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ENTRY REQUIREMENTS - HONG KONG

Date:

08/17/2022


ENTRY REQUIREMENTS - HONG KONG

LATEST REQUIREMENTS FOR ENTERING HONG KONG FROM OVERSEAS PLACES

(Update: 17/08/2022)

The Hong Kong Department of Health has announced that all overseas places have been placed in the high-risk category.

N.B. In case of flights with stopover in different countries, passengers must also check the conditions and requirements imposed by the authorities of the transit countries (type of Covid-19 test, language required for certification, quarantine / self-isolation conditions) in addition to those required by the authorities of Hong Kong.

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BOARDING PROCEDURES FOR PASSENGERS ARRIVING FROM OVERSEAS PLACES AND TAIWAN

Please check the official website set up by the Hong Kong Government at the following link and the "Frequently Asked Questions" section available at the following link.

ATTENTION! PASSENGERS WHO ARE NOT VACCINATED ARE NOT ALLOWED TO TAKE FLIGHTS TO HONG KONG.

Starting from 12 August 2022, vaccinated Hong Kong residents and non-Hong Kong residents arriving from overseas places will be allowed to enter Hong Kong under the following conditions.

Travellers who have been vaccinated outside Hong Kong are recognised as 'vaccinated' if they have received the minimum dosage of recognised vaccines at least 14 days prior to arrival in Hong Kong, as indicated on the "List of COVID-19 Vaccines Recognised for Specified Purposes" available at this link.

The requirement of completion of COVID-19 vaccination course is not required for passengers arriving from Taiwan who have not visited any places outside China in the 14 days prior to arrival in Hong Kong.

 

Required documents for boarding:

(1) Certificate of vaccination against Covid-19

NB: VACCINATIONS ADMINISTERED OUTSIDE HONG KONG

A recognised vaccination record for vaccinations administered outside Hong Kong must comply with the following requirements:

  • must be entirely in English or in Chinese;
  • bears the name of the vaccinated traveller matching that in his/her travel document;
  • issued by a healthcare institution recognised by the national authorities of the country in which the vaccination was carried out;
  • the name of the vaccine manufacturer (pharmaceutical company), the number of doses administered and the date of administration of the last dose must be indicated.

If the certificate does not comply with the above, please contact our consular section by writing an email to consolare.hongkong@esteri.it for further assistance.

PLEASE PAY ATTENTION TO THE FOLLOWING WITH REGARD TO GREEN PASS:

The Hong Kong Government recognises the "COVID-19 Green Certification, Certification of Vaccination" issued by Italy, as valid for the purpose of entry into Hong Kong with the limits of type of administration specified in the paragraph "Quarantine Measures for Passengers Arriving from Overseas Places" and "Documentary proof for completion of vaccination" of the Government website.

On the other hand, the "COVID-19 Green Certification, Test Certification" instead of the Covid-19 negativity test certification issued by the analysis laboratories is not recognised as valid for entry into Hong Kong.

 

(2) A NEGATIVE TEST RESULT PROOF FOR COVID-19

To be considered valid, the report must:

  • state the test result clearly and be exclusively of PCR type, i.e. nasopharyngeal molecular swab;
  • be carried out within 48 hours prior to the scheduled departure time of the flight to Hong Kong;
  • be written in ENGLISH or CHINESE;
  • bear the name of the relevant traveller matching that in his or her travel document;
  • be issued by a laboratory or healthcare institution

Arrangements for travellers recovered from a prior COVID-19 infection

Travellers arriving in Hong Kong (except those coming from Mainland China) who recovered from a prior COVID-19 infection may exceptionally be allowed to board flights for Hong Kong if they are in possession of the following documents:


1. A medical certificate confirming recovery from COVID-19 between 14 and 90 days prior to boarding for Hong Kong, with translation in Chinese or English and all the personal information which must match that of the relevant inbound person;

2. Certificate of Negative Antigenic Test (RAT) issued by a laboratory or healthcare institution, with translation in Chinese or English, bearing the name of the relevant inbound person matching that in his or her valid travel document to show that:

- the relevant inbound person underwent a test for COVID-19, the sample for which was taken from the relevant inbound person within 24 hours before the scheduled time of departure of the specified flight for Hong Kong;

- the test conducted on the sample was a RAT for COVID-19;

- the relevant inbound person was tested negative for COVID-19

 

(3) A CONFIRMATION OF HOTEL BOOKING for the duration of the required quarantine duration (see next point "QUARANTINE MEASURES FOR PASSENGERS ARRIVING FROM ABROAD").

Hotel quarantine is only possible in one of government-designated quarantine hotels (DQHs).

(4) QR CODE GENERATED UPON COMPLETION OF THE ONLINE "HEALTH & QUARANTINE DECLARATION" FORM PRIOR TO DEPARTURE (see next point)

 

BEFORE DEPARTURE

Starting from 12 August 2022, passengers will be required to complete the online Health & Quarantine Information Declaration Form available at the following link before departing to Hong Kong and upload the vaccination record in the dedicated section of the Health & Quarantine Information Declaration Form, along with other relevant information such as booking confirmation at designated quarantine hotels (DQHs). Once the Declaration Form has been successfully completed, a QR Code will be generated and must be shown at check-in prior to boarding.

Once all relevant information submitted has been verified, a Green Health Declaration QR Code will be issued, speeding up the documents-verification process upon arrival at the airport in Hong Kong (see example).

If the vaccination record is verified, but the hotel reservation cannot be confirmed, a Pink Health Declaration QR Code will be issued. Upon arrival at the airport, holders of this code will need to have their boarding documents checked by local staff

For more information, please refer to the following press release: Government announces adjustments to quarantine arrangements for inbound persons

 

UPON ARRIVAL

Travellers arriving at Hong Kong International Airport will have to:

  • undergo a rapid antigen test and a molecular test (PCR), both to be conducted by local medical personnel at the airport.

If the result of the rapid antigen test is negative, the passenger can proceed through Immigration and, following the instructions of the airport staff, be transferred to the previously booked quarantine hotel (DQH) to undergo quarantine and wait for the PCR results there. Waiting times may be long.

Green Health Declaration QR Code holders will be able to proceed with the collection of their luggages without having to wait for the result of the rapid antigen swab test.

For more details, please refer to the dedicated page.

  • go to the designated quarantine hotel to undergo compulsory quarantine by boarding the free designated transport arranged by the Government. Alternatively, it is possible to go to the quarantine hotels at one's own expense by using the self-paid DQH taxi services from the designated area at the airport. Currently, there are 100 designated taxis in operation, available daily from 7 a.m. until 2 a.m. the following day.

If the tests carried out upon arrival at the airport are positive, the local authorities will arrange for compulsory admission to quarantine facilities. Passengers who are considered to be 'close contacts' of positive cases will be transferred to the quarantine facilities designated by the local health authorities.

 

*Boarding and Quarantine Arrangements for Accompanied Children

Children aged 11 or below who are yet to be vaccinated can also board flights for Hong Kong only if they are accompanied by relevant persons who fulfilled the boarding requirements. The accompanied children (aged three or above) must present for boarding the negative result proof of a PCR-based nucleic acid test for COVID-19 within 48 hours prior to departure.

Before being transferred to Designated Quarantine Hotels (DQHs) for compulsory quarantine upon arrival in Hong Kong, all children will be subject to PCR-based nucleic acid tests. For children aged below three, the test will be conducted with stool samples. Stool sample collection pack will be distributed for them to save stool at the quarantine facility or quarantine hotels. They do not need to submit stool sample or wait for the stool test result at the airport.

 

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QUARANTINE MEASURES FOR PASSENGERS ARRIVING FROM OVERSEAS PLACES AND TAIWAN

Please check carefully the official website set up by the Hong Kong Government at the following link

Starting from 12 August 2022, inbound persons from overseas places or Taiwan will be subject to quarantine under the "3+4" model as follows:

(a) 3 days of compulsory quarantine in one of the designated quarantine hotels (DQHs). During this period they must undergo daily rapid antigen swab (RATs) and a nucleic acid test on the second (2) day of quarantine;

(b) 4 days of medical surveillance at home or in other self-arranged accommodation if consecutively tested negative during the compulsory quarantine at DQHs.

Tests to be carried out during the 7-day period:

During the whole compulsory quarantine and medical surveillance period, inbound persons are subject to daily rapid antigen tests (RATs) until Day 10 of arrival in Hong Kong. RATs can be carried out independently with the appropriate kits. It is necessary to take photos of each sample with visible test result, and to keep the photos in case verification is required by local authorities.

Inbound persons should also undergo nucleic acid tests on the fourth (4), sixth (6) and ninth (9) days after arrival at a community testing centre or a mobile specimen collection station, or arrange a self-paid test by professional swab sampling at a local medical institution recognised by the Government. If the test is carried out in public facilities, the test result will be notified via SMS.

'Leave Home Safe' app and Vaccine Pass QR Code:

Upon arrival in Hong Kong, inbound persons will need to install the 'Leave Home Safe' app, which is downloadable here, on their mobile device and ensure it is updated to the latest version.

During the 4-day medical surveillance period, if the result of all daily rapid antigen tests (RATs) taken during the hotel quarantine period is negative, the "Leave Home Safe" app's Vaccine Pass QR Code will be converted to an Amber Code, which will subject to the following restrictions from entering specified premises:

  1. Premises subject to active checking of vaccine pass through the "Leave Home Safe" app's Vaccine Pass QR Code Scanner, i.e. catering business premises (including bars or pubs), fitness centres, beauty parlours or hair salons;
  2. Other premises: RCHEs, RCHDs, schools and designated healthcare premises, residential care homes for the elderly, residential care homes for persons with disabilities;
  3. other places or premises indicated by the government

For more details on premises subject to 'active checking', please refer to the following pages (link 1; link 2)

Persons under the category of Amber Code can conduct daily essential activities of lower risks, such as taking public transport to go to work, entering supermarkets and markets.

Upon completion of the medical surveillance period of persons who are consecutively tested negative, the 'Leave Home Safe' app will automatically revert the Amber Code to a Blue Code, which will allow the relevant person to conduct any activities without restrictions.

For more information, please refer to the Government press releases at the following links:

Government announces adjustments to quarantine arrangements for inbound persons

Government announces enhanced Vaccine Pass function

and the'FAQs' section on the Vaccination Pass and Red and Amber Codes.

 

PASSENGERS ARRIVING FROM MAINLAND CHINA AND MACAO

As of 12 August 2022, passengers arriving from Mainland China and Macao who do not fall under the 'Return2hk' and 'Come2hk' scheme will be subject to quarantine under the "3+4" model. They will have to undergo 3 days of quarantine at their home or other accommodation, followed by 4 days of medical surveillance during which they will have to record their body temperature twice a day.

For more information, please consult the following link: Government announces adjustments to quarantine arrangements for inbound persons.  

 

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AIRPORT TRANSIT IN HONG KONG

ATTENTION! AIRPORT TRANSIT SERVICES FOR PASSENGERS ARRIVING FROM OVEASEAS PLACES OR FROM SELECTED COUNTRIES MAY BE SUBJECT TO SUDDEN SUSPENSIONS.

BEFORE DEPARTING, IT IS SUGGESTED THAT YOU CONSTANTLY CHECK THE NOTICES PUBLISHED ON THE HONG KONG AIRPORT WEBSITE UNDER "IMPORTANT NOTICE".

From 1st June 2022, passengers transiting through Hong Kong are no longer required to take the PCR test within the past 48 hours.

Until further notice, only transit passengers who have also checked-in at the departure airport for the their transit flights to Hong Kong and to their final destination will be allowed to transit. Transit passengers are not permitted to leave the transit area of the airport.

Transit is currently not allowed for direct flights to mainland China. However, transit is allowed for flights from mainland China.


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