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Find out more below about the restrictions of entering Hong Kong as well as entering other countries. 

 

This blog was produced on 15 April 2021 and the information provided is based on the date of creation.

 

Who is Eligible To Enter Hong Kong?

Only residents with the following documents will be permitted to enter Hong Kong: 

  • Hong Kong Permanent Identity Card or Hong Kong Identity Card that: 
    • bears the "asterisk" or "A" or "R" codes
    • bears the "C" code (provided that it is accompanied by a valid work visa or study visa)
    • bears the "U" code (Note: this type of HKID is subject to approval from Hong Kong Immigration prior to acceptance at check-in)
  • Hong Kong SAR Passport
  • Hong Kong Document of Identity
  • Non-Hong Kong residents will be denied entry into Hong Kong
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Entry Restriction Exemptions

The following passengers are exempt from the entry restrictions:

  • Passengers travelling from the mainland China, Taiwan or Macao SAR, and have not been to any other country/region in the past 21 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 take up residence in Hong Kong 

*Passengers falling into this exemption category must still possess a travel document that would allow them to stay in Hong Kong for a minimum of 14 days, in order to meet the compulsory quarantine requirements. Otherwise, entry will be refused.

Passengers who have been in or transited through Brazil, South Africa or the United Kingdom for more than two hours in the past 24 hours will not be permitted to enter Hong Kong.

 

Pre-Departure Requriements & Mandatory Quarantine in Hong Kong

Group A1 - Extremely High Risk Places 

  • Passengers who have stayed in or transited through these countries for less than two hours in the past 21 days
    • Undergo compulsory quarantine for 21 days in a designated quarantine hotel
    • Proof of a medical certificate with a negative COVID nucleic acid test result, performed within 72 hours of scheduled departure time of last direct flight to Hong Kong
    • For passengers travelling from the United Kingdom, the NHS (National Health Service) test report does not meet the Hong Kong entry requirements and will not be accepted. 
    • Proof of hotel reservation for 21 days quarantine upon arrival (including returning residents)

 

Group A2 - Very High Risk Places (Brazil, India, Indonesia, Ireland, Pakistan, the Philippines, South Africa, the United Kingdom)

  • Undergo compulsory quarantine for 21 days in a designated quarantine hotel
  • Proof of a medical certificate with a negative COVID nucleic acid test result, performed within 72 hours of scheduled departure time of last direct flight to Hong Kong
  • For passengers travelling from the United Kingdom, the NHS (National Health Service) test report does not meet the Hong Kong entry requirements and will not be accepted. 
  • Proof of hotel reservation for 21 days quarantine upon arrival (including returning residents)
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Group B - High Risk Places 

  • Travellers who have not been fully vaccinated
    • Undergo quarantine for 21 days in a designated quarantine hotel 
    • Present a negative result proof of a nucleic acid test for COVID-19 conducted within 72 hours before scheduled time of flight departure
    • Present confirmation of room reservation for 21 nights at a designated quarantine hotel
  • Travellers who are fully vaccinated
    • ​Undergo compulsory quarantine for 14 days in a designated quarantine hotel
    • Self-monitor in the subsequent 7 days
    • Compulsory testing on the 16th and 19th day of arrival in Hong Kong
    • Present a negative result proof of a nucleic acid test for COVID-19 conducted within 72 hours before scheduled time of flight departure
    • Present confirmation of room reservation for 14 nights at a designated quarantine hotel

 

Group C - Medium Risk Places 

  • Travellers who have not been fully vaccinated
    • Undergo compulsory quarantine 21 days in designated quarantine hotel
    • Present confirmation of room reservation for 21 nights at a designated quarantine hotel
  • Travellers who are fully vaccinated
    • Undergo compulsory quarantine for 14 days in a designated quarantine hotel 
    • Self-monitor in the subsequent 7 days
    • Compulsory testing on the 16th and 19th day of arrival in Hong Kong
    • Present confirmation of room reservation for 14 nights in designated quarantine hotel
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Group D - Low Risk Places (Australia, New Zealand, Singapore and China)

  • Travellers who have not been fully vaccinated
    • Undergo compulsory 14 days in designated quarantine hotel
    • Self-monitor in subsequent 7 days
    • Compulsory testing on 16th and 19th day of arrival in Hong Kong 
    • Present confirmation of room reservation for 14 nights in designated quarantine hotel
  • Travellers who are fully vaccinated
    • ​Undergo compulsory quarantine 7 days in designated quarantine hotel
    • Self-monitor in subsequent 7 days
    • Compulsory testing on 9th and 12th day of arrival in Hong Kong
    • Present confirmation of room reservation for 7 days in designated quarantine hotel

 

Mandatory COVID-19 Testing

All passengers arriving into Hong Kong will be required to undergo a medical test for COVID-19 prior to clearing immigration and baggage collection. 

  • The test, which involves providing a combined nasal and throat swab sample, will be conducted by medical professionals at the Department of Health Temporary Specimen Collection Center at Midfield Concourse.
  • Passengers will receive directions and assistance after disembarking the aircraft.
  • All passengers will be required to wait for their test results. 

 


 

Departing Hong Kong to the United States

Entry Restrictions

Non-US citizens and residents who have visited/transited through one or more of the following countries/regions in the past 14 days are not permitted to enter:

  • Chinese mainland
  • Iran
  • Austria, Belgium, Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Iceland, Ireland, Italy, Latvia, Liechtenstein, Lithuanina, Luxembourg, Malta, Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, United Kingdom
  • Brazil
  • South Africa

Entry Restriction Exemptions

  • US citizens/lawful permanent residents including their spouse
  • The parent or legal guardian of a US citizen or lawful permanent resident, provided that the US citizen or lawful permanent resident is unmarried and under the age of 21 
  • The sibling of a US citizen or lawful permanent resident, provided that both are unmarried and under the age of 21
  • The child, foster child or ward of a US citizen or lawful permanent resident, or who is a prospective adoptee who is seeking to enter the US pursuant to the IR-4 or IH-4 visa classifications
  • Foreign government officials or an immediate family member of an offical (visas: A-1, A-2, C-2, C-3, E-1, G-1, G-2, G-3, G-4, NATO-1, NATO-2, NATO-3, NATO-4, or NATO-6) who originated in, transferred from, or transited through the aforementioned countries/regions in the past 14 days
  • Foreign nationals that hold: a DV-1, DV-2 or DV- 3 immigrant vista (issued prior to 4 September 2020), a visa annotated with "Exception under PP10014" or a non-immigrant visa (H-1B, H-2B, J-1, L-1)
  • US Armed Forces and their spouses and children (if have been to the aforementioned countries/regions) 

Quarantine Measures

  • All passengers are subject to a quaranitne assessment on arrival
  • Passengers who have been fully vaccinated are no longer required to quarantine upon arrival in Los Angeles, California (LAX)

COVID-19 Test

  • All passengers aged two years above travelling to or transiting through the United States, are required to present: 
    • A medical certificate indicating a negative COVID-19 test result. The test specimen must be collected within 3 days prior to the scheduled flight departure; OR 
    • A written/electronic documentation of recovery from COVID-19 after a previous SARS-Cov-2 infection. This must be in the form of a positive viral test result and a letter from a licensed health care provider or public health official stating that the customer has been cleared for travel (Documentation of Recovery)

An Attestation

  • All passengers (aged two years or above) must attest to receiving a negative test or that they have recovered from COVID-19 and signted the attestation form at the time of check-in
  • A parent or other authorised individual should attest on behalg of customer age 2 to 17 or anyone who is unable to attest on their own behalf

Health Declaration

  • Passengers aged 16 or above, travelling to Los Angeles (LAX) are required to fill in the Traveler Form
  • Passengers travelling to New York are required to fill in the Travel Health Form (one form per adult required, children or other dependents travellign together can be included with one adult) 

Additional Requirements

  • With effect from 1 February 2021, all passengers are required to wear a face mask on all public transportation (including aircraft, trains, and buses) and at transportation hubs (including airport terminals) in the US. The face mask must completely cover the passenger's nose and mouth.

 

Departing Hong Kong to Australia

 

Entry Restrictions 

  • All foreign nationals are not permitted to enter Australia

Entry Restriction Exemptions

  • Australian citizens, permanent residents and their immediate family including legal guardians, spouse, de facto partner, provisional partner via holders and dependent children of a passenger eligible for entry to Australia
  • Diplomats accredited to Australia that currently reside in Australia and their immediate family 
  • Nationals of New Zealand who ordinarily reside in Australia (444 visa)
  • New Zealand citizens who do not reside in Australia are permitted to transit through Australia if their final destination is New Zealand
  • Citizens of the following countries are permitted to transit through Australia to return home:
    • Cook Islands, Fiji, French Polynesia, Kiribati Marshall Islands, Micronesia
    • Nauru, New Caledonia, New Zealand, Niue, Palau, Papua New Guinea
    • Samoa, Solomon Islands, Timor Leste, Tonga, Tuvalu, Vanuatu
  • Foreign nationals transiting an Australian airport with a confirmed onward flight (provided they do not leave the airport during transit)

Quarantine Measures

  • All passengers (including Australian citizens and residents) arriving in Australia will be subject to a mandatory quarantine period of 14 days
  • Passengers must pay for the cost of their quarantine on arrival. Please note that arrangements differ by state
    • Exemption
      • New Zealand citizen or permanent resident (including their immediat family) or a citizen of a South Pacific Island travelling home through (i.e. transiting) Australia, is not subject to these mandatory quarantine requirements

COVID-19 Test

  • From 22 January 2021, all passengers aged five or above travelling to or transiting through Australia are required to present a medical certificate indicating a negative COVID-19 test result, conducted within 72 hours of their scheduled flight departure
  • The medical certificate can be either hard copy or digital copy; English is the preferred language, however the medical certificate in another language can be accepted if passengers have a certified translated copy of the COVID-19 test report in English
  • Exemption 
    • Passengers aged four years or below
    • Passengers with a medical condition - must present a medical certificate which indicates that due to a medical condition they are unable to undergo a COVID-19 test
    • Passengers departing from a green zone country (i.e. New Zealand)

Health Declaration

  • All passengers (except diplomats) are required to complete the Australia Travel Declaration form before departure
  • All passengers travelling to Queensland (i.e. through Brisbane Airport), are required to complete the Queensland International Arrivals Registration form before departure

Passengers Travelling to Perth

  • Passengers travelling to Perth must obtain an offical exemption to be able to enter Western Australia. More information and how to apply for an exemption via the G2G Pass system can be found on the Western Australia government

 

Departing Hong Kong to the United Kingdom

 

Entry Restrictions

  • Foreign nationals who have stayed in or transited through any coutnry on the travel ban red list countries in the past 10 days, are not allowed to enter the United Kingdom

Quarantine Measures

  • With effect from 15 February 2021, all eligible passengers (including British national, Irish national and anyone with residence rights in the UK) who have been in or transited through any country on the 'red list country' in the past 10 days, are required to pre-book confirmed hotel accommodation for 10 days quarantine and book two COVID-19 post-arrival tests before departure
  • All travel corridors for people arriving in England are suspended. All passengers arrive in England from anywhere outside the UK, Ireland, the Channel Islands, the Isle of Man, or red list countries, will need to self-isolate for 10 days.

COVID-19 Test

  • All passengers aged 11 years or above, arriving in and transferring through the UK are required to take a COVID-19 test conducted within 3 days of their scheduled flight departure.

Passenger Locator Form (PLF)

  • All passengers travelling to or transiting through the UK are required to present a completed Passenger Locator Form (PLF) upon check-in.

Additional Entry Requirements

  • It is a legal requirement that you wear a face covering on public transport in the UK.
  • You may be requested to self-isolate for 10 days on arrival. Please check the exempt countries list immediately before you travel as this list can change at short notice. 

Post-Arrival Requirements

  • With effect from 15 February 2021, all arriving passengers are required to pre-book two COVID-119 post-arrival tests (two tests at day 2 and day 8 after arrival at the customers own expense) 
  • Test booking must be entered on the revised PLF 
  • The two mandatory tests do not shorten the 10 day self-isolation period

Transiting Requirements In Manchester

  • The Manchester Airport Authority has announced the flight transfer centre facility in Manchester Airport (MAN) will not operate until further notice.
  • Passengers who have an onward flight beyond Manchester (regardless of whether they have check-in baggage or not) must clear immigration and customs formalities and collect their baggage on arrival
  • They must then proceed to the onward airline check-in counter to drop their baggage.
  • In addition, as passengers need to clear immigration facilities in Manchester, all passengers must meet the normal entry visa requirements to enter the UK.

 

 

Departing Hong Kong to Other Countries

Each country has different travel restrictions and quarantine procedures.

Be sure to book your flights with Charlotte Travel and contact one of our Travel Advisors to help you check these travel restrictions and quarantine procedures. 

 

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