The World Health Organization (WHO) declared the COVID-19 outbreak as a global pandemic on 11 March 2020. Under such circumstances, apart from maintaining good personal hygiene, reducing social contacts and avoiding non-essential travels, it is important to closely monitor the development of the pandemic and follow the advice and regulations issued by the local authorities.
For ease of reference, below are the websites of the relevant local authorities of the nine countries covered by London ETO –
|Country||Website of the local authority|
|The United Kingdom||https://www.gov.uk/government/topical-events/coronavirus-covid-19-uk-government-response|
On 4 January, the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region (HKSAR) government activated the “Serious Response Level” for the “Preparedness and Response Plan for Novel Infectious Disease of Public Health Significance”. On 25 January, the “Emergency Response Level” was activated.
The HKSAR government has implemented a comprehensive and co-ordinated approach to contain the spread of COVID-19 and protect the health of the community while maintaining Hong Kong’s position as an international city and aviation hub. The Government response is guided by three key principles: responding promptly, staying alert to the situation, and working in an open and transparent manner.
The HKSAR government has launched the COVID-19 Thematic Website to disseminate relevant information and useful resources, including health advice, clarifications, a dashboard showing the COVID-19 cases in Hong Kong, and the situation of various countries / areas.
The HKSAR government has introduced travel restrictions and health quarantine arrangements for inbound travellers from overseas to prevent further importation of cases.
Starting from 0.00 a.m., on 25 March 2020 (HK time), except for Hong Kong residents, all travellers arriving Hong Kong by flights from overseas countries/territories will be denied entry. The same restriction will also apply to non-Hong Kong residents travelling to Hong Kong from the Mainland of China, Macao and Taiwan who have been to any overseas countries/territories in the past 14 days. The above temporary restrictions will remain in force until 9 August 2021 where fully vaccinated non-Hong Kong residents may be allowed to board flights for Hong Kong from medium-risk places subject to various arrangements. For details, please refer to this press release.
Starting from 0.00 a.m., on 1 October 2020 (HK time), a HK resident travelling from the UK to HK is required to undergo a nucleic acid test for COVID-19 before being checked-in for the flight to HK. The same requirements apply to a HK resident who has stayed in the UK during the 21 days before boarding the flight to HK. For details, please refer to this page.
Starting from 0.00am., on 26 October 2020 (HK time), a HK resident travelling from Russia to HK is required to undergo a nucleic acid test for COVID-19 before being checked-in for the flight to HK. The same requirements apply to a HK resident who has stayed in Russia during the 14 days before boarding the flight to HK. For details, please refer to this page.
From 12 May 2021 (Wednesday), persons arriving at Hong Kong (including Hong Kong residents returning to Hong Kong) who have completed their COVID-19 vaccination course under the “vaccine bubble” concept would be subject to different boarding, quarantine and testing arrangements, depending on the categorisation of overseas places outside China. A new risk-based categorisation will be implemented from 9 August 2021. For details, please refer to this press release and this concise guide.
Announced by the Government on 14 September 2021, a new arrangement would be in place for members of the public to register their non-local vaccination records with the Government through voluntary declaration (Note). The new arrangement will facilitate these persons to carry and view the records in electronic format for their daily use in fulfilling relevant requirements under the local vaccine bubble (such as entering into premises which require proof of vaccination). For details, please click here. Note: For acceptable vaccines for registration, please click here.
Transfer / transit services at the Hong Kong International Airport, which had been temporarily suspended since 25 March, has been gradually resumed from 1 June. Please refer to the announcement of the Airport Authority here for the detailed arrangement. Transfer/transit services at Hong Kong International Airport for passengers from airports in Mainland China resumed with effect from 15 August 2020. However, transfer/transit services to destinations in Mainland China at Hong Kong International Airport remain unavailable.
From 0.00am 25 December 2020 onwards, all persons arriving at Hong Kong (either via the airport or land boundary control points) who have stayed in places outside China on the day of arrival at Hong Kong or during the 21 days before that day have to undergo compulsory quarantine for 21 days in designated quarantine hotels (see the list of designated hotels for the fourth cycle from 20 June to 31 August 2021 from here; and the list of designated hotels for the fifth cycle from 1 September to 30 November 2021 from here). From 12 May 2021, the 21-day compulsory quarantine period may be shortened for fully vaccinated persons arriving at Hong Kong from Group B, C and D specified places. They will also be subject to testing requirements at different days. For details, please refer to this infographic (valid until 8 August 2021). A new risk-based categorisation will be implemented from 9 August 2021 with different testing and quarantine arrangements. For details, please refer to this For details, please refer to this press release and this concise guide.
The designated quarantine hotels can only receive the inbound travellers arriving in Hong Kong from countries outside China who are subject to compulsory quarantine and the Government will also arrange designated transportation for sending them to designated quarantine hotels. For details, please visit this website.
Several groups of persons, who are travelling from the Mainland, Taiwan or Macao for recognised purposes relating to manufacturing operations, business activities or the provision of professional services in the interest of Hong Kong’s economic development, are exempted from the requirement. For details, please refer to this website.
Relevant inbound travel related measures could be found in the COVID-19 Thematic Website.
The HKSAR government strongly urges members of the public to avoid non-essential travel outside Hong Kong. In view of the health risks arising from the persistent and rapid increase in COVID-19 cases worldwide, the Red Outbound Travel Alert was issued on 17 March 2020 on all overseas countries/territories.
The COVID-19 Thematic Website has set out our general travel advice for reference.
For enquiries, please contact HKETO London at firstname.lastname@example.org, or at +44-(0)20-7499 9821. HKETO London operates during office hours, and so phone enquiries received outside office hours would be recorded as messages for subsequent follow-up.
For emergency assistance, Hong Kong residents outside Hong Kong may call the Assistance to Hong Kong Residents Unit 24-hour hotline at +852-1868.
For consular service, the consular service hotlines of the Chinese Embassies in the 9 countries covered by HKETO London are listed below for your easy reference:
|Embassy||Consular Service No.|
|Chinese Embassy in Denmark||+45-39460866|
|Chinese Embassy in Estonia||+372-5114016|
|Chinese Embassy in Finland||+358-40-8677838|
|Chinese Embassy in Latvia||+371-65969123|
|Chinese Embassy in Lithuania||+370-6860 7740|
|Chinese Embassy in Norway||+47-93066621|
|Chinese Embassy in Russia||+7-499-951-8661|
|Chinese Embassy in Sweden||+358-40-8677838|
|Chinese Embassy in the United Kingdom||+44-(0)20-74368294|