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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 by flights?
  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.   How do Hong Kong residents returning from the Mainland or Macao apply for the Return2hk Scheme so as to be exempted from compulsory quarantine?
  6. 6.   Which institutions are open to applicants of the Return2hk Scheme for undertaking COVID-19 test?
  7. 7.   What are the arrangements under the Hong Kong-Singapore Air Travel Bubble?
  8. 8.   What are those specified places and what are the measures for travellers from such places?
  9. 9.   If I am arriving Hong Kong at night, can I exclude the hotel reservation for the first day?
  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 by flights?

  1.  • All non-Hong Kong residents coming from overseas countries and regions by plane will be denied entry to Hong Kong; and
  2.  • 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.

Note: The compulsory quarantine period for persons arriving at Hong Kong on or after April 9, 2021, and who have only stayed in Australia, New Zealand or Singapore on the day of arrival in Hong Kong or during the 21 days before that day, will be shortened to 14 days, while they will be required to self-monitor for the subsequent seven days and be subject compulsory testing on the 19th day after their arrival at Hong Kong. The relevant persons will still be required to undergo compulsory quarantine in designated quarantine hotels. This arrangement will be applicable to both Hong Kong residents and non-Hong Kong residents.

Note 2: Designated flights under HK-Singapore Air Travel Bubble will begin on May 26, 2021. For details, please refer to this website.

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. Passengers should also confirm in advance that they are able to enter the final destination.

Quarantine measures

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

(i) For travellers from the Mainland, Macao or Taiwan:

Health quarantine arrangements on inbound travellers arriving from the Mainland, Macao or Taiwan under the "Compulsory Quarantine of Certain Persons Arriving at Hong Kong Regulation"(Cap. 599C):

  1.  • Compulsory quarantine at designated places (home, hotel or other accommodation) for 14 days
  2.  • For persons who have stayed in places outside China on the day of arrival at Hong Kong or during the 21 days before that day have to undergo compulsory quarantine for 21 / 14 days in designated quarantine hotels.
  3.  • For details on Return2hk Scheme for Hong Kong residents, please refer to this webpage.
  4.  • For arrangement on exempted persons under Cap.599C, please refer to this webpage.

(ii) For travellers from places outside Mainland China:

The designated quarantine hotel and transportation scheme has been fully implemented. For arrangement for travellers who have stayed in countries outside China, please refer to webpage.

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 details, please refer to here.

(ii) Travellers arriving through land boundary control points:

From April 1, 2021, any person aged six or above who arrives at Hong Kong via any land boundary control point and is placed under quarantine under the Compulsory Quarantine of Certain Persons Arriving at Hong Kong Regulation (Cap. 599C), as well as any person arriving at Hong Kong under the Return2hk Scheme and are hence exempted from compulsory quarantine, must collect their deep throat saliva samples by themselves on the 2nd and 12th day following the person's arrival at Hong Kong in accordance with the instructions and return the samples for conducting COVID-19 testing.

5. How do Hong Kong residents returning from the Mainland or Macao apply for the Return2hk Scheme so as to be exempted from compulsory quarantine?

Hong Kong residents who have not been to places other than Hong Kong, the Mainland or Macao in the past 14 days shall be exempted from the 14-day compulsory quarantine requirement when they return to Hong Kong under the Return2hk Scheme. Eligible persons should apply for a quota using an online booking system which will be opened up to accept bookings 24/7 and will open the seven-day period of the following week (Monday to Sunday) for applications of quota at 00:00hrs of every Wednesday. An applicant is required to provide his/her Hong Kong Identity Card number, and to specify the intended date of arrival and the boundary control point (i.e. the Shenzhen Bay Port, the HZMB Hong Kong Port or the Hong Kong International Airport) to be used for the return. In the same application, he/she may also apply for the quota for three accompanying Hong Kong residents at most.

6. Which institutions are open to applicants of the Return2hk Scheme for undertaking COVID-19 test?

Hong Kong residents with a quota should allow sufficient time for taking a COVID-19 (RT-PCR) nucleic acid test in one of the medical institutions mutually recognised by the governments of Hong Kong and Guangdong / Hong Kong and Macao. The sample should be taken from the person concerned within 3 days prior to, or on the day of his/her entry into Hong Kong so that he/she can present the proof of a valid negative nucleic acid test result upon arrival in Hong Kong. The lists of mutually recognised medical institutions are as follows:

  1. (i) Medical or testing institutions in the Guangdong Province
  2. (ii) Medical or testing institutions in Macao
  3. (iii) Medical or testing institutions in Hong Kong

7. What are the arrangements under the Hong Kong-Singapore Air Travel Bubble?

Designated flights under HK-Singapore Air Travel Bubble will begin on May 26, 2021. For details, please refer to this website.

Travellers from specified places

8. What are those specified places and what are the measures for travellers from such places?

For specified conditions imposed on inbound travellers who have visited specified places, please refer to here.

Group A1 specified places
(Extremely high-risk)
Brazil, India, Nepal, Pakistan, the Philippines and South Africa

*Ireland and the United Kingdom*

(*Subject to no significant change to epidemic situation locally and in relevant overseas places, the Government will lift the ban for persons who have stayed in Ireland and the United Kingdom (UK) on boarding for Hong Kong on May 7, to allow flights to resume from those places and for Hong Kong residents there to board for flights for Hong Kong, while these relevant persons would subject to the most stringent compulsory quarantine and testing arrangements upon arrival at Hong Kong.)

Persons applicable: Hong Kong residents who have stayed in Group A1 specified place(s) during the relevant period (the day of boarding for/arrival at Hong Kong or during the 21 days before that day)
Boarding requirement:
  1.  i)   Have not stayed in the relevant specified places for more than two hours during the relevant period;
  2.  ii)  Present a negative result proof of a nucleic acid test for COVID-19 conducted within 72 hours before the scheduled time of departure of the aircraft (see Notes below); and
  3.  iii) Present 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 of the relevant traveller in Hong Kong.
Quarantine requirement:
  1.  i)   Undergo compulsory quarantine for 21 days in a designated quarantine hotel.
  2.  ii)  Self-monitoring in the subsequent 7 days
  3.  iii) Compulsory testing on the 26th day of arrival at Hong Kong (Compulsory COVID-19 nucleic acid testing at any Community Testing Centre (CTC) on the 26th day of arrival at Hong Kong for all persons arriving at Hong Kong on or after March 29, 2021)
Special arrangements for designated flights
The Government specified earlier that passengers of designated flights would not be subject to the restriction on boarding for Hong Kong, and arranged for these returnees to undergo the 21-day compulsory quarantine in a specified quarantine facility. The designated flights were the CX2252 flights departing London in the UK on April 21 and April 28 at 9:10 am. For details, please refer to the relevant FAQs.
Group A2 specified places
(Very high-risk)
Ireland and the United Kingdom (with effect from 0.00am on May 7, 2021, subject to no significant change to epidemic situation locally and in relevant overseas places)
Persons applicable: Hong Kong residents who have stayed in Group A2 specified place(s) during the relevant period (the day of boarding for/arrival at Hong Kong or during the 21 days before that day)
Boarding requirement:
  1.  i)   Present a negative result proof of a nucleic acid test for COVID-19 conducted within 72 hours before the scheduled time of departure of the aircraft (see Notes below); and
  2.  ii)  Present 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 of the relevant traveller in Hong Kong.
Quarantine requirement:
  1.  i)   Undergo compulsory quarantine for 21 days in a designated quarantine hotel.
  2.  ii)  Self-monitoring in the subsequent 7 days
  3.  iii) Compulsory testing on the 26th day of arrival at Hong Kong (Compulsory COVID-19 nucleic acid testing at any Community Testing Centre (CTC) on the 26th day of arrival at Hong Kong for all persons arriving at Hong Kong on or after March 29, 2021)
Group B specified places
(High-risk)
Bangladesh, Belgium, Canada, Ecuador, Egypt, Ethiopia, France, Germany, Indonesia, Kazakhstan, Romania, Russia, Switzerland, Turkey, Ukraine, the United Arab Emirates, and the United States of America
Persons applicable: Hong Kong residents who have stayed in Group B specified place(s) during the relevant period (the day of boarding for/arrival at Hong Kong or during the 21 days before that day)
Boarding requirement:  i)   Present a negative result proof of a nucleic acid test for COVID-19 conducted within 72 hours before the scheduled time of departure of the aircraft (see Notes below); and
 ii)  Present 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 of the relevant traveller in Hong Kong.
Quarantine requirement: Undergo compulsory quarantine for 21 days in a designated quarantine hotel.
Group C specified places
(Medium-risk)
All places except China which are not Group A1, Group A2, Group B or Group D specified places
*China means the Mainland, Hong Kong, Macao and Taiwan
Persons applicable: Hong Kong residents who have stayed in Group C specified place(s) during the relevant period (the day of boarding for/arrival at Hong Kong or during the 21 days before that day)
Boarding requirement:  i)   Present 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 of the relevant traveller in Hong Kong.
Quarantine requirement: Undergo compulsory quarantine for 21 days in a designated quarantine hotel.
Group D specified places
(Low-risk)
Australia, New Zealand, and Singapore
Persons applicable: Hong Kong residents and non-Hong Kong residents* who have only stayed in Group D specified place(s) and/or China during the relevant period (the day of boarding for/arrival at Hong Kong or during the 21 days before that day)
Boarding requirement:  i)   Present confirmation of room reservation for 14 nights in a designated quarantine hotel
Quarantine requirement:
  1.  i)   Undergo compulsory quarantine for 14 days in a designated quarantine hotel.
  2.  ii)  Self-monitoring in the subsequent 7 days
  3.  iii) Compulsory testing on the 16th and 19th day of arrival at Hong Kong

* Non-Hong Kong residents will be allowed entry to Hong Kong if they have only stayed in any Group D specified place or China (including the Mainland, Macao and Taiwan) on the day of arrival at Hong Kong and during the 14 days before that day. However, they will be subject to the respective boarding and quarantine requirements applicable to Groups A1, A2, B or C specified places if they have stayed in those specified places during the relevant period (the day of boarding for/arrival at Hong Kong or during the 21 days before that day).

Notes:
For the negative result proof of a nucleic acid test for COVID-19 conducted within 72 hours before the scheduled time of departure of the aircraft, relevant documents should include ALL the following:

  1. 1. A 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 or her valid travel document to show that:
     i)   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;
     ii)  the test conducted on the sample is a nucleic acid test for COVID-19;
     iii) the result of the test is the relevant traveller was tested negative for COVID-19
  2. 2. If the relevant report is not in English or Chinese or does not contain all of the above 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 or her valid travel document and setting out all of the above information. The said written confirmation should be presented together with the test report; and
  3. 3. 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.

Important:

All persons who have stayed in Group A1 (extremely high-risk) specified places for more than two hours during the relevant period (the day of boarding for/arrival at Hong Kong or during the 21 days before that day) will not be allowed to board for Hong Kong.

All persons arriving at Hong Kong (either via the airport or land boundary control points) who have stayed in places outside China on the day of arrival at Hong Kong or during the 21 days before that day have to undergo compulsory quarantine for 21 or 14 days in designated quarantine hotels. For details, please refer to this webpage.

9. If I am arriving Hong Kong at night, can I exclude the hotel reservation for the first day?

Regardless of his/her time of arrival, the relevant traveller should have a hotel reservation for not less than 22 Days 21 Nights starting from the day of arrival. Example: If a traveller arrives Hong Kong on January 1 (Day 1), his/her hotel reservation should start from January 1 until January 22 or later (i.e. check-in date on January 1 and check-out date on January 22 or later).

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", "qRT-PCR", "RT-qPCR", "nucleic acid amplification test" ("NAAT"), "TrueNAT", "CBNAAT", "Loop-mediated isothermal amplification" ("LAMP"), "Molecular diagnostics/test". 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: Apr 15, 2021

Last revision date: May 6, 2021