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Transiting through Hong Kong

Flights through Hong Kong International Airport 

Everything you need to know about connecting through HKIA, from check-in to arriving at your final destination.

Transfer and transit services at Hong Kong International Airport are available to all destinations. For more information, please click here.

We’re here to ensure your transit through Hong Kong goes as smoothly as possible.

  • You meet the latest entry requirements for your destination.
  • You have face masks to wear during your journey. Please note that masks with exhalation valves or vents are not permitted.
  • You don’t need to complete any health forms to transit through Hong Kong but ensure you complete those required by your final destination.

When you arrive at Hong Kong International Airport, follow the signs to the transfer point.

  • If you’re connecting to another Cathay Pacific flight, with your onward boarding pass in hand, simply proceed through security and head upstairs to the departures level.
  • A limited number of restaurants, stores and services remain open at the airport. See the full list hereOpen a new window.
  • Leave for your gate at least 60 minutes before your flight’s departure time.
  • You will need to temporarily remove your face mask at the boarding gate to use the e-boarding gates.

Travel tips

How to prepare for your flight and transit through Hong Kong

Arrive early

Check-in online on before coming to the airport.

Arrive 2-3 hours ahead of your flight as check-in is likely to be busy. We offer self service check-in and bag tag printing kiosks at many airports. Self bag drop is also available at selected airports. We strongly encourage all customers to use these services where available for a fast and hassle free airport experience.

Plan your luggage

Ensure your carry-on contains what you need for your journey, as you won't be able to access your baggage.

Rest assured

The airport is open 24/7, so if you miss your flight or are not able to enter Hong Kong, you will be able to stay at the airport until other arrangements are made.

Tips for your transit wait

Stay comfortable at Hong Kong International Airport

Bring layers

If you have a long wait between your flights, bring an extra layer to stay warm – or act as cushioning for your seat.

Bring snacks

A limited number of restaurants and shops at HKIA are open, though operating hours may be shortened. Bring snacks and a refillable water bottle. 

Bring extra face masks

All travellers are required to wear face masks at the airport and in the cabin. Bring extras.