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Hong Kong: COVID-19 Travel Policies by Country/Region

Updated on 10:07, Apr 16, 2021 UTC+8
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Entry into Hong KongEntry prohibited
Detailed Regulations
The Hong Kong SAR government has implemented the following policies in response to COVID-19: 
1) All non-residents arriving from overseas by air are prohibited from entering Hong Kong SAR; 
2) All non-residents arriving from Mainland China, Macau SAR, or Taiwan who have visited any other country or region within 14 days of arrival are prohibited from entering Hong Kong SAR; 
3) All persons (including Hong Kong SAR residents) arriving from Mainland China, Macau SAR, or Taiwan are required to undergo a 14-day quarantine at a designated location (see below for exceptions based on recent travel history);
4) Travelers may transit Hong Kong International Airport (HKIA) for onward flights under the same ticket provided they (and any accompanying luggage) are checked through to their final destination. This includes flights originating in Mainland China bound for final destinations abroad;
5) Transfer services at HKIA to final destinations in Mainland China remain suspended until further notice.

Categories of Specified Places
From April 20, 2021, all persons (including HKSAR residents) who have visited Brazil, Ireland, South Africa, or the United Kingdom for more than 2 hours at any point within 21 days of their scheduled departure for HKSAR are prohibited from entering HKSAR unless they are traveling aboard special government-authorized flights. Authorized flights with Cathay Pacific Airways are currently scheduled to depart from London on April 21 and April 28, 2021. Bookings are limited and must be made concurrently with a booking for a designated quarantine hotel. More information is available at the following URI: https://www.coronavirus.gov.hk/pdf/FAQ_UK_Returnees_ENG.pdf

All persons who have visited any of the following "very high-risk" locations within 21 days of their scheduled departure for HKSAR must, upon arrival, present original documentation (in English or Chinese) issued no more than 72 hours prior to departure showing a negative result for COVID-19 using a nucleic acid test: Bangladesh, Belgium, Canada, Ecuador, Egypt, Ethiopia, France, Germany, India, Indonesia, Kazakhstan, Nepal, Pakistan, Philippines, Romania, Russia, Switzerland, Turkey, Ukraine, United Arab Emirates, or the United States. Test results must contain the traveler's name and identity card or passport number. Following arrival, all persons with recent travel history to "very high-risk" locations must undergo a 21-day quarantine at a designated location. 

All persons (including HKSAR residents) who, within 21 days of their arrival in HKSAR, have visited any other location outside Mainland China, Macau SAR, or Taiwan must undergo a 21-day quarantine at a designated quarantine hotel at their own expense. This policy does not apply to persons traveling from Australia, New Zealand, and Singapore. Such persons must undergo a 14-day quarantine upon arrival in a designated quarantine hotel, self-monitor for 7 days after release from quarantine, and undergo testing for COVID-19 after their 19th day in HKSAR.

Quarantine-Free Entry with "Return2hk Scheme" 
Hong Kong SAR residents returning from Guangdong Province in Mainland China or from Macau SAR may be eligible for special quarantine-free entry under the so-called "Return2hk Scheme." Residents must submit an online reservation and receive confirmation prior to departure. The daily limit on returnees is 3,000 via the Shenzhen Bay Port and 2,000 via the Hong Kong-Zhuhai-Macau Bridge, respectively. All reservations are allocated on a first-come, first-served basis and are non-transferable. Residents seeking to use the Return2hk Scheme must obtain proof of a negative result for COVID-19 issued no more than 72 hours prior to departure using a reverse transcription polymerase chain reaction (RT-PCR) test performed by a testing provider recognized by the HKSAR government. Upon arrival at the boundary control point, residents traveling under the Return2hk Scheme must present a valid Hong Kong SAR Identity Card, a Return2hk reservation confirmation, and proof of a negative RT-PCR test result. Additional information is available at the following URL: https://www.coronavirus.gov.hk/eng/return2hk-scheme.html

Post-Arrival Testing and Quarantine
All persons arriving at Hong Kong International Airport who are not exhibiting symptoms will be taken to a designated location and tested for COVID-19. All persons are required to wait onsite for their test results. Those who test negative will be instructed on how to proceed directly to their homes or a designated quarantine facility where they must complete their mandatory 14-day or 21-day quarantine.

Mandatory quarantine requirements do not apply to cross-boundary travelers provided they fall into one of the following categories:
1) Persons necessary for the supply of goods or services required for the normal operation of Hong Kong SAR or the daily needs of the people of Hong Kong SAR; 
2) Persons necessary for governmental operation;
3) Persons necessary to protect the health or safety of the people of Hong Kong SAR or to handle the public health emergency;
4) Persons receiving nursery, kindergarten, primary, or secondary education at any school registered under the Education Ordinance (Cap. 279) in Hong Kong SAR, persons providing such education, or persons necessary for the safe travelling of any persons arriving in Hong Kong SAR for the purposes outlined in this clause;
5) Persons whose entry is deemed to serve the public interest of Hong Kong SAR; or
6) Persons traveling for purposes relating to manufacturing operations, business activities, or the provision of professional services deemed to be in the interest of economic development in Hong Kong SAR.

Mandatory quarantine requirements do not apply to persons arriving from foreign places provided they fall into one of the following categories:
1) Persons necessary for the supply of goods or services required for the normal operation of Hong Kong SAR or the daily needs of the people of Hong Kong SAR;
2) Persons necessary for governmental operation;
3) Persons necessary to protect the health or safety of the people of Hong Kong SAR or to handle the public health emergency; or
4) Persons whose entry is deemed to serve the public interest of Hong Kong SAR.
Returning to United StatesPartially restricted
COVID-19 Testing
All persons must have proof of a negative nucleic acid or antigen test for COVID-19 issued no more than 72 hours prior to departure, or must provide "documentation of recovery."
Quarantine
Travelers are encouraged to undergo testing for COVID-19 within 3-5 days of arrival and to self-isolate for 7 days. All persons must wear a mask when using public conveyances.
Visa Services
The US government has mostly suspended the issuing of new visas. All travelers are encouraged to contact their local US embassy or consulate prior to finalizing travel plans.
Detailed Regulations
Foreign nationals who have visited any of the following countries or regions within 14 days of their arrival in the United States are prohibited from entering: Austria, Belgium, Brazil, Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Iceland, Iran, Ireland, Italy, Latvia, Liechtenstein, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Mainland China, Malta, Monaco, Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Portugal, San Marino, Slovakia, Slovenia, South Africa, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, Vatican City, and the United Kingdom. 

From January 26, 2021, all persons traveling to the United States (including US nationals) must present proof of a negative result for COVID-19 issued no more than 3 days to departure using a nucleic acid or antigen test. Alternatively, persons who, at any point within 90 days of their scheduled departure for the United States, tested positive for COVID-19 may present "documentation of recovery" for travel to the United States. This must include proof of the positive test result along with a certificate from a recognized healthcare provider attesting that the traveler is not currently exhibiting symptoms consistent with COVID-19 is and cleared for travel. All travelers must additionally sign a form attesting that the information provided to airline staff is truthful and accurate to the best of the traveler's knowledge. Persons lacking such proof are prohibited from boarding flights bound for the United States. More information including post-travel recommendations is available via the following URL: https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/travelers/testing-international-air-travelers.html

The United States government has mostly suspended the issuing of new visas and all US land border checkpoints with Canada and Mexico are closed to non-essential traffic. Additional restrictions are in place for persons holding special category visas including H-1B, H-2B, J-1, and L-1 visas. All travelers are encouraged to contact their local US embassy or consulate prior to finalizing travel arrangements. When arriving into or traveling within the United States, all persons must wear masks covering their mouth and nose while aboard any conveyance or at any transportation hub. Be advised, various state and local authorities in the United States have implemented additional policies and restrictions for persons arriving into their jurisdictions.
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