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ENTRY REGULATIONS TO HONG KONG AND MACAO

Date:

06/28/2021


ENTRY REGULATIONS TO HONG KONG AND MACAO

HONG KONG: COVID-19.

Last update: 28th June 2021

 

1. TEST ON ARRIVAL FOR PASSENGERS ARRIVING FROM ABROAD

Until further notice, the provision that, as of March 25, 2020, prohibits entry to all non-resident travelers arriving from abroad at Hong Kong International Airport, remains in force.

Hong Kong residents returning from Italy or abroad, upon their arrival at the airport, will be subject to take the COVID-19 test. Once the test has been carried out, it is necessary to wait for the results at the airport. Test results could take several hours and, if the flight lands in the afternoon / evening, passengers will have to stay at designated structures arranged by the Government.

If the test on arrival at Hong Kong international airport is positive, local authorities will arrange the admission of the passenger to the designated hospital facilities. Passengers who test negative but are close contacts of positive passengers are transferred to government quarantine centers instead.

2. COMPULSORY QUARANTINE

Starting from 25 December 2020, anyone returning from abroad must also carry out a mandatory quarantine lasting 21 days, electronically monitored, at hotels designated by the authorities and at their own expense. When embarking for Hong Kong it is therefore necessary to present the hotel reservation made for a duration of 21 days.

Travelers, including non-residents, arriving from low-risk countries are an exception (see point 5 of this notice).

Starting from 12 May 2021, for travelers fully vaccinated against Covid-19 who have not been in countries considered to be at extreme risk, there will be reductions in the terms of mandatory hotel quarantine. Local authorities consider a person to be fully vaccinated 14 days after receiving the doses required by the specific anti-Covid vaccine. In addition to vaccines administered and recognized in Hong Kong (BioNtech-Pfizer and Sinovac), vaccines administered outside Hong Kong on the WHO "Emergency Use Listing or Pre-qualification lists" and "List of Stringent Regulatory Authorities" will be recognized as valid. (SRAs) ".

Please note that quarantine is only permitted in one of the government designated hotels list.

3. PASSENGERS ARRIVING FROM EXTREME HIGH RISK COUNTRIES (GROUP A) AND FROM HIGH RISK COUNTRIES (GROUP B) - see list

3.1 Arrangements for travelers arriving from Group A1 - Extremely High Risk Countries

All passengers, including permanent residents of Hong Kong, who have stayed in this Group of Countries for at least 2 hours in the 21 days prior to boarding, are prohibited from entering Hong Kong.

3.2 Provisions for travelers arriving from Group A2 countries (Very high-risk)

Residents returning from countries considered high risk (Group A2) or who have been there in the 21 days prior to arrival in Hong Kong must, in addition to what is specified in the first point of this notice, present, when boarding for Hong Kong, a negative certificate (nucleic acid), in English or Chinese, issued by laboratories recognized by the national authorities of the country in which the test is carried out. The sample must be taken within 72 hours of boarding.

In addition to the 21 days of centralized quarantine, these passengers will have to undergo an additional 7 days of self-monitoring and will have to undergo a mandatory further test on the 26th day of their arrival in Hong Kong.

3.3 Provisions for travelers arriving from Group B countries (high-risk)

Residents returning from countries considered high risk (Group B) or who have been there in the 21 days prior to arrival in Hong Kong must present, in addition to what is specified in the first point of this notice, when boarding for Hong Kong, a negative certificate (nucleic acid) in English or Chinese issued by laboratories recognized by the national authorities of the country in which the test is carried out. The sample must be taken within 72 hours of boarding.

If Italy is the departure country, the Certificate of negative COVID-19 test – which can be written in Italian or preferably in English - must necessarily be accompanied by the Declaration issued by the Consul General of Italy in Hong Kong (see link below) and a printed copy of the list of regional laboratories in Italy accredited by the Ministry of Health (see link to the website of the Ministry of Health below);

Travellers who fail to produce the relevant specified documents might be refused to board the flight to Hong Kong.

Here below the link to the recognized laboratories and the declaration by this Consulate General:

- LIST OF MEDICAL LABORATORIES OFFICIALLY RECOGNIZED BY THE ITALIAN MINISTRY OF HEALTH TO CARRY OUT SARS-CoV-2 NUCLEIC ACID TESTS BEFORE THE DEPARTURE FROM ITALY.

- DECLARATION BY THE CONSULATE GENERAL OF ITALY IN HONG KONG CERTIFYING THE VALIDITY OF THE COVID TESTS CARRIED OUT BY THE OFFICIALLY RECOGNIZED MEDICAL LABORATORIES IN ITALY.

Note: The quarantine requirements for persons arriving at Hong Kong who have received COVID-19 vaccination will be adjusted in phases. Except for those who have stayed in extremely high-risk or very high-risk places (Group A1 and A2 specified places), fully vaccinated persons with a positive result of serology testing for antibodies will be subject to a further shortened compulsory quarantine period of seven days upon arrival. Additionally, the restriction from entry to Hong Kong will also be relaxed for fully vaccinated non-Hong Kong residents who have not stayed in Group A1 or Group A2 specified places. The relevant persons are still subject to multiple nucleic acid tests after arrival. The first phase will be launched on June 30 while the second-phase arrangements will be implemented within July depending on the implementation progress of the relevant facilities.

For details: https://www.info.gov.hk/gia/general/202106/21/P2021062100692.htm 

It is also mandatory to carry out a quarantine lasting 21 days (14 days for travelers fully vaccinated against Covid-19), monitored electronically, at hotels designated by the authorities and at their own expense. When embarking for Hong Kong it is therefore necessary to present the hotel reservation made for a duration of 21 days (14 days if vaccinated).
For the vaccinated, the mandatory 14-day hotel quarantine will be followed by 7 days of self-monitoring and it will be mandatory to undergo further tests to coincide with the 16th and 19th days of arrival in Hong Kong.

4. PASSENGERS ARRIVING FROM “MEDIUM RISK” GROUP C COUNTRIES - All countries outside China not included in the previous categories.

Residents returning from Group C countries or who have been there in the 21 days prior to arrival in Hong Kong must, in addition to what is specified in the first point of this notice, undergo mandatory quarantine lasting 21 days (14 days for travelers fully vaccinated against Covid-19), monitored electronically, at hotels designated by the authorities and at their own expense. When embarking for Hong Kong it is therefore necessary to present the hotel reservation made for a duration of 21 days (14 days if vaccinated).
For the vaccinated, the mandatory 14-day hotel quarantine will be followed by 7 days of self-monitoring and it will be mandatory to undergo further tests to coincide with the 16th and 19th days of arrival in Hong Kong.

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It should be noted that if the passenger transits through a high risk / extreme high risk country by changing aircraft during the stopover, upon arrival in Hong Kong, he/she will be considered as if arriving from a high risk / extreme high risk country.

NB: Certificates issued by Italian laboratories: Please note that the Hong Kong authorities do not accept certificates in Italian. The Italian Ministry of Health has published a list of recognized Italian regional laboratories on this website.

Italian citizens can ask this Consulate General for the "accreditation certificate of a recognized laboratory" in English, by sending a request to the following email at least three days before departure: notarile.hongkong@esteri.it accompanied by their personal details, name and the exact postal address of the analytical laboratory that carried out the test.

5. PASSENGERS ARRIVING FROM LOW RISK COUNTRIES

Passengers, including non-residents, arriving from low-risk countries will be able to enter Hong Kong and undergo a mandatory hotel quarantine for a period of 14 days (7 days if vaccinated), followed by health surveillance for a further 7 days.
It will therefore be necessary to present a copy of the hotel reservation for a duration of 14 days (7 days if vaccinated) at the hotels designated by the government when embarking for Hong Kong (see list in point 1 of this notice).
It will also be mandatory to undergo further tests on the 16th and 19th days of arrival in Hong Kong.
For the vaccinated, the mandatory 7-day hotel quarantine will be followed by 7 days of self-monitoring and it will be mandatory to undergo further tests coinciding with the 12th day of arrival in Hong Kong.

 

6. PASSENGERS ARRIVING FROM MAINLAND CHINA, MACAU AND TAIWAN

Visitors arriving from mainland China, Macau and Taiwan can carry out the electronically monitored 14-day quarantine at home.

Per i visitatori vaccinati la quarantena domestica è ridotta a 7 giorni ai quali faranno seguito 7 giorni di automonitoraggio. Sarà inoltre obbligatorio sottoporsi ad ulteriori test in coincidenza con il 12simo giorno dall’arrivo a Hong Kong.

Hong Kong residents returning from Guangdong province and the Macao Special Administrative Region will be able to obtain exemption from quarantine in Hong Kong after registering on the special portal available at the following link.

Starting from March 15, 2021, passengers arriving from Beijing will also have to present a negative nucleic acid test (oropharyngeal swab) at boarding, carried out within 7 days of departure for Hong Kong in one of the laboratories recognized by the Hong Kong government (the list is available here).

 

6. AIRPORT TRANSIT SERVICE

As of June 1, 2020, airport transit services at Hong Kong International Airport will resume in a limited and gradual manner.

Until further communications, only those passengers who have checked in at the airport of departure also for the flight in transit in Hong Kong to reach their final destination, are allowed to transit through Hong Kong. Passengers in transit are not allowed to leave the "transit area" of the airport.

Transit is currently not permitted for flights to mainland China. Transit of flights from mainland China are allowed from August 15, 2020. Before leaving, it is advisable to monitor airport alerts at the following link: https://www.hongkongairport.com

 

MACAO

Starting from 25th of March, foreign citizens have been banned from entering Macao, and sea connection services between Macao and Hong Kong International Airport are also suspended. Hong Kong airport is accessible from Macau only via the Hong Kong - Zhuhai-Macao Bridge and entry into Hong Kong territory implies a mandatory 14-day quarantine.

Regular residents of Macau can return, but those who have visited Hong Kong, Taiwan or a foreign country 14 days prior to their arrival, will have to undergo medical observation at locations designated by local authorities for a duration of 14 days.

It is also forbidden to enter Macau for residents of Mainland China in Hong Kong or Taiwan who have been abroad in the previous 14 days.

Those who are allowed to enter Macau must have a certificate confirming the negativity of the test for coronavirus (nucleic acid) issued no later than 7 days before entering the special administrative region.

For information, see the following site: http://cn.macautourism.gov.mo/plan/practical_info_detail.php?id=7&fbclid=IwAR0bXVdmYdcA8Xs51H0GJK6zvc4vANIrChe7vfuRgUZIDx3YJCZLIyw-jhU

FAQs

This Consulate General has prepared a section for Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) (only in Italian) regarding the quarantine measures adopted by the Hong Kong and Macao authorities.


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