HK Travel Restrictions:Here's What You Need to Know Before Entering HK

Since the outbreak of the pandemic, Hong Kong has almost completely shut its border and visitors to Hong Kong must strictly abide by the quarantine regulations - which has been a blow to the travel industry. With the Covid situation getting better, the government has recently relaxed the entry and quarantine requirements. Mandatory hotel quarantine is no longer required. Furthermore, the government might further ease rules amid mounting pressure from the business and political sectors. These new measures have attracted more tourists to visit Hong Kong, and at the same time increased locals’ desire to travel abroad. Please read on to find out more about the latest Hong Kong entry requirements if you are also keen to travel. Don’t forget to purchase Travel Insurance if you do decide to travel to stay protected.

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HK Vaccination Requirements

Hong Kong residents are no longer required to have been fully vaccinated before boarding for Hong Kong. However, non-Hong Kong residents aged 12 or above who have stayed in overseas places are required to have been fully vaccinated before boarding for Hong Kong. Proof of Covid vaccination is also required. 

Fully vaccinated means the suggested dosage has been administered at least 14 days prior to the day of departure for Hong Kong. The list of COVID-19 Vaccines recognised by the HK government include Moderna and AstraZeneca. 

Wearing masks in public area is compulsory in HK

If you are travelling to HK, do remember masks are still required in HK. According to Cap. 599I, mask wearing is compulsory at all times when the person is boarding or onboard a public transport carrier, or is entering or present in a specified public place or a Cap.599F premises.  Fail to do so commits an offence and is liable on conviction to a fine at level 3 ($10,000), or required to pay a fixed penalty of $5,000.

Visitors in transit/transfer is not subject to any compulsory Covid testing requirements

With Covid situation improving, the Hong Kong government has lifted the requirement for Nucleic Acid Test for passengers in transit/transfer through Hong Kong since June 2022.

The Return2hk Scheme and Come2hk Scheme will be extended

For inbound visitors from Mainland China and Macao, the Return2hk Scheme and Come2hk Scheme will be extended to cover all of Mainland China and Macao with no cap on quota. Advanced application and nucleic acid test before arrival have also been scrapped. However, they will still need to undergo a nucleic acid test on Day 2 and be subject to three days of medical surveillance. China’s National Health Commission (NHC) has also announced a reduced mandatory quarantine period for foreign arrivals from “7+3” days to “5+3”.

Hong Kong Travel Restrictions - LeaveHomeSafe app

All visitors are required to have the LeaveHomeSafe app installed on their mobile phones. It is used to record visits, report cases, receive exposure notification, and also use as proof of vaccination. You are required to scan the QR code of every premises that you visit so the government can conduct contact tracing. The government has launched the Provisional Vaccine Pass arrangement for inbound travellers in order to facilitate the implementation of Vaccine Pass.

What if you getCovid during your trip?

Getting Covid during your trip may not only prevent you from returning to HK, but also affect your trip planning. Buy Travel Insurance with Covid-19 coverage before departing to stay covered!


Is there still quarantine in Hong Kong?

No, there is not. It has been replaced by 0+3, meaning zero days of hotel quarantine plus 3 days of medical surveillance. You can still go out except for high-risk areas like restaurant.

Do I need to be vaccinated to enter Hong Kong?

No, if you are a Hong Kong resident. However, if you are not a Hong Kong resident, you are required to be vaccinated before boarding for Hong Kong.