Inbound Travel

Arrangements for Inbound Persons

Points to Note Before Arrival at Hong Kong

  • Before departing to Hong Kong, please pay attention to the relevant inbound control arrangements.
  • Health Declaration System
    • All inbound persons are required to complete the online Health Declaration Form of the Department of Health (www.chp.gov.hk/hdf/) prior to their arrival at Hong Kong.
    • Inbound persons arriving from overseas places or Taiwan are required to conduct a Rapid Antigen Test (RAT) with a negative result within 24 hours prior to the scheduled time of departure of the flight to Hong Kong. These persons are advised to complete the online Health Declaration Form after they have obtained the negative RAT result. After submitting the declaration and upon confirmation of boarding requirements being met, the system will generate a green Health Declaration QR code. Please save the QR code (which can be a downloadable version of the QR code, a screen shot or a printout).
    • Please present the green Health Declaration QR code at check-in for verification by airlines for boarding. Please also show the QR code to the border control point staff upon arriving at Hong Kong.
    • For arrival via Hong Kong International Airport, the QR code is valid for 96 hours; for arrival via land control points, the QR code is valid for 24 hours.
  • Please click here to read the relevant FAQs for more information on the arrangement for declaration of non-local COVID-19 vaccination record.
  • Arrivals holding a visa with insufficient validity period will be denied entry.
Sample of a green health declaration QR code

Sample of a green Health Declaration QR code

Inbound Control Measures

The inbound control arrangements applicable to a person arriving at Hong Kong depend on:

  • What places the person has stayed in on the day of boarding for/arrival at Hong Kong, or the 7 days before that day.
  • For non-Hong Kong residents aged 12 or above who have stayed in overseas places, only persons who have fulfilled vaccination requirement are allowed to board a flight to Hong Kong.

All inbound persons must pass temperature checks upon arrival. Those found with symptoms will be referred to the Department of Health for further handling.

Inbound persons are required to undergo medical surveillance, self-monitoring and compulsory testing in accordance with the relevant regulations. Please refer to the tables below and the “Testing Arrangements on Testing for Persons Arriving at Hong Kong” section for more information.

For other most updated information, please also refer to daily press releases.

Persons who have only stayed in the Mainland, Macao or Taiwan

If only stayed in Mainland China or Macao

Persons applicable: Inbound persons who have only stayed in the Mainland or Macao on the day of boarding for/arrival at Hong Kong or during the 7 days before that day (including those arriving at Hong Kong via land boundary control points or the airport)
(i.e. persons arriving at Hong Kong under the Return2hk Scheme and Come2hk Scheme)
Document requirement: Green Health Declaration QR code (The Government recommends persons who have fulfilled vaccination requirement to declare their vaccination records in order to comply with the requirement to be issued the Provisional Vaccine Pass)
Self-monitoring and testing requirement:
  1. Self-monitoring for 3 days; and
  2. On Day 2 of arrival at Hong Kong, undergo PCR-based nucleic acid test and keep the SMS notification containing the test result

  3. (For persons who have stayed in any place on the List of At-risk Places under the Return2hk / Come2hk Scheme on the day of arrival at Hong Kong or the 7 days before that day, they are required to undergo an extra nucleic acid test on Day 1 and keep the SMS notification containing the test result)

The days of a person's arrival at Hong Kong is counted with the day of arrival at Hong Kong as Day 0. For example, for a person who arrives at Hong Kong on 26 September 2022, the “2nd day/Day 2” would be 28 September 2022.

If stayed at Taiwan

Persons applicable: Inbound persons who have stayed in Taiwan on the day of boarding for/arrival in Hong Kong or during the 7 days before that day (excluding those who have stayed in any place outside China)
Boarding requirement:
  1. Green Health Declaration QR code (The Government recommends inbound persons who have fulfilled vaccination requirement to declare their vaccination records in order to comply with the requirement to be issued the Provisional Vaccine Pass); and
  2. RAT (can be self-administered or by professional swab sampling) conducted within 24 hours prior to the scheduled time of departure with a negative result and declare via the Health Declaration Form
Medical surveillance requirement:
  1. Medical surveillance for 3 days, and during the period, subject to Amber Code restrictions under Vaccine Pass;
  2. Undergo daily RATs and keep photos of the test results (negative result should be confirmed before leaving the place of residence);
  3. On Day 2, undergo PCR-based nucleic acid test and keep the SMS notification containing the test result after obtaining negative result of RAT on the day; and
  4. Those who are consecutively tested negative can complete medical surveillance with Amber Code restrictions ending at 9 a.m. of Day 3

💡Inbound persons requiring medical surveillance can report their daily RAT result and health status via the "Electronic COVID-19 Medical Surveillance System" (eCMSS) during the medical surveillance and self-monitoring period.
Click here for login instructions

Self-monitoring requirement:
  1. Self-monitoring in the subsequent 4 days; and
  2. Undergo daily RATs and keep photos of the test results (negative result should be confirmed before leaving the place of residence) until Day 7

The days of a person's arrival at Hong Kong is counted with the day of arrival at Hong Kong as Day 0. For example, for a person who arrives at Hong Kong on 26 September 2022, the “1st day/Day 1” would be 27 September 2022 and the “7th day/Day 7” would be 3 October 2022.

Persons who have stayed in overseas places

Flight schedule depends on a variety of factors, including weather, air crew availability, logistics issues, business considerations, etc., please check with the relevant airport authorities and/or airlines for latest information of flight schedule.

All places outside China
Persons applicable: Inbound persons who have stayed in any place outside China during the relevant period (the day of boarding for/arrival at Hong Kong or during the 7 days before that day)
Boarding requirement:
  1. Fulfilled vaccination requirement (Applicable to non-Hong Kong residents aged 12 or above on the scheduled day of departure of the flight to Hong Kong)
  2. Green Health Declaration QR code (The Government recommends inbound persons, regardless of Hong Kong residents or not, who have fulfilled vaccination requirement to declare their vaccination records in order to comply with the requirement to be issued the Provisional Vaccine Pass); and
  3. RAT (can be self-administered or by professional swab sampling) conducted within 24 hours prior to the scheduled time of departure with a negative result and declare via the Health Declaration Form
Medical surveillance requirement:
  1. Medical surveillance for 3 days, and during the period, subject to Amber Code restrictions under Vaccine Pass;
  2. Undergo daily RATs and keep photos of the test results (negative result should be confirmed before leaving the place of residence);
  3. On Day 2, undergo PCR-based nucleic acid test and keep the SMS notification containing the test result after obtaining negative result of RAT on the day; and
  4. Those who are consecutively tested negative can complete medical surveillance with Amber Code restrictions ending at 9 a.m. of Day 3

💡Inbound persons requiring medical surveillance can report their daily RAT result and health status via the "Electronic COVID-19 Medical Surveillance System" (eCMSS) during the medical surveillance and self-monitoring period.
Click here for login instructions

Self-monitoring requirement:
  1. Self-monitoring in the subsequent 4 days; and
  2. Undergo daily RATs and keep photos of the test results (negative result should be confirmed before leaving the place of residence) until Day 7

The days of a person's arrival at Hong Kong is counted with the day of arrival at Hong Kong as Day 0. For example, for a person who arrives at Hong Kong on 26 September 2022, the “1st day/Day 1” would be 27 September 2022 and the “7th day/Day 7” would be 3 October 2022.

Procedures of Arrangements upon Arrival at the Airport

  • Relevant inbound persons from Taiwan and overseas places complete a one-stop registration by scanning the Health Declaration QR code at the specimen collection stations on the arrival level of Terminal 1, then undergo specimen collection for PCR-based nucleic acid test on the spot.
  • Under the “test-and-go" arrangement, relevant inbound persons are not required to wait for the test result at the airport. After specimen collection, they can proceed with immigration and customs clearance, claim their baggage and leave the airport. They can take public transport or self-arranged transport to return to their home or their hotel of choice.
  • The Health & Quarantine Information Declaration system will issue the Notification of Medical Surveillance and Provisional Vaccine Pass QR codes (only applicable to persons who have fulfilled vaccination requirement) electronically. Inbound persons may download the relevant documents via the website (https://www.chp.gov.hk/qoms/), upon completion of testing procedures at the airport.
  • According to Notification of Medical Surveillance, it is an offence if the relevant inbound persons fail to observe any of the conditions specified. Offenders are subject to a fine and imprisonment.

Amber Code restrictions under Vaccine Pass

  • Relevant inbound persons are not required to undergo compulsory quarantine, but are under three days of medical surveillance, during which they are subject to Amber Code restrictions, and are not allowed to enter high-risk premises involving mask-off or group activities, as well as other premises requiring key protection (Note). They can conduct daily essential activities of lower risks, such as taking public transport, going to work, entering supermarkets and markets, etc.

Note : Premises regulated under Cap. 599F which are subject to "active checking" of the Vaccine Pass:

  • Premises required to use the QR Code Verification Scanner and is regulated under Cap. 599F, i.e. catering business premises (including bars or pubs), bathhouses, fitness centres, public skating rinks, cinemas, performance venues when the audience is allowed to consume food or drink therein, party rooms, beauty parlours and massage establishments, clubs or nightclubs, karaoke establishments, sports premises, swimming pools and cruise ships (namely “Cruise-to-nowhere” itineraries).

Other premises: residential care homes for the elderly, residential care homes for persons with disabilities, schools and designated healthcare premises.

A person holding an Amber Code who works or study at those premises, or receives services at the designated healthcare premises, are not subject to the restriction under the Vaccine Pass. However, their entry will subject to any additional rules or requirements imposed by the employers or persons-in-charge of individual premises in accordance with their own needs.

Fulfilling vaccination requirement

Non-Hong Kong residents aged 12 or above (on the scheduled day of departure) who have stayed in overseas places during the relevant period, are required to fulfil relevant vaccination requirement (eg. have been fully vaccinated) to board for Hong Kong.

Persons that fulfill relevant vaccination requirement include:

  • Persons who are fully vaccinated.
  • Persons who (i) are unfit for vaccination due to health reasons with relevant proof issued by a medical practitioner; or (ii) have received one dose of recognised COVID-19 vaccine and hold a vaccination record but certified by a medical practitioner that they were unfit to receive the second dose of COVID-19 vaccine because of health reasons after receiving the first dose of vaccine, and board a flight to Hong Kong on or after 14th day after receiving the said first dose of vaccine. The relevant medical certificate must indicate the relevant health reasons in English or Chinese.
  • Unvaccinated children aged 11 or below, regardless of Hong Kong residents or not, are allowed to board for Hong Kong.

    Who are considered fully-vaccinated?

  • Fully vaccinated means the suggested dosage has been administered in accordance with the “List of COVID-19 Vaccines Recognised for Specified Purposes” of a COVID-19 vaccination course at least 14 days prior to the day of departure for Hong Kong.
  • Recovered persons: For persons who was previously infected with COVID-19, they will be required to receive one dose of a COVID-19 vaccine at least 14 days prior to the day of departure for Hong Kong in order to be considered as fully vaccinated.
  • Persons aged between 12 and 17 on the scheduled day of departure: those who have received one dose of Comirnaty vaccine at least 14 days prior to the day of departure for Hong Kong are deemed to have complied with the requirements of completing the COVID-19 vaccination course under boarding requirements.

    How are 14 days counted?

  • 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.

    Which vaccines are recognised?

  • Click here for the “List of COVID-19 Vaccines Recognised for Specified Purposes”
  • For individuals who received COVID-19 vaccines in places outside of Hong Kong and have received the required dose(s) as stipulated in the List of COVID-19 Vaccines Recognised for Specified Purposes (listed vaccines) at least 14 days prior to arrival at Hong Kong; or for those who received a combination of doses of listed vaccines, receiving a combined number of doses of the listed vaccines equivalent to the recommended number of dose(s) of one of the listed vaccines received, whichever higher the number is applicable (except in the case that the recommended dosage of one of the listed vaccines received is "1"), they will also be regarded to have completed the vaccination course of the relevant COVID-19 vaccine.

Vaccination record should include:

  1. A vaccination record in English or Chinese issued by Hong Kong or by relevant authorities or recognised institutions of the places where the vaccines were administered, bearing the name of the relevant vaccinated traveller matching that in his/her valid travel document to show that:
    1. the relevant traveller has received dose(s) of COVID-19 vaccine and the date on which the last dose was administered; and
    2. the name of the vaccine administered or the name of the marketing authorisation holder or manufacturer of the vaccine; and
  2. A written confirmation in English or Chinese issued by relevant authorities or recognised institutions, bearing the name of the relevant vaccinated traveller matching that in his/her valid travel document and setting out all of the above information if the vaccination record is not in English or Chinese or does not contain all of the above information. The said written confirmation should be presented together with the vaccination record.

Note: Starting from 12 August 2022, the arrangement of “recognised vaccination records” is no longer applicable. Relevant persons arriving at Hong Kong are only required to present vaccination record fulfilling the above requirements.

Testing Arrangements After Arrival at Hong Kong

Inbound persons aged three years old or above on the date of arrival at Hong Kong have to undergo PCR-based nucleic acid testing by professional swab sampling at a Community Testing Centre (CTC) /Community Testing Station or ad hoc mobile specimen collection stations (for free), or at recognised local medical testing institutions (self-paid), as specified in the relevant testing requirement above, and keep the SMS notifications containing the test results. The days of a person's arrival at Hong Kong is counted with the day of arrival at Hong Kong as Day 0. For example, for a person who arrives at Hong Kong on 26 September 2022, the “1st day/Day 1” would be 27 September 2022, and the “2nd day/Day 2” would be 28 September 2022. Please also refer to the distribution and collection points on deep throat saliva / stool bottle collection points as appropriate.

Inbound persons from overseas places and Taiwan, who are three years old or above on the date of arrival at Hong Kong, are also required to undergo RATs (self-paid) daily (negative result should be confirmed before leaving the place of residence) until Day 7 of their arrival at Hong Kong. Relevant persons should -

  1. undergo the tests as per the guidelines provided together with the RAT kits;
  2. take a photo immediately after reading the RAT result, and keep the photos of the RAT test results for inspections when requested by Government personnel; and
  3. record the results in eCMSS

Persons who have conducted the compulsory testing must keep the SMS notifications containing results of the test and the relevant medical certificate (if applicable) for checking when a prescribed officer requires the persons to provide information about their undergoing the specified test.

Note

  • According to the epidemic development and needs, the Government will arrange other rounds of virus testing for inbound persons. Please refer to relevant instructions for details.
  • Any enquiries on compulsory testing arrangements may be addressed to the hotline at 6275 6901 which operates from 9am to 6pm.
  • 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 persons 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.

Handling Arrangements for Persons Tested Positive After Arrival at Hong Kong

Other Points to Note

The above general boarding requirements are not applicable to the following persons:
  1. A person who is in transit/transfer in Hong Kong;
  2. A person designated by the Chief Secretary for Administration 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
  3. 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.

Regarding foreign domestic helpers coming to work in Hong Kong, please refer to this webpage.

For arrangement on designated persons under "Compulsory Quarantine of Certain Persons Arriving at Hong Kong Regulation" (Cap. 599C), please refer to this webpage.

For arrangement on designated persons under "Compulsory Quarantine of Certain Persons Arriving at Hong Kong from Foreign Places Regulation" (Cap. 599E), please refer to this webpage.

If a person 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.

The operator of the flight to Hong Kong should submit to the Department of Health before the flight arrives at Hong Kong a document in a specified form confirming that each relevant person 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 persons who fail to produce the relevant specified documents will be refused to board the flight.

FAQs

Please refer to this webpage.

More Information

Health Monitoring Checklist for Inbound Persons
Return2hk
Come2hk
Exemption from Compulsory Quarantine Arrangement for inbound persons from the Mainland, Macao or Taiwan
Exemption from Compulsory Quarantine Arrangement for inbound persons from foreign places
Testing and self-isolation arrangement for air crew, sea crew and other exempted persons - Frequently Asked Questions
How to Report Breaches of Quarantine Orders
Infection Control Advice for Person under Compulsory Home Quarantine
Fact Sheet for Coronavirus Disease 2019
Health Advice on Prevention of Pneumonia and Respiratory Tract Infection
Hand Hygiene
Use Mask Properly
Social Distancing
Keep Clean Be Healthy
Points to Note for Household Members
COVID-19 Vaccination Programme
Vaccine Pass