Special Testing Arrangement for outbound travellers to Mainland or Macao
In order to prevent the exportation of local cases and to support the Mainland's anti-epidemic efforts, persons travelling from Hong Kong to the Mainland or Macao are subject to the special testing arrangement to undergo an additional free rapid nucleic acid test prior to their departure via land boundary control points (BCPs) or the airport. Only those who received a negative result can continue with their journeys. To complement the Mainland's testing arrangements, the relevant special nucleic acid tests use nasopharyngeal swabs (NPS) for specimen collection.
The result of the special testing arrangement cannot replace the proof of negative result of any self-paid nucleic acid test as currently required by relevant authorities of the Mainland and Macao. Relevant travellers still are subject to the quarantine and testing arrangements of their destinations. The relevant persons should take note of the latest quarantine requirements of the Mainland and Macao authorities, and make necessary preparations.
From 26 September, to prevent the exportation of cases and to support the nation's anti-epidemic efforts, persons subject to Amber Code restrictions are not allowed to undergo the relevant special nucleic acid test at land BCPs or the airport, meaning that inbound person from overseas places or Taiwan are not allowed to transit to the Mainland or Macao within the three days upon arrival at Hong Kong.
Travelling to the Mainland or Macao by land
Relevant travellers should reserve at least two hours for arriving at the BCP, in order to have sufficient time to complete their immigration clearance process after obtaining a negative test result.
Shenzhen Bay Port
The operating hours of the Shenzhen Bay Control Point for passenger clearance are 9am to 8pm daily. The free special nucleic acid testing service is provided from 7.30am to 6.30pm.
To facilitate travellers' planning of their trips and for travellers to depart through Shenzhen Bay Control Point in an orderly manner, an online booking system for the departure special nucleic acid test at the control point has been launched.
Travellers travelling to the Mainland via the Shenzhen Bay Control Point must first obtain a reservation at a Shenzhen quarantine hotel, and then reserve a timeslot through the online booking system for receiving the special nucleic acid test on the day of departure. They are required to input their names, identification document number and reservation number of the Shenzhen quarantine hotel when making the booking online. Travellers can reserve timeslots for undergoing the special nucleic test in the coming seven days through the booking system. On the day of crossing the boundary, travellers should arrive at the Shenzhen Bay Control Point during the timeslot as reserved. They can only undergo the special nucleic acid test upon presentation of the SMS or screen capture of the booking confirmation to the staff on site.
Hong Kong-Zhuhai-Macao Bridge Hong Kong Port
The current operating hours of passenger clearance at the Hong Kong-Zhuhai-Macao Bridge Control Point are 10am to 8pm daily. The free special nucleic acid testing service is provided from 9am to 7pm.
Travelling to the Mainland or Macao via Hong Kong International Airport
Persons travelling to the Mainland and Macao via the Hong Kong International Airport must also undergo an additional rapid nucleic acid test. Only those who receive a negative result can check in for the flights and continue with their journeys. The additional rapid nucleic acid test is provided 24 hours daily and must be conducted at the designated testing venue in the airport within eight hours of the scheduled time of departure of the aircraft.
Persons travelling to the Mainland and Macao should reserve the testing service at this website. The process of the rapid PCR-based nucleic acid test will take about two to three hours. In order to ensure that they will have sufficient time to complete the check-in and clearance procedures after obtaining a negative test result, relevant outbound travellers should allow ample time for travelling to the airport and undergo the test at least 5 to 6 hours prior to the scheduled time of departure, following the instructions by the staff on site.