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Hong Kong (China SAR)

Risk Ratings  

    LOW MEDICAL RISK for Hong Kong (China SAR)
    LOW TRAVEL RISK for Hong Kong (China SAR)

COVID-19 Impact

COVID-19 virus imageCOVID-19 Impact Rating (Travel): High -

Inbound travel significantly restricted for most travellers.

Only citizens and those who meet certain criteria for exemption  may enter. Mandatory testing and quarantine in designated facilities may apply.

COVID-19 virus imageCOVID-19 Impact Rating (Domestic Operations): Low -

COVID-related precautions and restrictions causing some inconvenience to business operations. Most businesses are operating.

Both essential and non-essential businesses are operating, though outbreaks may impact medical and/or logistic factors  and cause disruption, often at short notice. Pre-existing security risks likely to be exacerbated by COVID-19-related political and socio-economic concerns in the near/medium term, though these disruptions will not affect the stability of the overall security environment. Elective surgery may not be accessible at times and VERY HIGH and HIGH Medical Risk Rated countries will be under pressure. Basic elements of BCPs – such as reduced or staggered staffing, social distancing, limited face to face interaction – may be active, with clear escalation and de-escalation triggers as well as mitigation measures.

RestrictionsInboundHong Kong International Airport (HKIA) has gradually resumed transit flights since June. Transit for flights originating from mainland China has been allowed since August; however, transit flights with final destinations in mainland China remain banned.
Transit passengers at HKIA are required to satisfy the listed requirements:
- Their itinerary is contained in a single booking.
- They meet the entry requirements of their final destination.
- Their baggage has been checked through to the final destination.
- Their onward boarding pass(es) are issued at their origin.
- The connection time between their flights is within 24 hours.

(Until further notice)
Most routes between Hong Kong (China SAR) and mainland China remain closed, leaving only Hong Kong International Airport (HKG), the Shenzhen Bay checkpoint and the Hong Kong-Zhuhai-Macao Bridge open. Hongkong residents returning from Guangdong province and Macao (China SAR) to Hong Kong are allowed to enter without undergoing the 14-day mandatory quarantine. They should apply through the Electronic health declaration system of the Department of Health prior to their trip. • Travellers must enter Hong Kong via Shenzhen Bay Port or Hong Kong-Zhuhai-Macao Bridge Hong Kong Port. Quotas for Shenzhen Bay port is 3,000 per day. The Hong Kong-Zhuhai-Macao Bridge Hong Kong Port is 2,000 per day.
• Travellers must take a PCR test within three days before arrival at the ports and submit the negative test result to Electronic health declaration system.
• Inbound travellers have no travel history to places other than Guangdong province or Macao in the past 14 days prior to their entry into Hong Kong.
Further details can be found on the official government information Website

One-way ferry service is allowed from Shekou in Shenzhen to Hong Kong International Airport Skypier. Passengers using the ferry transfer service from Mainland China to HKIA must:-
- possess a confirmed same-day departure air ticket/ e-ticket of SkyPier participating airlines with Upstream Check-in Services.
- possess a valid passport and visa for the intended destination/ onward destination.
- book their ferry ticket at least 24 hours in advance of ferry departure.
- complete the check-in formalities and have their boarding pass printed and baggage checked through to the final destination at the upstream ports.
- confirm in advance that they are able to enter the final destination (by checking with airlines for details).
- arrive at SkyPier at least 120 minutes before scheduled flight departure time.
Updates on the ferry transfer services will be announced here.

For ticketing arrangements, please check with the following ferry operators:

CKS (Services to / from Shenzhen Shekou, Shenzhen Fuyong, Dongguan Humen, Zhongshan, Zhuhai, Guangzhou Lianhuashan and Guangzhou Nansha)

Cotai Water Jet (Services to / from Macao Taipa)

TurboJET (Services to / from Macao Maritime Ferry Terminal)
(Until further notice)
All travellers arriving at the airport will be required to proceed to the TSCC (Temporary Specimen Collection Centre) set up in the restricted area of the airport for COVID-19 testing immediately upon arrival. They must stay at the TSCC to wait for test results, which will be available on the same day, before they can proceed with immigration procedures and collect their checked-in baggage. The waiting time could be up to 12 hours, though most will take around six hours. All travellers must remain in the TSCC until they obtain the test results. If negative, they can leave the airport and proceed to their quarantine location. For those who are to quarantine at designated hotel, they will be transported to their ore-booked hotel on government-arranged coach. For those who are to quarantine at home, they can use the means of transportation available at the airport.
(Until further notice)
All flights from Brazil, India, Nepal, Pakistan, Philippines and South Africa are not allowed to land in Hong Kong.

Entry restrictions, pre-departure testing requirements and quarantine measures depend on the risk category to which a country belongs. Further details on requirements and lists of which countries belong to which risk categories can be found at the following official website: https://www.coronavirus.gov.hk/eng/inbound-travel.html#quarantinemeasures2
(Until further notice)
Top executives of banks and insurance companies can sponsor up to two returning and two visiting executives per months. Upon successful applications, the executives can enter Hong Kong without the need to quarantine, though they have to follow certain rules throughout the trip, such as no public transport, self-monitoring of health and sticking to the itinerary submitted. They will need to be fully vaccinated, submit an itinerary and submit their application at etravel@sfc.hk before the trip. For details see: https://apps.sfc.hk/edistributionWeb/gateway/EN/circular/doc?refNo=21EC18
(Until further notice)
Any inbound traveller (with the exception of Hong Kong residents returning under the Return2hk scheme) who has stayed in places outside China (including mainland China, Macao (China SAR) and Taiwan (China) on the day of arrival or in the 21 days before arrival in Hong Kong, will have to undergo compulsory quarantine for 21 days in designated quarantine hotels. The list of such facilities can be found here: https://www.coronavirus.gov.hk/pdf/designated-hotel-list_en.pdf

Approved travellers from certain low-risk countries such as Australia, New Zealand and Singapore will be allowed to undergo a reduced hotel quarantine of 14 days followed by seven days of self-monitoring. More details on the easing of the requirement can be found here: https://www.coronavirus.gov.hk/eng/high-risk-places.html

Fully vaccinated travellers from the above low-risk countries are only required to quarantine for seven days, followed by another seven days of self-monitoring.
Fully vaccinated travellers from high- and medium-risk countries will have their quarantine reduced from 21 days to 14 days, followed by a week of self-monitoring.
Fully vaccinated travellers are required to have their final dose administered 14 days prior to their travel to Hong Kong. More information can be found here: https://www.info.gov.hk/gia/general/202105/07/P2021050700821.htm?fontSize=1
(until further notice)
The ‘Return2HK’ programme has been expanded to all airports in China, and Hong Kong residents may be allowed to enter the city from the mainland without needing to quarantine. Residents of China may also be allowed to enter without needing to quarantine in mid-May. However, the details for residents of China are not clear yet. Please visit this website for more details: https://www.coronavirus.gov.hk/eng/return2hk-scheme.html
(Until further notice)
- Most non-Hong Kong (China SAR) residents arriving from overseas by air will be denied entry, though the authorities have permitted limited exemptions for some sectors. According to the Hong Kong Trade and Industry Department, companies with manufacturing operations in China may be eligible for the exemption. Companies in the logistics, port or shipping sectors may also apply for exemptions via the Hong Kong Transport and Housing Bureau. Further exemptions may be made for directors of companies listed on the Hong Kong Stock Exchange, via the Hong Kong Financial Services and also with the Treasury Bureau. In addition, legal practitioners providing services in China, Macao (China SAR) or Taiwan (China) deemed essential by the authorities can also apply for exemptions via the Department of Justice.

- Health quarantine arrangements on inbound travellers from mainland China, Macao or Taiwan: There are compulsory quarantine measures at designated places (home, a hotel or other accommodation), except for the exempted persons under the "Compulsory Quarantine of Certain Persons Arriving at Hong Kong Regulation"(Cap. 599C). Travellers coming from China or Macao without a property or residence in Hong Kong must also provide proof of a 14-day hotel reservation in Hong Kong. For details on the Return2hk Scheme for Hong Kong residents, please refer to this webpage: https://www.coronavirus.gov.hk/eng/return2hk-scheme.html

- Travellers who have been to high-risk areas in the past 21 days must provide a letter or a certificate (in English or Chinese) issued by a laboratory or healthcare institution showing that they have tested negative for COVID-19 (this list is not exhaustive, please check the link below). The COVID-19 test must be taken within 72 hours before departure and in the form of a nucleic acid test by a medical institution recognised by the local authority. There should be a document proving that such medical institution is approved or local authority, or a document proof in English or Chinese to show that the laboratory or healthcare institution is ISO 15189 accredited. Transit passengers are exempt from this measure. For those arriving from the high-risk countries stated above: https://www.coronavirus.gov.hk/eng/high-risk-places.html
(Until further notice)
OutboundHong Kong International Airport (HKG) is operational for commercial flight activity, although with reduced outbound international flight options.
(Until further notice)
Travellers from Hong Kong (China SAR) into Guangdong (China) are required to provide a valid nucleic acid test negative result certificate taken within the last 24 hours and issued by a medical institution recognised by the Hong Kong authorities. A mandatory 14-day quarantine remains in place.

Exceptions apply for approved official business and commercial personnel, cross-border drivers, cross-border students and personnel who meet the isolation and mutual recognition policy of Guangdong, Hong Kong and Macao (China SAR).

Persons entering Shenzhen from Hong Kong via the Shenzhen Bay Port are required to present a hotel reservation confirmation for the 14-day period of centralised quarantine and medical surveillance, in addition to a valid proof of a negative COVID-19 nucleic acid test result issued within 24 hours. For more details please visit: https://www.info.gov.hk/gia/general/202012/29/P2020122900798.htm?fontSize=1.
(Until further notice)
The Kai Tak and Ocean cruise terminals remain closed.
(Until further notice)
Internal / DomesticUp to one third of students in schools are allowed to resume face-to-face classes that must be limited to half a day.
(Until further notice)
Planned changes and internal conditionsHong Kong authorities announced on 21 June that the quarantine periods for all inbound vaccinated travellers, except those with travel history to Group A1 or Group A2 countries, will be shortened to seven days. This information was announced during a press conference and has not yet been replicated on official websites. Further details are likely in the coming days.
(Until further notice)
From 24 June, capacity at private events, including weddings, religious ceremonies, and shareholder meetings, will be extended to 50%; officials will permit events to occur at full capacity if at least two-thirds of attendees have received at least one COVID-19 vaccine dose. The government permits seated entertainment venues to operate at 75% capacity. However, public gatherings remain limited to four people.
(Until further notice)

22 Jun 2021 (Updated Daily)

Risk Summary


Please see our:

Medical and Security Alerts for Hong Kong (China SAR)

COVID-19 information for Hong Kong (China SAR)

Dedicated COVID-19 website


Stringent restrictions and measures have been implemented to entry into and travel within the city during the COVID-19 outbreak. Subscribers should defer all travel to Hong Kong. Those within country should abide by all official orders and measures.

Hong Kong Special Administrative Region (SAR) is generally a safe travel destination and foreign nationals are unlikely to encounter any significant security problems. Nevertheless, petty crime and scams can occur in the main business, shopping and entertainment districts of Hong Kong island and Kowloon. Occasional muggings have also been reported in parks and rural areas. Hong Kong has no indigenous terrorist groups and faces a low risk from terrorism.

Anti-government protest activity has significantly reduced from heightened levels in 2019, which had involved near-daily demonstrations in the city. This is largely attributable to not only the pandemic itself, but also rigorous policing against unauthorised gatherings backed by the new National Security Law (NSL) and the COVID-19-related gathering ban.

However, small gatherings remain possible, especially on key dates. Short-notice and localised transport disruption is possible during such gatherings. While foreign nationals are highly unlikely to be targeted directly by either protesters or security force personnel, there is an increased potential for incidental injury if they are caught in the vicinity of unruly demonstrations. Workforce should also avoid any actions or comments which could be perceived as problematic under the NSL, especially those that may be construed as aiding activists or protesters.


Vaccinations For Hong Kong (China SAR)
Hepatitis AMany travel health professionals recommend
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Hepatitis BRecommended for health care workers and anyone
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Japanese encephalitisVaccine is recommended for people who will
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Typhoid feverRecommended for adventurous and long-term
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Routine Vaccinations

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