Covid Update for Hong Kong
Last update: 26/08/2021
Travelers who have been fully vaccinated at least 14 days before arrival can now enter Hong Kong, as long as they have not been in the following countries in the past 21 days: Brazil, India, Indonesia, Ireland, Nepal, Pakistan, the Philippines, Russia, South Africa, or the UK. They must present their certificate in either English or Chinese or accompanied by a written confirmation in either English or Chinese. Other travelers who can enter include residents of Hong Kong with the appropriate documentation. Spouses and children (under 18) of Hong Kong residents with proof of relationship are also permitted to enter, as are passengers with a residence or study visa issued by Hong Kong, holders of a diplomatic, service or official passport traveling on duty, merchant seamen, or deadheading crew. Another exception is made for foreign nationals who have only been in the People’s Republic of China (including Hong Kong and Macau), Taiwan, or New Zealand in the last 14 days. Individuals who have been in the following countries (including transit) for more than 2 hours in the past 21 days are prohibited from entering the HKSAR: Bangladesh, Brazil, Cambodia, France, Greece, India, Indonesia, Iran, Ireland, Malaysia, Nepal, the Netherlands, Pakistan, the Philippines, Russia, South Africa, Spain, Sri Lanka, Switzerland, Tanzania, Thailand, Turkey, the United Arab Emirates, the UK, or the USA. New arrivals may be required to undergo medical screening and isolation for 21 days. Travelers who have been in the following countries within the past 21 days (including in transit) must have a medical certificate in Chinese or English matching the name on their travel document proving they tested negative for COVID-19 in a nucleic acid test taken at most 72 hours before the departure of the last direct flight to Hong Kong: Argentina, Bangladesh, Belgium, Brazil, Cambodia, Canada, Colombia, Ecuador, Egypt, Ethiopia, France, Germany, India, Indonesia, the Republic of Ireland, Italy, Japan, Kazakhstan, Kenya, South Korea, Malaysia, Nepal, the Netherlands, Pakistan, the Philippines, Romania, Russia, Singapore, South Africa, Switzerland, Taiwan, Thailand, Turkey, Ukraine, the United Arab Emirates, the UK, the USA, or Vietnam. They must also provide a letter in Chinese or English from local authorities to prove that the lab that conducted the test is government-approved, as well as booking confirmation of the accommodation in which they plan to stay in Hong Kong for a minimum of 21 nights. All travelers must have confirmation (in Chinese or English) of a reservation (in Chinese or English) at an approved hotel in Hong Kong, with only a few exceptions. This must be for at least 21 nights if the individual does not have a vaccination certificate or for 14 nights if they do have a vaccination certificate (in English or Chinese – this must show they were fully vaccinated against coronavirus at least 15 days before arriving in Hong Kong). Only those who have only been in the following locations in the previous 21 days are exempt: Australia, China (PRC), Macao SAR, New Zealand, Singapore, or Taiwan. Those who have been in Australia, New Zealand, or Singapore must have a hotel reservation for at least 14 nights. Those who have been in the UK or Ireland in the previous 21 days must have a reservation for a minimum of 21 nights regardless of whether or not they have been vaccinated. Passengers who in the past 14 days have not been in or transited through Australia, Brazil, India, Indonesia, Republic of Ireland, Nepal, New Zealand, Pakistan, Philippines, South Africa, or the United Kingdom may have a hotel reservation confirmation in Chinese or English for a minimum of 7 nights, if they have either a COVID-19 vaccination certificate or a positive COVID-19 serology antibody test. Travelers transiting through the HKSAR must have a connecting flight booked on the same ticket, have all boarding passes printed, and all baggage checked through until the final destination. It is not permitted to transit through Hong Kong to mainland China. All arriving passengers and airline crew must submit a completed Health Declaration Form. Arrivals are subject to health screening and 21 days of quarantine. Airline crew must have a negative COVID-19 nucleic acid test result issued within 48 hours prior to departure and are subject to a COVID-19 test upon arrival. You can also check the visa Policy of Hong Kong to find out the requirements you need to meet in order to travel to the country.