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Hong Kong restrictions and quarantine

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.

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

If travelling from a Group A country (see below), only residents with the following documents will be permitted to enter Hong Kong:

  • 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

Entry restriction exemptions

The following passengers are exempt from the entry restrictions:

  • Passengers travelling from the Chinese Mainland or Macao, and have not been to any other country/region in the past 21 days*
  • Passengers travelling from any of the ‘Group B or C countries (see below) who have not been to any other country in the past 21 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 possess a travel document that would allow them to stay in Hong Kong for a minimum of 14 days, or 7 days (if passenger has been fully vaccinated) in order to meet the compulsory quarantine requirements.  Otherwise entry will be refused..

Quarantine measures

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

Quarantine exemptions

Hong Kong residents (aged 18 or above) who have not stayed in places other than Hong Kong, the Chinese Mainland or Macao in the past 14 days, may use the online booking system to apply for the Return2HK Scheme. Please note that there is a quota of 1,000 people per day.

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, 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

With effect from 09 August, 2021, the HKSAR Government will have 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 Brazil, India, Indonesia, Nepal, Pakistan, The Philippines, South Africa or United Kingdom for less than two hours in the past 21 days

  • Hong Kong residents who have stayed or transited through these countries are permitted to enter Hong provided they can present:
    • A test report* issued by a laboratory or healthcare institution that contains the passenger’s name identical to that in his/her valid travel document 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;
    • A recognised vaccination record (i.e. a vaccination record issued by a healthcare institution or a relevant authority of the Government of Hong Kong, the Chinese mainland, or a country where its national regulatory authority is designated by the World Health Organization as a stringent regulatory authority)
    • 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
  • Non-Hong Kong residents who have stayed in or transited through these countries for more than two hours in the past 21 days, are not eligible to enter Hong Kong

2.       Group B – Medium risk places

Passengers who have stayed in or transited through any country outside of China, or a Group A (High risk) or Group C (low risk) country.

  • Both Hong Kong residents and 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 identical to that in his/her valid travel document 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)
    • 7 nights if fully vaccinated and have a positive serology antibody test result conducted by a laboratory recognised by the HKSAR Government
  • Vaccination proof must be a recognised vaccination record (i.e. a vaccination record issued by a healthcare institution or a relevant authority of the Government of Hong Kong, the Chinese mainland, or a country where its national regulatory authority is designated by the World Health Organization as a stringent regulatory authority)
  • 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.

3.       Group C – Low risk places

Passengers who have stayed in or transited Australia and/or New Zealand in the past 14 days

  • 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 identical to that in his/her valid travel document 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 (i.e. a vaccination record issued by a healthcare institution or a relevant authority of the Government of Hong Kong, the Chinese mainland, or a country where its national regulatory authority is designated by the World Health Organization as a stringent regulatory authority)
  • 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.

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  (this must be identical to the name in his/her valid travel document); 
  • 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.

Passengers must present a government or official healthcare institution issued vaccination record that:

  • is written in English or Chinese
  • bears the passenger’s name exactly as it appears in their passport / travel document
  • states that they have received the required dose(s) of a COVID-19 vaccine
  • states the date(s) on which the does(s) was/were 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 can also provide a written confirmation / letter in English or Chinese, issued by a healthcare institution or relevant authority of the government where the vaccine was administered. This document must contain all of the above information and be presented with the official vaccination record. 

Serology antibody tests

A serology antibody test report can be in  English or Chinese issued by any Hong Kong laboratory  included on  the “List of Recognised Private Medical Laboratories for Conducting Recognised Antibody Test”, stating 

  • the name of the passenger (identical to his or her valid travel document)
  • the passenger underwent a recognised serology antibody test, and the sample was taken within three months before the scheduled day of arrival
  • the result of the serology antibody test was positive

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 Brazil, India, Indonesia, Nepal, Pakistan, The Philippines, South Africa or United Kingdom for more than two hours in 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 of the countries listed in Group A1, Group A2 or Group B 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. Self-Isolation

For accredited officers, personnel of diplomatic and consular missions (including six Officially Recognised Bodies (ORBs) in Hong Kong SAR and excluding honorary consuls and their staff) as well as their recognised family members, must undergo quarantine at an accommodation arranged by the Consulate General or ORB for 21 days upon arrival (except for Consul General of the Consulate Generals and Head of Office of the six ORBs) or 14 days (if fully vaccinated).

Diplomatic passport holders who have not visited the specified countries in the past 21 days, will be required to undergo medical surveillance for 21 days or 14 days (if fully vaccinated).