(Last updated 7 Jan 2022)
As the severity and extent of the Covid-19 pandemic change, so the rules for entering Hong Kong are adjusted. Countries are grouped into three categories: high risk (A), medium risk (B), and low risk (C).
All arrivals must show proof of a negative Covid-19 test taken within 48 hours prior to departure (and documents showing that the testing lab is ISO15189 accredited or government-recognised), a hotel reservation confirmation for the required length of quarantine, and a vaccination record if vaccinated.
Note that the vaccination record requirements are more stringent for Group A arrivals: they must show vaccination records issued either in Hong Kong or by a recognized institution in the countries specified on this list. The rules for arrivals from Groups B and C are more flexible: vaccination records issued in all Group B and C countries are accepted. All vaccination records must be in either English or Chinese.
List of Specified Places with Flight Suspension
From 0.00am on 8 January 2022 to 00.00am on 21 January 2022, flights from Australia, Canada, France, India, Pakistan, the Philippines, the United Kingdom, and the United States of America are barred from entering Hong Kong (read more here).
High-risk places (Group A)
Places classified as high-risk are Albania, Algeria, Argentina, Aruba, Australia, Austria, Bahrain, Bangladesh, Barbados, Belarus, Belgium, Bermuda, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Brazil, Brunei Darussalam, Burkina Faso, Bulgaria, Cambodia, Canada, Cape Verde, Cayman Islands, Chile, Colombia, Costa Rica, Croatia, Cuba, Curaçao, Cyprus, the Czech Republic, the Democratic Republic of Congo, Denmark, the Dominican Republic, Ecuador, Egypt, Estonia, Fiji, Finland, France, Georgia, Germany, Ghana, Gibraltar, Greece, Grenada, Guadeloupe, Guernsey, Guinea, Hungary, Iceland, India, Indonesia, Iran, Ireland, Israel, Italy, Jamaica, Japan, Jordan, Kenya, Korea, Kosovo, Kuwait, Latvia, Lebanon, Libya, Liechtenstein, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Malaysia, Maldives, Malta, Martinique, Mauritania, Mauritius, Mayotte, Mexico, Montenegro, Morocco, Myanmar, Nepal, the Netherlands, New Zealand, Niger, North Macedonia, Norway, Oman, Pakistan, Palestine, Panama, Paraguay, Peru, the Philippines, Poland, Portugal, Qatar, Réunion, Romania, Russia, Rwanda, Saint Martin (French part), Saudi Arabia, Senegal, Serbia, Sierra Leone, Singapore, the Slovak Republic, Slovenia, South Sudan, Spain, Sri Lanka, St Kitts and Nevis, St Vincent and the Grenadines, Sweden, Switzerland, Tanzania, Thailand, Togo, Trinidad and Tobago, Tunisia, Turkey, Uganda, Ukraine, the United Arab Emirates, Uruguay, Venezuela, Vietnam.
The following places will be added to the Group A category: from 0.00am on January 10, Iraq; from 0.00am on January 11, Antigua and Barbuda, Bolivia, Cote d’Ivoire, Gabon, Gambia, Laos, and Mongolia.
Note: Follow the latest updates on country categorization here.
- Entry elibility: Only vaccinated Hong Kong residents are allowed to enter the city from high-risk countries. Accompanying, unvaccinated children under 12 may also enter.
- Quarantine length: Must quarantine for 21 days.
- Testing requirements: Six Covid-19 tests during quarantine; an additional test at a community testing centre (CTC) on the 26th day after arrival.
Specified Places For Enhanced Quarantine & Surveillance Measures on Omicron Variant (Group A+)
Informally referred to as Group A+, people coming from these places must do four days’ quarantine in Penny’s Bay Quarantine Centre (getting Covid-19 tests daily) before doing 17 days in a DQH. This is a special enhanced measure for travellers coming from places with a significant number of Omicron variant cases.
Places classified as ‘Group A+’ are Angola, Botswana, Eswatini, Ethiopia, Kazakhstan, Lesotho, Malawi, Mozambique, Namibia, Nigeria, South Africa, the United Kingdom, the United States of America, Zambia, Zimbabwe.
Medium-risk places (Group B)
Places classified as medium-risk are all countries other than China and those in Groups A and C.
- Entry eligibility: Vaccinated or non-vaccinated residents and fully vaccinated non-residents may enter from medium-risk countries.
- Quarantine length: Fully vaccinated non-residents and residents must quarantine for 14 days and then self-monitor at home for 7 days. Non-vaccinated residents must quarantine for 21 days.
- Testing requirements: Vaccinated arrivals must undergo four Covid-19 tests during quarantine and another two on the 16th and 19th days of arrival, with the final being conducted at a CTC. Non-vaccinated arrivals must undergo six tests, all during quarantine.
Low-risk places (Group C)
No places currently classify as low-risk.
- Entry eligibility: Regardless of vaccination status, non-residents and residents may enter from low-risk countries.
- Quarantine length: If you’re not fully vaccinated, you’ll need to quarantine for 14 days. If you’re fully vaccinated, you’ll need to quarantine for 7 days. Both groups must also self-monitor at home for 7 days after leaving the quarantine hotel.
- Testing requirements: If you’re not fully vaccinated, you need to undergo four Covid-19 tests during quarantine and then two more during self-monitoring. If you’re fully vaccinated, you need to undergo two tests during quarantine, and then two more during self-monitoring. The two post-quarantine hotel tests must be taken on the 16th and 19th days after arrival, and the final test must be done at a CTC.
Rules for Mainland China and Macau
Entry eligibility: Vaccinated and non-vaccinated Hong Kong residents and non-residents who have stayed in Macau or China for 14 days consecutively may enter Hong Kong.
Quarantine length: If you’re not fully vaccinated, you’ll need to quarantine for 14 days in your home, hotel (arrivals from the mainland and Macau cannot stay in DQHs), or other accommodation. If you’re fully vaccinated, you need to quarantine for 7 days and then self-monitor for 7 days.
Testing requirements: If you’re not fully vaccinated, you need to undergo three tests during quarantine, one on the 16th day, and another on the 19th day. If you’re fully vaccinated, you need to undergo two tests during quarantine, and then four more on the 9th, 12, 16th, and 19th days after arrival. All final 19th day tests must be done at a CTC.
Rules for Taiwan
Entry eligibility: Vaccinated or non-vaccinated Hong Kong residents and fully vaccinated non-residents who have stayed in Taiwan for 14 days consecutively may enter Hong Kong.
Quarantine length: If you’re not fully vaccinated, you’ll need to quarantine for 21 days. If you’re fully vaccinated, you can quarantine for 14 days and then self-monitor for 7 days. Must quarantine in a DQH.
Testing requirements: If you’re not fully vaccinated, you need to undergo six tests during quarantine. If you’re fully vaccinated, you need to undergo four tests during quarantine, and then two more on the 16th and 19th days after arrival. The 19th day test must be done at a CTC.
Who is eligible for the 7-day quarantine?
Only fully vaccinated travellers from China and Macau can do 7-day quarantines.
What are the rules for transits/layovers?
If you’re transiting through another country before you arrive in Hong Kong and your layover is longer than two hours, you are considered as having stayed in that country even if you haven’t passed through immigration. This means you must comply with Hong Kong’s entry rules regarding that country, not your country of origin.
This is also true for the 21 days leading up to your flight to Hong Kong. If you’re staying in a Group B or C country, but travel to and stay in any country with a higher risk status longer than two hours in the three weeks before you depart for Hong Kong, you do not qualify for the shorter quarantine specified for Group B and C countries.
What are the quarantine rules for unvaccinated children?
Children under 12 who are not vaccinated and accompanying fully vaccinated travellers coming from Group B and C countries may go home to complete their quarantine after their guardians finish their own mandatory hotel quarantine.
What does it mean to ‘self-monitor’?
During the 7-day ‘self-monitoring’ period, you are free to move around but strongly recommended to socially distance yourself as much as you can. The official suggestions are to monitor your overall health at home, avoiding social gatherings as much as possible, staying in a separate room if living with others, wearing a mask if you interact with people in your household, and seeking medical attention if you start to develop symptoms.
What are the rules for foreign domestic helpers?
On August 26, the government announced that foreign domestic helpers (FDHs) from the Philippines and Indonesia, who are fully vaccinated can come to work from Group A countries, starting from August 30. All helpers must present a recognized vaccination record, a valid employment visa, a negative test for COVID-19 and a confirmation of room reservation at a DQF (Designated Quarantine Facility), for not less than 21 nights.
Other interesting websites and groups that may be helpful to inbound travellers:
- Quarantine for Inbound Travellers – Frequently Asked Questions (coronavirus.gov.hk)
- HK Quarantine Support Group (Facebook)