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ENTRY REQUIREMENTS FOR HONG KONG

Date:

12/21/2021


ENTRY REQUIREMENTS FOR HONG KONG

HONG KONG: COVID-19. Last update: 21/12/2021

For all arrivals in Hong Kong, the HKSAR Government has categorised overseas places into three different groups based on risk levels. The risk groups and the relevant places/countries can be found at this link.

 

UPDATED ENTRY REGULATIONS TO HONG KONG FROM ITALY

The HKSAR Department of Health has announced that all countries with reported infections of the new variant Omicron, including Italy, have been placed in the high-risk group (Group A).

As of Thursday 2 December at 00.00, only Hong Kong residents in possession of a vaccination certificate recognised by local authorities, as well as a Covid negative certificate issued by authorised laboratories, may return to Hong Kong from Italy.
They must also undergo a 21-day quarantine in government-designated hotels.
Non-residents who have been in Italy in the 21 days prior to their scheduled arrival in Hong Kong will not be allowed to enter.

 

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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. Starting from 24 December 2021, the specimen must be collected within 48 hours of the scheduled departure time of the flight landing in Hong Kong.

 

IMPORTANT: The Hong Kong Authorities only accept certificates issued by laboratories ISO 15189 accredited 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 laboratories recognised by the Italian Ministry of Health on the list regularly updated on the following website. It is recommended that you identify and contact the laboratory of your choice well in advance to receive assurances that the certificate will be issued in time for the flight and will be written in English.

 

IMPORTANT: the Covid-19 negative test report must be entirely in ENGLISH and must contain all the information in the Covering of Lab Report (name, surname, date of birth, name and address of the laboratory, date and time of the test and test result) required by the airlines. Failure to provide certificate with complete data may result in denied boarding.

 

  • The digitally signed Consular declaration (please click here) together with the list of laboratories recognised by the Italian Ministry of Health. For the Hong Kong Government, this declaration and the list can be presented at the airline check-in in both paper and electronic format on the smartphone, however some airlines require the paper version to be presented at boarding, so it is recommended to inquire directly with the airline itself about whether or not the digital format is accepted.

N.B.: The Consulate General of Italy is not competent for amendments to the official list of laboratories published by the Italian Ministry of Health.

 

  • “Health & Quarantine” Form (with QR code) required by the Hong Kong Government, to be filled in online within 48 hours from arrival in Hong Kong.
  • 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 case of flights with stopover in different countries, passengers must also check the conditions required 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.

 

 

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

The Government of Hong Kong recognizes the "Green Certification COVID-19, Certification of vaccination" issued by Italy, as valid for entry into Hong Kong with the limits of type of administration specified in the paragraph "Quarantine Measures for Inbound Travelers" and "Documentary proof for completion of vaccination" of the Government website: https://www.coronavirus.gov.hk/eng/inbound-travel.html
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 recognized as valid for entry into Hong Kong.

 

 

Boarding, quarantine and testing requirementa for passengers arriving from high-risk countries (Group A), including Italy from 2 December at 00.00.

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 6 tests during compulsory quarantine;
  • Self-monitoring in the subsequent 7 days; and
  • Undergo an additional compulsory Covid-19 testing on 26th day of arrival in Hong Kong.

 

 

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 6 tests during compulsory quarantine.

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 2 additional compulsory Covid-19 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 2 additional compulsory Covid-19 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

 

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**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 at this link;
  • indicates the name of the vaccine administered, which must be one of the vaccines recognised in Hong Kong listed at this link;
  • 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

Vaccinated visitors (both Hong Kong and non-Hong Kong residents, with the exception of those who fall under the "Return2hk" or "Come2hk" scheme) who in the 14 days prior to their arrival in Hong Kong were in Mainland China (with the exception of Guangdong Province) or in the Macao SAR, must submit a negative nucleic acid test (PCR) certificate performed within 72 hours prior to their arrival in Hong Kong; undergo a 7-day home quarantine, followed by 7-day self-monitoring and mandatory testing on the 9th, 12th, 16th and 19th day of their arrival in Hong Kong.

Unvaccinated travelers who in the 14 days prior to their arrival in Hong Kong were in Mainland China, outside Guangdong Province, and in the Macao SAR must undergo domestic quarantine lasting 14 days, 3 mandatory tests during the quarantine period, as well as on the 16th and 19th day of their arrival in Hong Kong.

Travelers, even if vaccinated, arriving from areas of Mainland China considered to be “high risk”, cannot shorten the 14-day mandatory quarantine.

Vaccinated visitors (both Hong Kong and non-Hong Kong residents) who have been to Taiwan within 14 days prior to their arrival in Hong Kong, must present a negative nucleic acid test (PCR) certificate taken within 48 hours prior to their arrival in Hong Kong, undergo a mandatory 14-day quarantine in one of the Government-designated hotels, 4 mandatory tests during the quarantine period, an additional 7 days of self-monitoring and mandatory testing on the 16th and 19th day of their arrival in Hong Kong.

Unvaccinated Hong Kong residents who have been to Taiwan will have to submit a nucleic acid test (PCR) within 48 hours of boarding for Hong Kong, undergo a 21-day hotel quarantine and 6 mandatory tests during the quarantine period.

Non-Hong Kong residents arriving from Taiwan are currently unable to enter 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.

Starting from 24 December 2021, passengers transiting through Hong Kong will also be required to present a Covid-19 negative certificate (PCR type only), in ENGLISH or CHINESE, issued by laboratories recognised by the national authorities of the country in which the test is carried out. The certificate must be attached with a proof of laboratory recognition by the national authorities. The specimen must be collected within 48 hours of the scheduled time of departure of the flight landing in Hong Kong.

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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