Exemption from Compulsory Quarantine Arrangement for inbound travellers from Foreign Places

(Updated as at 29 July 2020)

Under section 4(1) of the Compulsory Quarantine of Persons Arriving at Hong Kong from Foreign Places Regulation (Cap. 599E) (the Regulation), made under the Prevention and Control of Disease Ordinance (Cap. 599), the Chief Secretary for Administration may designate any person or category of persons fulfilling certain criteria for exemption that –

  1. the person’s or persons’ entry into Hong Kong –
    1. is necessary for the supply of goods or services required for the normal operation of Hong Kong or the daily needs of the people of Hong Kong;
    2. is necessary for governmental operation;
    3. is necessary for the protection of the safety or health of the people of Hong Kong or the handling of the public health emergency within the meaning of section 8(5) of the Ordinance concerning the specified disease; or
    4. because of the exceptional circumstances of the case, otherwise serves the public interest of Hong Kong; or
  2. the person’s or persons’ travelling is necessary for purposes relating to manufacturing operations, business activities or the provision of professional services in the interest of Hong Kong’s economic development.

In accordance with section 4(1) of the Regulation, the Chief Secretary for Administration has exempted the following categories of persons from the compulsory quarantine requirement.

No. Category of persons Enquiry
1 Crew members of aircraft who need to commute to and from foreign places for performance of necessary duties Transport and Housing Bureau
Enquiry: [email protected]
Phone: 3509 7199
2 Crew members of goods vessels (with cargo operation)

[Remark: Exemption of compulsory quarantine and crew change for goods vessels without cargo operation has been suspended from 29 July 2020 until the local epidemic situation is contained.]
3 Crew members of passenger ships

[Remark: Exemption of compulsory quarantine and crew change for passenger ships has been suspended from 29 July 2020 until the local epidemic situation is contained.]
4 Government officials carrying out governmental duties Not applicable
5 Public officers at or above the level of Executive Directors (or equivalent) in the Hong Kong Monetary Authority, the Securities and Futures Commission and the Insurance Authority undertaking international obligations and/or participating in international co-operation pursuant to their regulatory functions Financial Services and the Treasury Bureau
Enquiry: [email protected]
Phone: 3655 5158
6 Construction personnel tasked to carry out off-site duties in foreign places that are essential and cannot be replaced by other means to ensure the quality, integrity and statutory compliance of services or components to be used in government projects Development Bureau
Enquiry: [email protected]
Phone: 3509 8801
7 Experts, personnel of the academic sectors or of international authorities who are engaged in research and/or provide advice in combating the COVID-19 infection to the HKSAR Government Department of Health
Enquiry: [email protected]
Phone: 2961 8989 or 2961 8991
8 Staff and personnel of public bodies and their partners for the supply of wristbands and related materials for home quarantine Office of the Government Chief Information Officer
Enquiry: [email protected]
Phone: 2582 4520
9 Personnel of public bodies and their partners, agencies, companies or organisations for the supply to Hong Kong of personal protective equipment (PPE) or materials/equipment for the production of PPE Department of Health
Enquiry: [email protected]
Phone: 2125 2512 or 2961 8989 or 2961 8991
10
  1. Senior management (up to two members only) designated and authorised by an enterprise with a valid Air Operator's Certificate issued by the Civil Aviation Department under the Air Navigation (Hong Kong) Order 1995 (Cap. 448C); and
  2. Senior management of the Airport Authority Hong Kong
Transport and Housing Bureau
Enquiry: [email protected]
Phone: 3509 8240

For general enquiries on the exemption arrangement, please contact Food and Health Bureau ([email protected]).