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Travel Notice for Hong Kong amid COVID-19 Outbreak

06 December 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 3 December 2021 that in view of the latest global developments of the COVID-19 pandemic situation, Singapore will be specified as Group A specified places from 0.00am on 6 December 2021 to tighten the boarding and quarantine requirements for travellers arriving in Hong Kong.  


Hong Kong Residents are allowed to board flights for Hong Kong only if they have been fully vaccinated* and hold a recognised vaccination record**.


Boarding requirement: 

  1. Present recognised vaccination record;
  2. A negative result proof of a Polymerase Chain Reaction-(PCR) based nucleic acid test for COVID-19 conducted within 48 hours before the scheduled time of departure of the aircraft (including documentary proofs that the lab is ISO15189 accredited or Government recognised); and
  3. 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;
  2. Undergo six tests during compulsory quarantine;
  3. Self-monitoring in the subsequent 7 days; and
  4. Compulsory testing on the 26th day of arrival at Hong Kong at any community testing centre (CTC).


* 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#FAQA10. 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.

** Please click here to find List of Places of Issuance of Recognised Vaccination Records.


Children aged under 12, who are Hong Kong residents or children of Hong Kong residents, and who are yet to be vaccinated, can also board flights for Hong Kong if they are accompanied by Hong Kong residents who fulfilled the boarding requirements.  These accompanied children must undergo compulsory quarantine together with the accompanying persons in a DQH for 21 days, subject to the relevant requirements (see https://www.coronavirus.gov.hk/eng/inbound-travel.html#AccompaniedChildren for more information).


Hong Kong Residents who are not fully vaccinated, as well as non-Hong Kong Residents, are not allowed to enter Hong Kong if they have stayed in Singapore during the relevant period (the day of boarding for/arrival at Hong Kong or during the 21 days before that day).


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


Under Singapore's current travel health control measures, Hong Kong and Macao are classified under Category (I).


All air travellers (including travellers from Category I) entering or transferring/transiting through Singapore, after 2 December, 2359 hours (Singapore time), must undergo a pre-departure test [PCR to Antigen Rapid Test (ART)] within 2 days of their departure for Singapore and obtain a negative result.  Self-swabs are not allowed.  They should obtain a copy of the negative test result that meets the following conditions:


  • Is in English (or accompanied with an English translation);
  • Contains the traveller's name, date of Birth or passport number (per the passport used to travel to Singapore);
  • Reflects the date and result of the test; and
  • Is not handwritten.


Travellers with travel and transit history to Hong Kong or Macao in the past 14 days before arrival in Singapore would have to take a COVID-19 Polymerase Chain Reaction (PCR) test upon arrival and have to remain in self-isolation either at a place of residence or a hotel of choice, until a negative COVID-19 PCR test result is conveyed (typically within 24 hours).  To expedite and facilitate on-arrival testing at the airport, all travellers are strongly encouraged to register and pre-pay for their on-arrival COVID-19 PCR test ($125 including GST), prior to departing for Singapore at https://safetravel.changiairport.com/arrivalswabtest/#/ to expedite the on-arrival testing at the airport.


All travellers, except Singapore Citizens and Permanent Residents, must apply for entry approval to enter Singapore using a SafeTravel Lane. A step-by-step traveller's checklist for Category (I) travel history is available at https://safetravel.ica.gov.sg/travel-checklist/category-1


For Singapore's latest inbound travel policies, please refer to https://safetravel.ica.gov.sg/arriving/overview.



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Ministry of Health (MOH) Public Health Advisory

Singapore has implemented the SafeTravel Lanes to facilitate travel while safeguarding public health amidst the COVID-19  pandemic. Travellers should refer to the ICA SafeTravel website for the latest information on travelling to/from or transiting through Singapore. Residents of Singapore intending to depart Singapore are strongly advised to check the latest MOH Travel Advisory for outbound travel. For the latest updates on Singapore's COVID-19 situation, please refer to the MOH website at https://www.moh.gov.sg/covid-19.   

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In view of the COVID-19 pandemic, Singaporeans should refer to Hong Kong SAR official COVID-19 website for the relevant boarding, quarantine, and testing arrangements before departing from Singapore to Hong Kong.

At present, Hong Kong has categorised Singapore under Group B specified places (medium-risk). Travellers who have stayed in Group B specified place(s) on the day of boarding for/arrival in Hong Kong or during the 14 days before that day, are allowed entry to Hong Kong if they:

  1. Are Hong Kong residents but have not been fully vaccinated; or
  2. Are Hong Kong residents or non-Hong Kong residents, and who have been fully vaccinated.

The aforementioned groups of travellers have to fulfil various boarding and quarantine requirements and details that can be found at Hong Kong COVID-19 website.

Singaporeans who are non-Hong Kong residents can visit Hong Kong for up to 90 days without a visa, provided they are fully vaccinated (see above). If you plan to stay for 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 Department’s website.

For Singaporeans visiting Hong Kong for leisure, social or business, you must also 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 for Hong Kong residents, visitors or transit passengers going through Hong Kong International Airport to carry the following items within the territory of Hong Kong, irrespective of whatever these items are stored in the hand-carried luggage or hold luggage:

  1. Firearms and Ammunition: According to Section 13 of Cap. 238 "Firearms and Ammunition Ordinance", no persons shall have in his possession any arms or ammunition unless he/she holds a license for possession of such arms or ammunition or a dealer's license for such items. This includes stunning device and tear gas.
  2. Prohibited Weapons: According to Cap. 217 "Weapons Ordinance", any persons who has possession of any prohibited items commits an offence. Examples of prohibited weapons include spring-loaded steel batons, knuckledusters, and Chinese-style throwing dart.
  3. Dangerous Goods: According to Cap. 295 "Dangerous Goods Ordinance", any person who has possession of any types of dangerous goods commits an offence.

Prohibited/Controlled Items: The commonly found prohibited/controlled items are dangerous drugs, psychotropic substance, controlled chemicals, antibiotics, arms, ammunition, weapons, fireworks, strategic commodities, rough diamonds, animals, plants, endangered species, telecommunication equipment, game, meat, poultry, eggs, and powdered formula. Passengers are liable to prosecution if these items are brought into/out of Hong Kong without a valid license, The penalty for passengers carrying prohibited/controlled items depends on the respective legislation governing its importation and exportation. For more information, please refer to Hong Kong Custom and Excise Department website



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 uses any dangerous drugs shall be liable upon conviction to a fine and imprisonment. Details can be found at Hong Kong Police's website.

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. Details of Cap. 374G Road Traffic (Traffic Control) Regulation can be found at the Transport Department's website.

Proof of Identity: Singaporeans are advised to have their identification document with them at all times. In accordance with Section 17C "Carrying and Production of Proof of Identity" of "Immigration Ordinance" (Cap. 115), a police officer has power to inspect the proof of identity of any person.  Any person who fails to produce proof of his/her identity for inspection will commit an offence. Depending on the circumstances and attitude of the person being checked, a police officer may issue a verbal warning, bring the person back to the police station for further enquiry, take summons action or even arrest the person concerned. For details, please refer to Hong Kong Police's website

Littering: Hong Kong has strict laws about maintaining environmental hygiene, including fixed penalty fines of HKD 1,500 for littering or spitting. See what constitutes a littering offence here.

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 [Updated on 14 October 2021]

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, customs, and COVID-19 restrictions, including immigration procedures and entry requirements.

Demonstrations do occur in 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 (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

There have been reports of individuals receiving scam emails/messages purportedly sent from friends in distress overseas.  These emails/messages typically originate from an email address/social media 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/messages from purported friends seeking funds transfers, we strongly advise you to call them first to verify the authenticity of the emails/messages 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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