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Travel Notice for Hong Kong amid COVID-19 Outbreak

20 August 2021
Travel Restrictions Imposed in Hong Kong amid COVID-19 Outbreak

Travel Restrictions Imposed in Hong Kong amid COVID-19 Outbreak

 

The Hong Kong SAR Government announced on 20 August 2021 that regarding the boarding, quarantine and testing requirements for travellers arriving in Hong Kong from overseas to be effective from 20 August 2021, the requirements on vaccination records for persons arriving at Hong Kong will be slightly adjusted. 

 

The requirements with effect from 20 August 2021 are summarised below for travellers who have only stayed in Singapore on the day of boarding for/arrival at Hong Kong or during the 14 days before that day:

 

For Hong Kong Residents who have not been fully vaccinated*:

 

Boarding requirement: 

  1. Present a negative result proof of a PCR-based nucleic acid test for COVID-19 conducted within 72 hours before the scheduled time of departure of the aircraft; and
  2. Present confirmation of room reservation for 21 nights starting on the day of arrival in a designated quarantine hotel (DHQ) (see https://www.coronavirus.gov.hk/eng/designated-hotel-returnees.html for the list of hotels)

 

Quarantine requirement: 

  1. Undergo compulsory quarantine for 21 days in a DQH; and
  2. Undergo six tests during compulsory quarantine.

 

* Fully vaccinated means the suggested dosage has been administered in accordance with the relevant guidelines of a COVID-19 vaccination course at least 14 days prior to arrival at Hong Kong. For details, pls see https://www.coronavirus.gov.hk/eng/inbound-travel-faq.html#FAQA11. The list of COVID-19 vaccines recognised in Hong Kong is available at https://www.coronavirus.gov.hk/pdf/list_of_recognised_covid19_vaccines.pdf.

 

For Hong Kong Residents and non-Hong Kong Residents who have been fully vaccinated:

 

Boarding requirement: 

  1. Present a vaccination record^;
  2. Presentnegative result proof of a PCR-based nucleic acid test for COVID-19 conducted within 72 hours before the scheduled time of departure of the aircraft; and
  3. Present confirmation of room reservation for 14 nights starting on the day of arrival in a DHQ.   

^Vaccination records that are issued by the relevant authorities or relevant institutes where the vaccines were administeredwill be regarded as fulfilling the boarding and compulsory quarantine period-related vaccination record requirements.(https://www.info.gov.hk/gia/general/202108/20/P2021082000004.htm)

 

 

Quarantine requirement: 

  1. Undergo compulsory quarantine for 14 days in a DQH;
  2. Undergo four tests during compulsory quarantine;
  3. Self-monitor for the subsequent seven days; and
  4. Undergo compulsory testing on the 16th and 19th day of arrival at Hong Kong [in a Community Testing Centres (CTC) for the test on 19th day]. 

 

Non-Hong Kong residents travelling from Singapore, and who have not been fully vaccinated, are not allowed to board flights for Hong Kong.

 

For children aged under 12 (whether they are Hong Kong residents or not) and are yet to be vaccinated, upon arrival at Hong Kong together with a fully vaccinated person fulfilling boarding requirements, they may undergo compulsory quarantine with the accompanying person for the same shortened quarantine period in DQHs applicable to the accompanying persons, subject to the relevant requirements.  On completion of the quarantine period of the accompanying persons, the accompanied minors can return home with the accompanying persons for self-isolation at home until the end of their otherwise full quarantine period (i.e. 21 days for those arriving from Group B and Taiwan, and 14 days for Group C applicable to non-vaccinated persons).  (see https://www.coronavirus.gov.hk/eng/inbound-travel.html#AccompaniedChildren for more information)   

 

For the latest information, please refer to:

  1. https://www.coronavirus.gov.hk/pdf/concise_guide_vaccinated_travellers_ENG.pdf for a summary of Hong Kong’s latest boarding and quarantine arrangements.
  2. https://www.coronavirus.gov.hk/eng/inbound-travel.html for information and FAQs pertaining to travelling to Hong Kong.

 

Travellers to Singapore from Hong Kong and Macao

 

The Ministry of Transport announced on 19 August 2021 that Hong Kong and Macao will be classified under Category I:

 

  1. From 20 August 2021, 2359hrs, all travellers entering Singapore from Hong Kong and Macao, and who spent the last 21 days there before departure for Singapore, will undergo a COVID-19 PCR test upon arrival, and will be allowed to go about their activities in Singapore if the PCR test result is negative.  They will not need to serve a 7-day Stay-Home Notice (SHN) period. 
  2. Short-term visitors who spent the last 21 days at Hong Kong or Macao before departure for Singapore, can apply for an Air Travel Pass with immediate effect, for entry into Singapore on or after 26 August 2021.  They will undergo a COVID-19 PCR test upon arrival and will be allowed to go about their activities in Singapore if the PCR test result is negative. 
  3. Travellers who are already serving their 7-day SHN at their place of residence as of 20 August 2021, 2359hrs will still be required to complete their 7-day SHN and exit swab.  They will be subjected to an on-arrival COVID-19 PCR test and another PCR test before the end of their 7-day SHN.

 

 

For the latest border measures on travelling to Singapore, please refer to:

 

  1. https://www.moh.gov.sg/news-highlights/details/next-steps-in-our-transition-towards-covid-resilience (Press release)
  2. https://www.moh.gov.sg/docs/librariesprovider5/pressroom/press-releases/annex-c9a940239c78b4184a867f75cf70aa8b9.pdf

(Travel Conditions for Travellers from Hong Kong and Macao)

 

Non-Hong Kong residents travelling from Singapore, and who do not hold a recognised vaccination record, are not allowed to board flights for Hong Kong.

 

For children aged under 12 (whether they are Hong Kong residents or not) and are yet to be vaccinated, upon arrival at Hong Kong together with a fully vaccinated person fulfilling boarding requirements, they may undergo compulsory quarantine with the accompanying person for the same shortened quarantine period in DQHs applicable to the accompanying persons, subject to the relevant requirements (see https://www.coronavirus.gov.hk/eng/inbound-travel.html#AccompaniedChildren for more information)   

 

For the latest information, please refer to:

  1. https://gia.info.gov.hk/general/202108/17/P2021081700867_374725_1_1629212803742.pdf for a summary of Hong Kong’s latest boarding and quarantine arrangements.
  2. https://www.coronavirus.gov.hk/eng/inbound-travel.html for information and FAQs pertaining to travelling to Hong Kong.

 

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Ministry of Health (MOH) Public Health Advisory

Please refer to the MOH COVID-19 website for updates on the latest precautionary measures implemented to further reduce the risk of importation of COVID-19 to Singapore. These include travel advisories and further restrictions on travellers coming into Singapore. 


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Singaporeans can visit Hong Kong for up to 90 days without a visa. If you plan to stay more than 90 days, please obtain an extension with the Hong Kong SAR Immigration Department. If you plan to work or study in Hong Kong, you must obtain your visa prior to departing Singapore.  As visa requirements often change at short notice, we advise you to contact your travel agency, or the Embassy of China in Singapore.  You may also refer to Hong Kong Immigration’s website.

For Singaporeans visiting Hong Kong for leisure, social or business, you must satisfy the following basic requirements before you can be considered for entry into Hong Kong:

  1. Valid passport with adequate returnability to your country of residence or citizenship;
  2. Adequate funds to cover the duration of your stay in Hong Kong without working; and
  3. Where the application is for a transit visa/permit, you hold an onward ticket to the place of your destination unless the destination is the Mainland of China or the Macao SAR. 

Bringing Restricted Items into Hong Kong: According to Hong Kong law, it is illegal to carry restricted items including stun guns, firearms and ammunition, prohibited weapons (e.g. Chinese-style throwing dart) within the territory of Hong Kong, irrespective of whether these items are stored in the hand-carried luggage or hold luggage.  Offenders are liable to a severe fine or imprisonment.  For a full list of restricted items, please visit the website of Hong Kong Police Force.

 

COVID-19

In view of the ongoing COVID-19 situation, you may wish to refer to the Government of Hong Kong Special Administrative Region’s official websites at www.info.gov.hk/gia/general/today.htmwww.coronavirus.gov.hk/eng/inbound-travel.html and www.coronavirus.gov.hk/eng/press_release.html for information on public health travel advisories affecting travellers from Singapore. As entry restrictions may change at short notice, we advise you to contact your travel agency, or the Hong Kong SAR Immigration Department to ensure that you have accurate information for your specific purpose prior to departure.

Hong Kong’s crime rate is generally low but pickpocketing and other street crimes can occur.   Singaporeans are advised to take extra care of their personal belongings including travel document, money and valuables in crowded areas. 

Other crimes such as fraud, scam and deception are rather common in Hong Kong.  An example is that swindlers will pose as officials of Immigration Department of Hong Kong or the Mainland via pre-recorded voice messages, telling victims that there were parcels in the Immigration Department for collection.  These calls would be forwarded to a real voice saying that the victim’s identity was improperly used in the Mainland in cases involving mailing prohibited items or producing false passports in breach of the Mainland law.  They would then ask the victim to provide sensitive information such as personal bank account numbers and passwords in order to steal money from the victim's bank account.

We advise Singaporeans to be vigilant, and not to disclose any of your personal particulars and bank details.  In case of doubt, report to the Hong Kong Police immediately.  For more information on these crimes, please refer to Hong Kong Police Force’s website.

Drugs: Do not be involved with illicit drugs of any kind.  Any person who traffics, manufactures, has in possession, or use of any dangerous drugs shall be liable upon conviction to a fine and imprisonment.

Traffic: Traffic rules are seriously enforced in Hong Kong where penalties can be stringent.  Jay-walking is an offence in Hong Kong and Singaporeans are advised not to flout any traffic rules.

Proof of Identity: Singaporeans are advised to have your identification document with you at all times. Under Hong Kong law, local residents are required to carry their identity cards with them at all times as a proof of identity, and a police officer has the power to inspect the proof of identity of any person.  Any person who fails to produce proof of his identity for inspection will commit an offence. The police officer has the right to issue a verbal warning, bring the person back to the police station for further enquiry, take summons action or even arrest the person concerned depending on the circumstances and attitude of the person being checked. 

Littering: Hong Kong has strict laws about maintaining environmental hygiene.  Anyone who commits offences such as littering and spitting is liable to a fixed penalty of HKD 1,500. 

Prohibited/Controlled Items: The commonly found prohibited/controlled items are dangerous drugs, psychotropic substances, animals, plants, meat, poultry, eggs, powdered formula etc.  Passengers are liable to prosecution if these items are brought into/out of Hong Kong without a valid license, permit, health certificate or written permission.  These items will also be seized and confiscated.  For more information, please refer to Hong Kong Custom and Excise Department’s website for more information.

Prohibited Weapons: Singaporeans who intend to travel to or transit via Hong Kong are advised not to bring prohibited weapons into Hong Kong. Prohibited weapons which are illegal in Hong Kong include extendable batons, knuckledusters, and other weapons as stated under Schedule of Cap 217 “Weapons Ordinance”.  Travellers found in possession of these prohibited items will be prosecuted under Section 10 ‘Aviation Security Ordinance’, Chapter 494, which carries a maximum sentence of 5-year imprisonment and a fine of HKD 100,000 upon conviction.

The typhoon seasons in Hong Kong normally runs from May to early November, with the peak typhoon season extending from July to September.  Typhoons may cause flooding and landslides.  Local warnings are issued in advance.  Public offices and public transportations will shut down when Typhoon Signal No. 8 and above is hoisted. 

We advise Singaporeans to monitor local weather updates from the Hong Kong Observatory’s website and heed the advice of the local authorities.

Overseas Travel – Be Informed & Be Safe [13 November 2019]

In view of the upcoming school holidays, Singaporeans planning overseas travel are reminded to take the necessary precautions, including being prepared to deal with accidents, natural disasters or terrorist attacks. Singaporeans are also reminded to be familiar with your destination’s local laws and customs restrictions, including immigration procedures and entry requirements.

Singaporeans travelling to and from Malaysia, in particular via the land checkpoints, are reminded to ensure that your passport is presented to a Malaysian immigration officer and stamped correctly before leaving the Malaysian immigration booth. Failure to do so is an immigration offence in Malaysia and the penalties can be severe, including detention, a fine, and a ban from future entry into the country.

In 2019, demonstrations have occurred in several major cities across the world. Such demonstrations can sometimes escalate into violence. It is important for Singaporeans to keep abreast of local news, avoid any protests or demonstrations and heed the advice of the local authorities. 

When participating in outdoor leisure activities overseas, Singaporeans should be mindful that certain sporting activities, especially in open seas, may carry risks. Besides ensuring that one has the physical competencies and appropriate condition to undertake the activity, every effort should be made to ascertain if the trip organiser or guide is reliable and competent, and that appropriate safety and contingency plans are in place. When in doubt, Singaporeans should consult the relevant professional bodies or sporting associations for specific advice.

For those planning to travel, here are some tips:

Before travelling

·  Familiarise yourself with our network of overseas missions.

·  Purchase comprehensive travel insurance and be familiar with the terms and coverage.

·  Equip yourself with research about your destination’s entry requirements, current situation, local laws and customs.

·  eRegister with us on our website (https://www.mfa.gov.sg) so that we may reach out to you during an emergency.

 

While travelling

·  Always take care of your personal safety, remain vigilant and monitor local weather news, advisories, and security developments.

·  Exercise caution around large gatherings and avoid locations known for demonstrations or disturbances.

·  Be prepared for possible delays and last-minute changes in travel plans especially during unforeseen events such as natural disasters, social unrests or terror attacks.

·  Stay connected with your friends and family. Inform them of your whereabouts and provide them with your overseas contact details.

In the event that you require consular assistance, please contact the nearest Singapore Overseas Mission or call the Ministry of Foreign Affairs Duty Office at +65 6379 8800/+65 6379 8855.

 

Advisory: Email Scams [Updated: 12 May 2016]

There has been an increasing number of reports in recent years of individuals receiving scam emails purportedly sent from friends in distress overseas.  These emails typically originate from an email address known to the receiver bearing claims of the sender getting into trouble overseas and urgently requesting financial assistance.  The sender would also claim to have approached a Singapore Embassy/Consulate and the local Police for help to no avail.

MFA takes the safety of all Singaporeans very seriously.  Singaporeans in distress approaching our Overseas Missions for assistance will be rendered with all necessary consular assistance.  If you receive such emails from purported friends seeking funds transfers, we strongly advise you to call them first to verify the authenticity of the emails before responding to their request.  It is also not advisable to give out any personal information such as NRIC/passport nos., address, telephone number, etc.  Any form of reply, even one of non-interest, could result in more unsolicited emails.  Members of the public who suspect that they have fallen prey to such scams should report the matter to the Police immediately.  Should Singaporeans abroad require consular assistance, they can contact the nearest Mission or call the Ministry of Foreign Affairs 24-hr Duty Office at +65 6379 8800/+65 6379 8855.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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