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Points to Note for Entering Hong Kong
Update on enhanced measures on boarding, quarantine and testing requirements
The Government announced on 29 May the fine-tuned pre-departure and post-arrival nucleic acid testing arrangements applicable to persons boarding for Hong Kong from overseas places and Taiwan, and the updated penalty to be incurred by airlines for neglecting to verify the required documentation of persons boarding flights for Hong Kong and triggering the route-specific flight suspension mechanism with effect from 00:00am on 1 June (Hong Kong Time).
The Government announced on 22 April the non-Hong Kong residents (HKRs) will be allowed to enter Hong Kong from overseas places with effect from 0.00am on 1 May (Hong Kong Time), and rapid antigen tests (RATs) will be added to the “test-and-hold” arrangement at the airport.
The Government announced that from 29 March, persons travelling to the Mainland and Macao via the Hong Kong International Airport (HKIA) are required to hold a negative result of the additional rapid nucleic acid test when they check-in for the flights. The additional rapid nucleic acid test must be conducted at the designated testing venue at the Passenger Terminal Building at HKIA within eight hours prior to the scheduled departure time of the aircraft. The relevant travellers are advised to allow ample time for their trips.
Return2hk – Travel Scheme for Hong Kong Residents
The Scheme aims to facilitate Hong Kong residents who, upon fulfilment of the relevant conditions specified under section 12 and 12A of the Compulsory Quarantine of Certain Persons Arriving at Hong Kong Regulation (the Regulation) (Cap. 599C), including not having stayed in places other than Hong Kong, the Mainland or Macao, and any area being designated as at-risk places that are temporarily inapplicable under the Return2hk in the past 14 days prior to and upon the day of arrival in Hong Kong; to apply for a quota for entering Hong Kong via the online booking system for the Return2hk Scheme. Hong Kong residents who have reserved a quota must return to Hong Kong on the date and via the boundary control point as specified in the booking, with the proof of a valid negative nucleic acid test result which is obtained within 3 days prior to, or on the day of his/her entry into Hong Kong, with which he/she would be exempted compulsory quarantine requirement when coming to Hong Kong.
Testing Arrangements for Persons Arriving at Hong Kong
The Government announced on 29 April that the testing and quarantine arrangements for air crew will be revised from 1 May
Air crew members who will spend a short layover in Hong Kong and not enter the local community will be subject to a stringent closed-loop arrangement during their stay in Hong Kong. They must present a negative result of a pre-departure rapid antigen test (RAT), use the dedicated channel in the airport upon arrival and take point-to-point transport to an airport hotel, which is designated to receive air crew under the closed-loop arrangement only. They are also required to self-isolate in the hotel rooms until they leave Hong Kong via point-to-point transport to the airport and through the dedicated channel there.
Quarantine days reduced for locally based air crew
Having due regard to the fact that locally based passenger crew members are subject to a stringent closed-loop arrangement when they lay over in outports, they will be required to undergo self-isolation in a designated quarantine hotel until they obtain a negative result of a polymerase chain reaction-based nucleic acid test conducted on the third day following their return to Hong Kong.
Testing and Self Isolation Arrangement for All Inbound Passengers and Crew
The process of health check, immigration & C&E clearance and sampling for COVID-19 test will take place at Hong Kong International Airport (HKIA). Inbound passengers and crew are mandated to stay at designated venues to wait for test results.
Additional Rapid Antigen Test to “Test-and-Hold” Arrangements at Airport
Effective from 9 May, 2022, travellers arriving from oversea places or Taiwan are required to undergo a polymerase chain reaction (PCR) nucleic acid test by professional swab sampling as well as an additional rapid antigen test (RAT) with professional specimen collection at the same time upon arrival. If the RAT result of the relevant person is negative, he or she can then proceed with immigration procedures, and upon the instruction of the staff on site be transferred by designated transport to DQHs where he or she will wait for the nucleic acid test result.
Please expect a post-flight holding time of around 1 hour.
The abovementioned arrangements will not be applicable to persons arriving via HKIA from the Mainland or Macao who are subject to home quarantine, those who come to Hong Kong under the Return2hk Scheme or the Come2hk Scheme and are thus exempted from compulsory quarantine, and other inbound persons who are not required to undergo compulsory quarantine in DQHs. These relevant inbound persons must undergo a nucleic acid test at the TSCC at the airport. They can only proceed with their immigration procedures upon confirmation of negative nucleic acid test results.
Please expect a longer post-flight holding time of around 3-4 hours.
Aircrew Testing & Self Isolation Arrangement
The new testing and isolation arrangements for air crew members have been revised with effect from 1 May 2022.
For details, please refer to the Arrival Arrangement for all inbound crew members.
Transit & Transfer arrangement
Transit/transfer of passengers by business jet has resumed at Hong Kong International Airport (VHHH/HKG). Aircraft Operators/Agents have the utmost responsibilities in ensuring that the transit passengers will be accepted at the final destinations before flying to VHHH/HKG.
Update at HKIA
New Preventive Measures Against COVID-19
Under the Prevention and Control Disease (Compulsory Testing for Certain Persons) Regulation (Chapter 599J), G.N. (E.) 723 of 2021, specified personnel working at the airport are required to receive vaccination and regular testing with effect from 20 October 2021.
Compulsory Testing for Certain Persons:
Revised vaccination and testing requirements (effective from 31 May 2022):
Revised requirement of receiving the 3rd dose of COVID-19 vaccine:
The Government’s Vaccine Pass Scheme:
The testing requirements for Targeted Groups will be revised with effect from 26 February 2022:
For details, please refer to the
AAHK Circular (ref: SSBC/06/22)
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