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Flying to Hong Kong: what you need to prepare

Latest update: 08 Jun 2021 15:00 GMT

Before you fly you must have a COVID-19 nucleic acid test 

If you are flying from, or transiting through the UK and ending your journey in Hong Kong, you must have a COVID-19 nucleic acid test before you fly. Find out more about your testing options and the required documents before you fly.

Required documents

  • Effective 8 Mar 2021, you must complete a declaration form for international travel to declare the reason that you need to travel abroad. Please refer to the UK government guidanceOpen a new window for more details.
  • If you are travelling from the UK to Hong Kong, you must have a negative COVID-19 nucleic acid test report within 72 hours of your flight and received a negative result prior to departure. If you don't have the correct test you will not be permitted to travel.
  • You will also need to provide accreditation documentsOpen a new window to the border authorities, including Certification of Accreditation or Certificate of Compliance that the laboratory is approved in the UK.
  • A confirmation of a hotel room reservation in Hong Kong for no less than 21 nights starting on the day of your arrival to Hong Kong. Read more for our hand-picked Hong Kong hotels. Open a new window

Getting Tested

Flying from London or Manchester? To help you get prepared, you can book your COVID-19 nucleic acid test with the following centres that meet the entry requirements for Hong Kong. 

Select LondonManchester or Newcastle from the drop down below to view the test centre options for your location.

  • A new, dedicated facility at the airport, offering rapid pre-departure COVID-19 nucleic acid tests.
  • Lab test report and certificate delivered on site or through electronic means.
  • Appointment must be made before proceeding to the airport.

Receive 20% off your test, simply enter discount code 'CATHAY20' when booking your test.



Get tested with the UK's most trusted COVID-19 testing clinics, with more 5-star reviews than any other provider.

  • Government recognised provider (UKAS) of all COVID-19 tests (including nucleic acid tests).  
  • Certificates valid to enter all destinations.
  • More 5-star reviews than any other COVID-19 test provider.
  • Over 99% of customers get their results on time.
  • Same day testing and results.
  • Clinic and home tests available.
  • 24/7 dedicated UK based customer support.
  • Secure, verifiable results sent by email in digital, PDF and Apple/Android wallet formats.
  • Centres in London: Hammersmith, Victoria, Fulham, Euston, Shoreditch, as well as Manchester, Newcastle and Watford with up to 1,000 appointments available per day, including Sundays.

Receive 10% off your test, simply enter discount code 'CATHAYPACIFIC' when booking your test.



Choose to complete your COVID-19 nucleic acid test either in-clinic or at home through a home sample collection postal service.

  • Results available 12-24 hours after receipt of sample for both services.
  • In addition to the postal service, there are three test centre locations available in London, Liverpool and Belfast.
  • Pre-departure and returning visitor quarantine test services available.

Travelling from England to a country on the Green or Amber travel list?

  • Use code 'CATHAYGREEN' to receive the Green package for £120
  • Use code 'CATHAYAMBER' to receive the Amber Package for £180

Alternatively, receive the pre-departure home sample test for £60 with code 'CATHAY60' or the Day 2 & Day 8 tests for £60 each (£120 total) with code 'CATHAYD2D8'




Your wellbeing on board

We understand your concerns, and have introduced enhanced measures across every stage of the journey – from check-in to the cabin – so you can take off with confidence.


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