Specified conditions imposed on inbound travellers who have visited specified places (Cap.599H)

Categories of specified places

For better understanding by the public on the boarding and compulsory quarantine requirements for persons arriving at Hong Kong from different places outside China under the above Regulation, the Government has categorised the relevant specified places into different groups according to the relevant risk-based boarding and compulsory quarantine requirements:

The Government has adjustedthe boarding, quarantine and testing arrangements for persons arriving at Hong Kong (including Hong Kong residents returning to Hong Kong) who have completed their COVID-19 vaccination course under the "vaccine bubble" concept. For details, refer to this Concise Guide.

Click here for the “List of COVID-19 Vaccines Recognised for Specified Purposes”

Group A1
Group A1 specified places
(Extremely high-risk)
Brazil, India, Nepal, Pakistan, the Philippines and South Africa
Persons applicable: Hong Kong residents who have stayed in Group A1 specified place(s) during the relevant period (the day of boarding for/arrival at Hong Kong or during the 21 days before that day)
Boarding requirement:
  1. Have not stayed in the relevant specified places for more than two hours during the relevant period;
  2. Present a negative result proof of a nucleic acid test for COVID-19 conducted within 72 hours before the scheduled time of departure of the aircraft (see Notes below); and
  3. Present confirmation in English or Chinese of room reservation in a designated quarantine hotel in Hong Kong for not less than 21 nights starting on the day of the arrival of the relevant traveller in Hong Kong.
Quarantine requirement:
  1. Undergo compulsory quarantine for 21 days in a designated quarantine hotel
  2. Undergo 4 tests during compulsory quarantine;
  3. Self-monitoring in the subsequent 7 days
  4. Compulsory testing on the 26th day of arrival at Hong Kong at any Community Testing Centre (CTC)
Special arrangements for designated flights
The Government specified earlier that passengers of designated flights would not be subject to the restriction on boarding for Hong Kong, and arranged for these returnees to undergo the 21-day compulsory quarantine in a specified quarantine facility. The designated flights were the CX2252 flights departing London in the UK on April 21 and April 28 at 9:10 am. For details, please refer to the relevant FAQs.
Group A2
Group A2 specified places
(Very high-risk)
Ireland
Persons applicable: Hong Kong residents who have stayed in Group A2 specified place(s) during the relevant period (the day of boarding for/arrival at Hong Kong or during the 21 days before that day)
Boarding requirement:
  1. Present a negative result proof of a nucleic acid test for COVID-19 conducted within 72 hours before the scheduled time of departure of the aircraft (see Notes below); and
  2. Present confirmation in English or Chinese of room reservation in a designated quarantine hotel in Hong Kong for not less than 21 nights starting on the day of the arrival of the relevant traveller in Hong Kong.
Quarantine requirement:
  1. Undergo compulsory quarantine for 21 days in a designated quarantine hotel
  2. Undergo 4 tests during compulsory quarantine;
  3. Self-monitoring in the subsequent 7 days
  4. Compulsory testing on the 26th day of arrival at Hong Kong at any Community Testing Centre (CTC)
Group B
Group B specified places
(High-risk)
Argentina, Bangladesh, Belgium, Cambodia, Canada, Ecuador, Egypt, Ethiopia, France, Germany, Indonesia, Italy, Japan, Kazakhstan, Kenya, Malaysia, the Netherlands, Romania, Russia, Singapore, Switzerland, Thailand, Turkey, Ukraine, the United Arab Emirates, the United Kingdom, the United States of America, and Vietnam

With effect from 18 June 2021: Colombia and Korea
Persons applicable: Hong Kong residents who have stayed in Group B specified place(s) during the relevant period (the day of boarding for/arrival at Hong Kong or during the 14 days before that day) and who –
have not been fully vaccinated have been fully vaccinated
Boarding requirement:
  1. Present a negative result proof of a nucleic acid test for COVID-19 conducted within 72 hours before the scheduled time of departure of the aircraft (see Notes below); and
  2. Present confirmation in English or Chinese of room reservation in a designated quarantine hotel in Hong Kong for not less than 21 nights starting on the day of the arrival of the relevant traveller in Hong Kong.
  1. Present a vaccination record
  2. Present a negative result proof of a nucleic acid test for COVID-19 conducted within 72 hours before the scheduled time of departure of the aircraft (see Notes below); and
  3. Present confirmation in English or Chinese of room reservation in a designated quarantine hotel in Hong Kong for not less than 14 nights starting on the day of the arrival of the relevant traveller in Hong Kong.
Quarantine requirement:
  1. Undergo compulsory quarantine for 21 days in a designated quarantine hotel; and
  2. Undergo 4 tests during compulsory quarantine
  1. Undergo compulsory quarantine for 14 days in a designated quarantine hotel;
  2. Undergo 3 tests during compulsory quarantine;
  3. Self-monitoring in the subsequent 7 days; and
  4. Compulsory testing on the 16th and 19th days of arrival at Hong Kong
Group C
Group C specified places
(Medium-risk)
All places except China which are not Group A1, Group A2, Group B or Group D specified places *China means the Mainland, Hong Kong, Macao and Taiwan
Persons applicable: Hong Kong residents who have stayed in Group C specified place(s) during the relevant period (the day of boarding for/arrival at Hong Kong or during the 14 days before that day) and who –
have not been fully vaccinated have been fully vaccinated
Boarding requirement:
  1. Present confirmation in English or Chinese of room reservation in a designated quarantine hotel in Hong Kong for not less than 21 nights starting on the day of the arrival of the relevant traveller in Hong Kong.
  1. Present a vaccination record
  2. Present confirmation in English or Chinese of room reservation in a designated quarantine hotel in Hong Kong for not less than 14 nights starting on the day of the arrival of the relevant traveller in Hong Kong.
Quarantine requirement:
  1. Undergo compulsory quarantine for 21 days in a designated quarantine hotel; and
  2. Undergo 4 tests during compulsory quarantine
  1. Undergo compulsory quarantine for 14 days in a designated quarantine hotel;
  2. Undergo 3 tests during compulsory quarantine;
  3. Self-monitoring in the subsequent 7 days; and
  4. Compulsory testing on the 16th and 19th days of arrival at Hong Kong
Group D
Group D specified places
(Low-risk)
Australia and New Zealand
Persons applicable: Hong Kong residents and non-Hong Kong residents who have only stayed in Group D specified place(s), Mainland or Macao during the relevant period (the day of boarding for/arrival at Hong Kong or during the 14 days before that day) and who –
have not been fully vaccinated have been fully vaccinated
Boarding requirement:
  1. Present confirmation in English or Chinese of room reservation in a designated quarantine hotel in Hong Kong for not less than 14 nights starting on the day of the arrival of the relevant traveller in Hong Kong.
  1. Present a vaccination record
  2. Present confirmation in English or Chinese of room reservation in a designated quarantine hotel in Hong Kong for not less than 7 nights starting on the day of the arrival of the relevant traveller in Hong Kong.
Quarantine requirement:
  1. Undergo compulsory quarantine for 14 days in a designated quarantine hotel;
  2. Undergo 3 tests during compulsory quarantine;
  3. Self-monitoring in the subsequent 7 days; and
  4. Compulsory testing on the 16th and 19th days of arrival at Hong Kong
  1. Undergo compulsory quarantine for 7 days in a designated quarantine hotel;
  2. Undergo 2 tests during compulsory quarantine;
  3. Self-monitoring in the subsequent 7 days; and
  4. Compulsory testing on the 12th days of arrival at Hong Kong

Notes:
For the negative result proof of a nucleic acid test for COVID-19 conducted within 72 hours before the scheduled time of departure of the aircraft, relevant documents should include the following:
  1. A test report in English or Chinese issued by a laboratory or healthcare institution bearing the name of the relevant traveller identical to that in his or her valid travel document to show that:
    1. the relevant traveller underwent a nucleic acid test for COVID-19, the sample for which was taken from the relevant traveller within 72 hours before the scheduled time of departure of the specified aircraft;
    2. the test conducted on the sample is a nucleic acid test for COVID-19; and
    3. the result of the test is the relevant traveller was tested negative for COVID-19; and
  2. If the relevant report is not in English or Chinese or does not contain all of the above information, a written confirmation in English or Chinese issued by the laboratory or healthcare institution bearing the name of the relevant traveller identical to that in his or her valid travel document and setting out all of the above information. The said written confirmation should be presented together with the test report; and
  3. Documentary proof in English or Chinese to show that the laboratory or healthcare institution is ISO 15189 accredited or is recognised or approved by the relevant authority of the government of the place in which the laboratory or healthcare institution is located; and

The relevant vaccinated traveller should provide the following documentary proof of vaccination:
  1. The vaccination record in English or Chinese issued by a healthcare institution or a relevant authority of the government of the place where the vaccine was administered, bearing the name of the relevant vaccinated traveller identical to that in his/her valid travel document to show that:
    1. the relevant vaccinated traveller received dose(s) of COVID-19 vaccine and the date(s) on which the dose(s) was/were administered; and
    2. the name of the vaccine administered; and
  2. If the vaccination record is not in English or Chinese or does not contain all of the above information, a written confirmation in English or Chinese issued by the healthcare institution or a relevant authority of the government of the place where the vaccine was administered, bearing the name of the relevant vaccinated traveller identical to that in his/her valid travel document and setting out all of the above information. The said written confirmation should be presented together with the vaccination record.

Important:

All persons who have stayed in Group A1 (extremely high-risk) specified places for more than two hours during the relevant period (the day of boarding for/arrival at Hong Kong or during the 21 days before that day) will not be allowed to board for Hong Kong.

All persons arriving at Hong Kong (either via the airport or land boundary control points) who have stayed in Taiwan or places outside China during the relevant period have to undergo compulsory quarantine for in designated quarantine hotels. For details, please refer to this webpage.

The operator of the specified aircraft should submit to the Department of Health (DH) before the specified aircraft arrives at Hong Kong a document in a form specified by the DH confirming that each relevant traveller has, before being checked-in for the flight to Hong Kong on that aircraft, produced for boarding on the aircraft the documentary proof to show that the above conditions are met (template). The above-mentioned inbound travellers who fail to produce the relevant specified documents will be refused to board the flight.

The following persons will not be affected:

  • A person who is in transit in Hong Kong;
  • A person exempted by the Chief Secretary for Administration from compulsory quarantine under section 4(1) of either the Compulsory Quarantine of Certain Persons Arriving at Hong Kong Regulation (Cap. 599C) or Compulsory Quarantine of Persons Arriving at Hong Kong from Foreign Places Regulation (Cap. 599E); and
  • A person who is a Hong Kong resident, and who has commenced his/her journey in Hong Kong and is deemed as an inadmissible person by the authorities of the place of his/her destination;

If any conditions specified by the Secretary for Food and Health is not met in relation to any relevant traveller on the conveyance, each of the operators of the conveyance commits an offence, and is liable on conviction to the maximum penalty of a fine at level 5 ($50,000) and imprisonment for six months. If an operator fails to comply with a requirement to provide information, or knowingly or recklessly provides any information that is false or misleading in a material particular, he or she is liable on conviction to the maximum penalty of a fine at level 5 ($50,000) and imprisonment for six months.

As for travellers, if a traveller coming to Hong Kong fails to comply with a requirement to provide information, or knowingly or recklessly provides any information that is false or misleading in a material particular, he or she is liable on conviction to the maximum penalty of a fine at level 3 ($10,000) and imprisonment for six months.

Travellers to Hong Kong should note that even they have conducted a COVID-19 nucleic acid test before returning to Hong Kong, for prudence sake, they will still be mandated to undergo testing for COVID-19 at the DH's Temporary Specimen Collection Centre and wait for their test results at a designated location pursuant to the Prevention and Control of Disease Ordinance (Cap. 599).

If their test results are negative, they will be allowed to go to the hotel for which they made the reservation to continue the compulsory quarantine until completion. If their results are positive, the travellers will be transferred to hospital for isolation and treatment. Close contacts of confirmed cases will be sent to quarantine centre. Travellers have to bear their own cost for cancellation of hotel reservation or other relevant charges as a consequence of the positive test result.

The DH will issue quarantine orders to these returnees. The relevant government department will also arrange electronic wristbands for them. According to quarantine orders, they shall neither leave their hotel rooms nor move around in the hotel during the entire quarantine period. Leaving designated rooms will be regarded as a breach of the quarantine order and constitutes a criminal offence. Offenders are subject to a maximum imprisonment for six months and fine of $25,000.


Frequently Asked Questions

Measures for persons arriving at Hong Kong from the specified extremely high-risk places

  1. What are the current infection control and quarantine measures for persons arriving at Hong Kong from the specified extremely high-risk places?
    All persons who have stayed in specified extremely high-risk places for more than two hours on the day of boarding or during the 21 days before that day are not be allowed to board for Hong Kong.
    All persons arriving at Hong Kong (either via the airport or land boundary control points) who have stayed in places outside China on the day of arrival at Hong Kong or during the 21 days before that day have to undergo compulsory quarantine for 21 days in designated quarantine hotels.

    As an example, if a person departs from specified extremely high-risk places on 1 Jan 2021 (converted to local time of the place where the person will board the flight for HK) and stays in other places outside China, the earliest day he / she can board for Hong Kong would be on 23 Jan 2021 (click here for illustration). He / she would then be subject to compulsory quarantine in a designated quarantine hotel for 21 days. Note that the date of arrival in Hong Kong is Day 1 of quarantine.

    Regarding Designated Quarantine Hotels, please visit this webpage.

    Regarding arrangement for air crew, sea crew and other exempted persons, please visit this webpage.

    Note: The Government specified earlier that passengers of designated flights would not be subject to the restriction on boarding for Hong Kong, and arranged for these returnees to undergo the 21-day compulsory quarantine in a specified quarantine facility. The designated flights were the CX2252 flights departing London in the UK on April 21 and April 28 at 9:10 am. For details, please refer to the relevant FAQs. Moreover, the Government has lifted the ban for persons who have stayed in Ireland and the United Kingdom (UK) on boarding for Hong Kong on May 7, to allow flights to resume from those places and for Hong Kong residents there to board for flights for Hong Kong, while these relevant persons would subject to the most stringent compulsory quarantine and testing arrangements upon arrival at Hong Kong.

Transit

  1. The nucleic acid test for COVID-19 should be done within 72 hours before the scheduled time of departure of the specified aircraft. How would the 72 hours be counted if a traveller will transit somewhere before arrival in Hong Kong?
    One of the requirements of Cap. 599H is that “the relevant traveller underwent a nucleic acid test for COVID-19, the sample for which was taken from the relevant traveller within 72 hours before the scheduled time of departure of the specified aircraft”. “Specified aircraft” means a civil aviation aircraft that arrives at, or is about to arrive at Hong Kong (i.e. the aircraft which is directly landing Hong Kong). Therefore, if a traveller transits somewhere and then fly to Hong Kong, the 72 hours will be counted from the scheduled time of the departure flight flying to Hong Kong.

    In addition, if the nucleic acid test is done in other origins, time zone difference shall be taken into account concerning the calculation of 72 hours and the time zone of the specified aircraft's departure port should be taken as the reference time zone. Below is an example of a traveller flying to Hong Kong from Washington DC (EDT GMT -4) with transit at Seoul, South Korea (GMT+9).

    Example
    Time/Date of sample taken for COVID-19 test: 4:00pm, 16 Sept (US local time).
    The traveller takes a connecting flight from US to S. Korea and the scheduled time of departure of the second flight from S. Korea to Hong Kong is 7:45pm on 19 Sept.

    The 72-hour validity period shall be from 7:45pm, 16 Sept to 7:45pm, 19 Sept (S. Korea local time).

    In the above example, the specified aircraft's departure port is at S. Korea, thus the relevant time should be converted to S. Korea’s local time for calculation. The test is done in Washington DC: 4:00pm, 16 Sept (US local time) is equivalent to 5:00am, 17 Sept (S. Korea local time). Since the sample was taken at 5:00am, 17 Sept (S. Korea local time) which falls into the 72-hour period, the test result shall be considered valid.

  2. Will I be affected by this Regulation (Cap599H) if I just transit at the extremely high-risk / high-risk place with layover inside the airport terminal without passing through the immigration control point (i.e. has not entered the specified place)? My flight origin does not belong to any extremely high-risk / high-risk places.
    According to the Regulation, only travellers satisfying all the following conditions during transit, will be regarded as NOT having stayed in the specified place:
    • a person boarded, in a place, a conveyance that, after the person had boarded it, stopped in any other place that is a specified place (stopover specified place); and
    • the person did not leave the conveyance in that stopover specified place; and
    • the person’s journey on that conveyance ended subsequently outside that stopover specified place.

    Therefore, once the traveller leaves the aircraft of which the stopover is a specified extremely high-risk / high-risk place, the traveller will be regarded as having stayed in that place, thus the traveller has to comply with the requirements specified above.

Tests

  1. What tests are accepted as a nucleic acid test for COVID-19?
    Laboratories and healthcare institutions may use different terms which are equivalent to nucleic acid test.
    The following are common acceptable terms for "nucleic acid test": "Polymerase chain reaction" ("PCR"), "reverse-transcription polymerase chain reaction" ("RT-PCR"), "real time RT-PCR", "real-time PCR", "nucleic test", "qRT-PCR", "RT-qPCR", "nucleic acid amplification test" ("NAAT"), "TrueNAT", "CBNAAT", "Loop-mediated isothermal amplification" ("LAMP"), "Molecular diagnostics/test". Apart from "COVID-19", "SARS-CoV-2" is also an acceptable term for the virus.
    Antigen test (e.g. SARS Antigen FIA test) and Antibody test (e.g. IgG Antibody test) are NOT accepted.

  2. Is there a list of recognised or approved laboratories or healthcare institutions of the countries concerned?
    Please contact your local health authority to obtain the list of recognised or approved laboratories or healthcare institutions of the particular country.

Vaccination

  1. What is meant by “fully vaccinated”?
    The 14th day after a person has completed a COVID-19 vaccination course is counted by taking the next day after the person received all of the recommended dose(s) of COVID-19 vaccine as the 1st day.

    For example, for a person who has not been infected with COVID-19 previously and received the last recommended dose of COVID-19 vaccine on 10 May 2021, the "1st day" would be 11 May and the "14th day" would be 24 May. This person can be considered "fully vaccinated" starting on 24 May.

    For persons arriving at Hong Kong whose vaccines were administered outside Hong Kong, apart from the COVID-19 vaccines already recognised for use in Hong Kong, other vaccines included on this list are also accepted:

    Click here for the “List of COVID-19 Vaccines Recognised for Specified Purposes”

Hotels

  1. Can I share a hotel room with my family members or friends?
    If you and your family members or friends are taking the same flight to Hong Kong, you can choose to share a room with them. However, travellers should be aware of the related health risk. In fact, the more people you share a room with, and the more diverse of their backgrounds, the higher your risk of getting and spreading COVID-19, if anyone of you later test positive of COVID-19. The decision of room sharing lies with the traveller, hotel regulation (if any) and subject to any relevant requirement under Prevention and Control of Disease (Prohibition on Group Gathering) Regulation (if applicable). Beginning from 18 November 2020, unless with the permission of an authorized officer, the confinee must not allow any other person (except hotel staff) to enter the hotel room undergoing quarantine. Breaking Quarantine Orders is a criminal offence and offenders are subject to a maximum imprisonment of six months and a fine of $25,000.

  2. The relevant traveller has to make a room reservation in a hotel in Hong Kong for not less than 21 nights starting on the day of the arrival of the relevant traveller in Hong Kong. How to calculate the 21-night hotel reservation? If I am arriving at Hong Kong in the night time, can I omit the hotel reservation for the first day?
    Regardless of his/her time of arrival, the relevant traveller should have a hotel reservation for not less than 22 Days 21 Nights starting on the day of arrival. Example: If a traveller arrives Hong Kong on 01 Janurary (Day 1), his/her hotel reservation should start from 01 January until 22 January or later (i.e. Check-in date on 01 January and check-out date on 22 January or later).

  3. Are visitors allowed to enter the hotel room undergoing quarantine?
    Beginning from 18 November 2020, unless with the permission of an authorized officer, the confinee must not allow any other person (except hotel staff) to enter the hotel room undergoing quarantine. Breaking Quarantine Orders is a criminal offence and offenders are subject to a maximum imprisonment of six months and a fine of $25,000.

  4. If an inbound traveller is a minor, can his/her family member or caretaker share a hotel room together?
    In general, hotels in Hong Kong only allow minors under 16 years old (18 years old for some hotels) to stay if they are accompanied by an adult. In response to the latest pandemic situation of COVID-19 and to minimize the risk of disease transmission from the confinee to the accompanying adult, some hotels have adopted a flexible arrangement for allowing minors aged under 18 years old to stay in the hotel by themselves. Since these minors come from specified places the accompanied adult may be exposed to higher risk of infection.

    For minors subject to quarantine order, prior approval must be obtained from DH if they require an accompanying adult. The accompanying person can apply for conditional approval from DH before the arrival of the minor, the completed application form should be returned to DH by email caretaker_apply@dh.gov.hk. Application could also be made after minor’s arrival at Hong Kong and obtained the quarantine order, the accompanying person can call the 24-hour hotline provided on the quarantine order to submit an application. The accompanying adult and the inbound traveller have to be quarantined in the same hotel room and are not allowed to leave until the end of the quarantine period. For detailed arrangements, please enquire with the hotels or DH.

    As a preventive measure, the accompanied adult is required to put on the wristband provided by the Government and stay together with the minor in the same hotel room (including inter-connecting room) until the end of quarantine period without leaving for the purpose of quarantine in order to minimize the possible risk of community transmission. In addition, a free combined nasal and throat swab test will also be offered to the caretaker on Day 12 and Day 19 of the quarantine period.

    The accompanying person needs to wait at the hotel for installation of the wristband by OGCIO contractor. It is an infection control measure that the accompanying person must install wristband before going into confinee’s room.

  5. For inbound travellers (including minors) arriving from specified places (Cap. 599H) with special needs, are their caretakers allowed to enter the hotel room during the quarantine period?
    In order to minimize the potential spread of COVID-19 from the confinee to the community, without the permission of an authorized officer, the caretaker is not allowed to enter the hotel room that the confinee stays.

    If confinees have the need to replenish goods or food, their friends, family members or hotel staff can place them outside the guestrooms for the confinees to pick up without face-to-face contact. (Note: starting from 22 December 2020, if confines in Designated Quarantine Hotels have the need to replenish goods or food, they may enquire with the hotel regarding relevant policy and arrangements.)

    For inbound travellers with special needs who are subject to quarantine order, prior approval must be obtained from DH if they require an accompanying caretaker. The inbound traveller can submit the justifications and apply for conditional approval from the DH in advance. The completed application form should be returned to DH by email to caretaker_apply@dh.gov.hk. Application could also be made upon arrival at Hong Kong and obtained the quarantine order, the inbound traveller can call the 24-hour hotline provided on the quarantine order to submit an application. The caretaker and the inbound traveller have to be quarantined in the same hotel room and are not allowed to leave until the end of the quarantine period. For detailed arrangements, please enquire with the hotels or DH.

    The caretaker and the inbound traveller have to be quarantined in the same hotel room and are not allowed to leave until the end of the quarantine period. For detailed arrangements, please enquire with the hotels or the Department of Health.

    Since these confinees come from specified places, in order to minimize the possible risk of infection or community transmission, only one caretaker will be allowed to enter and stay with the confinee in hotel room together until the end of quarantine period. In general, no other caretaker could enter the concerned hotel room and the caretaker shall not be changed during the quarantine period. Please also refer to question 13.

  6. For those minors who are undergoing quarantine in hotel room, are their family members or caretakers be allowed to change or enter the room during the quarantine period?
    Since these minors come from specified places, in order to minimize the possible risk of infection or community transmission, only one caretaker will be allowed to enter and stay with the confinee in hotel room together until the end of quarantine period. During this period, no other caretaker could enter the concerned hotel room. In general, caretaker shall not be changed during the period of quarantine. Please also refer to question 13.

  7. Do the family member or caretaker need to liaise with DH in advance on the practical arrangements for the minors to stay in the hotels?
    The relevant persons should directly contact and discuss with the hotels concerned in advance on the detailed accommodation arrangements.

  8. What will be the quarantine arrangement for adult caretakers who have completed the vaccination requirement returning to Hong Kong with a child who has no vaccination?
    Based on the "vaccine bubble" concept and the risk levels, the Government further shortens the compulsory quarantine periods suitably for persons arriving at Hong Kong from overseas places, who have not stayed in extremely high-risk or very high-risk places, and who have completed their vaccination course.

    Both of them are subject to the latest quarantine and testing arrangements. If the adult caretaker satisfies the criteria to shorten the compulsory quarantine period, he may apply to become a caretaker and continue to stay in the hotel room until the quarantine period of the child ends. Alternatively, another caretaker may also be arranged (Remark).

    Remark: For inbound travellers with special needs who are subject to quarantine order, prior approval must be obtained from DH if they require an accompanying caretaker. The inbound traveller can submit the justifications and apply for conditional approval from the DH in advance. The completed application form should be returned to DH by email to caretaker_apply@dh.gov.hk. Application could also be made upon arrival at Hong Kong and obtained the quarantine order, the inbound traveller can call the 24-hour hotline provided on the quarantine order to submit an application. The caretaker and the inbound traveller have to be quarantined in the same hotel room and are not allowed to leave until the end of the quarantine period. For detailed arrangements, please enquire with the hotels or DH.

  9. Can an inbound traveller who have visited specified places (Cap. 599H)conduct quarantine at home?
    No. Under Prevention and Control of Disease (Regulation of Cross-boundary Conveyances and Travellers) Regulation (Cap. 599H), a relevant inbound traveller must provide a confirmation in Chinese or English of room reservation in a hotel in Hong Kong for not less than 21 nights starting on the day of the arrival of the relevant traveller in Hong Kong before boarding a flight to Hong Kong. The inbound travellers concerned who fail to produce the relevant specified documents will be refused to board the flight.

Documents

  1. For the documentary proof to show that the laboratory or healthcare institution is ISO 15189 accredited or is recognised or approved by the relevant authority of the government, can it be replaced by other documents such as certificate of accreditation?
    For the documentary proof of ISO 15189 accreditation or recognition or approval by relevant authority of local government of the laboratory or healthcare institution, it can be in the form a copy of "Certificate of Accreditation", "Certificate of Compliance", or information printed out from the relevant authority's official website.

  2. If the test report issued by the laboratory/healthcare institution already contains an ISO accreditation reference, do I need to present another documentary proof to show that the laboratory or healthcare institution is ISO 15189 accredited or is recognised or approved by the relevant authority of the government?
    Yes. A separate documentary proof is required even if the test report from the laboratory or healthcare institution contains an ISO accreditation reference or indication of the government's recognition. In addition, the documentary proof should be issued by a third party (e.g. the accreditation body or relevant authority of the government) NOT by the laboratory or healthcare institution itself.

  3. Can I send in the required documents for vetting before travelling back to Hong Kong?
    No pre-arrival vetting of documents would be done for individuals who intend to enter Hong Kong. Relevant documents shall be provided to the operator of the aircraft for checking before boarding. The operator of the specified aircraft should notify the Department of Health before the specified aircraft arrives at Hong Kong confirming that each relevant traveller has, before being checked-in for the flight to Hong Kong on that aircraft, produced for boarding on the aircraft the documentary proof to show that the above conditions are met.

  4. Are the required documents only accepted in the format of standard templates?
    While acceptable documentary proof shall meet all the specified requirements, the format may vary.

  5. Is it mandatory to have the name and identity card or passport number printed on the laboratory test report?
    The test report in English or Chinese issued by a laboratory or healthcare institution must bear the name of the relevant traveller identical to that in his/her valid travel document. Identity card or passport number is not mandatory on the test report.

  6. If the name of the relevant traveller printed on the test report was not exactly the same as presented in his/her passport (e.g. middle name missing on test report but present on passport), would the report be accepted?
    If the name on the laboratory report is not identical to that on the Hong Kong Identity Card or travel document; OR if any one of following requirements has not been met, “the test report in English or Chinese issued by a laboratory or healthcare institution bearing the name of the relevant traveller identical to that in his/her valid travel document to show that:
    1. the relevant traveller underwent a nucleic acid test for COVID-19, the sample for which was taken from the relevant traveller within 72 hours before the scheduled time of departure of the specified aircraft;
    2. the test conducted on the sample is a nucleic acid test for COVID-19; and
    3. the result of the test is the relevant traveller was tested negative for COVID-19”
    A written confirmation in English or Chinese issued by the laboratory or healthcare institution is required to be presented together with the laboratory report. This written confirmation should contain the name of the relevant traveller identical to that in his/her valid travel document, setting out all of the above information (a-c).

  7. Do I need to present the original paper copy upon arrival at Hong Kong? Can I just present the documents on a mobile device?
    Documents in paper or electronic format are equally acceptable but you are highly recommended to print out the documents as backup in case of running any technical problems when opening the files on the mobile device.

Other

  1. What are the Points to Note regarding the Self-monitoring period for inbound travellers?
    Please refer to this infographic.

  2. Is there any breastfeeding advice during quarantine?
    The Department of Health (DH) is committed to protecting, promoting and supporting breastfeeding. Mothers with suspected or confirmed COVID-19 may desire to continue breastfeeding their child, and DH strives to support them during quarantine. For detailed advice, please refer to this document.

  3. Can the confinees be allowed to visit a critically ill relative or attend a funeral of relative whilst undertaking of quarantine?
    In very limited circumstances, permission for confinees to temporary leave the quarantine place may be granted by an authorised officer of DH to visit a relative who is critically ill or attend a funeral of relative (for funeral arranged at funeral home or cemetery only). Supporting documents, including but not limited to, relationship proof, hospital letter of patient’s latest condition, death certificate, etc. are required to support these kinds of requests. In assessing the request, consideration will be given to the public health risk, and if visiting a facility, the applicant should have sought the approval of the receiving facility (i.e. hospital orfuneral home, etc.) beforehand. For crematoria managed by the Food and Environmental Hygiene Department, prior agreement of FEHD is not required but the application is still subject to DH's approval. Such applications should be submitted after confinees’ arrival in Hong Kong.

    When DH receives an application and relevant proof from the confinee who wants to temporarily leave the quarantine place to attend the funeral of his/her relatives, DH will contact the relevant funeral home to confirm that they approve the visit by the confinee. It is understood that funeral homes will also assess the potential risks of visits by people under quarantine in view of the latest development of the pandemic.

  4. Can the confinees be allowed to deliver gifts or documents, etc. to their relatives/friends?
    No. Delivery or placement of items out of the confinees’ rooms is prohibited from infection control perspective because of potential disease transmission.

  5. Can inbound traveller who have visited specified places (Cap. 599H) apply for change of quarantine places from hotel to home during their stay at hotels?
    One of the requirements of the Regulation is that the relevant traveller has confirmation in English or Chinese of room reservation in a hotel in Hong Kong. The relevant travellers who fail to produce the relevant specified documents will be refused to board the flight. Persons put under compulsory quarantine are required to comply with the compulsory quarantine requirements. Unless with the permission of an authorized officer, you shall confine yourself to the place of quarantine and are prohibited from leaving Hong Kong.

    In order to minimize the potential spread of COVID-19 from the confinee to the community, request to change the place of quarantine from hotel to home will not be granted unless in very exceptional circumstances.

    Consideration will only be given to a request on the basis of significant medical conditions, i.e. convincing medical justification, to the satisfaction of the authorised officer, that home quarantine rather than hotel quarantine is essential for the health of the confinee. Supporting document, including but not limited to, a recent report from a local medical specialist of the concerned field, is required for the application. Each request will be assessed based on individual merits.

    In assessing your request, DH will consider the public health risk; whether you are showing symptoms of COVID-19; whether your medical justification to quarantine at home rather than at hotel is convincible; whether you are released into an environment where a highly vulnerable person may be a close contact; and whether other household members (who are not home confinees) are willing to be quarantined with the you at home for the rest of the quarantine period in accordance with the quarantine order, etc.

    The confinee under quarantine and the household member(s) staying at the same home location must sign an undertaking. If the confinee or other household member(s) violate(s) the terms of the undertaking, the confinee will have to be put under quarantine in a quarantine centre. DH may also take relevant legal actions according to the relevant violations.

    Such applications should only be submitted after confinees’ arrival in Hong Kong.

  6. If a confinee is confirmed with COVID-19 and can be discharged from hospital after treatment within the quarantine period, does he/she need to continue the compulsory quarantine arrangement?
    Yes, the confinee is required to complete the quarantine period in accordance with the quarantine order.

  7. If my flight has been delayed or advanced unexpectedly, how to calculate the 72-hours pre-departure test result and the hotel reservation?
    The specified requirements refer to the “scheduled time of departure of the specified aircraft” and “scheduled date of arrival at Hong Kong” respectively.