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COVID-19 Travel Info to Hong Kong from the UK

From 1 May 2022, non-Hong Kong residents will be allowed to enter Hong Kong from overseas places. For details, please click here.

Travellers boarding flights for Hong Kong from any overseas places have to hold a recognised record of full vaccination, a negative result proof of a PCR test conducted within 48 hours of boarding, and a room reservation confirmation in a designated quarantine hotel. If the results of the PCR test conducted on the fifth day and the RATs conducted on the sixth and seventh days of arrival are all negative, they can be discharged from compulsory quarantine. However, they will be required to undergo self-monitoring for seven days, and a compulsory PCR test on the 12th day of arrival at Hong Kong. For details, please click here.

The HKSAR government has introduced travel restrictions and health quarantine arrangements for inbound travellers from overseas to prevent further importation of cases.

Travel restrictions on non-Hong Kong Residents

1. 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 30 April 2022.

Requirements on Hong Kong residents returning from the UK

2. 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 and present the following documents 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 (until 4 February 2022) or 14 days (from 5 February 2022 onwards) before boarding the flight to HK:

I. a test report, in English or Chinese, issued by a laboratory or healthcare institution, bearing the name of the relevant traveller identical to that in his/her valid travel document to show that:

  1. the relevant traveller underwent a nucleic acid test for COVID-19;
  2. the sample for the test was taken within 72 hours (the lead time will be shortened to 48 hours from 21 December 2021) before the scheduled time of departure of the flight; and
  3. the relevant traveller was tested negative for COVID-19; and

II. if the relevant report is not in English or Chinese or does not contain all of the aforementioned information, a written confirmation, in English or Chinese, issued by the laboratory or healthcare institution, bearing the name of the relevant traveller identical to that in his/her valid travel document, setting out all of the aforementioned information and presented together with the test report; and

III. documentary proof, in English or Chinese, to show that the laboratory or healthcare institution is ISO 15189 accredited or is recognised or approved by any one of the following authorities:

  1. United Kingdom Accreditation Services (UKAS) (https://www.ukas.com/) or
  2. Care Quality Commission (https://www.cqc.org.uk/) or
  3. Healthcare Inspectorate Wales (https://hiw.org.uk/) or
  4. Health Improvement Scotland (http://www.healthcareimprovementscotland.org/) or
  5. Regulation and Quality Improvement Agency (https://www.rqia.org.uk) and

IV. the relevant traveller has confirmation in English or Chinese of room reservation in a hotel in Hong Kong for seven or 14 days starting on the day of the arrival of the relevant traveller in Hong Kong (depending on whether he could meet the relevant conditions and choose early discharge from compulsory quarantine).

Testing in the UK

As advised by the UK Government, you should not use the NHS testing service to get a test in order to facilitate your travel to Hong Kong. A private test is to be arranged.

You may consider arranging for a test at a healthcare institution in the UK. Please kindly note that 26 June 2021 onwards, the relevant test must be a polymerase chain reaction (PCR)-based nucleic acid test. Results of tests conducted using other testing platforms (e.g. reverse transcription loop-mediated isothermal amplification, RT-LAMP) cannot be considered to have fulfilled the relevant specified boarding requirement. When looking for testing service on the market, please take care to ascertain with the concerned laboratory or healthcare institution that the test report and the documentary proof to be provided will meet all the requirements as set out in para. 2 above.

Whilst London ETO is not in a position to recommend or endorse any private laboratory or healthcare institution, it is understood that some healthcare institutions on the UK Health Security Agency's list of general population COVID-19 testing providers(https://assets.publishing.service.gov.uk/government/uploads/system/uploads/attachment_data/file/1069114/covid-private-testing-providers-general-testing-14-4-22.csv/preview) may be able to provide the testing service that meets the requirements. The list is provided only for general reference to assist Hong Kong residents with their research for providers of the testing service. It is by no means exhaustive, and is subject to change at any time as availability of service by private laboratories and healthcare institutions is market driven. None of the service providers listed should be construed as providers endorsed or recommended by our office.

3. Travellers are also required to submit the “Health & Quarantine Information Declaration Form” 48 hours before arrival and download the health declaration result in the form of a QR code (valid for 48 hours only). They will need to submit the health declaration result to the staff of the Department of Health upon arrival at the Hong Kong International Airport. Starting from 15 September 2021, travellers can declare their non-local COVID-19 vaccination record* whilst conducting this form. Officers at control points will check the proof of non-local vaccination record of the relevant inbound traveller upon his or her arrival in Hong Kong, and they will be issued a compulsory quarantine order together with a vaccination record QR code for local use at the same time.
*For acceptable vaccines for registration, please click here.

4. From 22 December 2020, all travellers arriving in Hong Kong from other countries outside China are required to undergo the compulsory quarantine at designated quarantine hotels (see the list of designated hotels for the seventh cycle from 1 March 2022 to 31 July 2022 from here). The appropriate booking confirmation should be presented to the airline before boarding, or else one will be refused to board. For details, please visit this website.

5. 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.

6. Starting from 4.00am on 18 August 2020, travellers arriving at the Hong Kong International Airport will be required to proceed to the Temporary Specimen Collection Centre (TSCC) set up in the restricted area of the Airport for issuance of quarantine order and collection of specimen. They will need to stay at the TSCC to wait for test results and the waiting time could be up to 12 hours or more, you are kindly advised to bring along all necessities, especially medications and their record, of sufficient quantities before boarding the plane. For details, please click here.

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