Members of the public are strongly urged to avoid non-essential travel outside Hong Kong. If it is unavoidable to travel to countries/areas outside Hong Kong, they should put on a surgical mask and continue to do so for 14 days upon their return to Hong Kong.
- Prepare adequate surgical masks and 70% to 80% alcohol-based handrub.
- If feeling unwell with respiratory symptoms, such as having fever, cough, sore throat or muscle ache, put on a surgical mask and seek medical advice immediately; postpone your trip until recovery.
- Cooperate with port health authorities and comply with all necessary immigration procedures and health checks at destinations.
- When travelling to countries/areas with active community transmission of COVID-19 virus, the public should avoid close contact with persons with fever or respiratory symptoms. If it is unavoidable to come into contact with them, put on a surgical mask and continue to do so until 14 days after returning to Hong Kong.
- Avoid visiting hospitals. If it is necessary to visit a hospital, put on a surgical mask and observe strict personal and hand hygiene.
- Observe personal hygiene
- Surgical mask can prevent transmission of respiratory viruses from ill persons. It is essential for persons who are symptomatic (even if having mild symptoms) to wear a surgical mask.
- Wear a surgical mask when taking public transport or staying in crowded places. It is important to wear a mask properly, including hand hygiene before wearing and after removing a mask.
- Avoid touching eyes, nose and mouth.
- Keep hands clean at all times. Perform hand hygiene frequently, especially before touching your mouth, nose or eyes; before eating; after using the toilet; after touching public installations such as handrails or door knobs; or when hands are contaminated by respiratory secretions after coughing or sneezing.
- Wash hands with liquid soap and water, and rub for at least 20 seconds. Then rinse with water and dry with a disposable paper towel. When the hands are cleaned, do not touch the water tap directly again (for example, using a paper towel to wrap the faucet before turn it off).
- If hand washing facilities are not available, or when hands are not visibly soiled, performing hand hygiene with 70% to 80% alcohol-based handrub is an effective alternative.
- Have tissue paper handy and cover the mouth and nose with tissue paper when sneezing or coughing. Do not spit or litter. Use tissue paper to hold your spit. Dispose of the soiled tissues into a lidded rubbish bin, and then wash hands thoroughly.
- After using the toilet, put the toilet lid down before flushing to avoid spreading germs.
- Have surgical masks handy and put on one if you have a fever and/or respiratory symptoms.
- Do not share towels or personal items.
- Observe food hygiene
- Five keys to food safety:
- Choose safe raw materials
- Keep hands and utensils clean
- Separate raw and cooked food
- Cook thoroughly
- Keep food at safe temperature
- Do not consume game meat and do not patronise food premises where game meat is served.
- Avoid consuming raw or undercooked animal products, including milk, eggs and meat, or foods which may be contaminated by animal secretions, excretions (such as urine) or contaminated products, unless they have been properly cooked, washed or peeled.
- Use serving chopsticks and spoons at meal times. Do not share lunchboxes or drinks.
- Five keys to food safety:
- Avoid touching animals (including game), poultry/birds or their droppings.
- Avoid visiting wet markets, live poultry markets or farms.
- Maintain healthy lifestyle practices throughout the trip; do not smoke and avoid alcohol consumption.
- Watch out for changes in health condition during the trip. If feeling unwell, especially if experiencing a fever or cough, wear a surgical mask, inform the hotel staff or tour leader/ tour guide and seek medical advice at once.
After returning home
- Take heed of the latest travel advice (including health advice for Hong Kong residents returning from the Mainland).
- All people entering Hong Kong from the Mainland are required to undergo compulsory quarantine for 14 days upon their arrival.
- Consult a doctor promptly if experiencing a fever or other symptoms, take the initiative to inform the doctor of any recent travel history and any exposure to animals, and wear a surgical mask to help prevent spread of the disease.
For more information, please visit:
Travel Health Service website at https://www.travelhealth.gov.hk/eindex.html
Outbound Travel Alert - Security Bureau website at https://www.sb.gov.hk/eng/ota