resume if the relevant staff have received their first vaccine dose.
 

Sources

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