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Latest Quarantine Advisories for Travellers:10 FAQs

  1. What are the boarding requirements for inbound travellers arriving Hong Kong from overseas places or Taiwan?
  2. What are the arrangements upon arrival?
  3. What is "0+3" quarantine arrangement?
  4. Can I leave Hong Kong during the medical surveillance period?
  5. What is meant by “fully vaccinated”? What are the COVID-19 vaccines recognised by Hong Kong?
  6. For persons who have received mixed doses of vaccination overseas, are they regarded as “completed a COVID-19 vaccination course”?
  7. What is the Vaccine Pass?
  8. After I had completed medical surveillance, the Vaccine Pass has not yet reverted to the Blue Code. How should I handle this situation?
  9. What are the new arrangements for the Return2hk Scheme / Come2hk Scheme?
  10. What is the specific arrangements for inbound tour groups?
  1. What are the boarding requirements for inbound travellers arriving Hong Kong from overseas places or Taiwan?

    Inbound persons are required to complete the online Health & Quarantine Information Declaration of the Department of Health  in advance, including declaration of vaccination records and the results of pre-departure RAT (conducted within 24 hours prior to the scheduled time of departure, can be self-administered or by professional swab sampling). They are also required to present the green health declaration QR code generated upon completion of declaration (which can be a downloadable version of the QR code, a screen shot or a printout) at check-in for verification by airlines for boarding.
    For details, please see Inbound Travel
     
  2. What are the arrangements upon arrival?

    Upon arrival at Hong Kong, the relevant persons will be required to register for undergoing a nucleic acid test by scanning the health declaration QR code. The system will issue medical surveillance notices, vaccination records and Provisional Vaccine Pass QR codes electronically. After having their specimen collected for nucleic acid testing, the relevant inbound persons may proceed with the normal arrival process. They can continue with immigration and customs clearance, claim their baggage and leave the airport by self-arranged transport, including taking public transport. 

  3. What is "0+3" quarantine arrangement?

    Quarantine arrangement upon arrival at Hong Kong is "0+3", i.e. no compulsory quarantine will be required. There will be three days of medical surveillance, followed by a four-day self-monitoring period, making it a 7-day observation period in total.
    Nucleic acid tests at community testing centres, mobile testing stations or other recognised institutions on Day 2, Day 4 and Day 6 (the day of arrival is Day 0) will be required upon arrival at Hong Kong, supplemented by daily RATs from Day 1 to Day 7.

     

  4. Can I leave Hong Kong during the medical surveillance period?

    Under the 0+3 arrangement for inbound travellers from overseas and Taiwan, those travellers with the "Amber code" could still enter the HK International Airport which has got no departure restrictions on persons under the three-day medical surveillance. However, they are not allowed to undergo the special testing arrangement for travelling to Mainland or Macao, which is an additional free rapid nucleic acid test prior to their departure via the airport or any boundary control points. It means they are not allowed to transit to the Mainland or Macao within the three days upon arrival at Hong Kong.

     

  5. What is meant by “fully vaccinated”? What are the COVID-19 vaccines recognised by Hong Kong?

    “Fully Vaccinated” means the suggested dosage of a COVID-19 vaccination course has been administered at least 14 days prior to the day of departure for Hong Kong. For both the Sinovac COVID-19 vaccine (CoronaVac vaccine) and Fosun Pharma/BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine (Comirnaty vaccine), completing the vaccination course involves receiving two doses in general, except for persons previously infected with COVID-19, who are to receive one dose of vaccine.
    For persons aged 12 to 17 (on the scheduled day of departure), they may be deemed to have completed the COVID-19 vaccination course after receiving:
    - If never infected with COVID-19: one dose of Comirnaty vaccine or two doses of CoronaVac;
    - If previously infected with COVID-19: one dose of Comirnaty vaccine or one dose of CoronaVac.
    The 14th day after a person has completed a COVID-19 vaccination course is counted by taking the next day after the person received all of the recommended dose(s) of COVID-19 vaccine as the 1st day. For example, for a person who has not been infected with COVID-19 previously and received the last recommended dose of COVID-19 vaccine on 1 April 2022, the “1st day” would be 2 April 2022 and the “14th day” would be 15 April 2022.
    Other vaccines included on this list are also accepted: Click here for the “ List of COVID-19 Vaccines Recognised for Specified Purposes”.

     

  6. For persons who have received mixed doses of vaccination overseas, are they regarded as “completed a COVID-19 vaccination course”?

    For individuals who received COVID-19 vaccines in places outside of Hong Kong and have received the required dose(s) as stipulated in the “List of COVID-19 Vaccines Recognised for Specified Purposes” (“listed vaccines”); or for those who received a combination of doses of the listed vaccines, receiving a combined number of doses of the listed vaccines equivalent to the recommended number of dose(s) of one of the listed vaccines received, whichever is the higher number of recommended number of dose(s) (except for those who have received at least one dose of a listed vaccine of which the recommended number of dosage is “1”), they will also be regarded to have completed the vaccination course of the relevant COVID-19 vaccine, subject to the vaccine used being a listed vaccine.

  7. What is the Vaccine Pass?

    The Vaccine Pass is an important anti-epidemic measure.  It aims to encourage more people to get vaccinated, so as to protect public health while enabling Hong Kong to overcome the pandemic and resume normal life as soon as possible. For details, please see How To Use Vaccine Pass
    The requirements on the person entering the specified premises differ mainly for premises subject to active or passive checking of Vaccine Pass. For details, please see Table 3A

     

  8. After I had completed medical surveillance, the Vaccine Pass has not yet reverted to the Blue Code. How should I handle this situation?

    In general, when medical surveillance period is completed and the status has been updated in the system, the Vaccine Pass will be updated to the Blue Code. Users may first check if the mobile phone has connected to the Internet, and try to turn off and restart the LeaveHomeSafe (LHS) application again. If you are unable to revert to the Blue Code and the problem persists, please call the LHS hotline (2626 3066). 

     

  9. What are the new arrangements for the Return2hk Scheme / Come2hk Scheme?

    Following the Government's relaxation of quarantine rules, there is no quota restriction for Return2hk Scheme / Come2hk Scheme.

     

  10. What is the specific arrangements for inbound tour groups?

    Inbound tour group travellers who are received by licensed travel agents and have pre-registered their itineraries are allowed to enter designated tourist attractions (including theme parks, museums and temples) and specific catering premises to have meals when holding an Amber Code of the Vaccine Pass.
    For inbound travellers of tour groups that have submitted applications and registered the itineraries as mentioned above, they are only required to undergo one nucleic acid test on the day of arrival if they will only stay in Hong Kong for not more than four days (i.e. the day of arrival is counted as day 0, and departure is on or before the third day following the date of arrival). However, they are still required to undergo daily rapid antigen tests during their visit.
    For details, please see press release issued on November 7, 2022 and November 18, 2022.

     

For more FAQs, please refer to this webpage.

Last revision date : 24/11/2022