Quarantine for Inbound Travellers - Frequently Asked Questions

Boarding Requirements

  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?
  2. How to interpret the “sample collection time” if it is not specified in the test report?
  3. If my flight has been delayed or advanced unexpectedly, how to calculate the 72-hours pre-departure test result and the hotel reservation?
  4. What tests are accepted as a polymerase chain reaction (PCR)-based nucleic acid test for COVID-19?
  5. If I am arriving at Hong Kong in the night time, can I omit the hotel reservation for the first day?
  6. Is there a list of recognised or approved laboratories or healthcare institutions of the countries concerned?
  7. 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?
  8. 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?
  9. Can I send in the required documents for vetting before travelling back to Hong Kong?
  10. Are the required documents only accepted in the format of standard templates?
  11. Is it mandatory to have the name and identity card or passport number printed on the laboratory test report?
  12. 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?
  13. The name on document (e.g. test report, vaccination record) does not match with name on HKID/HKSAR passport but matches the name on the traveller's other travel document (e.g. United States passport). Is this acceptable?
  14. Do I need to present the original paper copy upon arrival at Hong Kong? Can I just present the documents on a mobile device?
  15. What is accepted as documentary proof of vaccination record?
  16. Is COVID-19 vaccination record documented in the "International Certification of Vaccination and Prophylaxis" acceptable?
  17. Is handwritten vaccination record acceptable
  18. For persons previously infected with COVID-19, they may be deemed to have completed the COVID-19 vaccination course after receiving one dose of CoronaVac vaccine or one dose of Comirnaty vaccine. What documentary proof is required to show that a person was previously infected with COVID-19?
  19. For persons who have received mixed doses of vaccination overseas, are they regarded as "completed a COVID-19 vaccination course"?
  20. What is the validity period of my serology antibody test result?

Hotel Quarantine


General Questions

  1. What are the current health quarantine arrangements for inbound travellers?
    Please refer to this webpage.

  2. 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 specified places during the relevant period have to undergo compulsory quarantine 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 specified places, 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. 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.

  3. What is the quarantine period?
    The date of arrival in Hong Kong is Day 1 and the quarantine period will last from Day 1 to 23:59 of the last day of compulsory quarantine (i.e. Day 7, Day 14 or Day 21).

  4. Would I be allowed to leave Hong Kong earlier so that I can return to my home country?
    No. The Government has to emphasise that self-discipline and community solidarity in fighting against the disease are of utmost importance. Any person concerned who leaves the dwelling place without permission may commit a criminal offence. The penalty upon conviction is imprisonment and a fine.
    The Government will ensure the persons under compulsory quarantine stay at the premises by spot checks, telephone calls and via monitoring of the status of electronic device, etc.

  5. 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.

  6. How to define the period of relevant travel history?
    The travel history is back counted from the arrival day (Day 0) for 21 days.
    For example, if a person arrives in Hong Kong on 22 Jan (Day 0), relevant travel history period includes 21 Jan (Day -1) to 1 Jan (Day -21).

  7. What would then happen after one has declared relevant travel history to an affected area?
    Depending on the situation of the inbound travellers, they will be subject to different quarantine arrangements as instructed by the Government officials. Those who undergo compulsory quarantine at home or other accommodation are required to provide their address in Hong Kong as well as the contact phone number. They will then be required to put on an electronic wristband provided by the Government (except for those undergo compulsory quarantine in Designated Quarantine Hotels). After entering Hong Kong, the person concerned must be quarantined at the provided address.

  8. What if a person misreports his travel history?
    The Prevention and Control of Disease (Disclosure of Information) Regulation (Cap. 599D) empowers authorised officers to require any person to provide or disclose information that is relevant to identification and tracing of persons who may be at risk of contracting the disease, such as travel history, places they have visited or people they have come into contact with, etc. in relation to the prevention and control of the spread of diseases. A person commits a criminal offence if he / she fails to comply with the requirement to provide information, or gives to an authorised officer any false or misleading information. The maximum penalty for such offence is a fine of $10,000 and imprisonment for six months. The Centre for Health Protection will, through its hotlines (2125 1111/2125 1122), allow members of the public to verify the identity of authorised officers if necessary.
    The personal data obtained for COVID-19 contact tracing will only be used by the Department of Health or relevant department(s) for epidemic prevention purposes, and the arrangements for handling the personal data would be in strict compliance with the Personal Data (Privacy) Ordinance (Cap. 486).

  9. If I transit via Hong Kong without entering Hong Kong, would the quarantine measures be applicable to me?
    Quarantine measures are only applicable to persons who enter Hong Kong. The quarantine requirement does not apply to transit passenger who arrives at the Hong Kong International Airport or enters the waters of Hong Kong solely for the purpose of leaving Hong Kong and, while in Hong Kong, does not pass through immigration control.

  10. Do I need to comply with the respective boarding requirement if I just transit at the specified place with layover inside the airport terminal without passing through the immigration control point (i.e. have not entered the specified place)?
    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 place, the traveller will be regarded as having stayed in that place, thus the traveller has to comply with the requirements specified.

  11. What is meant by “fully vaccinated”?
    Fully vaccinated means the suggested dosage has been administered in accordance with the relevant guidelines of a COVID-19 vaccination course at least 14 days prior to arrival at Hong Kong.
    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”

Boarding Requirements

  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. How to interpret the “sample collection time” if it is not specified in the test report?
    The format of test report may differ among different laboratories. The following are in general acceptable as alternative wordings for "sample collection time" (not an exhaustive list):
    • Date/Time of Sample Collection: DD/MM/YYYY HH:MM
    • Collection Date/Time: DD/MM/YYYY HH:MM
    • Test Date: DD/MM/YYYY HH:MM
    • Date of Test: DD/MM/YYYY HH:MM
    • Sample Taken: DD/MM/YYYY HH:MM
    • Collected on: DD/MM/YYYY HH:MM
    • Examination Date: DD/MM/YYYY HH:MM

    The following are NOT accepted as "sample collection time":
    • Report Date: DD/MM/YYYY HH:MM
    • Printed on: DD/MM/YYYY HH:MM
    • Result Date/Time: DD/MM/YYYY HH:MM

    Some test report may state the date of specimen collection without the time of specimen collection. While such report is still accepted, the time of specimen collection will be assumed to be 00:00. Such report will NOT be accepted if it falls outside 72 hours before the scheduled time of departure of the specified aircraft.

  3. 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.

  4. What tests are accepted as a polymerase chain reaction (PCR)-based nucleic acid test for COVID-19?
    Laboratories and healthcare institutions may use different terms which are equivalent to PCR-based nucleic acid test.

    The following are common acceptable terms for "PCR-based nucleic acid test": "Polymerase chain reaction" ("PCR"), "reverse transcription polymerase chain reaction" ("RT-PCR"), "real-time PCR", "real time RT-PCR", "quantitative PCR", "qPCR", "quantitative RT-PCR", "qRT-PCR", "TrueNAT" and "CBNAAT".

    "Coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19)" is the disease caused by a new coronavirus called SARS-CoV-2.

  5. If I am arriving at Hong Kong in the night time, can I omit the hotel reservation for the first day?
    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 21/14/7 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.

    Example: if a traveller is subject to 21-night requirement: 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. If he/she 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).

  6. 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.

  7. 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.

  8. 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.

  9. 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.

  10. 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.

  11. 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.

  12. 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:
    • 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;
    • the test conducted on the sample is a nucleic acid test for COVID-19; and
    • 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).

  13. The name on document (e.g. test report, vaccination record) does not match with name on HKID/HKSAR passport but matches the name on the traveller's other travel document (e.g. United States passport). Is this acceptable?
    The name on the document should be identical to that in the relevant traveller's valid travel document. The kind of travel document is not specified here, thus any valid travel document(s) that the travellers presented with name identical to the one shown on the documentary proof will be regarded acceptable. A document (e.g. test report, vaccination record) with name that is identical to the name printed on passports issued by other countries/places is also acceptable.
    Please note, "middle name", being part of the name, if present on the documentary proof, has to follow this rule as well.

  14. 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.

  15. What is accepted as documentary proof of vaccination record?
    The documentary proof for “completed a COVID-19 vaccination course” by inbound travellers for the purpose of shortening quarantine period is specified by Cap. 599E / Cap. 599C as follows:
    A person is deemed to have “completed a COVID-19 vaccination course” if he/she arrives at Hong Kong on or after the 14th day after completing vaccination in manners stipulated as follows –
    • For both the Sinovac COVID-19 vaccine (CoronaVac vaccine) and Fosun Pharma/BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine (Comirnaty vaccine), completing the vaccination course involves receiving two doses in general. For persons previously infected with COVID-19, they may be deemed to have completed the COVID-19 vaccination course after receiving one dose of CoronaVac vaccine or one dose of Comirnaty vaccine.
    • For individuals who received COVID-19 vaccines in places outside of Hong Kong and have received the recommended doses as stipulated in relevant guidelines, they will also be regarded to have completed the vaccination course of the relevant COVID-19 vaccine subject to the vaccine used being included on the list of vaccines recognised for this purpose as published on the Government’s COVID-19 thematic website. (https://www.coronavirus.gov.hk/pdf/list_of_recognised_covid19_vaccines.pdf)


    For those who arrive at Hong Kong after they have completed a COVID-19 vaccination course, they must provide 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 person identical to that in his/her valid travel document to show that
    • the relevant vaccinated person received the dose(s) of vaccination(s) against COVID-19 and the date(s) on which the dose(s) was/were administered; and
    • the name of the vaccine administered which must be included on the list of vaccines recognised for this purpose as published on the Government’s COVID-19 thematic website.

    If the vaccination record is not in English or Chinese or does not contain all of the above information, the record should be presented together with a written confirmation, which is 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.
    In gist, provided all the above requirements are met, the documentary proof for “completed a COVID-19 vaccination course” would be considered acceptable.
    The documentary proof for “completed a COVID-19 vaccination course” by inbound travellers is used for the purpose of shortening quarantine. Travellers who are not able to provide documentary proof for vaccination may still board the aircraft as long as all other requirements specified under Cap. 599H (e.g pre-departure test, confirmation of hotel booking that covers the quarantine period applicable for non-vaccinated travellers, etc.) are met.

  16. Is COVID-19 vaccination record documented in the "International Certification of Vaccination and Prophylaxis" acceptable?
    Since the format of vaccination record has not been specified in the relevant regulations, COVID-19 vaccination record documented in the "International Certification of Vaccination and Prophylaxis" would be acceptable when all required information has been included.

  17. Is handwritten vaccination record acceptable
    Any form of vaccination record is accepted as long as all required information has been included. The vaccination record may be handwritten, printed or in the form of an electronic health record.

  18. For persons previously infected with COVID-19, they may be deemed to have completed the COVID-19 vaccination course after receiving one dose of CoronaVac vaccine or one dose of Comirnaty vaccine. What documentary proof is required to show that a person was previously infected with COVID-19?
    The documentary proof for "recovered case" has not been specified in the regulations, traveller will be assessed on a case-by-case basis upon the his/her arrival. In general, supporting documents such as a doctor's certification letter, hospital's discharge summary, etc. indicating the traveller's previous COVID-19 infection (in English/ Chinese, with the traveller's identity particulars matched) would be acceptable.

  19. For persons who have received mixed doses of vaccination overseas, are they regarded as "completed a COVID-19 vaccination course"?
    According to the regulation, "For individuals who received COVID-19 vaccines in places outside of Hong Kong and have received the recommended doses as stipulated in relevant guidelines, they will also be regarded to have completed the vaccination course...". If there is documentary proof issued by the healthcare institution or a relevant government authority presented together to show clearly that the relevant health authority officially recommended mix doses of the two vaccinations and stipulated in relevant guideline, it can be regarded as acceptable. Nevertheless, the vaccine(s) have to be included on the list of vaccines recognised for this purpose as published on the Government's COVID-19 thematic website. (https://www.coronavirus.gov.hk/pdf/list_of_recognised_covid19_vaccines.pdf).

  20. What is the validity period of my serology antibody test result?
    For the purpose of shortening one’s quarantine period, if applicable, the validity of the result of a recognised serology antibody test is three calendar months, counting from the day of specimen collection. For example, if the specimen for the serology antibody test was taken from the person on 30 June 2021, the positive test result would be valid until 29 September 2021.

Arrangement for COVID-19 viral test

  1. What will happen to those symptomatic inbound travellers or those who have been confirmed as COVID-19 cases abroad?
    Members of the public arriving in Hong Kong are urged to approach the Port Health Division (PHD) officers of the Department of Health (DH) immediately for follow-up when respiratory symptoms develop.
    The Hospital Authority Major Incident Control Centre liaises closely with the Department of Health to arrange the transfer of inbound travellers with respiratory symptoms to various Accident and Emergency Departments (A&E) for the tests required. They may need to wait at the A&E test and triage centres for the test results, which usually take several hours. If the test result is negative, they will have to return to their designated place to continue the quarantine.

  2. Should those who have been confirmed as COVID-19 cases abroad inform the Department of Health?
    If an arriving passenger has any discomfort, he/she may report to the staff of airline/ Airport Authority/ Department of Health. He/she will then be assessed by medical staff and if necessary, will be transferred to nearby public hospital by ambulance for further management accordingly.
    For those who have recovered from COVID-19 currently not having any symptoms, they can proceed the quarantine procedures at the Airport as usual. At present, all inbound travellers arriving Hong Kong via the Hong Kong International Airport will be required to proceed to the Temporary Specimen Collection Centre set up in the restricted area of the Airport for COVID-19 testing upon arrival. If the test result is positive, the Department of Health will arrange to send them to a hospital for treatment as soon as possible and arrange to send their close contacts to a quarantine centre.

  3. What is the arrangement for “Test and Hold”?
    The Department of Health (DH) has set up a Temporary Specimen Collection Centre (TSCC) at the Hong Kong International Airport to speed up the collection of specimen from asymptomatic inbound travellers for conducting testing for COVID-19. All asymptomatic inbound travellers arriving at the Hong Kong International Airport (HKIA) will be mandated to wait for test results after testing for COVID-19 at the TSCC. If their test results are negative, they will be allowed to leave the TSCC and go to a designated place immediately to continue completion of the compulsory quarantine. Confirmed cases and their close contacts will respectively be arranged for admission to hospital and sent to designated quarantine centres by ambulance and vehicles arranged by the Government directly.

  4. What will happen if the test result is positive?
    If a sample tests positive, the Centre for Health Protection (CHP) will notify the person concerned as early as possible and arrange for admission to a public hospital for treatment.
    On receiving notification of confirmed cases of COVID-19, the CHP will conduct epidemiological investigation and contact tracing. Quarantine will be arranged for close contacts while medical surveillance will be arranged for other contacts.

  5. What will happen if I did not perform compulsory COVID-19 nucleic acid testings on specified dates?
    Pursuant to the Prevention and Control of Disease (Compulsory Testing for Certain Persons) Regulation (Cap. 599J), the Government published in the Gazette a compulsory testing notice, requiring relevant inbound travellers to undergo COVID-19 test(s) on specified day(s) after arrival.

    Any person who fails to comply with the testing notice commits an offence and may be fined a fixed penalty of $5,000. The person would also be issued with a compulsory testing order requiring him/her to undergo testing within a specified time frame. Failure to comply with the order is an offence and the offender would be liable to a fine at level 4 ($25,000) and imprisonment for six months.

    Besides facing prosecution, persons under compulsory quarantine at home who fail to conduct testing according to compulsory testing requirements may be required to complete the rest of the quarantine period at a designated quarantine centre.

    Please refer to relevant instructions and this webpage for details: https://www.coronavirus.gov.hk/eng/inbound-travel.html

  6. If I leave Hong Kong during the Self-monitoring period, will I need to complete the compulsory testing(s)?
    During the Self-monitoring period, you must undergo testing(s) per relevant instructions if you are in Hong Kong on the specified day(s) for compulsory testing.

General Arrangement for Quarantine

  1. Why are the travellers sent to different premises for quarantine?
    The Government adopts a risk-based approach to decide appropriate quarantine premises (such as home, hotels or other premises) for different groups of inbound travellers.

  2. What is the emergency hotline in case I have to attend a doctor?
    Please call the designated hotline which operates 24 hours a day provided by the Department of Health. For emergency situation, please call 999.

  3. How does the Government know and manage the person who has fallen ill?
    Persons under quarantine have to check their body temperature twice daily and record their health condition for monitoring of personal health. If they have fever or develop other symptoms, they have to inform the Centre for Health Protection via a dedicated hotline which operates 24 hours a day. After assessment, they will be sent to hospitals for treatment when necessary.

  4. Can the confinees be allowed to leave briefly to attend to matters?
    No.The Government has to emphasise that self-discipline and community solidarity in fighting against the disease are of utmost importance. Any person concerned who leaves the dwelling place without permission may commit a criminal offence. The penalty upon conviction is imprisonment and a fine.
    The Government will ensure the persons under compulsory quarantine stay at the premises by spot checks, telephone calls and via monitoring of the status of electronic device, etc.

  5. 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.

  6. 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.

  7. Is there any specific procedure on completion of quarantine?
    There is no specific procedure required to be done upon completion of quarantine. For handling of wristband and "StayHomeSafe" mobile app, please refer to the designated page on “StayHomeSafe” Mobile App User Guide.

  8. Is there any important task I need to do after completion of compulsory quarantine?
    Please pay attention to the relevant requirement regarding polymerase chain reaction-based nucleic acid test for coronavirus disease 2019 on certain days following the person’s arrival in Hong Kong.

    According to the prevailing quarantine measures, inbound travelers are required to conduct rounds of virus testings. The Government has also adjusted the 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, please refer to relevant instructions and this webpage(https://www.coronavirus.gov.hk/eng/inbound-travel.html) and this webpage ( https://www.coronavirus.gov.hk/eng/high-risk-places.html) for categories of different groups of specified places according to the relevant risk-based boarding and compulsory quarantine requirements.

  9. How to report breaches of quarantine orders?
    The Government appeals to the public to make use of the "e-Report Centre" online platform to report suspected cases of breaching quarantine orders. Members of the public may also report suspected breaches of quarantine orders through report rooms of police stations or call 1823.
    The Government strongly appeals to the public to follow the quarantine requirement strictly in order to protect the health of their own selves and others. The measure is of utmost importance to prevent the spreading of COVID-19 in the community. Leaving dwelling places without permission is a criminal offence and offenders are subject to a maximum imprisonment of six months and a fine of $25,000.

Home Quarantine

  1. What are the conditions for quarantine at home or other accommodation?
    Travellers must have passed temperature checks when they arrived in Hong Kong and do not have any symptoms.
    Those who receive quarantine at home or other accommodation have to provide their address as well as the contact phone number.
    Persons under quarantine are prohibited from leaving Hong Kong, and have to stay at the premises at all times. They should also maintain good personal and environmental hygiene. The household is strongly advised to adhere to good personal hygiene, masking and social distancing during the quarantine period.
    Persons under quarantine have to check their body temperature twice daily and record their health condition for monitoring of personal health. If they have fever or develop other symptoms, they have to inform the Centre for Health Protection via a dedicated hotline which operates 24 hours a day. After assessment, they will be sent to hospitals for treatment when necessary.

  2. Are visitors allowed to enter a place undergoing home quarantine?
    Friends or relatives not living together should not enter the place so as to reduce the risk of being exposed to infection.

  3. Are household members allowed to stay in the same premises?
    Yes. Nevertheless, we strongly advise that the household members adhere to good personal hygiene, masking and social distancing during the quarantine period.

  4. Does the household member (who is not a home confinee) need to be quarantined as well?
    Since the confinee has a travel history to a place with community transmission of COVID-19 , he/she might have been infected with COVID-19 and household member(s) is at a higher risk of contracting COVID-19 if he/she lives with the confinee during the quarantine period. Under the current regulations, it is not compulsory for household member(s) to be quarantined together. However, the risk of transmission of the disease to the community may be increased if the accompanying household member(s) leaves the confinee's place of quarantine during the quarantine period. In the unfortunate circumstance that the confinee develops COVID-19, household member(s) needs to undergo compulsory quarantine. In order to minimize the possible risk of infection or chance of community transmission, household member(s) should wear a surgical mask throughout the quarantine period and maintain good personal and environmental hygiene at all times. He/she should maintain social distancing, keeping a distance from the confinee as much as possible (at least 1 metre) and avoid leaving the place of quarantine as far as practicable.

  5. Should I wear a mask when there is a home confinee in my household?
    Please refer to the above question.

  6. What are the special precautions for the home confinees?
    Confinees must stay at the premises at all times. They should also maintain good personal and environmental hygiene at all times. If living with other people, both confinee and his/her household members should wear surgical mask throughout the quarantine period.

    Maintain social distancing
    • Stay in a well-ventilated single room if possible
    • Keep a distance from others as much as possible (at least 1 metre)

    Personal hygiene
    • Do not share towels or personal items, and separately placed from those of other family members
    • Perform hand hygiene frequently and observe cough etiquette

    Environmental hygiene
    • Clean and disinfect the home environment daily with 1 in 99 diluted household bleach (mixing 10 ml of bleach containing 5.25% sodium hypochlorite with 990 ml of water), leave for 15-30 minutes and then rinse with water. For metallic surface, disinfect with 70% alcohol
    • After using the toilet, put the toilet lid down before flushing, and pour about half a litre of water into each drain outlet (U-traps) regularly
    • Designate a toilet to be used only by the confinee as far as possible. If the toilet is shared use with other members of the household, need to clean and disinfect the toilet after each use by the confinee with 1 in 49 diluted household bleach. Clean and disinfect the washing basin with 1 in 49 diluted household bleach if contaminated with sputum or saliva of the confinee e.g. after rinsing mouth or brushing teeth
    • Do not touch commonly shared items with family members such as TV control panel, radio control panel, door handles, unless you disinfect your hand with alcohol-based handrub first

    Lifestyle
    • Avoid meal gatherings and do not share food or drinks
    • Eat in your own room; if not possible, eat by facing a wall
    • There is no need to do separate laundry
    • Do not smoke and avoid alcohol consumption
    • If developing fever and acute respiratory symptoms or feeling unwell, make sure the mask is worn properly, call the hotline of the Department of Health immediately for advice and arrangement to public hospital for further management

  7. Should a household member share meals, kitchen and toilet with a home confinee?
    The household member should maintain good personal and environmental hygiene at all times. Both confinee and his/her household members should wear surgical mask throughout the quarantine period.

    Maintain social distancing
    • Wear a mask and maintain appropriate social distance with confinee (at least 1 metre)

    Personal hygiene
    • Do not share personal items (e.g. tooth brush)
    • Maintain good person hygiene especially hand hygiene

    Environmental hygiene
    • Ensure that shared spaces are well ventilated by keeping windows open
    • Frequent cleansing and disinfection (including kitchen and toilet)

    Lifestyle
    • Avoid going to crowded places, wear a surgical mask when taking public transport or staying in crowded places
    • Stagger meal
    • Do not share meals with confinee
    • Do not smoke and avoid alcohol consumption
    • Build up good body resistance and maintain healthy lifestyle. This can be achieved through balanced diet, regular exercise and adequate rest
    • Monitor health condition. If a household member develops fever or respiratory symptoms, he or she should put on a surgical mask and seek medical attention immediately

  8. Is there any special arrangement for garbage collection for confinees?
    In case no family members or friends could help to dispose waste, wrap your waste properly for door-to-door collection by Government staff. Food and Environmental Hygiene Department and Housing Department will help to collect garbage as necessary.

  9. If I have received vaccination, but my accompanied persons have not yet received vaccination, can we stay at the same place for quarantine and extend my quarantine period the same as that for the accompanied persons?
    Confinees must stay at the premises at all times until the end of the quarantine period. Under the current regulations, if the confinee who has completed quarantine chooses to stay with persons undergoing quarantine, the confinee who has completed quarantine does not need to undergo compulsory quarantine with others together. In the unfortunate circumstance that the confinee is confirmed to have developed COVID-19, persons staying together will have to undergo compulsory quarantine. In order to minimize the possible risk of infection or chance of community transmission, persons staying together should wear a surgical mask throughout the quarantine period and maintain good personal and environmental hygiene at all times. He/she should maintain social distancing, keep a distance from the confinee as much as possible (at least 1 metre) and avoid leaving the place of quarantine as far as practicable.

Hotel Quarantine

Please refer to this webpage.

Other Questions

  1. What is the testing and quarantine arrangement for exempted persons?
    Please refer to Testing and self-isolation arrangement for air crew, sea crew and other exempted persons - Frequently Asked Questions.

  2. What is the health advice for travellers before they come to Hong Kong?
    If feeling unwell, especially if experiencing a fever or cough, wear a surgical mask, inform the hotel staff or tour escort (if applicable) and seek medical advice at once. Do not travel.

    To maintain at all times strict personal hygiene is key to protection:
    • Wear a surgical mask when taking public transport or staying in crowded places. It is important to wear a mask properly, including hand hygiene before wearing and after removing a mask
    • Perform hand hygiene frequently; especially before touching mouth, nose and eyes
    • Cover your mouth and nose with tissue paper when sneezing or coughing. Dispose of the soiled tissues into a lidded rubbish bin, and then wash hands thoroughly
    • Wash hands with liquid soap and water, and rub for at least 20 seconds. Then rinse with water and dry with a disposable paper towel. If hand washing facilities are not available, or when hands are not visibly soiled, performing hand hygiene with 70-80% alcohol-based handrub is an effective alternative

    Travellers are also advised of the following preventive measures:
    • Avoid close contact with persons with fever or respiratory symptoms. If it is unavoidable to come into contact with them, put on a surgical mask
    • Avoid visiting hospitals. If it is necessary to visit a hospital, put on a surgical mask and observe strict personal and hand hygiene
    • Avoid touching animals (including game), poultry/birds or their droppings
    • Avoid visiting wet markets, live poultry markets or farms
    • Avoid making close contact with patients, especially those with symptoms of acute respiratory infections
    • Do not consume game meat and do not patronise food premises where game meat is served.
    • Adhere to food safety and hygiene rules
    • Go out less and reduce social activities such as meals gatherings or other gatherings, and maintain appropriate social distance with other people as far as possible

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

  4. What should I do if I have questions on the electronic wristband or the “StayHomeSafe” Mobile App?
    You can contact Office of the Government Chief Information Officer (OGCIO). Please call the hotline 5394 3150 or send email to shs@ogcio.gov.hk or send your name to 5394 3388 via SMS message. For details, please visit the designated page on “StayHomeSafe” Mobile App User Guide.

  5. Where can I obtain more information?
    Please visit the COVID-19 thematic website, designated page on inbound travel and the Facebook fan page of the Centre for Health Protection regularly for further information and updates.