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Hong Kong, China

Travel to Hong Kong, China

Effective 0.00am on 25 December 2020, any passenger (including Hong Kong residents) who has stayed 2 hours or more in the United Kingdom or South Africa (in transit) in the past 21 days will not be allowed to enter Hong Kong. For those relevant travellers, having stayed in the UK or South Africa but not more than two hours during that period, besides the usual requirements for relevant travellers from very high risk places must provide confirmation in English or Chinese of room reservation in a designated quarantine Hotel in Hong Kong for not less than 21 nights starting on the day of the arrival in Hong Kong.

Travel to Hong Kong is restricted to specific categories of passengers. Please check the requirements below before you travel. If you are travelling to Hong Kong, you are required to take a COVID-19 PCR test before departure, complete the online health form and present the confirmation QR code on arrival. You may also be required to present additional documentation for entry.

Effective 24 December 2020 it is mandatory for all passengers, except ​passengers from China, (refer exemptions below) to have 21 nights hotel booking from the date of arrival into Hong Kong.

COVID-19 testing requirements

Effective 24 December:

Travel from Dubai to Hong Kong: All passengers originating from Dubai to Hong Kong (except children below 12 years) must present a valid negative COVID-19 PCR test certificate. The validity of the certificate should be within 72 hours from the time sample was taken prior to departure time from Dubai. The certificate should be issued by an authorised reliable entity.

Travel from other countries to Hong Kong: All passengers boarding from other countries via Dubai to Hong Kong who, on the day of boarding or within the last 21 days prior to travel has stayed in Bangladesh, Belgium, Canada (effective 25 December), Ecuador, Ethiopia, France, Germany, India, Indonesia, Kazakhstan, Nepal, Pakistan, the Philippines, Romania, Russia, Turkey, Ukraine, and the United States of America must provide a valid negative COVID-19 PCR test certificate. The validity of the certificate should be within 72 hours from the time sample was taken prior to departure time from Dubai. The certificate should be issued by an authorised reliable entity. *Requirement for children refer below.

Travel from Bangkok to Hong Kong: An inbound traveller who, on the day of boarding or within the last 21 days prior to travel has stayed in Bangladesh, Belgium, Canada (effective 25 December), Ecuador, Ethiopia, France, Germany, India, Indonesia, Kazakhstan, Nepal, Pakistan, the Philippines, Romania, Russia, Turkey, Ukraine, and the United States of America must provide a valid negative COVID-19 PCR test certificate . The validity of the certificate should be within 72 hours from the time sample was taken prior to departure time from Bangkok. The certificate should be issued by an authorised reliable entity. *Requirement for children refer below.

Travel from Hong Kong China to Chinese mainland:

Passengers with diplomatic passports travelling to China via Hong Kong by air MUST have pre-approval from the Protocol Division of Hong Kong Government. Passengers with other passports travelling to China via Hong Kong remain unavailable.

Required forms

All passengers must complete the health form online before landing in Hong Kong. Once complete, you will receive a QR code as confirmation. It is mandatory for all passengers to present this QR code at the boarding gate.

Acceptable mandatory documents:

  • Negative COVID-19 PCR test report in English or Chinese with 72 hours validity from the time sample was taken prior to departure from Dubai or Bangkok. If report is not in English or Chinese then a written confirmation (translated document) in English or Chinese issued by the laboratory or healthcare institution should be presented along with original lab report.
  • In addition to above a documentary proof (certificate of accreditation) in English or Chinese to show that the laboratory or healthcare institution is ISO 15189 accredited is required.
  • If the documentary proof (certificate of accreditation) does not have ISO15189 accreditation printed on it, then a letter by the relevant authority of the government of the place in which the laboratory or healthcare institution is located is mandatory.

Please note: A letter from the laboratory itself stating it is ISO 15189 accredited or recognised by the government is not acceptable.

Exemptions

All non-residents are not allowed to travel to Hong Kong until further notice. Only passengers holding a Hong Kong Resident Card (irrespective of passport) and/or valid visa/documents will be allowed entry to Hong Kong.

Children travelling from other countries, including Bangkok, to Hong Kong: Children below 12 years old are not required to take the COVID‑19 PCR test unless they are travelling from or have visited one of the following high‑risk countries in the last 21 days: Bangladesh, Belgium, Canada (effective 25 December), Ecuador, Ethiopia, France, Germany, India, Indonesia, Kazakhstan, Nepal, Pakistan, the Philippines, Romania, Russia, Turkey, Ukraine, and the United States of America

Only the following passengers will be allowed entry into Hong Kong without additional documentation:

  • Passengers who are transiting through Hong Kong (must fulfil transit requirement)
  • Flight crew – both operating and deadheading (must undergo a COVID-19 test on arrival)
  • Passengers who hold a diplomatic passport

Effective 7 December, diplomats who have been to high-risk countries (Bangladesh, Belgium, Ethiopia, France, India, Indonesia, Kazakhstan, Nepal, Pakistan, the Philippines, Romania, Russia, Turkey, and United States of America) within 21 days are required to follow the same COVID-19 testing requirements (refer above) as other passengers from high-risk countries but do not need to present a 21-nights hotel booking. The validity of the test result certificate must be within 48 hours of the time the sample was taken prior to departure time from Dubai or Bangkok.

For diplomats from places other than high-risk countries, it not mandatory to take a test for COVID-19 before departure.

Sea crew arriving in Hong Kong via the Hong Kong International Airport (HKIA) are required to present the following documents to the Department of Health upon arrival.

  1. Approval letter from the Marine Department
  2. COVID-19 negative test report collected within 48 hours before boarding the flight from Dubai to Hong Kong, and
  3. Letter of certification

Sea crew who fail to present and submit any of the required documents will be denied entry to Hong Kong and their respective shipping companies/agents must arrange their return to their country of origin.

After entering Hong Kong, sea crew must take a COVID-19 PCR test at the Department of Health’s testing centre at HKIA and wait for the results there.

Sea and Flight crew are exempted from 14 nights hotel booking requirement.

Quarantine

A confirmed booking in English or Chinese of not less than 21 nights at hotels in Hong Kong is mandatory for all passengers (except diplomats) that are travelling from or have visited one of the following high‑risk countries in the last 21 days: Bangladesh, Belgium, Canada (effective 25 December), Ecuador, Ethiopia, France, Germany, India, Indonesia, Kazakhstan, Nepal, Pakistan, the Philippines, Romania, Russia, Turkey, Ukraine, and the United States of America It is preferable that the booking is with one of the government recommended hotels. The list of hotels is available in English and Chinese.

Hotel requirement

In view of the global developments and severity of the COVID-19 pandemic situation, the Government is implementing new control measures, include mandating all returnees arriving from countries outside China via the Hong Kong International Airport (HKIA) to undergo 21-day compulsory quarantine at designated quarantine hotels.

According to the latest requirements under Cap.599H, relevant travellers arriving in Hong Kong via HKIA on December 21 (0000hr) onwards are required to provide confirmation of room reservation in a designated quarantine hotel in Hong Kong for not less than 21 nights starting on the day of arrival.

Other information

The sea‑air ferry operations from China have resumed effective 28 October 2020, while the operations from Macao remains cancelled. Passengers will not be accepted on flights if they are connecting further by ferry to China or Macao.

The transfer/transit services at HKIA from ports in Mainland China has resumed. Transfer/transit services to destinations in Mainland China will remain unavailable.

Transfer/transit services between different airlines will be allowed provided that the passengers are booked under the same air ticket (separate tickets are not allowed) and the passengers have been checked through with both boarding passes printed and baggage tagged-through to final destination; and that the operating airlines will communicate closely and implement all the required pre-flight checking and verification and in-flight safety measures.

Layover time must be within 24 hours and passengers meet the most updated immigration and health quarantine requirements of the destinations, and the transfer/transit requirements at HKIA to avoid having passengers stranded in Hong Kong.

Travelling to, from and through Dubai

If you're travelling to, from or transiting through Dubai, please check our Travel requirements for Dubai.