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ENTRY REGULATIONS TO HONG KONG

Date:

09/15/2021


ENTRY REGULATIONS TO HONG KONG

HONG KONG: COVID-19. Last update: 15/9/2021

BOARDING, TESTING AND QUARANTINE PROCEDURES FOR PASSENGERS ARRIVING FROM THREE RISK-BASED GROUPS

All overseas inbound travellers arriving in Hong Kong will be required to:

  1. Present the followings prior to boarding on the fight to Hong Kong:
  • a negative test report of a polymerase chain reaction (PCR)-based nucleic acid test for COVID-19 in ENGLISH or CHINESE, issued by laboratories recognised by the national authorities of the country in which the laboratory is located. The sample must be taken within 72 hours of the scheduled departure time of the aircraft which will land in Hong Kong. IMPORTANT: The Hong Kong authorities only accept certificates issued by laboratories ISO 15189 accredited or is recognised or approved by the national authority of the country in which the laboratory is located. It is therefore necessary to book the test by choosing one of the regional laboratories recognised by the Italian Ministry of Health on the constantly updated list available at the following website. You can also check the lists of the officially accredited regional laboratories for covid-19 molecular tests, which can be found on the website of your region. It is recommended that you carry out your research in advance and contact the laboratory of your choice to receive assurances on the timing of the issue of certificates. IMPORTANT: the Covid-19 negative test report must be entirely in ENGLISH and must contain all the information in the Covering of Lab Report required by the airlines.
  • a 'Consular declaration of a laboratory recognised by the Ministry of Health'. Please write an email to consolare.hongkong@esteri.it well in advance of your departure in order to obtain the declaration.
  • a confirmation of room reservation at a government-designated quarantine hotel for the required compulsory quarantine duration according to the risk category of your country of origin. The government-designated quarantine hotels (DQHs) are listed here.

2. Undergo an additional test upon arrival at the Hong Kong International Airport and wait for the results at the airport (“test and hold" arrangement); Please allow several hours for waiting.

3. If the Covid-19 test result conducted upon arrival in the airport is negative, board the designated transport arranged by the Government to go to the designated quarantine hotel to undergo compulsory quarantine. If the Covid-19 test result conducted upon arrival in the airport is positive, the local authorities will arrange for the passenger to be admitted to the appropriate hospital facilities. Negative passengers who are close contacts of positive passengers will be transferred to government quarantine centres.

IMPORTANT: IN THE ABSENCE OF DIRECT FLIGHTS BETWEEN HONG KONG AND ITALY, IT IS NECESSARY FOR THE PASSENGERS TO CHECK THE ADDITIONAL CONDITIONS APPLIED BY THE AUTHORITIES OF THE COUNTRIES OF TRANSIT (TYPE OF COVID TEST, LANGUAGE REQUIRED FOR CERTIFICATION, QUARANTINE/SELF-ISOLATION CONDITIONS) WITH RESPECT TO THOSE APPLIED BY THE HONG KONG AUTHORITIES.

For the purpose of entry into Hong Kong, the HKSAR Government has categorised overseas places into three different groups based on risk levels.

The risk-based groups and the relevant places/countries can be found at this link. Italy is placed in the medium-risk category (Group B).

Boarding, quarantine and testing requirementa for passengers arriving from high-risk countries (Group A).

The following persons are allowed to board the flight for Hong Kong:

  • Hong Kong residents who have completed their courses of vaccination and present recognised vaccination records (i.e. vaccination records issued by a healthcare institution or a relevant authority of the Government of Hong Kong, the Mainland, or a country where its national regulatory authority is designated by the World Health Organization as a stringent regulatory authority); or
  • accompanied children of Hong Kong residents who are below the age of 12, if all the accompanied adults fulfilled condition (a) stated above.

The above inbound travellers who have stayed in the new Group A specified places must comply with the following quarantine arrangements:

  • Undergo compulsory quarantine for 21 days in a designated quarantine hotel (DQH);
  • Undergo 4 tests during compulsory quarantine;
  • Self-monitoring in the subsequent 7 days; and
  • Undergo 2 additional compulsory Covid-19 testing.

Boarding, quarantine and testing requirements for passengers arriving from very medium-risk countries (Group B), i.e. all places outside China and do not belong to Group A or Group C:

Inbound travellers who have only stayed in Group B specified place(s) during the 14 days prior to boarding have to comply with the following arrangement:

1) If the travellers who are Hong Kong residents have not been fully vaccinated:

  • Undergo compulsory quarantine for 21 days in a DQH; and
  • Undergo 4 tests during compulsory quarantine.
  • Self-monitoring in the subsequent 7 days;
  • Undergo 2 additional compulsory Covid-19 testing.

2) If the travellers who are Hong Kong residents or non-Hong Kong residents have been fully vaccinated, they must also present a vaccination record at boarding. They are subject to a shortened quarantine period. Relevant quarantine arrangements are as follows:

  • Undergo compulsory quarantine for 14 days in a DQH;
  • Undergo 4 tests during compulsory quarantine;
  • Self-monitoring in the subsequent 7 days; and
  • Undergo compulsory testing on the 16th and 19th days of arrival in Hong Kong.

PLEASE NOTE: NON-HONG KONG RESIDENTS WHO HAVE NOT BEEN FULLY VACCINATED ARE NOT ALLOWED TO BOARD THE FLIGHT FOR HONG KONG. FULLY VACCINATED TRAVELERS WHO ARE NON-HONG KONG RESIDENTS arriving from Group B countries who have not been in Group A countries within 21 days prior to boarding will be permitted to enter Hong Kong in accordance with the same arrangements as for Hong Kong residents. The relevant boarding, quarantine and testing requirements are the same as those applicable to fully vaccinated Hong Kong residents arriving from Group B countries.

Boarding, quarantine and testing requirements for passengers arriving from low-risk countries (Group C).

Inbound travellers who have only stayed in Group C specified country(s) during the 21 days prior to boarding have to comply with the following arrangement:

1) If the travellers have not been fully vaccinated:

  • Undergo compulsory quarantine for 14 days in a DQH;
  • Undergo 4 tests during compulsory quarantine;
  • Self-monitoring in the subsequent 7 days; and
  • Undergo compulsory testing on the 16th and 19th days of arrival in Hong Kong.

2) If the travellers have been fully vaccinated, they must also present a vaccination record at boarding. They are subject to a shortened quarantine period. Relevant quarantine arrangements are as follows:

  • Undergo compulsory quarantine for 7 days in a DQH;
  • Undergo 2 tests during compulsory quarantine;
  • Self-monitoring in the subsequent 7 days; and
  • Undergo 4 additional compulsory Covid-19 testing

 

**IMPORTANT: UNVACCINATED MINORS BELOW THE AGE OF 12**

Children below the age of 12 arriving in Hong Kong from Group B or C countries, if accompanied by fully vaccinated adults, upon their completion of the hotel quarantine period for the fully vaccinated adults, may opt for self-isolation at home until the end of the minors’ quarantine period (21 days for those arriving from Group B places and 14 days for those from Group C places), on condition that all household members of the minors have been fully vaccinated, and that the minors cannot have contact with persons who have not been fully vaccinated.

 

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;
  • bears the name of the relevant vaccinated traveller matching that in his/her valid travel document;
  • issued by a healthcare institution recognised by the national authorities of the country in which the vaccination was carried out and which are listed on the following link: https://www.coronavirus.gov.hk/pdf/places_of_issuance_recognised_vaccination_records.pdf;
  • indicates the name of the vaccine administered, which must be one of the vaccines recognised in Hong Kong listed at the following link: https://www.coronavirus.gov.hk/pdf/list_of_recognised_covid19_vaccines.pdf; the number of doses administered and the date of administration of the last dose must be also indicated. In order to be considered valid, the number of doses administered must correspond to the "Dose(s) required" of the vaccine administered, as indicated in the right-hand column on the list.

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.

 

PASSENGERS ARRIVING FROM MAINLAND CHINA, MACAO AND TAIWAN

Quarantine and testing arrangements for persons arriving at Hong Kong from places in Mainland other than Guangdong Province, Macao, and Taiwan

- For persons (arriving at Hong Kong from August 4) who have not been fully vaccinated, and who have stayed in places in the Mainland other than Guangdong Province or Macao during the relevant period (i.e. the day of arrival at Hong Kong and during the 14 days before that day), they are subject to compulsory quarantine for 14 days at home, and have to undergo compulsory testing on the third, seventh and 12th days of arrival at Hong Kong during quarantine, as well as on the 16th and 19th days of arrival at Hong Kong after the completion of quarantine.

- Persons who have not been fully vaccinated and who have stayed in Taiwan during the relevant period are required to undergo a nucleic acid test within 72 hours prior to boarding a flight for Hong Kong, subject to compulsory quarantine in designated quarantine hotels (DQHs) for 21 days, and have to be tested four times during quarantine.

- Fully vaccinated persons who have stayed in the Mainland or Macao during the relevant period are only subject to compulsory quarantine at home for seven days with seven days of self-monitoring afterwards, and have to undergo compulsory testing on the third and fifth days of arrival at Hong Kong during quarantine, as well as on the ninth, 12th, 16th and 19th days of arrival at Hong Kong after the completion of quarantine.

- Fully vaccinated persons who have stayed in Taiwan during the relevant period are subject to compulsory quarantine in DQHs for 14 days, have to be tested three times during quarantine, self-monitor for seven days afterwards, and have to undergo compulsory testing on the 16th and 19th days of arrival at Hong Kong. If the relevant persons have been fully vaccinated and hold a recognised positive result proof of serology antibody test, they are subject to compulsory quarantine in DQHs for seven days, have to be tested twice during quarantine, self-monitor for seven days afterwards, and have to undergo compulsory testing on the ninth, 12th, 16th and 19th days of arrival at Hong Kong.

 

AIRPORT TRANSIT SERVICES

Starting from 1 June 2020, airport transit services at Hong Kong International Airport have resumed on a limited and phased basis.

Until further notice, only passengers who have also checked-in at the departure airport for their transit flight 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 permitted for flights bound for mainland China. Transit for flights from mainland China have been allowed from 15 August 2020.

Before departure, we recommend that you monitor the airport notices at the following link: https://www.hongkongairport.com


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