COVID-19 Update

Travelling to HK

Updated date:  28th March 2021

Immigration Department of Hong Kong SAR

  1. There has been adjustments to the services provided by the Immigration Department of Hong Kong,
    from 10th December 2020:

    • Visa and Extension of Stay – Accepting only urgent applications of extension of stay by drop-in.  Some applicants may be eligible for online application, for details, please visit www.immd.gov.hk/eng/online-services/index.html

       

  2. ​Applications for Visa Extension (except Foreign Domestic Helpers and Imported Workers). 

    On the 31st December 2020, the Immigration Department announced that, they will accept applications from applicants who are unable to return to Hong Kong to apply for their visa extension due to the COVID-19 pandemic, those who fit one of the below requirements: 

    * your limit of stay is about to expire (within 4 weeks); or 
    * your visa has expired for less than 12 months.

    Eligible applicants will require to submit: 

    * their completed application forms; 
    * all the required supporting documents relevant to their immigration policy or scheme; 
    * a letter setting out the details on their inability to return to Hong Kong timely for the extension of stay formalities. 

    If the Immigration Department is satisfied that the applicants' circumstances are a continuation of their previous residence in Hong Kong, the Department may consider issuing a visa or entry permit to the applicants to return to Hong Kong within the granted period of the new visa/ entry permit.

Hong Kong Travel Restrictions - Before Your Travel

Transiting through Hong Kong

Restrictions:

  • Transiting to destinations in Mainland China is unavailable.

  • All "sea-to-air ferry services" for routes Greater Bay Area to Hong Kong are suspended.

  • All "air-to-sea ferry services" for routes Hong Kong to Greater Bay Area are also suspended.

  • From 15th August until HKT 11:59pm on 15th October 2020, anyone starting their journey in Mainland China will be able to transit Hong Kong International Airport, provided that they meet the below requirements.

Requirements:

  • Your travel itinerary contains a single-booking only; 

  • You hold a valid visa for the transit in Hong Kong; 

  • You hold a valid visa/ travel documents for your final destination; 

  • Your baggage has checked through to your final traveling destination; 

  • You have been issued a boarding pass(es) to travel onwards from Hong Kong; 

  • Your connection time between flights is within 24 hours.

Entering Hong Kong

Who can Enter Hong Kong?

Non-Hong Kong Residents will be denied to enter Hong Kong.

** UPDATE: Anyone who has been in Brazil, Ireland, the United Kingdom or South Africa for more than 2 hours in the past 21 days will be denied to enter Hong Kong (including Hong Kong residents who meet the below criteria).

The following Hong Kong residents (who have NOT visited Brazil, Ireland, the United Kingdom or South Africa for more than 2 hours in the past 21 days)  can enter Hong Kong:

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  • Hong Kong Permanent Identity Card / Hong Kong Identity Card Holders with -

    • "asterisk" or "A" or "R" codes​

    • "C" code and accompanied by a valid work visa or student visa

    • "U" code, however your HKID must be pre-approved by the HK Immigration Department

  • HKSAR Passport Holders with the right of abode in Hong Kong

  • BNO Passport Holders with the right of abode in Hong Kong

  • Holders of Hong Kong Document of Identity

Exceptions:

If you meet one or more of the following criteria, you may be exempt from the entry restrictions:

  • You hold one of these valid visas -

    • Employment visa​

    • Student visa

    • Business Investment visa

  • You are traveling from Mainland China, Taiwan, or Macau, and have not been to any other country/ region in the past 21 days.​

  • Children and spouses of Hong Kong residents.

  • You are a holder of a Diplomatic/ Official Passport, however, you must also meet visa requirements before entering.

  • You are local government personnel traveling to Hong Kong to perform official duties.

  • You have been approved by the HKSAR government to carry out anti-epidemic work in Hong Kong.

Arriving to Hong Kong

* The latest compulsory quarantine requirement:

Effective 21st December 2020, all inbound travellers who have travelled to destinations outside of China in the past 21 days, must present a room booking confirmation in English or Chinese, for not less than 21 nights (at one of the “destinated hotels”), starting on the day of arrival in Hong Kong.  This also applies to travellers who have homes/ residential address in Hong Kong.

Effective 25th December 2020, mandatory quarantine at designated quarantine hotel has now been extended to 21-days.

Compulsory Health Declarations

You must present a "COVID-19 test report" (in paper or electronic format) with a negative test result at the Hong Kong International Airport Immigration, when you have visited or transited through one or more of the following countries in the 21 days prior to arriving into Hong Kong:

  • Bangladesh

  • Belgium

  • Canada

  • Ecuador

  • Ethiopia

  • France

  • Germany

  • India

  • Indonesia

  • Kazakhstan

  • Nepal

  • Pakistan

  • The Philippines

  • Romania

  • Russia

  • Switzerland

  • Turkey

  • The United States

  • Ukraine

  • United Arab Emirate

COVID-19 Test Report Conditions:

A valid test report must meet all of the below criteria -

  1. The test must be carried out by a laboratory/ healthcare institution that is;

    • ISO 15189 accredited or​

    • recognised/ approved by the relevant authority of the government of the place in which the laboratory/ healthcare institution is located.

      If you are travelling from the United Kingdom, please note, the NHS test report does not meet the Hong Kong entry requirements and it will not be accepted.

       

  2. The test taken was a "nucleic acid test" for COVID-19.​
     

  3. The sample of your test was taken 72 hours before your scheduled time of departure of the flight to Hong Kong.

    If your flight has been changed or cancelled, it is your responsibility for ensuring that your COVID-19 test meets the 72-hour requirement based on your new flight department time.

     

  4. The name on your report matches the name on your valid travel documents.
     

  5. Your test result for COVID-19 is negative.
     

  6. The test report must be written in English or Chinese.*

* Note, if your test report is not in English nor Chinese, you will also need to supply a written confirmation in English or Chinese, printed with all of the above information.

Documentary Proof:

Even if the test report from the laboratory/ healthcare institution is ISO accredited or is recognised/ approved by the relevant authority of the government the place in which the laboratory/ healthcare institution is located...

 

You still require documentary proof.  This can be in the form of a copy of;

  • Certificate of Accreditation or

  • Certificate of Compliance or

  • information printed out from an official government website. 

Mandatory COVID-19 Testing

You will be required to take a medical test for COVID-19 before going through to immigration and baggage collection.

This medical test will involve collection of your saliva sample, it will be conducted by medical professionals at the Department of Health Temporary Specimen Collection Centre at Midfield Concourse.  You will be guided through the whole process.

Once the test is completed, you are required to wait for the test results.

21 Days Compulsory Quarantine

Effective 25th December 2020, upon your arrival in Hong Kong, you are required to undergo a 21-day compulsory quarantine.

All compulsory quarantine must take place at one of the “designated hotels"

You must take designated transportation to your hotel (from the airport), which will be arranged by the Government.

Our Other Services

Hong Kong Dependent Visa

For family members wishing to join their spouses/parents who are working/studying in Hong Kong​

Hong Kong Investment Visa

For overseas entrepreneurs relocating to Hong Kong either through investing or by establishing their own business in Hong Kong.

Hong Kong Training Visa

For non-Hong Kong students and employees coming to Hong Kong for training or internship

Hong Kong

Visit/Transit Visa

For foreigners who wish to visit Hong Kong for leisure or business purposes.  And for foreigners who require to transit through from Hong Kong

Mainland Talents & Professionals

For professionals who are residents of Mainland China taking up employment in Hong Kong

 

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