In response to COVID-19, the Hong Kong SAR government has introduced additional health-related immigration requirements for passengers who are ending their journey in Hong Kong and have visited or transited through certain countries in the 14 days prior to arriving.
Should your colleagues/customers have visited or transited through Bangladesh, Ethiopia, India, Indonesia, Kazakhstan, Nepal, Pakistan, the Philippines, South Africa, the United Kingdom(effective 1 October 2020 0:00, Hong Kong time) or the United States in the 14 days prior to arriving, they will be required to show the following documents.
1. Test report
A test report issued by a laboratory or healthcare institution that contains the passenger’s name identical to that in his/her valid travel document to show that:
1.They have undertaken a nucleic acid test for COVID-19
2.The sample for the test was taken within 72 hours of the scheduled time of departure of the flight to Hong Kong.
3.The result of the test for COVID-19 was negative
The test report must be written in either English or Chinese and can be presented in paper or electronic format If the test report above is not in English or Chinese or does not contain all the above-mentioned information, it is acceptable to present a written confirmation, in English or Chinese, issued by the laboratory or healthcare institution that contains the following information:
1.The name of the passenger.
2.They underwent a nucleic acid test for COVID-19,
3.The sample for the test was taken within 72 hours before the scheduled time of departure of the flight to Hong Kong.
4.The result of the test for COVID-19 was negative.
This written confirmation must be presented with the test report.
For passengers travelling from the United Kingdom:
The NHS (National Health Service) test report does not meet the Hong Kong entry requirements and will not be accepted.
Please note that if there is a schedule change or flight cancellation, passengers are responsible for ensuring that their COVID-19 test meets the 72-hour requirement based on the new flight departure time.
2. Documentary proof
Documentary proof (in English or Chinese) to show that the laboratory or healthcare institution is ISO 15189 accredited or is recognised or approved by the relevant authority of the government of the place in which the laboratory or healthcare institution is located.
This can be in the form of a copy of ‘Certificate of Accreditation’, ‘Certificate of compliance’, or information printed out from an official government website.
Please note that documentary proof is required even if the test report from the laboratory or healthcare institution contains an ISO accreditation reference.
Passengers in the countries below may find the following websites of assistance:
- South Africa: South African National Accreditation System
- United Kingdom: United Kingdom Accreditation Service
- United States: Centres for Medicare & Medicaid Services
- Ethiopia: Ethiopian National Accreditation Office list of accredited Medical Laboratories
- The Philippines: https://hfsrb.doh.gov.ph/?page_id=1729
- India: Indian Council of Medical Research
- Pakistan: Pakistan National Accreditation Council – Ministry of Science and Technology
3. Hotel reservation confirmation
A confirmation of a hotel room reservation in Hong Kong for no less than 14 days starting on the day of their arrival in Hong Kong.
1.This confirmation can be either printed or shown in a digital format and must be written in English or Chinese.
2.Accommodation is required for all passengers coming from these countries/regions. Passengers who have a home or residential address in Hong Kong are also required to undergo a 14-days of quarantine at a hotel.
3.The booking must be with a hotel. Hostels and short term rental accommodation (e.g. Airbnb) will not be permitted by the Hong Kong SAR Government.
To ensure all our passengers meet these requirements, they will be asked for the following at check-in:
1.To complete and sign a declaration regarding their travel history over the past 14 days. We will ask if they have visited or transited through Bangladesh, Ethiopia, India, Indonesia, Kazakhstan, Nepal, Pakistan, the Philippines, South Africa, the United Kingdom or the United States. If the answer is ‘yes’, they will be required to show us the documentation mentioned above.
2.To demonstrate to us that they have completed the Hong Kong Department of Health online health declaration form by showing us the resulting QR code. This can be in a printed or digital format.
If passengers are unable to meet these requirements, they will be accepted for travel. Please refer to the website for more information about ticket changes, should they need to postpone or cancel their journey.
Entry restriction exemptions
The following passengers are exempt from the aforementioned entry restrictions:
- Passengers transiting in Hong Kong
- Passengers falling within the categories listed on Hong Kong SAR government’s website, who are also being exempted from compulsory quarantine, if they are
- travelling from the Mainland, Macao, Taiwan (please view the list here)
- travelling from other countries (please view the list here)