Hong Kong, China (Hong Kong SAR)

Hong Kong, China (Hong Kong SAR) map

Region: East Asia

Pandemic Travel Alert

PARTIALLY OPEN: only accepting leisure travel from or to designated areas

Most recent update: 2021-06-03 - Non-resident entry restricted to travellers arriving from Australia, New Zealand, Mainland China, and Macao

Entry

General Policy
  1. As of 11 June 2021, areas are categorized:
    Extremely High-Risk
    Brazil, India, Nepal, Pakistan, Philippines, South Africa
    Very High-Risk
    Ireland
    High-Risk
    Argentina, Bangladesh, Belgium, Cambodia, Canada, Ecuador, Egypt, Ethiopia, France, Germany, Indonesia, Italy, Japan, Kazakhstan, Kenya, Malaysia, the Netherlands, Romania, Russia, Singapore, Switzerland, Thailand, Turkey, Ukraine, the United Arab Emirates, the United Kingdom, the United States of America, and Vietnam
    With effect from 18 June 2021: Colombia and Korea
    Low-Risk
    Australia, New Zealand
    Medium-Risk
    All other places except Mainland China, Hong Kong, Macao, Taiwan
    • All travellers (including Hong Kong residents) who have stayed in an area designated Extremely High-Risk for more than two hours on the day of boarding, or during the 21 days before that day, are not allowed to board for Hong Kong.
    • Non-Hong Kong residents will be allowed entry to Hong Kong if they have only stayed in any place designated as Low-Risk, Mainland China, or Macao on the day of arrival at Hong Kong and during the 14 days before that day.
  2. As of 18 May 2021 and until further notice, non-Hong Kong residents will be denied entry to Hong Kong if they have stayed in Taiwan on the day of arrival at Hong Kong or during the 14 days before that day.
Sources:
  1. COVID-19 Thematic Website - Specified conditions imposed on inbound travellers who have visited specified places
  2. COVID-19 Thematic Website - Inbound Travel

COVID-19 Related Entry Requirements

Vaccination
  • The government has adjusted the boarding, quarantine and testing arrangements for persons arriving at Hong Kong (including Hong Kong residents returning to Hong Kong) who have completed their COVID-19 vaccination course. For details, refer to the source page linked below.

(Source: Boarding and quarantine arrangements for persons arriving at Hong Kong under “vaccine bubble” concept )

Testing
  1. Starting 18 August 2020, arrivals to Hong Kong International Airport must submit deep throat saliva (DTS) samples immediately upon arrival. Travellers should prepare to bring along all necessities in sufficient quantities before boarding the flight, as they must wait for test results in a restricted area of the airport before proceeding to immigration and baggage reclaim. Results will usually be available on the same day.
  2. Testing requirements are determined by travel history and vaccination record.
    • All arriving Hong Kong residents who have stayed in Extremely High-Risk or Very High-Risk areas during the 21 days before arrival must follow the testing and quarantine requirements for those categories. For all other categories the relevant period is during the 14 days before arrival.
    • All arriving Hong Kong residents who have stayed in Extremely High-Risk, Very High-Risk, or High-Risk areas in the relevant period must, as a requirement for boarding, 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.
    • All arriving Hong Kong residents who have stayed in Extremely High-Risk or Very High-Risk areas must also undergo 4 tests during compulsory quarantine, and testing on the 26th day of arrival at Hong Kong
    • All arriving Hong Kong residents who have stayed in High-Risk or Medium-Risk areas and are fully vaccinated undergo 3 tests during compulsory quarantine and testing on the 16th and 19th days of arrival at Hong Kong. Otherwise, if not fully vaccinated, undergo 4 tests during compulsory quarantine.
    • All arriving travellers (including non-Hong Kong residents) who have only stayed in Low-Risk areas, or Mainland China, or Macao and are fully vaccinated undergo 2 tests during compulsory quarantine and testing on the 12th day of arrival at Hong Kong. Otherwise, if not fully vaccinated, undergo 3 tests during compulsory quarantine and testing on the 16th and 19th days of arrival at Hong Kong
  3. Effective 17 May 2021: all arriving Hong Kong residents who have stayed in Taiwan during the 14 days before arrival must follow the testing and quarantine requirements of High-Risk areas.
Sources:
  1. Hong Kong International Airport - Compulsory Quarantine and COVID-19 Testing Arrangement
  2. COVID-19 Thematic Website - Specified conditions imposed on inbound travellers who have visited specified places
  3. Hong Kong International Airport - Specified Conditions and Quarantine Requirement Imposed on Inbound Travellers who have Visited Specified Places
Data Collection
  1. All arrivals must submit health declaration form.
  2. All arrivals subject to compulsory quarantine will be tagged with an electronic wristband that must be worn until quarantine ends, and must install and activate a mobile app that monitors quarantine through detection and analysis of environmental signals. The user guide states that these "do not involve collection of personal data. The app will not read any information in your smartphone".
Sources:
  1. COVID-19 Thematic Website - Points to Note for Quarantine for Inbound Travellers
  2. COVID-19 Thematic Website - “StayHomeSafe” Mobile App User Guide
Quarantine
  1. Quarantine requirements are determined by travel history and vaccination record. All arriving travellers are mandated to undergo compulsory quarantine at the designated quarantine hotels. They must provide to their airlines confirmation of room reservation in a designated quarantine hotel before boarding the flight, or else they will be refused boarding.
    • All arriving Hong Kong residents who have stayed in Extremely High-Risk or Very High-Risk areas during the 21 days before arrival must follow the testing and quarantine requirements for those categories. For all other categories the relevant period is during the 14 days before arrival.
    • All arriving Hong Kong residents who have stayed in Extremely High-Risk or Very High-Risk areas are mandated to undergo 21-day compulsory quarantine at the designated quarantine hotels.
    • All arriving Hong Kong residents who have stayed in High-Risk or Medium-Risk areas and are fully vaccinated undergo 14-day compulsory quarantine and self-monitoring in the subsequent 7 days. Otherwise, if not fully vaccinated, undergo 21-day compulsory quarantine.
    • All arriving travellers (including non-Hong Kong residents) who have only stayed in Low-Risk areas, or Mainland China, or Macao and are fully vaccinated undergo 7-day compulsory quarantine and self-monitoring in the subsequent 7 days. Otherwise, if not fully vaccinated, undergo 14-day compulsory quarantine and self-monitoring in the subsequent 7 days.
  2. Effective 17 May 2021: all arriving Hong Kong residents who have stayed in Taiwan during the 14 days before arrival must follow the testing and quarantine requirements of High-Risk areas.
Sources:
  1. COVID-19 Thematic Website - Specified conditions imposed on inbound travellers who have visited specified places
  2. Hong Kong International Airport - Specified Conditions and Quarantine Requirement Imposed on Inbound Travellers who have Visited Specified Places

Exit

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Pre-pandemic visa rules

Requirements

Passport Validity
Valid for one month beyond the intended period of stay
Other Documents
Visitors are required to have adequate funds to cover the duration of their stay without working and, unless in transit to the Mainland of China or the Macao Special Administrative Region, to hold onward or return tickets.
Transit
- Holders of confirmed onward tickets are permitted transit without visa in international transit area for up to 48 hours.
Dual Nationality
U.S. policy on dual nationality can be found here.

Additional Notes

  1. The duration of stay is 90 days . Expiry of the limit of stay is to be counted from the day after the date of entry. A visitor is required to leave Hong Kong on or before the limit of stay expires. For example, a visitor that arrived in Hong Kong on 1 January, and given permission to remain as a visitor for seven days from the date of entry, is permitted to remain until 8 January.
  2. To enter the People’s Republic of China (PRC) from Hong Kong, a valid passport and PRC visa is required.
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