Quarantine Procedures for entry via Airport

The Hong Kong Special Administrative Region Government has been closely monitoring the situation of COVID-19 epidemic around the world and timely adjusting the corresponding health quarantine measures.

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.

It would also be a criminal offence for any person to provide false or misleading information (for example, travel history) to Department of Health or authorised officers. The penalty upon conviction is imprisonment and a fine.

Health and Quarantine Information Declaration

All inbound travellers must declare the health and quarantine information truthfully. Travellers can fill in and submit the “Health & Quarantine Information Declaration” form with their smartphone or mobile device before boarding. After submitting the online form, download the result (by clicking “Save QR Code” button) or capture the screen. The QR code is valid for 48 hours. If inbound travellers have stayed in any specified high risk places on the day or 14 days before boarding the aircraft to Hong Kong, please refer to this webpage.

Travellers should wear a mask on board, and are required to undergo temperature screening upon arriving in Hong Kong.

The Department of Health urges members of the public arriving in Hong Kong to approach the staff of the Department of Health immediately when respiratory symptoms develop.

Upon arrival, inbound travellers are required to submit the health declaration result to the staff of the Department of Health. Depending on the situation of the travellers, they will receive corresponding arrangements.

The Department of Health will issue quarantine orders to all passengers arriving at the Hong Kong International Airport (except exempted persons). 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.

New Location of the Temporary Specimen Collection Centre (TSCC)

Starting from 4am on 18 August 2020, those arriving Hong Kong via the Hong Kong International Airport will be required to proceed to the TSCC set up in the restricted area of the Airport for collecting their deep throat saliva samples immediately upon arrival. They will need to stay at the TSCC to wait for test results which will be available on the same day before they can proceed with immigration procedures.

Travellers should prepare to bring along with them all necessities, especially medications and their record, of sufficient quantities before boarding the plane as they will need to go to the TSCC set up in the restricted area of the Airport for collecting their deep throat saliva samples immediately upon arrival to Hong Kong and can only proceed with immigration procedures and collect their checked-in baggage after completing relevant testing procedures. The waiting time could be up to 12 hours or more.

Holding Centre for Test Result

For passengers whose test results will not be available on the same day (usually passengers arriving in afternoons or at nights), they can proceed with immigration procedures right after collecting their deep throat saliva samples at the TSCC. They will subsequently be taken to the Holding Centre for Test Result of the Department of Health in hotel by coaches arranged by the Department of Health to wait for their test results.

According to quarantine orders, they shall not leave their hotel rooms nor move around in the hotel. The hotel will provide basic catering services during the accommodation period. In general, the relevant passengers will only stay in the hotel for one night. If the test results are negative, they will be released from the holding centre and go home or reported place immediately to continue completion of the 14-day compulsory quarantine.

Remark:
However, the Department of Health will make flexible arrangements according to its capacity and the daily number of passengers arriving on afternoon flights. If necessary, inbound travellers arriving in the afternoon could also be arranged to wait for test results at the TSCC.
If the day's number of inbound travellers is expected to exceed the capacity of the two aforementioned centres, the Department of Health will adopt a triage measure based on risk assessment. Passengers arriving from areas with lower risk will proceed to the designated place for the 14-day compulsory quarantine after collecting their deep throat saliva samples at the TSCC. If their 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.

Compulsory Quarantine

Persons under compulsory quarantine must stay inside their corresponding quarantine premises (such as home and hotel room) at all times. Confinees have to check their body temperature twice daily and record their health condition for monitoring of personal health. During the quarantine period, various government departments will regularly render necessary assistance to those under quarantine. For those who are in need, they can contact the Home Affairs Department District Help Desk Hotline. The Centre for Health Protection of our Department also provides a dedicated hotline which operates 24 hours a day to confinees. If they develop fever or other symptoms, they should call the hotline immediately to report the condition.