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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