In view of the rapid spread of Covid-19 across the world, Hong Kong has put in place precautionary measures to reduce the risk of importation of Covid-19. Before making a decision to move to Hong Kong, it is important to keep up with the latest news on the travel restrictions to help you better plan your relocation.
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(Last updated on 17 August 2021)
Travel Restriction Updates – Covid-19
Hong Kong tightens COVID travel rules on 16 countries—including the U.S., France and Spain —less than two months after it started easing some of the world’s strictest quarantine measures.
Singapore and Hong Kong to review the twice-delayed air travel bubble arrangement “when the Covid-19 situation allows”, in late-August.
From July 1, passenger flights from the UK will be banned from landing in Hong Kong.
From May 21, travellers who have been in Singapore, Malaysia, Japan, Argentina, Italy, Kenya and the Netherlands 14 days before arrival in Hong Kong, will have to present a COVID-19 test negative conducted within 72 hours before arrival.
They must also produce confirmation of a room reservation in a designated quarantine hotel in Hong Kong, and be subject to a “test-and-hold” arrangement at the airport.
Upon confirmation of a negative test result, they will be required to board the designated transport arranged by the government to proceed to quarantine.
Travellers arriving from these places who are have not been fully vaccinated will need to quarantine for 21 days at designated hotels and are subject to four COVID-19 tests during this period.
Those who are fully vaccinated will have a shorter 14-day quarantine, with three tests during this period. They will also need to self-monitor for seven days, as well as get compulsory tests on the 16th and 19th day following arrival in Hong Kong.
Travellers from Singapore will have to remain in Singapore for at least 14 days prior to departure, excluding any time spent in quarantine or stay-home notice.
The Singapore-Hong Kong Air Travel Bubble has been deferred and will no longer commence from 26 May 2021.
Entering Hong Kong Borders
All non-Hong Kong residents are not allowed to enter or transit at Hong Kong.
- Including non-Hong Kong residents arriving from Mainland, Macau, or Taiwan who have travel history to other country or region within 14 days of arrival
- Include Hong Kong visa holders with validity of less than 14 days
Hong Kong residents with following documents will be allowed entry
- Hong Kong Permanent Identity Card
- Hong Kong SAR passport or British National (Overseas) passport (with right of abode in Hong Kong)
- Hong Kong Identity Card (accompanied with a valid work or study visa)
Other exemptions from travel restrictions
- Passengers travelling from Mainland China, Taiwan or Macau SAR, without travel history other country/region in past 14 days
- Diplomatic/official passport holders (subject to prevailing visa requirements)
- The spouse and children of Hong Kong residents
- Local government personnel performing official duties
- Personnel approved by the Hong Kong SAR government to carry out anti-epidemic work
- Passengers holding a new entry visa to work, study, establish or join in any business, or to take up residence in Hong Kong
Hong Kong Entry Requirement
- All inbound travellers are required to submit a health declaration form, prior to departure . Upon completion, a QR code (valid for 24 hours) will be provided to present to officials on arrival
- Upon completion of immigration procedure, travellers are also required to undergo a medical test for Covid-19 and wait onsite for their test results
- Once tested negative for Covid-19, will be released where they must complete their mandatory 14-day quarantine
- Mandatory quarantine requirements do not apply to cross-boundary students and persons receiving or providing nursery, kindergarten, primary, or secondary education, and persons whose travel is necessary for purposes relating to manufacturing operations, business activities, or the provision of professional services.
Leaving Hong Kong Borders
Get updates on changes pertaining to Visa information here.
Visa and immigration services during Covid-19
- The Immigration Department (ImmD) will resume full public services except for passenger immigration clearance service by 11 May 2021
- ImmD advice applicants who are not required to visit its offices in-person for applications, should submit applications by post, by drop-in, online or by using the mobile application to avoid gathering of people
For detailed opening hours of individual offices, please refer to the ImmD’s official website.
Here is an overview of the travel restrictions in Hong Kong.
|Category||Travel History||Travel Measures||Travel Requirements|
|Hong Kong Residents with valid document (including their Spouse and children)||Any country/ region||Allowed entry with mandatory 14-day quarantine. |
*quarantine exemption for cross-boundary students and persons receiving or providing nursery, kindergarten, primary, or secondary education, and persons whose travel is necessary for purposes relating to manufacturing operations, business activities, or the provision of professional services.
|Required to submit a health declaration form and present generated QR code to officials on arrival. |
Travellers are also required to undergo a medical test for Covid-19 and wait onsite for their test results.
Once tested negative, travellers would then be released to proceed directly to their homes or a designated quarantine facility
|Diplomatic/official passport holders (subject to prevailing visa requirements)|
|Personnel approved by the Hong Kong SAR government to carry out anti-epidemic work|
|Passengers with new entry visa|
|Local government personnel performing official duties|
|Passengers travelling from Mainland China, Taiwan or Macao SAR||Without travel history to other country/region within 14 days of arrival|
|With travel history to other country/region within 14 days of arrival||Denied entry||–|
|Hong Kong visa holders with validity of less than 14 days||Any country/ region||Denied entry||–|
|Non-Hong Kong residents||Any country/ region||Denied entry||–|
More Information on Covid-19
Check out the following pages and contact informations to get the latest updates on the Covid-19 situation.
Centre for Health Protection Hotline: 2125 1111 / 2125 1122 (8 a.m. to 12 midnight)
Home Affairs Department Hotline: 2835 1473 (24 hours)
The Immigration Department Hotline: 2824 6111
Department of Health: Travel Health Service Website
The Government of the Hong Kong SAR: Outbound Travel Alert
The Government of the Hong Kong SAR: Covid-19 information
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