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Travel checklist

Flying to Hong Kong soon?

Latest update: 30 November 2021

 

From 2 December 2021 the Hong Kong SAR Government will classify Belgium as Group A, or "high-riskOpen a new window", under the revised 599H regulations.

If you are travelling from Belgium and your final destination is Hong Kong:
Only fully-vaccinated Hong Kong residents and accompanied children of Hong Kong residents
(who are under 12 and are not fully vaccinated), will be permitted to enter Hong Kong.

You will also be required to complete the Group A quarantine requirements, including 21 days quarantine in a designated hotel.

Children aged 12-17 with one dose of a recognised vaccine are deemed to be fully-vaccinated for this purpose.

 

Here's our step-by-step checklistOpen a new window on what you need to do to prepare for your trip.

 

Our colleagues welcoming you in Brussels 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 (Group A) > | Germany (Group A) > | France (Group A) >

 

 

Valid travel document

Valid travel document

The Hong Kong SAR Government has introduced strict entry requirements for passengers who are ending their journey in Hong Kong. 

For Hong Kong residents, you’ll be required to show your Hong Kong ID card, Hong Kong SAR passport, or Hong Kong document of identity. Non-residents will need to show a valid travel document such as their passport.

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

Cathay Pacific travel declaration form

Cathay Pacific travel declaration form

All passengers travelling to Hong Kong are required to fill out a travel history declaration form to be able to check-in on the day. 
 
This form must be printed, digital versions will not be accepted.

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 72 hours before the scheduled time of departure. You should also leave ample time to receive your results. We recommend getting your test done at least 24 hours prior to your flight.

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.

Laboratory accreditation document in English or Chinese

Laboratory accreditation document in English or Chinese

You'll need to present accompanying documentation that your testing facility is ISO15189 accredited or approved by relevant government authority.

You can ask your testing provider to help you obtain a copy of their accreditation. Alternatively, we recommend printing this list of recognised testing facilities as proof that your testing facility is noted as one by Belgian authorities.

The accreditation document must be provided in English or Chinese, or accompanied by an authorised cover letter if not.

Designated quarantine hotel reservation

Designated quarantine hotel reservation

You will need a hotel reservation of no less than 21 nights, starting on the day of arrival in one of the designated quarantine hotels.

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 Group A or B countriesOpen a new window (including Belgium and the Netherlands) and ending your journey in Hong Kong, you must have a COVID-19 nucleic acid test 72 hours before your scheduled departure time. 

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.

Dutch Health Declaration Form

All travelers aged 13 and older flying to and from the Netherlands are required to complete a health declaration and bring it with them in print or on your mobile. 

We advise you to bring two forms with you: one for your outbound flight and one for your return flight (fill in the second one on the day of your return flight).

 

 

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.