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Latest Quarantine Advisories for Travellers:
10 FAQs

  1. 1.   What are the restrictions for non-HK residents on entering Hong Kong?
  2. 2.   What are the restrictions for passengers on transit through Hong Kong?
  3. 3.   What are the health quarantine arrangements for inbound travellers?
  4. 4.   What are the COVID-19 testing arrangements for inbound travellers?
  5. 5.   Can I undergo the COVID-19 test at public hospitals?
  6. 6.   Are travellers from overseas allowed to stay in hotel for quarantine?
  7. 7.   If a minor child's parents are admitted to hospitals because of confirmed COVID-19, will s(he) be allowed to stay at home for quarantine?
  8. 8.   What are those specified high risk places and what are the measures that travellers from such places need to take?
  9. 9.   What documents do I have to present in order to enter Hong Kong?
  10. 10. What tests are accepted as a nucleic acid test for COVID-19?

Entry restrictions

1. What are the restrictions for non-HK residents on entering Hong Kong?

All non-Hong Kong residents from overseas countries and regions by plane are denied entry to Hong Kong.

All non-Hong Kong residents coming from the Mainland, Macao and Taiwan will be denied entry to Hong Kong if they have been to any overseas countries and regions in the past 14 days.

2. What are the restrictions for passengers on transit through Hong Kong?

Please check with your airlines for any updates. In general, passengers can use Hong Kong International Airport for transit/ transfer on flights operated by different airlines under the same air ticket, provided that they have checked through at the origin port with their boarding passes printed and baggage tagged-through to the final destination.

Quarantine measures

3. What are the health quarantine arrangements for inbound travellers?

(i) For travellers from the Mainland, Macao or Taiwan, who are Hong Kong residents or non-Hong Kong residents:

Compulsory quarantine at designated places (home or other accommodation) apart from the exempted persons under the "Compulsory Quarantine of Certain Persons Arriving at Hong Kong Regulation". More>>

(ii) For travellers from overseas:

Hong Kong residents arriving in Hong Kong who have been to any overseas countries or areas in the past 14 days are subject to compulsory quarantine apart from the exempted persons under the "Compulsory Quarantine of Certain Persons Arriving at Hong Kong from Foreign Places Regulation". More>>

(iii) Travellers from high-risk regions:

People arriving from specified countries, i.e. Bangladesh, Ethiopia, India, Indonesia, Kazakhstan, Nepal, Pakistan, the Philippines, South Africa, the United States; and inclusive United Kingdom with effect from October 1, will need to obtain a negative test result before embarking on a flight to Hong Kong. They will also need to arrange, at their own expense, hotel accommodation for compulsory 14-day quarantine on arrival in the city. More>>

4. What are the COVID-19 testing arrangements for inbound travellers?

(i) Travellers arriving by flights:

Travellers arriving Hong Kong via Hong Kong International Airport are required to proceed to the Temporary Specimen Collection Centre (TSCC) set up in the restricted area of the airport for collecting their deep throat saliva samples immediately upon arrival. They will need to stay at the TSCC to wait for test results which will be available on the same day before they can proceed with immigration procedures.

For passengers whose test results will not be available on the same day (usually those arriving in afternoons or at nights), they can proceed with immigration procedures right after collecting their deep throat saliva samples at the TSCC. They will subsequently be taken to the Holding Centre for Test Result (HCTR) of the Department of Health located at hotel by coaches to wait for their test results.

In general, the relevant passengers will only stay in the HCTR for one night and will be arranged to leave on the next day when their test results are available. If their test results are negative, they will be allowed to leave the hotel and go home or to a designated place immediately to continue completion of the 14-day compulsory quarantine. Confirmed cases and their close contacts will respectively be arranged for admission to hospital and sent to designated quarantine centres direct.

If a passenger flight carries five or more passengers tested positive for COVID-19 at the TSCC or each of any two consecutive flights from the same original port of the same airline has three or more passengers confirmed positive at the centre, flights of the airlines concerned from the relevant original ports will be prohibited from landing in Hong Kong for 14 days.

(ii) Travellers arriving through land boundary control points:

Inbound travellers (including those exempted persons) who have been to Xinjiang or Liaoning in the past 14 days, arriving via land boundary control points (i.e. Shenzhen Bay Port and the Hong Kong-Zhuhai-Macao Bridge Hong Kong Port), will be provided with specimen collection containers. They are required to collect their deep throat saliva samples by themselves in accordance with the instructions and return the samples for conducting COVID-19 testing.

Separately, the previous testing arrangements required for inbound travellers who have been to Hubei or Beijing in the past 14 days are cancelled. Those arrivals who are not exempted persons are still subject to compulsory quarantine for 14 day at a designated place (home or other accommodation); exempted persons are subject to medical surveillance upon arrival at Hong Kong.

5. Can I undergo the COVID-19 test at public hospitals?

The COVID-19 testing services provided by the Department of Health and the Hospital Authority only cover patients with symptoms attending the Accident and Emergency Departments of public hospitals, General Out-patient Clinics, public hospitals and private clinics. The Government also arranges testing through private organisations for persons in high-risk and high-exposure groups.

If a sample is tested positive, the Government will notify the person concerned as early as possible and arrange for admission to a public hospital for treatment. If the test result is negative, no certificate of negative result will be given to the person concerned.

If members of the public need to take a COVID-19 test for personal reasons in order to obtain a relevant test result for private use, including immigration purposes, they should arrange testing services on their own.

6. Are travellers from overseas allowed to stay in hotel for quarantine?

The quarantine premises are mainly residential homes though hotels can be an option. Travellers need to show proof of hotel booking record.

7. If a minor child's parents are admitted to hospitals because of confirmed COVID-19, will s(he) be allowed to stay at home for quarantine?

For unaccompanied minors (children under 18) with their parents admitted to hospitals for confirmed COVID-19, they will need to stay at quarantine centres for compulsory quarantine because they are considered to be close contacts. The Department of Health will make an assessment on a case-by-case basis and contact their parents or guardians with a view to arranging carers to keep them company at quarantine centres. If carers cannot be found, healthcare workers will assess the situation and arrange the minors to stay at quarantine centres on their own AFTER obtaining their parents’ written approval. After completing the quarantine, if their parents are still hospitalised, they may be brought back and cared by their relatives WITH the written approval of their parents.

Travellers from specified high risk places

8. What are those specified high risk places and what are the measures that travellers from such places need to take?

The specified high risk places are Bangladesh, Ethiopia, India, Indonesia, Kazakhstan, Nepal, Pakistan, the Philippines, South Africa, the United States; and inclusive United Kingdom with effect from October 1. On the day or during the 14 days before that day, a traveller arriving at Hong Kong, who has boarded an aircraft from or stayed in any specified places, will have to obtain a negative COVID-19 test result, and a confirmation of room reservation in a hotel in Hong Kong for not less than 14 days.

9. What documents do I have to present in order to enter Hong Kong?

The relevant traveller must provide the following documents before boarding:

  1. (i) the test report in English or Chinese issued by a laboratory or healthcare institution bearing the name of the relevant traveller identical to that in his/her valid travel document to show that:
     (a) the relevant traveller underwent a nucleic acid test for COVID-19, the sample for which was taken from the relevant traveller within 72 hours before the scheduled time of departure of the specified aircraft;
     (b) the test conducted on the sample is a nucleic acid test for COVID-19; and
     (c) the result of the test is that the relevant traveller was tested negative for COVID-19; and
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  3. (ii) if the relevant report is not in English or Chinese or does not contain all of the aforementioned information, a written confirmation in English or Chinese issued by the laboratory or healthcare institution bearing the name of the relevant traveller identical to that in his/her valid travel document, setting out all of the aforementioned information and presented together with the test report; and
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  5. (iii) 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; and
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  7. (iv) the relevant traveller has confirmation in English or Chinese of room reservation in a hotel in Hong Kong for not less than 14 days starting on the day of the arrival of the relevant traveller in Hong Kong.

10. What tests are accepted as a nucleic acid test for COVID-19?

Laboratories and healthcare institutions may use different terms which are equivalent to nucleic acid test. The following are common acceptable terms for "nucleic acid test": "Polymerase chain reaction" ("PCR"), "reverse-transcription polymerase chain reaction" ("RT-PCR"), "real time RT-PCR", "real-time PCR", "nucleic test", “nucleic acid amplification test" ("NAAT"), "TrueNAT", "CBNAAT", "Loop-mediated isothermal amplification" ("LAMP"). Apart from "COVID-19", "SARS-CoV-2" is also an acceptable term for the virus. Antigen test (e.g. SARS Antigen FIA test) and Antibody test (e.g. IgG Antibody test) are NOT accepted.

Last revision date: Sep 25, 2020