Special COVID-19 Testing Arrangement

Special pre-departure testing arrangement for outbound travellers to Mainland or Macao changes to nasopharyngeal swab for sampling

In the light of the ongoing severe COVID-19 epidemic situation in Hong Kong and the fact that the number of cases remains at a high level, the Government has implemented special COVID-19 testing arrangement since 21 March 2022, in order to further prevent the exportation of local cases and to support the Mainland’s anti-epidemic efforts.

Travelling to the Mainland or Macao by land

The Government has been providing an additional rapid nucleic acid test for outbound travellers at land boundary control points (BCP) (i.e. Shenzhen Bay Port or the Hong Kong-Zhuhai-Macao Bridge Hong Kong Port) since 21 March 2022. Only those who receive a negative result can continue with their journeys. The Government provides the aforementioned special testing service for free at the relevant control points from one hour before the opening of the passenger clearance buildings till one hour before the closure of the passenger clearance buildings. The current operating hours of passenger clearance at the Shenzhen Bay and the Hong Kong-Zhuhai-Macao Bridge control points are from 10am to 6pm and from 10am to 8pm respectively. Relevant travellers should reserve about 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.

Travelling to the Mainland or Macao via Hong Kong International Airport

The Government will also provide an additional rapid nucleic acid test for persons travelling to the Mainland and Macao via the Hong Kong International Airport (HKIA) starting 29 March 2022. Only those who receive a negative result can check in for the flights and continue with their journeys. The additional rapid nucleic acid test must be conducted at the designated testing venue in the airport within eight hours of the scheduled time of departure of the aircraft.

The Government will arrange a testing institution to provide the aforementioned special testing service for free 24 hours daily. 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.

The result of the above 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 relevant Mainland authorities, and make necessary preparations.