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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

Transit requirements

Passengers will be able to transit through Hong Kong if:

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

Transit restrictions

  • Passengers starting their journey in the Chinese Mainland are able to transit Hong Kong International Airport provided they meet the above requirements
  • 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) will gradually resume from 28 October 2020, but Air-to-Sea ferry service will remain suspended

 

Entering Hong Kong

Mandatory on- arrival COVID-19 testing 

  • All passengers arriving into 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 a combined nasal and throat swab sample, will be conducted by medical professionals at the Department of Health Temporary Specimen Collection Centre at T1 Midfield Concourse. Passengers will receive directions and assistance after disembarking the aircraft.   All passengers will be required to wait for their test results.  Visit Arrival in Hong Kong for more information

Immigration and quarantine requirements

Entry restrictions

Passengers travelling from or who have visited a Group A country (see below) in the past 21 days, may only enter Hong Kong if they are either a fully vaccinated Hong Kong resident or a fully vaccinated Foreign Domestic Helpers with a valid employment visa and hold one of the following travel documents:

  • Hong Kong Permanent Identity Card or Hong Kong Identity Card that:
  • bears the “asterisk” or “A” or “R” codes
  • bears the “C” code (provided that it is accompanied by a valid work visa or study visa)
  • bears the “U” code (Note: this type of HKID is subject to approval from Hong Kong Immigration prior to acceptance at check-in)
  • Hong Kong SAR passport 
  • Hong Kong Document of Identity
  • Non-Hong Kong residents will be denied entry into Hong Kong

Passengers travelling from or who have visited a Group B country (see below) in the past 14 days, may enter Hong Kong if they are a Hong Kong resident or a fully vaccinated non-Hong Kong residents.

All passengers (Hong Kong residents and non-Hong Kong residents, regardless of vaccination status) travelling from a Group C country, 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.  

Entry restriction exemptions

The following passengers are exempt from the entry restrictions, provided they meet all other required criteria listed as below: 

  • 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

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 14-day compulsory quarantine requirement when returning to Hong Kong from the Chinese Mainland and Macao, provided they hold the following documents:

  1.  A valid Hong Kong Identity Card or other identification document(s) indicating proof of Hong Kong residence
  2.  The confirmation of a successful booking of Return2HK scheme (i.e. an electronic copy or a printout of the booking confirmation page)
  3.  The original copy of a proof of negative COVID-19 polymerase chain reaction-based nucleic acid test result (the sample must be taken within 3 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
  4. 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

  • 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 3days 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. 
  • For all other arrivals, the HKSAR Government has a three tier classification system that governs the pre-departure and documentation requirements for entering Hong Kong

1.       Group A – High risk places  

Passengers who have stayed in or transited through Angola, Bangladesh, Botswana, Brazil, Cambodia, Ethiopia, Eswatini, France, Greece, India, Indonesia, Iran, Ireland, Lesotho, Malawi, Malaysia, Mozambique, Namibia, Nepal, The Netherlands, Nigeria, Pakistan, The Philippines, Russia, South Africa, Spain, Sri Lanka, Switzerland, Tanzania, Thailand, Turkey, the United Arab Emirates, United Kingdom, the United States, Zambia or Zimbabwe in the past 21 days.

Note: From 2 December 2021: Australia, Austria, Belgium, Canada, Czech Republic, Denmark, Germany, Israel and Italy will be classified as Group A – high risk places.
From 3 December 2021: Japan, Portugal and Sweden will be classified as Group A – high risk places.

  • Fully vaccinated Hong Kong residents and fully vaccinated foreign domestic helpers who have stayed or transited through these countries are permitted to enter Hong Kong provided they can present:
  • 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 72 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.
  • Confirmation of room reservation at a designated quarantine hotel for 21 nights starting on the day of arrival in Hong Kong (for foreign domestic helpers – a confirmation of room reservation at a specially designated quarantine hotel for not less than 21 nights, the hotel list link here)
  • Passengers with travel history in the last 21 days to Angola, Botswana, Ethiopia, Eswatini, Lesotho, Malawi, Mozambique, Namibia, Nigeria, Zambia or Zimbabwe will be required to complete the first 7 nights quarantine at the HKSAR government facility at Penny Bay before proceeding to their designated quarantine hotel for the remaining 14 nights 
  • For the list of recognized COVID-19 vaccines, please visit here)
  • Note: vaccination record issued by a relevant authority or recognised institution of Bangladesh, Brazil, Chile, Guernsey, India, Indonesia, Iran, Jersey, Korea, Malaysia, Nepal, New Zealand, Pakistan, the Philippines, Russia, Sri Lanka, South Africa, Singapore, Thailand, United Arab Emirates and some British Overseas Territories (including Anguilla, Cayman Islands, Falkland Islands, Gibraltar and Montserrat, as well as Saint Helena, Ascension and Tristan da Cunha), 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:

  • Hong Kong residents aged 12 to 17 who hold a recognized vaccination record of only one dose of Comirnaty vaccine (administered at least 14 days ago), are allowed to enter Hong Kong if fulfill 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 all the accompanying adults fulfil the above requirements above. 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 recognized vaccination record of only one dose of recognised COVID-19 vaccine, they 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
  • Non-Hong Kong residents who have stayed in or transited through these countries, are not eligible to enter Hong Kong

For more information, please visit the official vaccination record requirements

2.       Group B – Medium risk places

Passengers who have stayed in or transited through any places which are not in Group A, Group C, Chinese Mainland or Macao SAR.

  • All Hong Kong residents and fully vaccinated non-Hong Kong residents who have stayed in or transited through these countries in the past 14 days may enter Hong Kong provided they can present
  • 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 72 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
  • Confirmation of room reservation at a designated quarantine hotel for the relevant quarantine period starting on the day of arrival in Hong Kong. The relevant quarantine periods are:
  • 21 nights if not fully vaccinated
  • 14 nights if fully vaccinated (see below for vaccination proof)
  • 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: accompanied children of Hong Kong residents who are below the age of 12, if not vaccinated, may still enter Hong Kong if all the accompanying adults fulfil the above requirements above. Please note that infants and children of all ages require a negative Polymerase Chain Reaction (PCR) test report to enter Hong Kong

3.       Group C – Low risk places

Passengers who have stayed in or transited any country named by the HKSAR government as low risk in the past 14 days. Currently there are no countries in this Group.

  • Hong Kong residents and non-Hong Kong residents who have visited places under this category in the past 14 days, are able to enter Hong Kong provided they can present:
  • 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 72 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 separate documentary proof is required even if the test report from the laboratory or healthcare institution contains an ISO accreditation reference.
  • Confirmation of room reservation at a designated quarantine hotel for the relevant quarantine period starting on the day of arrival in Hong Kong. The relevant quarantine periods are:
  • 14 nights if not fully vaccinated
  • 7 nights if fully vaccinated (see below for vaccination proof)
  • 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)

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 72 hours before 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 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:

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 for the reduced quarantine period on any flight with a departure date of 15 May or later.

Note: 

  • Hong Kong residents 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 Group A countries 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 Group B and C countries 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 new requirements, all passengers will be asked the following upon check-in:

  • That you have not been in Angola, Bangladesh, Botswana, Brazil, Cambodia, Ethiopia, Eswatini, France, Greece, India, Indonesia, Iran, Ireland, Lesotho, Malawi, Malaysia, Mozambique, Namibia, Nepal, The Netherlands, Nigeria, Pakistan, The Philippines, Russia, South Africa, Spain, Sri Lanka, Switzerland, Tanzania, Thailand, Turkey, the United Arab Emirates, United Kingdom, the United States, Zambia or Zimbabwe in the past 21 daysin the past 21 days
  • To complete and sign a declaration regarding your travel history over the past 21 days. We will ask if you have visited or transited through any of the countries listed in Groups A, B or C.  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.

Diplomatic passport holders

All diplomatic passport holders who have visited any places other than the Chinese Mainland Guangdong Province or Macao during the 21 days prior to arriving in Hong Kong, are required to meet the following requirements.

1. COVID-19 test certificate

Provide a medical certificate indicating a negative result of COVID-19 nucleic acid test issued by an ISO15189 accredited laboratory or a laboratory recognised by the government where the laboratory is located with the specimen collected within 48 hours prior to the scheduled flight departure to Hong Kong.

2. Post-arrival test

Must take a COVID-19 test upon arrival at Hong Kong International Airport

3. Quarantine requirements

Consular and diplomatic officers carrying out governmental duties (except for consuls general or representatives in Hong Kong at equivalent/higher level) who have stayed in overseas places during the 21 days prior to arrival in Hong Kong are subject to self-isolation at a Designated Quarantine Hotel (DQHs). Home isolation is not allowed.  Further details can be found on the Hong Kong Government website