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ENTRY REQUIREMENTS - HONG KONG

Date:

01/09/2023


ENTRY REQUIREMENTS - HONG KONG

LATEST REQUIREMENTS FOR ENTERING HONG KONG

(Update: 08/01/2023)

PASSENGERS ARRIVING FROM OVERSEAS PLACES

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

 

BEFORE DEPARTURE

Starting from 29 December 2022, the documents required for boarding are as follows:

(1) NEGATIVE RESULT OF A MOLECULAR SWAB (PCR) TO BE CARRIED OUT WITHIN 48 HOURS PRIOR TO BOARDING FOR HONG KONG OR A RAPID ANTIGEN SWAB (RAT) TO BE CARRIED OUT WITHIN 24 HOURS PRIOR TO BOARDING FOR HONG KONG.

Passengers may voluntarily declare the result of the swab by filling in the form available at the following link and must keep the test result for 90 days.

(2) PLEASE NOTE: FOR NON-RESIDENTS ONLY. Certificate of vaccination against Covid-19

The requirement to complete the vaccination cycle in order to enter Hong Kong from abroad remains only for non-resident travellers aged 12 years and above. 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.

The Hong Kong Government recognises the 'COVID-19 Green Certification, Vaccination Certification' (European Green Pass) issued by Italy as valid for entry purposes. Non-resident travellers who have been vaccinated outside Hong Kong will be recognised as "vaccinated" if they have received the minimum number of recognised vaccine doses in the 14 days prior to arrival in Hong Kong, as indicated in the table available at this link.

 

UPON ARRIVAL IN HONG KONG

As of 29 December 2022, travellers arriving in Hong Kong are no longer subject to restrictions upon arrival.

The Local Authorities recommend travellers to conduct a daily rapid antigen test (RAT) until the fifth (5) day after entering Hong Kong.

In case of a positive result, travellers should follow the instructions of the local health authorities. The indication may be to transfer to the government health facilities. For more information please see the following links:

https://www.coronavirus.gov.hk/eng/tested-positive.html

https://www.coronavirus.gov.hk/pdf/tp_handbook.pdf

 

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BOARDING PROCEDURES FOR PASSENGERS ARRIVING FROM MAINLAND CHINA AND MACAO

TRAVELLING BETWEEN HONG KONG - MAINLAND CHINA

Specific regulations for travelling between Hong Kong and Mainland China come into force from 8 January 2023.

Please refer to the Government's official press release: Progressive, orderly and comprehensive resumption of normal travel between Hong Kong and Mainland to be achieved (info.gov.hk)

ATTENTION! From 8 January 2023, all passengers travelling to Mainland China from Hong Kong or to Hong Kong from Mainland China must submit a negative result of a molecular swab (PCR) carried out 48 hours prior to flight departure (for those travelling by air) or expected time of arrival at destination (for those travelling by land or sea).

From 8 January 2023, passengers who intend to travel to Mainland China from Hong Kong by land via the boundary control points of (1) Shenzhen Bay, (2) Man Kam To and (3) Lok Ma Chau Spur Line/Futian must make a booking online at the Government's dedicated portal at the following link: GovHK portal and go to the boundary control points on the date and time indicated in the booking. Limited daily quotas are available for each boundary control points.

Passengers travelling by private or hired car across the Hong Kong - Zhuhai - Macau Bridge must book online via the Government GovHK portal. Reservations are not required for those travelling by dedicated shuttle buses.

As of 8 January 2023, passengers intending to travel to Mainland China from Hong Kong via Hong Kong International Airport or by sea (China Ferry Terminal) need not book online before departure.

PLEASE NOTE: Residents and non-residents returning to Hong Kong from Mainland China do not need to book online in order to re-enter Hong Kong.


PASSENGERS ARRIVING FROM MACAU
All passengers arriving from Macau must take a rapid antigen swab (RAT) or molecular swab (PCR) within 24 hours or 48 hours prior to arrival in Hong Kong respectively.

ATTENTION! From 8 January 2023, passengers arriving from Macau who have been in Mainland China on the same day or in the 7 days prior to entering Hong Kong must present a negative result of a molecular swab (PCR)carried out within 48 hours prior to arrival.

From 8 January, passengers entering Hong Kong from Macau by private or hire car via the Hong Kong - Zhuhai - Macau Bridge must make reservations online through the government's GovHK portal. Reservations are not required for those travelling by dedicated shuttle bus.

Those travelling to Hong Kong from Macau by ferry (Hong Kong - Macau Ferry Terminal) from 8 January 2023 onwards do not need to book online before departure.

 

PASSENGERS ARRIVING FROM TAIWAN

All passengers arriving from Taiwan must take a rapid antigen swab (RAT) or molecular swab (PCR) within 24 hours or 48 hours prior to arrival in Hong Kong respectively.

They may voluntarily declare the result of the swab by completing the form available at the following link and must keep the test result for 90 days.

 

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Entry in Italy (Until 31 January 2023)

With a view to identifying and limiting the spread of possible variants of the COVID-19 virus, from 28 December 2022 to 31 January 2023, the regulations laid down in the Ordinance of the Ministry of Health shall apply to all inbound passengers from China (including Hong Kong and Macau). The regulation sets out the following provisions:

  • Before embarking, the obligation for passengers to submit to the carrier a certificate proving to have taken a molecular test during the 72 preceding hours or an antigen test during the preceding 48 hours, with a negative test swab result;
  • The obligation to take an antigen swab test on arrival at the airport or, should this be impossible, to take it at the competent local health authority within 48 hours from the passenger’s entry in the national territory;
  • In case of testing positive to the antigen test, the obligation to immediately take a molecular test in order to enable the virus genome sequencing and a period of self-isolation in compliance with the current regulations;
  • The obligation to test negative to another antigen or molecular test to end the self-isolation period.

As long as free from COVID-19 symptoms, the above provisions do not apply to children under six, the members of the crew and on-board staff on the means of transport of passengers and goods, the officials and officers, however defined, of the European Union or of international organizations, diplomats, the administrative and technical staff of diplomatic missions, the officials and employees of Consulates, the military personnel, including those re-entering the Country from international missions, the Police Forces, the staff of the Information System for the Security of the Republic (Sistema di informazione per la sicurezza della Repubblica) and of the Fire Department in the exercise of their duties.

Due to frequent updates, it is recommended that passengers check the measures applied by the destination airport prior to departure.


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