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Travel restrictions for passengers travelling to Hong Kong

Latest update: 30 May 2020 15:15 HKT (GMT+8)

Before you fly

In response to COVID-19, we have implemented a number of measures to safeguard the wellbeing of our passengers and crew. While the risk of transmission from one passenger to another onboard remains very low, we’re introducing additional requirements for added protection. Please visit our COVID-19 information centre to learn more.

Government travel restrictions

The Hong Kong SAR government has implemented the following travel restrictions for passengers arriving in and transiting through Hong Kong.

Entry restrictions
Effective from 25 March 2020 (00:00 HKT), only Hong Kong residents with following documents will be permitted to enter Hong Kong:

  • Hong Kong Permanent Identity Card
  • Hong Kong SAR passport or British National (Overseas) passport (with right of abode in Hong Kong)
  • Hong Kong Identity Card (this needs to be accompanied with a valid work or study visa)

Non-Hong Kong residents will be denied entry into Hong Kong.

Entry restriction exemptions
The following passengers are exempt from the entry restrictions:

  • Passengers travelling from Mainland China, Taiwan or Macao SAR, and have not been to other country/region in past 14 days
  • Diplomatic/official passport holders (subject to prevailing visa requirements)
  • The spouse and children of Hong Kong residents
  • Local government personnel performing official duties
  • Personnel approved by the Hong Kong SAR government to carry out anti-epidemic work
  • Passengers holding a new entry visa to work, study, establish or join in any business, or to take up residence in Hong Kong

Passengers falling into this exemption category must still meet the minimum 14 days intended/permitted limit of stay in order to meet the 14 days of compulsory quarantine requirements – otherwise entry will be refused

Transit requirements

From 1 June 2020, air transit services at Hong Kong International Airport will resume in phases. Passengers travelling with Cathay Pacific and Cathay Dragon will be able to transit Hong Kong if:

  • Their itinerary is contained in a single booking and
  • The connection time to their next Cathay Pacific or Cathay Dragon operated flight is within 8 hours.

Subject to both requirements being met, from 1 June 2020, transit connections will be available between Hong Kong and the destinations that we operate flights to.

Transit restrictions

In this first phase, transiting to and from destinations in mainland China is not available.

All sea-to-air ferry services (Greater Bay Area to Hong Kong) and air-to-sea ferry services (Hong Kong to Greater Bay Area) are also suspended.

New Flight bookings

Please note that we are currently updating our booking systems to reflect the new transit requirements, which will be made available as soon as possible. We apologise if you cannot book your desired itinerary immediately.

Additional entry requirements
A health declaration form must be completed and submitted to the Hong Kong Department of Health on arrival. Passengers can submit their details by filling out the online form prior to departure – upon completion, a QR code (valid for 48 hours) will be provided to present to officials on arrival.

All passengers arriving into Hong Kong will be required to undergo a medical test for COVID-19 upon completion of all health, immigration, customs and quarantine clearance requirements.

The test, which involves providing a saliva sample, will be conducted by medical professionals at the Department of Health Temporary Specimen Collection Centre at the Asia World Expo building. Passengers will receive directions and assistance when leaving the baggage claim area. Additionally, passengers will be required to wait for their test results.

Quarantine measures
The latest compulsory quarantine requirements for all passengers can be found on the Hong Kong SAR Government’s COVID-19 website