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Travelling to Hong Kong – Restriction Updates May 2021



(image: sourced from the HKSAR Government's coronavirus website)




Those who are planning to travel to Hong Kong soon, note that the HKSAR Government has recently created a new four-tier classification system, an indication for travellers, depending on where you are travelling from, to find out whether they are allowed to entre Hong Kong, or to find out what are the requirements and documentations needed pre-departure.


NOTE

Non-Hong Kong residents are currently being denied for entry to Hong Kong.


EXEMPTION

Non-Hong Kong residents can entre Hong Kong:

  • those who hold a new entry visa to work, study, establish or join in any business, or to take up residence in Hong Kong; and

  • only when travelling from places in Groups B, C or D listed below; and

  • must present all required documentation as stated below.



Group A1 – Extremely high risk places


1. Brazil, 2. India, 3. Nepal, 4. Pakistan, 5. The Philippines, 6. South Africa.


Non-Hong Kong residents will be denied to entre into Hong Kong.


Hong Kong residents who have stayed in or transited through these extremely high risk places for more than 2 hours in the past 21 days are NOT permitted to entre Hong Kong, whether you are a citizen/ permanent resident/ anyone with a valid work/ dependent visa.


Hong Kong residents who have only stayed in or transited through these extremely high risk places for less than 2 hours in the past 21 days, you are only permitted to entre Hong Kong if you are able to present:


  • A “COVID-19 Test Report” at your arrival, that meets the requirements for the listed in this link.

  • That you have completed the Hong Kong Department of Health online health declaration form.

  • Confirmation of room reservation at one of the designated hotels for not less than 21 nights, from the date you arrive into Hong Kong. This confirmation must be in English or Chinese.

Quarantine requirement

  • 21 days compulsory quarantine at a designated quarantine hotel.

  • during quarantine, you must undergo 4 compulsory tests.

  • you must self-monitor for another 7 days after the 21 days compulsory quarantine.

  • you must undergo a compulsory testing on the 26th day of your arrival in Hong Kong a Community Testing Centre.



Group A2 - Very high risk places


1. Ireland and 2. the United Kingdom.


Non-Hong Kong residents will be denied to entre into Hong Kong.


Hong Kong residents who have stayed in or transited through these very high risk places in the past 21 days are only permitted to entre Hong Kong if you are able to present:

  • A “COVID-19 Test Report” at your arrival, that meets the requirements for the listed in this link.

  • That you have completed the Hong Kong Department of Health online health declaration form.

  • Confirmation of room reservation at one of the designated hotels for not less than 21 nights, from the date you arrive into Hong Kong. This confirmation must be in English or Chinese.

Quarantine requirement

  • 21 days compulsory quarantine at a designated quarantine hotel.

  • during quarantine, you must undergo 4 compulsory tests.

  • you must self-monitor for another 7 days after the 21 days compulsory quarantine.

  • you must undergo a compulsory testing on the 26th day of your arrival in Hong Kong a Community Testing Centre.


Group B – High risk places


1. Bangladesh, 2. Belgium, 3. Canada, 4. Egypt, 5. Ethiopia, 6. France, 7. Germany, 8. Indonesia, 9. Kazakhstan, 10. Romania, 11. Russia, 12. Switzerland, 13. Turkey, 14. United Arab Emirates, or 18. The United States.


Non-Hong Kong residents will be denied to entre into Hong Kong, except for .


Hong Kong residents who have stayed in or transited through these very high risk places in the past 21 days are only permitted to entre Hong Kong if you are able to present:


When you are fully vaccinated:

  • Your vaccination record.

  • A “COVID-19 Test Report” at your arrival, that meets the requirements for the listed in this link.

  • Confirmation of room reservation at one of the designated hotels for not less than 14 nights, from the date you arrive into Hong Kong. This confirmation must be in English or Chinese.

  • During the compulsory quarantine, you must undergo 3 compulsory tests.

  • After your 14 days mandatory quarantine, you must continue to self-monitor for another 7 days.

  • Compulsory testing required on your 16th and 19th days of arrival at Hong Kong.


When you are NOT fully vaccinated:

  • A “COVID-19 Test Report” at your arrival, that meets the requirements for the listed in this link.

  • Confirmation of room reservation at one of the designated hotels for not less than 21 nights, from the date you arrive into Hong Kong. This confirmation must be in English or Chinese.

  • During the compulsory quarantine, you must undergo 4 compulsory tests.



Group C – Medium to high risk places


These are places that are outside of Mainland China, Macau or Taiwan, but are not listed in Groups A, B or D.


Travellers who have stayed in these medium to high risk places in the past 21 days, at your arrival in Hong Kong, you must be able to present:


When you are fully vaccinated:

  • Your vaccination record.

  • A “COVID-19 Test Report” at your arrival, that meets the requirements for the listed in this link.

  • Confirmation of room reservation at one of the designated hotels for not less than 14 nights, from the date you arrive into Hong Kong. This confirmation must be in English or Chinese.

  • During the compulsory quarantine, you must undergo 3 compulsory tests.

  • After your 14 days mandatory quarantine, you must continue to self-monitor for another 7 days.

  • Compulsory testing required on your 16th and 19th days of arrival at Hong Kong.


When you are NOT fully vaccinated:

  • A “COVID-19 Test Report” at your arrival, that meets the requirements for the listed in this link.

  • That you have completed the Hong Kong Department of Health online health declaration form.

  • Confirmation of room reservation at one of the designated hotels for not less than 21 nights, from the date you arrive into Hong Kong. This confirmation must be in English or Chinese.

  • During the compulsory quarantine, you must undergo 4 compulsory tests.



Group D – Low risk places


1. Australia, 2. New Zealand, 3. Singapore, or 4. Mainland China.


Travellers who have stayed in these low risk places in the past 21 days, at your arrival in Hong Kong, you must be able to present:


When you are fully vaccinated:

  • Your vaccination record.

  • A “COVID-19 Test Report” at your arrival, that meets the requirements for the listed in this link.

  • Confirmation of room reservation at one of the designated hotels for not less than 7 nights, from the date you arrive into Hong Kong. This confirmation must be in English or Chinese.

  • During the compulsory quarantine, you must undergo 3 compulsory tests.

  • After your 7 days mandatory quarantine, you must continue to self-monitor for another 7 days.

  • Compulsory testing required on your 12th days of arrival at Hong Kong.


When you are NOT fully vaccinated:

  • Confirmation of room reservation at one of the designated hotels for not less than 14 nights, from the date you arrive into Hong Kong. This confirmation must be in English or Chinese.

  • During the compulsory quarantine, you must undergo 3 compulsory tests.

  • After your 14 days mandatory quarantine, you must continue to self-monitor for another 7 days.

  • Compulsory testing required on your 16th and 19th days of arrival at Hong Kong.




For information about the "Covid-19 Test Report" requirements, visit our website https://www.visaservices.hk/covid19.









Hong Kong-Singapore Air Travel Bubble



On Monday 26th April 2021, Hong Kong and Singapore have announced the long delayed air travel bubble between Hong Kong and Singapore will be launched on Wednesday 26th May 2021.


That means, those who are eligible to travel between these cities will not be restricted with Covid-19 travel restrictions.


For the first two weeks (from 26 May to 9 June), there will be one designated flight (via Cathay Pacific and Singapore Airlines) per day in each direction, with maximum of 200 passenger per flight.


Then from 10 June onwards, it will be increased to 2 flights per day with maximum 200 passengers per flight.


No transit passengers are allowed to be on these designated flight.


Before booking your flights, find out if you are eligible to travel under this travel bubble.


  • You must hold valid travelling documents.

  • You have remained in Hong Kong and/or Singapore for 14 days prior to your departure (except for those who had been in mandatory quarantine/ self isolation).


What other requirements are there?


  • If you are travelling from Hong Kong, you must have been vaccinated (but not required if travelling from Singapore).

  • Prior to travelling, you must have taken a COVID-19 test via a recognised clinic/ testing centre/ testing institution, with a negative result, within 3 days of your departure.

  • If travelling to Singapore, you are also required to take a COVID-19 test on arrival. You are encouraged to pre-book and pre-pay for your "on-arrival COVID-19 PCR test" before your departure.

  • If you are travelling to Singapore, you must book an accommodation for one to two days for self-isolation for when you wait for your COVID-19 test result. Singapore citizens and residents can self isolate at their own home.

  • If you are travelling to Hong Kong, you must fill out and submit a Health Declaration form 48 hours before your arrival in Hong Kong. Likewise, those travelling to Singapore, you must fill out and submit the "SG Arrival Card" within 3 days before your arrival in Singapore.

  • Prior to travelling, you must download the destination's contact tracing app.



Happy travelling!




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