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Overview

In view of the rapid spread of COVID-19 across the world, Hong Kong has put in place precautionary measures to reduce the risk of importation of COVID-19. Before making a decision to move to Hong Kong, it is important to keep up with the latest news on the travel restrictions to help you better plan your relocation.

Last updated at: 24 August 2021

Information Still Current At: 24 August 2021

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Global Mobility Updates – Hong Kong

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Overview

In view of the rapid spread of COVID-19 across the world, Hong Kong has put in place precautionary measures to reduce the risk of importation of COVID-19. Before making a decision to move to Hong Kong, it is important to keep up with the latest news on the travel restrictions to help you better plan your relocation.

Last updated at: 24 August 2021

Information Still Current At: 24 August 2021

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Global Mobility Updates – Hong Kong

Latest Update

Singapore and Hong Kong will no longer launch the long-delayed travel bubble for quarantine-free travel between the two cities due to different Covid-19 strategies

Different Covid-19 strategies:

  • Singapore – taking steps to becoming a Covid-19-resilient nation; Following the announcement on 19 Aug 2021, visitors from Hong Kong and Macau will be able to enter the Republic with just one on-arrival Covid-19 swab test.
  • Hong Kong – tightened its border control measures, with vaccinated travellers from Singapore and other places deemed to be of medium-risk of infection having to serve a 14-day quarantine, instead of seven days.

Under a previously agreed mechanism, the bubble, once launched, would be suspended if a seven-day moving average of unlinked Covid-19 cases in either city exceeded five.

The Hong Kong-Singapore travel scheme was slated to launch last November but was postponed to May after Hong Kong had a surge in cases.

It was derailed again when the number of coronavirus cases began to rise in Singapore in May. The situation stabilised, before another spike in cases in June.

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Entering Hong Kong Borders

All non-Hong Kong residents are not allowed to enter or transit at Hong Kong

  • Including non-Hong Kong residents arriving from Mainland, Macau, or Taiwan who have travel history to other country or region within 14 days of arrival
  • Include Hong Kong visa holders with validity of less than 14 days

Hong Kong residents with following documents will be allowed entry:

  • Hong Kong Permanent Identity Card
  • Hong Kong SAR passport or British National (Overseas) passport (with right of abode in Hong Kong)
  • Hong Kong Identity Card (accompanied with a valid work or study visa)

Other exemptions from travel restrictions:

  • Passengers travelling from Mainland China, Taiwan or Macau SAR, without travel history other country/region in past 14 days
  • Diplomatic/official passport holders (subject to prevailing visa requirements)
  • The spouse and children of Hong Kong residents
  • Local government personnel performing official duties
  • Personnel approved by the Hong Kong SAR government to carry out anti-epidemic work
  • Passengers holding a new entry visa to work, study, establish or join in any business, or to take up residence in Hong Kong

 

Hong Kong Entry Requirements

  • All inbound travellers are required to submit a health declaration form, prior to departure . Upon completion, a QR code (valid for 24 hours) will be provided to present to officials on arrival.
  • Upon completion of immigration procedure, travellers are also required to undergo a medical test for COVID-19 and wait onsite for their test results.
  • Once tested negative for COVID-19, will be released  where they must complete their mandatory 14-day quarantine.
  • Mandatory quarantine requirements do not apply to cross-boundary students and persons receiving or providing nursery, kindergarten, primary, or secondary education, and persons whose travel is necessary for purposes relating to manufacturing operations, business activities, or the provision of professional services.

 

Leaving Hong Kong Borders

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Latest Update

  • Hong Kong city schools and kindergarten has returned to full capacity as all student returned back to campus for half-day sessions.
  • Temperature checks are required before entering school grounds.
  •  Mask wearing and social distancing in classrooms and during activities are also required.
  • The French International School and the English Schools Foundation’s Discovery College are among those granted approval to resume full-day sessions.

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Visa and Immigration Services During COVID-19

  • The Immigration Department (ImmD) will resume full public services except for passenger immigration clearance service by May 11
  • ImmD advice applicants who are not required to visit its offices in-person for applications, should submit applications by post, by drop-in, online or by using the mobile application to avoid gathering of people.

For detailed opening hours of individual offices, please refer to the ImmD’s official website

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Social Distancing Measures Guidelines – Home Search

  • Gathering restrictions remains at four people in a group. A fine of $25,000 and imprisonment for 6 months will be enforced if individuals are caught gathering in a group of more than 4 people.
  • Mask wearing is required.

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  • Yes, pet import to Hong Kong is available amidst the pandemic, and pet import regulations to Hong Kong had not changed due to COVID-19.
  • All Dogs and cats entering Hong Kong need a special import permit issued by the Agriculture, Fisheries and Conservation Department of Hong Kong.
  • Find out which categories of country’s rabies status do your country falls under.
  • All pets entering Hong Kong must be implanted with an ISO-compliant microchip and vaccinations is required for dogs.

For more information on Hong Kong Pet Regulations, please click here. 

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Check out the following pages and contact informations to get the latest updates on the COVID-19 situation.
Centre for Health Protection Hotline: 2125 1111 / 2125 1122 (8 am to 12 midnight)
Home Affairs Department Hotline: 2835 1473 (24 hours)
The Immigration Department Hotline: 2824 6111
Department of Health: Travel Health Service Website
The Government of the Hong Kong SAR: Outbound Travel Alert
The Government of the Hong Kong SAR: COVID-19 information

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Latest Update

Singapore and Hong Kong will no longer launch the long-delayed travel bubble for quarantine-free travel between the two cities due to different Covid-19 strategies

Different Covid-19 strategies:

  • Singapore – taking steps to becoming a Covid-19-resilient nation; Following the announcement on 19 Aug 2021, visitors from Hong Kong and Macau will be able to enter the Republic with just one on-arrival Covid-19 swab test.
  • Hong Kong – tightened its border control measures, with vaccinated travellers from Singapore and other places deemed to be of medium-risk of infection having to serve a 14-day quarantine, instead of seven days.

Under a previously agreed mechanism, the bubble, once launched, would be suspended if a seven-day moving average of unlinked Covid-19 cases in either city exceeded five.

The Hong Kong-Singapore travel scheme was slated to launch last November but was postponed to May after Hong Kong had a surge in cases.

It was derailed again when the number of coronavirus cases began to rise in Singapore in May. The situation stabilised, before another spike in cases in June.

Entering Hong Kong Borders

All non-Hong Kong residents are not allowed to enter or transit at Hong Kong

  • Including non-Hong Kong residents arriving from Mainland, Macau, or Taiwan who have travel history to other country or region within 14 days of arrival
  • Include Hong Kong visa holders with validity of less than 14 days

Hong Kong residents with following documents will be allowed entry:

  • Hong Kong Permanent Identity Card
  • Hong Kong SAR passport or British National (Overseas) passport (with right of abode in Hong Kong)
  • Hong Kong Identity Card (accompanied with a valid work or study visa)

Other exemptions from travel restrictions:

  • Passengers travelling from Mainland China, Taiwan or Macau SAR, without travel history other country/region in past 14 days
  • Diplomatic/official passport holders (subject to prevailing visa requirements)
  • The spouse and children of Hong Kong residents
  • Local government personnel performing official duties
  • Personnel approved by the Hong Kong SAR government to carry out anti-epidemic work
  • Passengers holding a new entry visa to work, study, establish or join in any business, or to take up residence in Hong Kong

 

Hong Kong Entry Requirements

  • All inbound travellers are required to submit a health declaration form, prior to departure . Upon completion, a QR code (valid for 24 hours) will be provided to present to officials on arrival.
  • Upon completion of immigration procedure, travellers are also required to undergo a medical test for COVID-19 and wait onsite for their test results.
  • Once tested negative for COVID-19, will be released  where they must complete their mandatory 14-day quarantine.
  • Mandatory quarantine requirements do not apply to cross-boundary students and persons receiving or providing nursery, kindergarten, primary, or secondary education, and persons whose travel is necessary for purposes relating to manufacturing operations, business activities, or the provision of professional services.

 

Leaving Hong Kong Borders

Latest Update

  • Hong Kong city schools and kindergarten has returned to full capacity as all student returned back to campus for half-day sessions.
  • Temperature checks are required before entering school grounds.
  •  Mask wearing and social distancing in classrooms and during activities are also required.
  • The French International School and the English Schools Foundation’s Discovery College are among those granted approval to resume full-day sessions.

Visa and Immigration Services During COVID-19

  • The Immigration Department (ImmD) will resume full public services except for passenger immigration clearance service by May 11
  • ImmD advice applicants who are not required to visit its offices in-person for applications, should submit applications by post, by drop-in, online or by using the mobile application to avoid gathering of people.

For detailed opening hours of individual offices, please refer to the ImmD’s official website.

Social Distancing Measures Guidelines – Home Search

  • Gathering restrictions remains at four people in a group. A fine of $25,000 and imprisonment for 6 months will be enforced if individuals are caught gathering in a group of more than 4 people.
  • Mask wearing is required.
  • Yes, pet import to Hong Kong is available amidst the pandemic, and pet import regulations to Hong Kong had not changed due to COVID-19.
  • All Dogs and cats entering Hong Kong need a special import permit issued by the Agriculture, Fisheries and Conservation Department of Hong Kong.
  • Find out which categories of country’s rabies status do your country falls under.
  • All pets entering Hong Kong must be implanted with an ISO-compliant microchip and vaccinations is required for dogs.

For more information on Hong Kong Pet Regulations, please click here. 

Check out the following pages and contact informations to get the latest updates on the COVID-19 situation.
Centre for Health Protection Hotline: 2125 1111 / 2125 1122 (8 am to 12 midnight)
Home Affairs Department Hotline: 2835 1473 (24 hours)
The Immigration Department Hotline: 2824 6111
Department of Health: Travel Health Service Website
The Government of the Hong Kong SAR: Outbound Travel Alert
The Government of the Hong Kong SAR: COVID-19 information

Summary

Here is an overview of the travel restrictions in Hong Kong.

Category:Travel History:Travel measures:Travel Requirements:
Hong Kong Residents with valid document (including their Spouse and children) Any country/ regionAllowed entry with mandatory 14-day quarantine.

*quarantine exemption for cross-boundary students and persons receiving or providing nursery, kindergarten, primary, or secondary education, and persons whose travel is necessary for purposes relating to manufacturing operations, business activities, or the provision of professional services.
Required to submit a health declaration form and present generated QR code to officials on arrival.

Travellers are also required to undergo a medical test for COVID-19 and wait onsite for their test results.

Once tested negative, travellers would then be released to proceed directly to their homes or a designated quarantine facility
Diplomatic/official passport holders (subject to prevailing visa requirements)
Personnel approved by the Hong Kong SAR government to carry out anti-epidemic work
Passengers with new entry visa
Local government personnel performing official duties
Passengers travelling from Mainland China, Taiwan or Macao SARWithout travel history to other country/region within 14 days of arrival
With travel history to other country/region within 14 days of arrival Denied entry-

Hong Kong visa holders with validity of less than 14 days
Any country/ regionDenied entry-
Non- Hong Kong
residents
Any country/ regionDenied entry-

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