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 the health officer or medical practitioners concerned. The penalty upon conviction is imprisonment and a fine.
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, and show it to the staff of the Department of Health upon entering Hong Kong. The QR code is valid for 48 hours.
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. Passengers who have been confirmed as COVID-19 cases abroad, even if they are asymptomatic currently, should approach staff of the Department of Health upon arrival to reveal their relevant history.
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 which groups need a stay in the quarantine centres. Those for home quarantine will be put on electronic wristband.
Inbound travellers proceed to the immigration procedures, collect baggage and clear customs.
All asymptomatic inbound travellers arriving at the Hong Kong International Airport will then be required to collect their deep throat saliva samples for COVID-19 testing at the Temporary Specimen Collection Centre of the Department of Health located at the AsiaWorld-Expo. They will be mandated to wait for test results at a designated location.
Those for home quarantine arriving by flights landing in early mornings and before noons will stay and wait at the Centre. If the test results are negative, they will be allowed to leave and go home immediately for completion of the 14-day compulsory quarantine.
As the test results for passengers arriving in afternoons or at nights will not be available on the same day, they will be transferred to the Holding Centre for Test Result in a hotel by coaches arranged by the Department of Health.
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.
Persons under compulsory home quarantine must stay at home or the premises 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.
For those arranged to be quarantined in a quarantine centre, they will be transferred in coaches to the quarantine centre for a 14-day compulsory quarantine after collecting deep throat saliva samples in the Temporary Specimen Collection Centre.
Quarantine centres will provide the confinees with meals and basic daily personal necessities. Quarantine centres will decline visit from outside party. During the stay, confinees would need medical surveillance and they will be referred to hospital for management if needed.