Travel to Hong Kong

Hong Kong is often referred to as the gateway to China. Since it is not part of mainland China, different rules apply, for example, entry requirements. During the pandemic, Hong Kong lifted travel ban restrictions on different terms from mainland China. For instance, there is no longer a mandatory hotel quarantine when traveling to Hong Kong. How can you travel to Hong Kong now?

Travel to Hong Kong – practical information 

Hong Kong, officially a Special Administrative Region of the People’s Republic of China (SAR), has its political and economic system. Around 160 countries are visa-free travel to Hong Kong. There are three different visa-free periods: 14 days (Ukraine, Mongolia), 30 days (Bolivia, Honduras), and 90 days (EU countries, the US). People that apply for a visa to special administrative regions of the PRC, meaning Hong Kong or Macao, can apply for a visa at a Chinese Visa Application Center. 

Important links: 

Chinese Visa Application Center website: visaforchina.cn 

Chinese embassies: fmprc.gov.cn/mfa_eng/wjb_663304/zwjg_665342/2490_665344 

Chinese consulates-general: fmprc.gov.cn/mfa_eng/wjb_663304/zwjg_665342/2498_665360 

Hong Kong travel restrictions 

Is Hong Kong travel hotel quarantine still in place? The short answer is no. 

Starting from September 26, 2022, Hong Kong residents and inbound persons from Taiwan or overseas are not required to undergo mandatory hotel quarantine.

  • Quarantine arrangement: under the “0+3” arrangement, people traveling to Hong Kong from overseas or Taiwan will be subject to medical surveillance at their place of residence or stay for three days upon the arrival. They must comply with “Amber Code” restrictions in the “Leave Home Safe” application. 
  • Hong Kong entry requirements: there is no longer a requirement to submit a negative PCR test result prior to your flight to Hong Kong. Instead, you must provide a negative Rapid Antigen Test (RAT) result conducted within 24 hours before the scheduled time of departure. 
  • Hong Kong residents who travel to the area and have not been fully vaccinated are allowed to enter. Hong Kong non-residents over 12 years of age must be fully vaccinated, except those with a medical exemption certificate. 

How to prepare for travel to Hong Kong? 

Hong Kong travel checklist if you are a non-resident: 

  1. Covid-19 Vaccination Certificate (list of recognized vaccines), except for persons traveling from Taiwan and not leaving China 14 days before arrival in Hong Kong. 
  2. Declaration of the negative result of RAT conducted within 24 hours prior to the scheduled time of departure via the online Health & Quarantine Information Declaration. 
  3. Green QR code generated after completing the declaration before departure presented at check-in. 
Travel to Hong Kong green QR code
Sample of a green Health Declaration QR code, coronavirus.gov.hk

Traveling to Hong Kong from overseas or Taiwan 

Travelers to Hong Kong International Airport (HKIA) will get a new temporary QR code upon presentation of the green QR code. It must be scanned in the “Leave Home Safe” tracking app. There are three code colors: blue (no restrictions), yellow (with some restrictions), and red (in the case of isolation or incomplete vaccination). Inbound travelers will undergo a nucleic test and the airport. They may leave without receiving the result according to the “test-and-go” arrangement. 

Travelers to Hong Kong from abroad are subject to Amber Code restrictions for three days from arrival. They are not allowed to enter buildings and areas such as: 

  • where it is mandatory to scan the QR code in the “Leave Home Safe” application, such as pubs, bars, restaurants, beauty salons, hairdressing salons, gyms, etc. 
  • schools, health centers, nursing homes, and homes for people with disabilities 
  • other areas designated by the government. 

Different rules may apply if a person subject to Amber Code restrictions studies, works, or uses services in these places. 

In addition, during these three days, no departure from Hong Kong to mainland China and Macao is allowed. 

Under the Amber Code restrictions, it is allowed to use public transport, enter markets, etc. The code will automatically turn green on the third day at 9:00 a.m., meaning no restrictions. The next four days is a self-monitoring period and undergoing RAT tests is required.  

All travelers to Hong Kong must undergo daily RAT tests for a period of seven days from arrival (self-testing). Nucleic acid testing should be performed on the second, fourth, and sixth day at the facility after receiving a negative RAT result. If the test is positive for COVID-19, the person may be transported to a health facility. 

The day of arrival is referred to as “day 0”. 

Traveling to Hong Kong from Mainland China or Macao 

Persons traveling to Hong Kong from mainland China or Macao who have not left China for seven days prior to their arrival in Hong Kong (no travel history of overseas places or Taiwan) are not subject to compulsory self-quarantine upon arrival, nor are they required to test negative for COVID-19 before departure. In addition to the Amber Code restrictions, they are subjected to a PCR test on the second day after arrival. 

What if Hong Kong is my transit port? 

Transit passengers are no longer required to submit a negative result of a PCR test conducted within 48 hours before their boarding to HKIA. However, such passengers may not leave the airport transit area. 

Note! The above information is subject to change. We recommend that you check announcements on official websites.