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Hong Kong restrictions and quarantine

Before you travel, make sure you’ve checked the latest entry restrictions and quarantine requirements for arriving into, and transiting through, Hong Kong.

We've introduced additional passenger requirements for your added protection. Find out more.

Transiting through Hong Kong

General Transit requirements

Passengers will be able to transit through Hong Kong if:

  • Their itinerary is contained in the same air ticket or a single booking;
  • They meet the entry requirements of their final destination;
  • They have their baggage checked through to the onward destination;
  • They have been issued their onward boarding pass(es) from their origin; and
  • The connection time between flights is within 24 hours.

Transiting from the Chinese Mainland:

Passengers starting their journey from cities in the Chinese Mainland are able to transit through Hong Kong International Airport provided they meet the above requirements and the requirements of their final destination.

Transiting to destinations in the Chinese Mainland remains unavailable.

Hong Kong International Airport Skypier Sea-to-Air ferry service (Greater Bay Area to Hong Kong) are operating on a reduced schedule, but Air-to-Sea ferry services remain suspended.

When transiting from all overseas places and Taiwan China:

To be permitted to transit in Hong Kong, passengers starting their journey from all overseas places and Taiwan China are required to present:

  • A medical certificate indicating a negative COVID-19 test result.  The test must be taken within 48 hours of the scheduled departure time of the flight to Hong Kong
  • Separate documentary proof that the laboratory conducting the test is certified to conduct such tests
  • Specific documentation requirements exist.  Please see the “test reports” and “documentary proof” section below for details

Please note that this COVID-19 test is required even if the passenger’s final destination does not require a COVID-19 test.
 

Entering Hong Kong

Mandatory on- arrival COVID-19 testing 

  • All passengers arriving in Hong Kong will be required to undergo a medical test for COVID-19 prior to clearing immigration and baggage collection
  • The test, which involves providing both a combined nasal and throat swab sample and performing a Rapid Antigen Test, will be conducted by medical professionals at the Department of Health Temporary Specimen Collection Centre at the Terminal 1 Midfield Concourse. Passengers will receive directions and assistance after disembarking the aircraft. Passengers arriving from any overseas places or Taiwan China allowed to leave the airport for their quarantine location, after obtaining a negative result of the Rapid Antigen Test. For passengers arriving from the Chinese Mainland, they will be required to wait for the result of the combined nasal and throat swab PCR nucleic acid test before being allowed to leave the airport for their quarantine location. Visit Arrival in Hong Kong for more information

Immigration and quarantine requirements

Entry restrictions

Fully vaccinated Hong Kong and non Hong-Kong residents are permitted to enter Hong Kong.

Passengers travelling from or who have visited Taiwan China in the past 14 days, may enter Hong Kong. Quarantine requirements differ based on vaccination status (see below).

All passengers (Hong Kong residents and non-Hong Kong residents, regardless of vaccination status) travelling from the Chinese Mainland or Macao (see below) who have not been to any other country/region in the past 14 days, are allowed to enter Hong Kong.   

Quarantine measures

The latest compulsory quarantine requirements can be found on the Hong Kong SAR government’s COVID-19 website.

Quarantine exemptions

For Hong Kong residents who have reserved a Return2HK quota, they will be exempted from the 7/14-day compulsory quarantine requirement when returning to Hong Kong from the Chinese Mainland and Macao, provided they hold the following documents:

  • A valid Hong Kong Identity Card or other identification document(s) indicating proof of Hong Kong residence
  • The confirmation of a successful booking of Return2HK scheme (i.e. an electronic copy or a printout of the booking confirmation page)
  • The original copy of a proof of negative COVID-19 polymerase chain reaction-based nucleic acid test result (the sample must be taken within three days before the scheduled date of arrival in Hong Kong), together with the screenshot to prove that the testing organisation concerned is a recognised one and included in the list on the WeChat Mini Program (微信小程序「國務院客戶端」) on nucleic acid testing organisation enquiry (「核酸檢測機構查詢」) function
  • The green QR code of Return2HK that has been obtained after completing and submitting the electronic health declaration form of the Hong Kong Department of Health

More information can be found on the Hong Kong SAR government website.

 

Pre-departure requirements for entering Hong Kong

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Travelling from the Chinese Mainland:

Passengers travelling from anywhere in the Chinese Mainland (with the exception of the Guangdong province) are required to present a negative result PCR test for COVID-19, the sample for which must have been taken within three days of the scheduled day of arrival at Hong Kong, and have a separate document (in English or Chinese) or with a screenshot to prove that the test result was issued by a testing organisation recognised by the National Health Commission of the People’s Republic of China that is included in the list on the WeChat Mini Program or nucleic acid testing organisation enquiry function. 

Travelling from all overseas places:

Fully vaccinated passengers and passengers exempt from vaccination requirements who have stayed or transited through any overseas place in the past 14 days are permitted to enter Hong Kong provided they can present:

a)    A test report* issued by a laboratory or healthcare institution that contains the passenger’s name to show that:

  • They have undertaken a Polymerase Chain Reaction (PCR) based nucleic acid test for COVID-19
  • The sample for the PCR test was taken within 48 hours of the scheduled time of departure of the flight to Hong Kong 
  • The result of the PCR test for COVID-19 was negative

and

b)    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 of the government of the place in which the laboratory or healthcare institution is located. This can be in the form of a copy of ‘Certificate of Accreditation’, ‘Certificate of Compliance’, or information printed out from an official government website. Please note that documentary proof is required even if the test report from the laboratory or healthcare institution contains an ISO accreditation reference.

and

c)    Confirmation of a room reservation at a designated quarantine hotel for the required number of nights:         

  • Passengers intending to participate in the HKSAR government’s early discharge program:  7 nights (starting from the day of arrival in Hong Hong)
  • Passengers intending to complete the full quarantine period at a designated quarantine hotel:  14 nights (starting from the day of arrival in Hong Hong)

Note: foreign domestic helpers can book at either a specially designated quarantine hotel or any general designated quarantine hotel.

d)    For the list of recognized COVID-19 vaccines, please visit here. Vaccinations record issued by a relevant authority or recognised institution of certain places, must be in the prescribed format (refer to the list of places of issuance of recognised vaccination records for the samples of their respective vaccination record) 

Note:

  • Passengers aged 12 to 17 who hold a recognised vaccination record of only one dose of Comirnaty vaccine (administered at least 14 days ago), are allowed to enter Hong Kong if they fulfil the requirements above
  • Accompanied children of Hong Kong residents who are below the age of 12, if not vaccinated, may still enter Hong Kong if the accompanying person (aged 12 or above) fulfils the above requirements ‘fully vaccinated’ If children under the age of 12 are unvaccinated and travelling unaccompanied, they will not be permitted to enter Hong Kong. Please note that infants and children of all ages require a negative Polymerase Chain Reaction (PCR) test report to enter Hong Kong 
  • Hong Kong residents who hold a recognised vaccination record of only one dose of recognised COVID-19 vaccine, are exceptionally allowed to enter Hong Kong, if they are holding a certificate by a medical practitioner that they are unfit to receive the second dose of COVID-19 vaccine due to health reason after receiving the first dose of vaccine, and fulfil the requirements above

For more information, please visit the official vaccination record requirements

Travelling from Taiwan China:

All passengers who have stayed in Taiwan China in the past 14 days may enter Hong Kong provided they can present:

a)    A test report* issued by a laboratory or healthcare institution that contains the passenger’s name to show that:

  • They have undertaken a Polymerase Chain Reaction (PCR) based nucleic acid test for COVID-19
  • The sample for the PCR test was taken within 48 hours of the scheduled time of departure of the flight to Hong Kong; and
  • The result of the PCR test for COVID-19 was negative
  • 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 of the government of the place in which the laboratory or healthcare institution is located. This can be in the form of a copy of ‘Certificate of Accreditation’, ‘Certificate of Compliance’, or information printed out from an official government website. Please note that documentary proof is required even if the test report from the laboratory or healthcare institution contains an ISO accreditation reference

b)    Confirmation of a room reservation at a designated quarantine hotel for the required number of nights:

  • Fully vaccinated passengers intending to participate in the HKSAR government’s early discharge program:  7 nights (starting from the day of arrival in Hong Kong)
  • Fully vaccinated passengers intending to complete the full quarantine period at a designated quarantine hotel:  14 nights (starting from the day of arrival in Hong Hong)
  • Passengers not fully vaccinated:  14 nights (starting from the day of arrival in Hong Kong)

c)    Vaccination proof must be a recognised vaccination record issued by Hong Kong or relevant authorities or recognised institutions of the places where the vaccine was administered. (For the list of recognised COVID-19 vaccines, please visit here)

Note: unaccompanied children who are below the age of 12, if not vaccinated, may still enter Hong Kong – however will be subject to 14 nights quarantine in a Designated Quarantine Hotel. Please note that infants and children of all ages require a negative Polymerase Chain Reaction (PCR) test report to enter Hong Kong.

Important information on documentation requirements

Test reports

All test reports must be written in either English or Chinese and can be presented in paper or electronic format.

If the test report above is not in English or Chinese or does not contain all the required information, it is acceptable to present a written confirmation, in English or Chinese, issued by the laboratory or healthcare institution that contains the following information:

  • The name of the passenger; 
  • They underwent a Polymerase Chain Reaction (PCR) based nucleic acid test for COVID-19, 
  • The sample for the PCR test was taken within 48 hours of the scheduled time of departure of the flight to Hong Kong; and
  • The result of the PCR test for COVID-19 was negative

This written confirmation must be presented with the test report.

For passengers travelling from Canada

  • A test report issued via the Ontario Health System does not meet the Hong Kong entry requirements and will not be accepted

For passengers travelling from the United Kingdom

  • The NHS (National Health Service) test report does not meet the Hong Kong entry requirements and will not be accepted

Documentary proof

Separate documentary proof (in English or Chinese) is required by all passengers entering Hong Kong or transiting from any overseas places or Taiwan China to show that the laboratory or healthcare institution where their test was performed is ISO 15189 accredited or is recognised or approved by the relevant authority of the government of the place in which the laboratory or healthcare institution is located.

This can be in the form of a copy of ‘Certificate of Accreditation’, ‘Certificate of Compliance’, or information printed out from an official government website.
Passengers may find the following websites of assistance:

  1. British Columbia, Alberta, Manitoba, Saskatchewan:  The College of Physicians and Surgeons  
  2. Ontario: Ontario Medical Association
  3. Quebec:  Bureau de normalisation du Quebec
  4. New Brunswick and Nova Scotia:  Accreditation Canada
  5. Prince Edward Island:   Health PEI
  6. Newfoundland:  Institute for Quality Management in Healthcare (IQMH)

Vaccination requirements

To be considered fully vaccinated, passengers must have received the full vaccine (as stipulated in the guidelines of a COVID-19 vaccination course) 14 days prior to the flight’s scheduled time of departure to Hong Kong. The 14 days are counted from the day after receiving the last dose of the recommended course. For example, if the last dose was administered on 1 May, the 14th day would be on 15 May.  This means a fully vaccinated passenger would be eligible to travel on any flight with a departure date of 15 May or later.

Note: Passengers aged 12 to 17 who hold a recognised vaccination record of only one dose of Comirnaty vaccine (administered at least 14 days ago) are also considered as fully vaccinated

For the list of recognised COVID-19 vaccines, please visit here.

Passengers must present a “recognised” vaccination record that:

  • is written in English or Chinese
  • bears the passenger’s name
  • states that they have received the required dose(s) of a COVID-19 vaccine
  • states the date(s) on which the last dose was administered
  • states the name of the vaccine administered

This can be presented in paper or an electronic format.

If a vaccination record is not written in English or Chinese:

  • Passengers travelling from overseas places can also provide a written confirmation / letter in English or Chinese, issued by Hong Kong, or an authority or recognized institution of a place on the “list of places of issuance of recognised vaccination records”. This document must contain all of the above information and be presented with the official vaccination record
  • Passengers travelling from Taiwan China can also provide a written confirmation/letter in English or Chinese, issued by relevant authorities or recognised institutions of the places where the vaccine was administered.  This document must contain all of the above information and be presented with the official vaccination record

For more details, please refer to the official vaccination record requirements.

At the Airport

To meet these requirements, all passengers will be asked the following upon check-in:

  • To complete and sign a declaration regarding your travel history over the past 14 days. We will ask if you have visited or transited through any overseas places, the Chinese Mainland, Taiwan China or Macao SAR.  If you answer yes, you will be required to show us the documentation mentioned above
  • To demonstrate to us that you have completed the Hong Kong Department of Health online health declaration form by showing us the resulting QR code. This can be in a printed or digital format.

Passengers who are unable to meet these requirements will not be accepted for travel.