Everything you need to know about the latest Hong Kong travel rules and quarantine requirements for incoming arrivals…
In an attempt to curb further spread of the coronavirus, strict social distancing regulations have been implemented across the city, including measures on dining out, group gatherings and more. Things are looking up however! With regards to travel, the flight ban from nine countries is set to be lifted on Friday, 1 April, and mandatory hotel quarantine will also be reduced from 14 days to seven days for returning Hong Kong residents. Ahead, here’s everything you need to know about the latest Hong Kong travel and quarantine rules…
Editor’s Note: This article was most recently updated on Tuesday, 22 March. We’ll make sure to keep updating our list with the latest Hong Kong travel rules, so bookmark this page to stay in the know!
Who Can Travel To Hong Kong?
As of Friday, 1 April, the flight ban from the UK, US, Australia, Canada, France, the Philippines, India, Nepal and Pakistan will be lifted.
This means that travellers from all overseas countries are allowed to enter Hong Kong provided they have a valid HKID, are fully vaccinated with a recognised COVID-19 vaccine and hold a recognised COVID-19 vaccination record. Returning residents must also hold a negative nucleic acid test and have a valid booking at a designated quarantine hotel for at least seven nights.
Non-Hong Kong residents travelling from Taiwan must be fully vaccinated with a recognised COVID-19 vaccine to enter Hong Kong. Hong Kong residents (with a valid HKID) travelling from Taiwan do not need to be fully vaccinated to enter Hong Kong.
Travellers from Mainland China or Macau are not required to hold a valid HKID or be fully vaccinated to enter Hong Kong.
What Does “Fully Vaccinated” Mean?
To qualify as fully vaccinated, travellers must have had the suggested dosage of an approved COVID-19 vaccine (in accordance with the relevant guidelines) at least 14 days prior to their arrival to Hong Kong. In most cases, this usually consists of two doses.
If a traveller has recovered from a previous COVID infection, they only require one dose of an approved COVID-19 vaccine in order to be considered fully vaccinated. For other exemptions, including children, head here for details.
Click here for a list of Hong Kong government-approved COVID vaccines.
Click here for details on what constitutes a Hong Kong government-approved COVID vaccination record.
Do COVID-19 Antibody Tests Count For Anything Now?
No, COVID-19 antibody tests were scrapped by the Hong Kong government last year.
Do I Still Have To Quarantine?
Yes, all arrivals are required to quarantine.
From Friday, 1 April, inbound travellers from anywhere outside of mainland China or Macau will be required quarantine for a minimum of seven days in a designated quarantine hotel provided they return a negative PCR test result on the fifth day of arrival and negative rapid test results on days six and seven. Those released on day seven are to self-monitor for a further seven days, followed by a COVID-19 test on day 12 at a community testing centre.
What Is A Designated Quarantine Hotel?
These are hotels that are fully-dedicated to accommodating inbound arrivals. Head here for the full list.
Sassy Tip: It is highly recommended to book your hotel prior to flights as there are a limited number of rooms to go around. Head here for an easy way to check the booking status and availability of the designated quarantine hotels.
What Documents Do I Need To Prepare Before My Flight?
Travellers from anywhere outside of mainland China or Macau must present the following documents in order to board their flight:
- A negative result proof of a polymerase chain reaction (PCR)-based nucleic acid test for COVID-19 taken within 48 hours before the scheduled time of departure, plus separate documentary proof that shows the laboratory or healthcare institution is ISO 15189 accredited or is recognised and approved by the relevant authority of the government of the place in which the laboratory or healthcare institution is located.
- Confirmation of room reservation at a designated quarantine hotel for seven days. The reservation should include the full names of all travellers.
- A recognised COVID-19 vaccination record.
Sassy Tip: To save yourself time, you can simply check the Hong Kong Quarantine Support Facebook Group to see if anyone has uploaded the relevant laboratory certificate. Most of the popular test providers in key countries will be covered here.
Travellers from mainland China or Macau must present the following documents in order to board their flight:
- A negative result proof of a polymerase chain reaction (PCR)-based nucleic acid test for COVID-19 taken within 72 hours before the scheduled time of departure.
What Happens When I Land In Hong Kong?
Travellers from anywhere outside of mainland China or Macau will be taken for testing immediately upon their arrival into Hong Kong and are required to wait at the airport for their results. The wait time is typically a few hours (we recommend bringing a book or fully-charged laptop to keep you occupied, along with plenty of snacks!). Upon confirmation of a negative test result, travellers are free to board the designated transport to their quarantine hotel.
Travellers from mainland China or Macau are free to make their way to their chosen quarantine accommodation straight after landing.
What Happens If I Test Positive After Testing At The Airport?
Travellers who test positive for COVID-19 after arriving in Hong Kong will be issued with an isolation order and transferred to a community isolation hotel. We’ve heard that there is no opportunity to collect your luggage at this point, so we recommend being prepared with a small bag or suitcase of essentials to take with you on the flight.
The isolation and discharge requirements will be the same as for local COVID-19 patients.
Editor’s Note: All information was correct at time of publication.