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Travel checklist

Flying to Hong Kong soon?

Latest update: 8 August 2022

 

From 12 August, passengers travelling to Hong Kong will only need to complete three nights in a Designated Quarantine Hotel (DQH), followed by four days of medical self-monitoring at home or in a normal hotel.

 

Here's our step-by-step checklist on what you need to do to prepare for your trip.

 

Our colleagues welcoming you at the airport will check the following documents. They will also be checked multiple times by quarantine officials on arrival in Hong Kong. Therefore, we strongly recommend you to have printed copies ready for your convenience.

The guide on this page is for departures from Belgium to Hong Kong. 
If travelling via elsewhere in Europe you must comply with the rules set out by that respective country.

View the rules if if flying from the Netherlands > | Germany > | France >

 

 

Valid travel document

Valid travel document

For Hong Kong residents, your Hong Kong ID card or Hong Kong SAR passport. Non-residents will need to show their passport.

Check restrictions for passengers travelling to Hong Kong and the immigration and quarantine requirements section on the same page.

Fly Ready confirmation

Fly Ready confirmation

Fly Ready confirmation, or a printed & completed Cathay Pacific travel declaration form.

Negative COVID-19 PCR test in English or Chinese

Negative COVID-19 PCR test in English or Chinese

The name on your test report MUST be exactly as it appears on your passport and travel documents. The Hong Kong Government will not accept any name spelling deviation, nor with any parts of the name missing. 

The sample must be taken within 48 hours before the scheduled time of departure. You should also leave ample time to receive your results.

The test report must be provided in English or Chinese, or accompanied by a completed cover letter in English if this is not possible.

Please note, only a polymerase chain reaction (PCR)-based nucleic acid test will be accepted.

See our recommended testing centres.

Designated quarantine hotel reservation

Designated quarantine hotel reservation

You will need a hotel reservation of no less than three nights, starting from the day of arrival in one of the designated quarantine hotels.

Please ensure your full name is printed on the hotel confirmation, including all guests’ names in shared room.

Proof of vaccination status in English or Chinese (if applicable)

Proof of vaccination status in English or Chinese (if applicable)

For passengers vaccinated in Belgium or the Netherlands, your vaccination certificate will need to show: 

- Full names according to your travel document
- Type, dose and date of 1st and 2nd vaccination
- Name of the medical institute that gave the vaccination.

If you were vaccinated in Hong Kong, your printed vaccination certificate, eHealth record or your vaccination pass stored in your electronic wallet will need to be shown.  

Your vaccination proof must show all parts of your full name as per your travel document, and be in English or Chinese. If it doesn’t meet these requirements, you'll need to provide an accompanying cover letter signed by a doctor. 

Please note, it must have been at least 14 days since you were given your final vaccine to be considered “fully vaccinated”.

The EU Digital COVID Certificate does not comply with requirements set out by the Hong Kong government and is not recognised as proof of vaccination. Please make sure to bring your original vaccination certificate with you to the airport.

Pre-departure COVID-19 test

If you are flying from, or transiting through Belgium and ending your journey in Hong Kong, you must have a negative COVID-19 PCR test 48 hours before your scheduled departure time. This must show your full name in English as printed in your passport and include your passport number.

Only a polymerase chain reaction (PCR)-based nucleic acid test will be accepted as a pre-departure testing requirement. 

Read more about your testing options and the required documents you need before flying.

Hotel quarantine upon arrival

A hotel room reservation for the required amount of time based on your vaccination and residential status is required at one of the designated quarantine hotelsOpen a new window.

We understand there may be some uncertainty about where to stay and what you can expect from your quarantine, so we've put together a useful guide to help you make the most out of your time.

See our hand-picked hotel deals for quarantineOpen a new window.
 

Documentation & further FAQs

COVID-19 rules continue to change, often at short notice, so it’s important to be well informed. Please visit our Hong Kong entry requirements page for more information about required documents.

All passengers travelling to Hong Kong are required to fill out a travel declaration formOpen a new window to be able to check-in on the day. 

We've also collated your most frequently asked questions to ensure you have all the information you need before flying.

 

 

Returning to Hong Kong - FAQs

You must book your COVID-19 nucleic acid test with a testing facility that meets the entry requirements for Hong Kong.

For Belgium, the list of recognized testing facilities is available by clicking here.

For the Netherlands, the list of recognized test facilities in the Netherlands can be found on this  website of the National Institute for Public Health and the Environment (RIVM), under section 8.2.

If you're travelling from Belgium, we strongly recommend to print a copy of the Verbal Note that was sent to the Government of the HKSAR, as well as the list of testing facilities, and present these printouts together with the test result at the airports in Belgium and in Hong Kong. Click here to download and print the verbal note.

If you're travelling from the Netherlands, as documentary evidence, we advise you to print out the following  document and bring it with you, in which the Dutch consulate-general in Hong Kong informs the authorities in Hong Kong about the RIVM approved test centers in the Netherlands.

No, your name on the test report must be exactly the same as the travel document you are using to travel (e.g. your passport or Hong Kong ID card), even when the passport number on the report matches with the passport.

For example, if your passport or Hong Kong Identity Card shows “SMITH TAI MAN CHRIS”, the identical name of “SMITH TAI MAN CHRIS” must be printed on said test report, regardless of whether the passport number on the test report matches with your travel document or not.

You will not be allowed to travel if these do not match exactly.

The following types of test are acceptable (extracted from the Hong Kong Government website):

The following are common acceptable terms for "nucleic acid test":

·       "Polymerase chain reaction" ("PCR"),

·       "reverse-transcription polymerase chain reaction" ("RT-PCR"),

·       "real time RT-PCR",

·       "real-time PCR",

·       "qRT-PCR", "RT-qPCR",

Apart from "COVID-19", "SARS-CoV-2" is also an acceptable term for the virus in relation to tests.

LFD tests, Antigen tests or LAMP tests are NOT accepted.

Only a polymerase chain reaction (PCR)-based nucleic acid test will be accepted as a pre-departure testing requirement. 

No, when taking a COVID-19 test through CoZo you will not receive the correct and / or complete documentation requested by the Hong Kong government.

The Hong Kong Government has clearly stated in the regulations that separate "documentary proof in English or Chinese to show that the laboratory or healthcare institution is ISO 15189 accredited or is recognised or approved by the relevant authority" is required.

Separate laboratory accreditation is imperative and we cannot accept any passenger who cannot provide this separate certificate of accreditation.

No they are not.

The Hong Kong Government requires all living human beings to be tested prior to their flight regardless of age.

You can present your documents on your phone if you wish. However, we strongly recommend you to print out your test report and separate accreditation document for check-in and inspection upon your arrival in Hong Kong. This will speed up the whole process and ensure smooth handling at various checkpoints. 

If you choose to present these items on your phone, we recommend that you have a back-up way to access them in case your device runs out of battery or in case of technical issues.

However, you must also print the Cathay Pacific Passenger Travel Declaration.

The EU Digital COVID Certificate does not comply with requirements set out by the Hong Kong government and is not recognised as proof of vaccination. Please make sure to bring your original vaccination certificate with you to the airport.

 

If you've had one dose of a vaccine recognised by the Hong Kong Government, and previously been diagnosed positive and fully recovered from Covid-19, you should be able to enter Hong Kong.

While the documents required have not been specified, in general you will need to present a doctor’s letter or hospital discharge report in English confirming the date of your positive Covid-19 diagnosis. The name on this document must match that of your travel document identically.

You will also need to provide proof of vaccination and 14 days must have passed since you've received a vaccination dose.

Please note you must present your vaccination proof in English showing all parts of your full name as per your travel document, name of vaccine and date of administration.

For the most up-to-date information, you should always check the Hong Kong Government 599H website and FAQs - Boarding Requirements.

The health authority of the country/countries where you received your doses must officially recommend mixing of vaccines, and stipulated in the relevant guidelines for you to be counted as fully vaccinated.

It must have been 14 days since your last dose, and the vaccines must be recognised by the Hong Kong Government.

Your vaccination proof must be in English showing all parts of your full name as per your travel document, name of vaccines and date of administration. You should also carry proof issued by the relevant health authority which shows that they have officially recommended the mixing of vaccines.

For the most up-to-date information, you should always check the Hong Kong Government 599H website and FAQs - Boarding Requirements.