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Travelling to Hong Kong? Here's what you need to know
A guide to help you prepare for your entry into the city
International travellers are free to come to Hong Kong, and there are no more restrictions upon arrival. If you have some enquiries about travelling to the city, we've compiled a guide to help you with everything you need to know when entering Hong Kong, from things to prepare before arriving at Hong Kong International Airport to all the steps you must take as soon as you land.
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Who can visit Hong Kong now?
Hong Kong has already dropped the vaccination requirement for Hongkongers and international arrivals. Unvaccinated residents and non-residents will be able to enter the city without restriction .
What are the requirements to enter Hong Kong?
With Covid-19 measures now eased in Hong Kong, including arrival restrictions, international travellers looking to explore the city are now free to enter. Of course, if your country requires a visa to visit Hong Kong, please obtain one before your trip .
Negative RAT or RT-PCR test results before boarding are no longer required .
Will they allow entry if my visa is expiring?
If you're not a permanent Hong Kong resident and travelling under a work or tourist visa, ensure your visa has a sufficient validity period, or you will be denied entry.
The Immigration Department (ImmD) provides electronic services for visa application and 'e-Visa' arrangements , allowing applicants to complete the entire process without going to the immigration office in person. Suppose your visa is under renewal and is getting delayed. It is best to send an authorised representative to the ImmD office to fix your reentry as emails and phone calls will take a long time.
Visit this link to see ImmD online services for acquiring Hong Kong visas.
Can arrivals move freely around the city?
Yes, Covid-19 regulations have already eased in Hong Kong. You can freely explore all the incredible things to do in the city . Mask-wearing mandate, the last major rule to fight against Covid-19, has been lifted since March 1.
For more clarity, here's our guide on everything you need to know about Hong Kong's current Covid-19 restrictions.
Do I still need to take Covid-19 tests?
You don't need to present negative Covid-19 results when you arrive at the Hong Kong airport, but the government recommends taking daily RAT until the fifth day of arrival (arrival date count as Day 0). Those who take the test may voluntarily declare the result via the Department of Health's Electronic Covid-19 Monitoring & Surveillance System (eCMSS) .
Ok, so you finally booked your flight, what to do next?
To ensure a smooth and efficient arrival, prepare all your travel documents, including visa for non-Hong Kong residents.
What time should I go to the airport for departure?
Delays, cancellations, and a whole lot of waiting may happen before departure, so make sure to be at the airport at least three hours before your flight. Account for extra time if you encounter any problems with airline check-in.
Arrival at Hong Kong International Airport
Yes, you're finally in Hong Kong, but not just yet. You still have a few more steps to finish before entering. Though the new system significantly cuts the waiting time in the airport, the influx of inbound travellers may affect processing time.
After landing, all inbound persons will pass through temperature checks upon arrival. Those with symptoms will be referred to the Department of Health for further handling. If you're cleared, you can proceed with immigration procedures, baggage collection, and continue taking public transportation to your hotel or home.
What are the options for airport transfers?
Travellers arriving in the city can take public transport to their destination. Those who want a limousine service can contact their hotels for arrangements. One of the fastest ways to travel from the Airport to the city is through Airport Express.
Find more information here .
What if I tested positive for Covid-19?
Hong Kong government no longer issue isolation orders to infected Covid-19 cases since January 30. The government advises symptomatic persons to stay at home to rest and avoid going out. Those who are asymptomatic can go out at will or go to work.
If you belong to high-risk groups and suffer from fever, cough, shortness of breath, vomiting, and diarrhoea, the government recommends that you seek medical attention.
For more information, visit this link .
Got more questions?
The government has set up a page for all your questions about inbound travel to Hong Kong . Due to the changing nature of Covid-19 measures, please visit this link to keep updated with the latest travel regulations.
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Social / search, travel advisory update for hong kong – level 4: do not travel (march 2, 2022).
The Travel Advisory for Hong Kong has been updated to reflect health and security conditions on the ground. The Travel Advisory is now at Level 4: – Do Not Travel due to COVID-19 and COVID-19 related restrictions, including the risk of parents and children being separated. U.S. citizens should also reconsider travel to Hong Kong due to arbitrary enforcement of local laws.
We made this update to reflect the current situation in Hong Kong, where a zero-tolerance approach to COVID-19 by the PRC and Hong Kong governments severely impacts travel and access to public services. We especially want to note for families considering traveling to or residing in Hong Kong that in some cases, children in Hong Kong who test positive have been separated from their parents and kept in isolation until they meet local hospital discharge requirements.
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Entry requirement to Hong Kong from the US
All pre-departure and post arrival quarantine and testing requirements have been removed.
Vaccination requirement for all inbound travelers coming to Hong Kong has also been lifted.
All inbound persons must pass temperature checks upon arrival. Those found with symptoms will be referred to the Department of Health for further handling (such as transferring to public hospital for further management).
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Hong Kong to scrap almost all its Covid rules
- Published 28 December 2022
Hong Kong is dropping almost all its Covid restrictions this week, following a similar move by mainland China.
From Thursday, people arriving in the city - a special administrative region of China - will no longer have to do mandatory PCR tests.
The vaccine pass system will also be scrapped - but compulsory masks in public places will continue.
It is a dramatic move by the city, which once had some of the toughest restrictions in the world.
Also being scrapped from Thursday is the rule that limits the number of people allowed to gather outside to 12.
This was increased from four people in October as part of measures to begin reopening the city.
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Hong Kong's leader, John Lee, cited high vaccine rates as one of the reasons for lifting restrictions.
According to government figures , 93% of the population have had two vaccine doses, while more than 83% have received three.
But only 64% of people over 80 - the most vulnerable age group - have had three doses.
Unlike mainland China, which has developed its own vaccines, Hong Kong has also used mRNA vaccines - including the BioNTech jab made in Germany - that have been shown to be more effective.
"Hong Kong has a sufficient amount of medicine to fight Covid, and healthcare workers have gained rich experience in facing the pandemic," Mr Lee said on Wednesday.
"The society has established a relatively extensive and overall anti-epidemic barrier."
Mr Lee added that instead of the vaccine pass, which has limited access to public places for unvaccinated since it was introduced in February, the city would take "more targeted measures" - including promoting vaccination for the elderly and children.
More than 11,000 people have died with Covid in Hong Kong, according to official numbers, from more than 2.5m cases.
Since the pandemic began, the city has largely followed mainland China's lead in efforts to tackle the virus, including attempts to eliminate it with a "zero-Covid" strategy.
This has been criticised by some residents and business owners - who said the policy damaged Hong Kong's economy and international standing.
The scrapping of the Hong Kong's Covid restrictions comes weeks after mainland China made a similar move following landmark protests against the strict controls.
On Monday and Tuesday, Beijing announced further plans to ease travel restrictions. Hong Kong has said that it will fully reopen its borders with the rest of China before mid-January.
The mainland is currently experiencing a surge in cases, with reports suggesting hospitals are overwhelmed and elderly people are dying.
Hong Kong is part of China and is governed by the "one country, two systems" principle, but Beijing has tightened control in recent years.
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Hong Kong eases travel rules in apparent shift from zero-Covid policy
Ban on flights from nine countries lifted for fully vaccinated residents and quarantine reduced to seven days
Hong Kong will lift a ban on flights from nine countries and reduce hotel quarantine alongside a “roadmap” towards eased restrictions that suggest a departure from the territory’s zero-Covid policy, its leader has announced.
From 1 April, fully vaccinated Hong Kong residents who have received a negative PCR test will be allowed to enter on flights from the UK, Australia, Canada, France, India, Nepal, Pakistan, the Philippines and the US. Arrivals have to undergo seven days’ hotel quarantine, down from 14 previously.
The “circuit breaker flight ban” was no longer necessary for those nine countries because the situations there were “no worse” than that in Hong Kong, the chief executive, Carrie Lam, told the media on Monday, acknowledging the anxiety restrictions had caused to Hongkongers stranded overseas.
Hong Kong has maintained some of the world’s strictest border rules, blocking non-residents from entry, enforcing 21-day quarantines, and punitively banning airlines for carrying Covid-positive passengers.
Lam also announced social restrictions on gathering limits, mask-wearing, and business and venue operations would begin easing in three phases from 20 April. Schools will resume face-to-face classes from 19 April, and plans for a controversial mandatory mass testing rollout were suspended, citing advice from mainland experts.
Lam emphasised the roadmap was subject to change, but ruled out anything being relaxed earlier than stated.
“People may be desensitised to Covid positive numbers,” she said. “I would urge the members of the public to be more patient with this timetable and roadmap. As long as the trend is coming down in four weeks’ time we should be able to resume normal life.”
The roadmap echoes those put in place by other countries as they transitioned away from harsh restrictions to living with the virus, often after being overwhelmed by an Omicron outbreak. Hong Kong has been committed to a “dynamic zero” policy of eliminating each outbreak as it occurs, but had begun introducing mitigation strategies as infections and fatalities rose.
On Monday, Lam would not say if her announcement was an admission that Hong Kong would have to live with the virus, telling reporters not to “draw any conclusions”.
Prof Alexandra Martiniuk, an epidemiologist at the University of Sydney, said the new policy setting “does look as though it’s signalling to move away from a Covid- zero or a dynamic-zero aim”.
Prof Martiniuk said no country so far had experienced a large Omicron wave and completely contained it. “Covid-zero becomes extremely difficult to maintain once it’s out of the bag in a large way,” she said.
“Keeping public health protections in place but letting go of the concept of Covid-zero does sound like where Hong Kong is going.”
The government of mainland China – which is also battling its own, smaller Omicron outbreak – has previously said Hong Kong must maintain a Covid-zero policy before it would reopen the border between them. Hong Kong’s government had prioritised reopening to the mainland over the rest of the world, but on Monday, Lam said Hong Kong would always have to take into account “connectivity with the outside world” as well as with the mainland.
Health authorities say the city is past the peak of an Omicron outbreak that infected at least 1 million people, but potentially half the population, overwhelming hospitals. More than 5,000 people have died. The government did not put the city under lockdown, but instead introduced or reintroduced a range of social restrictions, including some that sparked confusion and frustrating, such as the closure of beaches.
The restrictions have put pressure on residents, who are leaving in droves. Net departures have surpassed 54,000 for this month, after 71,000 in February, Reuters reported.
Kenneth Tang, a 24-year old project executive, said he and his friends had grown frustrated and sometimes very distressed under Hong Kong’s restrictions and the devastating outbreak .
“The impact in my personal life is serious, the psychological impact has affected my body. Hongkongers have to find ways to save themselves,” he said.
“I think we should take references from other countries. It’s not possible to have Covid zero now,” he said. “So we should see what the UK, Australia, and Canada do. We can do a similar solution to them. I think it is very important to lift the flight bans, and they should help to maintain our mental health as soon as possible.”
Additional reporting by Chi Hui Lin and Xiaoqian Zhu
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Hong Kong prepares for surge in travel after COVID curbs ease
HONG KONG, Sept 26 (Reuters) - Hong Kong is readying for a surge in travel after the global financial hub ended mandatory COVID-19 hotel quarantine for international arrivals on Monday, with travel companies reporting 10-fold jumps in requests.
The curbs were lifted for the first time in more than 2-1/2 years after the city's leader, John Lee, said last week that such arrivals could return home or seek accommodation of their choice, but had to self-monitor for three days on entry. read more
"I have been waiting for this for almost three years," said 58-year-old Hong Kong resident, Barbara Van Moppes, who arrived from Bangkok.
"The rest of the world has opened up and so Hong Kong needs to open up now and return to normal, because it’s such a fantastic place to live."
All international arrivals in the Chinese special administrative region had previously been forced to stay for as long as three weeks in hotel quarantine at their own expense, though the period was gradually cut to three days.
But Monday's change still leaves Hong Kong far behind much of the world in dropping curbs.
International arrivals are barred from bars and restaurants for three days. Athough allowed to go to work and school, they still need to do multiple COVID tests in the first week after arriving.
Still, Hong Kong's Travel Industry Council expects outbound travel to surge as much as 50% for the next few months, executive director Fanny Yeung told public broadcaster RTHK.
[1/3] Travellers arrive at the Hong Kong International Airport on the first day the COVID hotel quarantine has been scrapped, in Hong Kong, China September 26, 2022. REUTERS/Tyrone Siu Acquire Licensing Rights
Growth would be capped by the number of outbound flights, however, Yeung cautioned, while inbound tourism was not likely to grow by much, inhibited by the existing curbs.
Travel website Expedia (EXPE.O) Hong Kong said searches for Japan surged to 10 times last week while those for Taiwan almost doubled over the prior 14 days.
Trip.com (9961.HK) said flight searches surged 95 times and orders soared 50% on its Hong Kong site on the week, with Tokyo, Bangkok, Osaka and Singapore featuring as top destinations.
International aviation body IATA said the next step would be for Hong Kong to scrap all COVID-19 measures.
The former British colony had been a global outlier outside mainland China in imposing hotel quarantine for international arrivals, in line with the country's "dynamic zero" COVID strategy.
Business groups, diplomats and many residents had slammed the COVID-19 rules saying they threatened Hong Kong's competitiveness and standing as a global financial centre.
Stilll, residents landing at the city's airport were thrilled by Monday's easing.
"It’s now totally hassle-free, so I just came out within 30 minutes," said businessman Marjuk Mutahlif, 32. "I can go."
Additional reporting by Sophie Yu in Shanghai, Jamie Freed in Hong Kong and Twinnie Siu in Hong Kong; Editing by Clarence Fernandez
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Farah Master is a Senior Correspondent at Reuters where she focuses on health, demographics and the environment in China. She has worked for Reuters in London, Beijing and Shanghai before moving to Hong Kong in 2013. With a background spanning reporting in markets, companies, sports, political and general news, and economics, she was also part of a team named as a Pulitzer finalist in 2020 for investigative reports on the revolt of Hong Kong. Farah speaks English, Mandarin and Spanish. She has a Masters in Development Studies from the London School of Economics.
Joyce is a talented visual journalist based in Hong Kong and Greater China, driven by a profound passion for capturing historical moments and sharing stories through the medium of video. Her exceptional skills and dedication to her craft earned her the prestigious title of Reuters Video Journalist of the Year in 2019. Joyce's work revolves around documenting significant events and exploring the rich cultural tapestry of the region. Outside of her professional pursuits, she finds solace and inspiration in hiking, immersing herself in the beauty of nature. With a deep appreciation for tea, Joyce enjoys discovering its diverse flavours and delving into its rich history.
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Hong Kong eases covid restrictions for arrivals, scraps tracking app
After more than two years of rigid pandemic rules , arrivals to Hong Kong will be allowed to move around the city freely if they test negative for the coronavirus , the city’s chief executive, John Lee, told reporters Tuesday.
In a sudden turnaround, Hong Kong residents will also no longer be required to scan the “Leave Home Safe” tracking app when entering shops or restaurants.
While there are still some restrictions in Hong Kong, such as mandated masking, the financial center is joining mainland China in a broader push toward easing restrictions.
Lee said the decision to further ease arrival rules was made after an analysis of infection risks by the city’s health officials. The infection risk from “imported cases is actually lower than risk of added local infections within a community,” he said at a news conference.
China prepares for exit wave of infections as it relaxes covid policies
Travelers to Hong Kong have endured various restrictions, including a harsh 21-day quarantine upon entry. The city scrapped this requirement in September, moving to a “0+3” rule, which meant that arrivals could not step into restaurants, bars or other venues for three days while they performed medical monitoring but were otherwise free to move around.
The strict coronavirus rules have undermined Hong Kong’s role as a regional aviation hub. Although Hong Kong International Airport is significantly busier than it was before mandatory hotel quarantine was scrapped, it is not back to pre-covid levels. By contrast, cities such as Singapore, Seoul and Tokyo have lifted travel restrictions, allowing tourists to visit with minimal restrictions.
Hong Kong’s tough rules have also triggered a brain drain, as international talent leaves for alternative global hubs such as Singapore or Dubai.
Tourists have also expressed frustration . In November, as Hong Kong hosted the Rugby Sevens tournament, a handful of ticket holders were turned away because the code displayed on their tracking apps was still colored amber, indicating they were still within the three-day monitoring period. They included Renier Du Plessis, from South Africa, who was finally allowed into venues after he became known as #AmberCodeMan on Twitter.
This week’s decision is a step in the right direction, said Siddharth Sridhar, a virologist at the University of Hong Kong. Neither the “Leave Home Safe” tracking app nor the three-day restriction was “contributing much to covid control locally,” he said. But “it was never going to be a complete cancellation of all measures” due to the rise in coronavirus cases and deaths in recent days, he said.
There were 158 deaths from covid-19, the disease caused by the coronavirus, in the past seven days in Hong Kong, a jump from 108 in the previous week, according to government figures . The city has also seen the daily average of new infections increase to about 13,460 in the past seven days, from around 9,370 in the prior week.
Shibani Mahtani in Singapore contributed to this report.
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I Traveled to Hong Kong As Soon As It Reopened to American Travelers, Here's What It Was Like
What you need to know about getting to Hong Kong right now, and what to do once you're on the ground.
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After nearly three years, Hong Kong’s entry restrictions have been fully lifted, testing requirements are no more (except for the negative COVID-19 test required when returning to the U.S. ), and hotels, bars, and restaurants have their doors wide open. United Airlines also announced plans to restart flights to Hong Kong in March, and flag carrier Cathay Pacific will increase capacity throughout 2023, reaching 70 percent of pre-pandemic passenger numbers by end of year.
While change is inevitable after years of isolation, travelers to this fiercely metropolitan city will find so much to love. Now is the time to visit — or revisit — this cosmopolitan megacity.
What It’s Like in Hong Kong Right Now — and What to Know About Entry and Exit
The path to Hong Kong's reopening has been far from easy. Since 2019, Hong Kongers have faced seemingly insurmountable challenges. First, the government outright suppressed a pro-democracy movement, banning political demonstration and arresting those who defied. Then, the outbreak of the pandemic, along with subsequent extreme restrictions, forced the city’s residents into lockdown for months on end — and kept travelers at bay.
It’s no doubt the one-two punch of political turmoil and a pandemic knocked Hong Kong down temporarily. But for the first time in years, Hong Kongers — and those visiting — have good reason to get back up swinging (and exploring) again. That’s because there’s a resurgent cultural and museum scene, new or refurbished landmark luxury hotels, and at the moment, fewer crowds to get in the way of it all.
I arrived in early January, nostalgic and eager, to a quiet Hong Kong International Airport to discover that, at least on the surface, not much has changed since my last visit in mid-2019. There are no tests to take, no paperwork to fill out, and no apps to download. While tourists have yet to return in droves, the metropolis still has a steady pulse. I felt that energy as I criss-crossed Hong Kong Island from Kennedy Town to Causeway Bay on a “ding-ding tram” and sailed through Victoria Harbor on my favorite mode of transportation, the long-beloved Star Ferry, between Hong Kong Island and Kowloon. In many ways, it feels like the ideal situation; the day-to-day fast-paced life of Hong Kong remains without the out-of-towners adding overwhelming volume to the city.
The city’s vibrant streetscape — with throngs of pedestrians sharing the same thoroughfare as double decker buses and signature red taxis — hasn’t changed too much either. Hong Kong is a transportation lover’s dream where multi-modal transit and pedestrians coexist in organized chaos. Des Voeux Road at rush hour is still filled with the local after-work office crowd on their way to happy hour and dinner. After all, Hong Kongers, by the very nature of their small apartments, love to eat and drink out. It’s not all the same, though. While some of the city’s most popular pre-pandemic markets have thankfully survived — like the Temple Street Night Market in Jordan or Flower Market in Mong Kok — they don’t have the bustling energy and crowds that they used to, at least not yet.
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Several high-end luxury hotels have either come on the scene, or thoroughly refreshed their offerings since the city’s pandemic-induced lockdown. Both Rosewood Hong Kong and the St. Regis Hong Kong debuted in 2019, less than a year before travel to the region came to a halt. Last May, the Fullerton Ocean Park Hong Kong opened with 425 rooms and an inviting infinity pool overlooking the South China Sea. Mandarin Oriental, Hong Kong , celebrating its 60th anniversary this year, unveiled a revamped food and beverage offering mid-pandemic, including an impressive top-floor Japanese izakaya restaurant concept with three distinct bars and sweeping views of the city. The hotel will also embark on a room modernization project later in 2023. And after its biggest transformation in 30 years, Regent’s flagship Hong Kong hotel (the former Intercontinental) is in the midst of its much-anticipated soft reopening.
What to See and Do in Hong Kong Right Now
On the culture and heritage front, there has been a trove of recent developments. Few neighborhoods are more symbolic of Hong Kong’s new museum renaissance than West Kowloon . This cultural district created from reclaimed land, set across 100 acres, will be home to 17 arts, culture, and performance venues when complete. The centerpiece is the M+ contemporary art museum , Asia’s first venue dedicated to visual culture, which opened in November 2021.
Across the harbor on Hong Kong Island, there is a hum of activity, too. Tai Kwun Center for Heritage and Arts, where 16 historic colonial-era buildings in the center of the city were converted to a multi-purpose enclave of buzzy exhibitions and galleries, alongside an array of international restaurants and bars, opened in mid-2018. An art exhibition focused on LGBTQ perspectives, called “Myth Makers - Spectrosynthesis III,” was a personal Tai Kwun highlight and shouldn’t be missed.
Just up the road from Tai Kwun is the new, sixth-generation Peak Tram, Asia’s oldest funicular railway and one of Hong Kong’s most popular attractions pre-pandemic. The refreshed panoramic tram, with capacity for 210 passengers, opened in August 2022. For a little more adventure, consider hiking up to the Peak, enjoying a Hong Kong-style milk tea at Hong Kong Day, and taking the scenic tram down.
Digging deeper into the hearts and minds of many Hong Kongers, you may find a less rosy picture of the city, one in which leaders have restricted the rights to complete freedom of expression. However, the people here are rebellious by nature, and they openly spoke of their frustrations when prompted. Friends even told me how they have their own silent ways to revolt, such as supporting small businesses that embrace the color yellow, a hue symbolic of the pro-democracy movement. For all that Hong Kongers have had to endure (and will continue to endure), now feels like the best time to visit and show your support. Everything else the city offers is just the icing on top.
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Covid-19: Hong Kong drops vaccination requirement for all international arrivals
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Hong Kong has dropped its Covid-19 vaccination requirement for non-residents, meaning that unvaccinated tourists can enter the city again from Monday.
Chief Executive John Lee made the announcement at a press conference on Friday, a day after announcing the government’s “Hello Hong Kong” campaign , aimed at reviving tourism after three years of strict coronavirus rules.
Since the city reopened its borders for non-residents in May, they have been required to meet Hong Kong’s vaccination requirements to enter. Hong Kong barred non-residents from coming in March 2020 due to Covid-19.
International arrivals are still required to obtain a negative result from a Covid rapid test taken within 24 hours of their departure to board a flight to the city.
Travellers to Hong Kong have been subjected to stringent restrictions since the coronavirus emerged in early 2020. At their strictest, arrivals had to undergo three weeks of hotel quarantine at their own expense, in addition to being required to take multiple Covid-19 tests.
The government also imposed a flight ban mechanism, which saw over 100 flights banned because at least five passengers – or five per cent of travellers, whichever was higher – tested positive for Covid-19 upon arrival.
The International Air Transport Association, a trade association representing almost 300 of the world’s airlines, said last April that Hong Kong was “effectively off the map” because of its Covid curbs.
‘Back on the centre stage’
However, with most restrictions relaxed, Hong Kong was “back on centre stage,” Lee said at the launch of the “Hello Hong Kong” campaign on Thursday.
“Hong Kong is now seamlessly connected to the mainland of China and the whole international world,” he said. “There will be no isolation, quarantine, and no restrictions on experiencing our great wine and dine scene, on doing business… and on enjoying the hustle and bustle of Asia’s world city.”
As part of the “Hello Hong Kong” campaign, the government will distribute 500,000 plane tickets to visitors, initially targeting the Southeast Asian market. The city’s airlines will hand them out through promotional activities such as lucky draws, buy-one-get-one-free offers and games.
Separately, there will also be a giveaway of 80,000 tickets to residents in the Greater Bay Area to encourage them to the city, as well as 80,000 tickets for Hong Kong residents to travel abroad.
The giveaway to Hong Kong residents, Fred Lam, the Chief Executive Officer of the Airport Authority Hong Kong said, was “a way to let Hong Kong people share the same joy that this campaign would bring about.”
Hong Kong has relaxed most of its Covid-19 measures in recent weeks, including scrapping a cap on group gatherings and the need to scan a mobile app before entering restaurants and other premises.
A mask mandate in all public places, including outdoors, is still in place, although authorities said they would consider scrapping it after the winter flu season, which normally runs from January to March or April.
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Travel advisory june 30, 2023, see summaries - mainland china, hong kong & macau.
Reissued with updates to wrongful detention language and information for the Hong Kong and Macau Special Administrative Regions (SARs).
Summary: Reconsider travel to Mainland China due to the arbitrary enforcement of local laws, including in relation to exit bans, and the risk of wrongful detentions .
Exercise increased caution when traveling to the Hong Kong SAR due to the arbitrary enforcement of local laws .
Reconsider travel to the Macau SAR due to a limited ability to provide emergency consular services . Exercise increased caution when traveling to the Macau SAR due to the arbitrary enforcement of local laws .
See specific risks and conditions in each jurisdiction.
Mainland China – Level 3: Reconsider Travel
Reconsider travel due to the arbitrary enforcement of local laws , including in relation to exit bans, and the risk of wrongful detentions .
Summary: The People’s Republic of China (PRC) government arbitrarily enforces local laws, including issuing exit bans on U.S. citizens and citizens of other countries, without fair and transparent process under the law.
The Department of State has determined the risk of wrongful detention of U.S. nationals by the PRC government exists in the PRC.
U.S. citizens traveling or residing in the PRC may be detained without access to U.S. consular services or information about their alleged crime. U.S. citizens in the PRC may be subjected to interrogations and detention without fair and transparent treatment under the law.
Foreigners in the PRC, including but not limited to businesspeople, former foreign-government personnel, academics, relatives of PRC citizens involved in legal disputes, and journalists have been interrogated and detained by PRC officials for alleged violations of PRC national security laws. The PRC has also interrogated, detained, and expelled U.S. citizens living and working in the PRC.
PRC authorities appear to have broad discretion to deem a wide range of documents, data, statistics, or materials as state secrets and to detain and prosecute foreign nationals for alleged espionage. There is increased official scrutiny of U.S. and third-country firms, such as professional service and due diligence companies, operating in the PRC. Security personnel could detain U.S. citizens or subject them to prosecution for conducting research or accessing publicly available material inside the PRC.
Security personnel could detain and/or deport U.S. citizens for sending private electronic messages critical of the PRC, Hong Kong SAR, or Macau SAR governments.
In addition, the PRC government has used restrictions on travel or departure from the PRC, or so-called exit bans, to:
- compel individuals to participate in PRC government investigations;
- pressure family members of the restricted individual to return to the PRC from abroad;
- resolve civil disputes in favor of PRC citizens; and
- gain bargaining leverage over foreign governments.
U.S. citizens might only become aware of an exit ban when they attempt to depart the PRC, and there may be no available legal process to contest an exit ban in a court of law. Relatives, including minor children, of those under investigation in the PRC may become subject to an exit ban.
The PRC government does not recognize dual nationality. Dual U.S.-PRC citizens and U.S. citizens of Chinese descent may be subject to additional scrutiny and harassment. If you are a U.S. citizen and choose to enter Mainland China on travel documents other than a U.S. passport and are detained or arrested, the PRC government may not notify the U.S. Embassy or the U.S. Consulates General or allow consular access.
Check with the PRC Embassy in the United States for the most updated information on travel to the PRC. In some limited circumstances travelers to Mainland China may face additional COVID-19 testing requirements to enter some facilities or events.
The Department of State does not provide or coordinate direct medical care to private U.S. citizens abroad. U.S. citizens overseas may receive PRC-approved COVID-19 vaccine doses where they are eligible.
Do not consume drugs in the PRC or prior to arriving in the PRC. A positive drug test, even if the drug was legal elsewhere, can lead to immediate detention, fines, deportation, and/or a ban from re-entering the PRC. PRC authorities may compel cooperation with blood, urine, or hair testing. Penalties for drug offense may exceed penalties imposed in the United States.
Demonstrations : Participating in demonstrations or any other activities that authorities interpret as constituting an act of secession, subversion, terrorism, or collusion with a foreign country could result in criminal charges. Be aware of your surroundings and avoid demonstrations.
XINJIANG UYGHUR AUTONOMOUS REGION, TIBET AUTONOMOUS REGION, and TIBETAN AUTONOMOUS PREFECTURES
Extra security measures, such as security checks and increased levels of police presence and surveillance, are common in the Xinjiang Uyghur Autonomous Region, Tibet Autonomous Region, and Tibetan Autonomous Prefectures. Authorities may impose curfews and travel restrictions on short notice.
If you decide to travel to Mainland China:
- Enter the PRC on your U.S. passport with a valid PRC visa and keep it with you.
- Read the travel information page for Mainland China .
- Enroll in the Smart Traveler Enrollment Program (STEP) to receive alerts and make it easier to locate you in an emergency.
- Be aware of your surroundings.
- Avoid demonstrations.
- Exercise caution in the vicinity of large gatherings or protests.
- Avoid taking photographs of protesters or police without permission.
- Keep a low profile.
- If you are arrested or detained, ask police or prison officials to notify U.S. Embassy Beijing or the nearest U.S. Consulate General immediately.
- Review the China Country Security Report from the Overseas Security Advisory Council.
- Do not consume drugs in the PRC or prior to arriving in the PRC.
- Follow the Department of State on Facebook and Twitter . Follow U.S. Embassy Beijing on Twitter , WeChat , and Weibo .
- Visit the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) page for the latest Travel Health Information related to the PRC.
- Prepare a contingency plan for emergency situations.
- Review the Traveler’s Checklist .
- If you plan to enter the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea (DPRK), read the DPRK Travel Advisory . U.S. passports are not valid for travel to, in, or through the DPRK, unless they are specially validated by the Department of State.
Hong Kong Special Administrative Region (SAR) – Level 2: Exercise Increased Caution
Exercise increased caution due to the arbitrary enforcement of local laws .
Summary: Since the imposition of the National Security Law on June 30, 2020, the People’s Republic of China (PRC) has demonstrated an intent to use the law to target a broad range of activities such as acts of secession, subversion, terrorism, and collusion with foreign entities. The National Security Law also covers offenses committed by non-Hong Kong SAR residents or organizations outside of the Hong Kong SAR, which could subject U.S. citizens who have been publicly critical of the PRC and/or the administration of the Hong Kong SAR to a heightened risk of arrest, detention, expulsion, or prosecution.
The Hong Kong SAR government does not recognize dual nationality. Dual U.S.-PRC citizens and U.S. citizens of Chinese descent may be subject to additional scrutiny and harassment. If you are a dual U.S.-PRC citizen and enter Hong Kong SAR on a U.S. passport, and you are detained or arrested, PRC authorities are under an obligation to notify the U.S. Embassy or a U.S. Consulate General of your detention and to allow U.S. consular officials to have access to you. In practice, however, U.S. consular officers may be prevented from providing consular assistance, even to those who have entered on their U.S. passports. For more information, visit Consular Protection and Right of Abode in HK(SAR) for Dual Nationals - U.S. Consulate General Hong Kong & Macau (usconsulate.gov) .
If you decide to travel to the Hong Kong SAR:
- Enter the Hong Kong SAR on your U.S. passport and keep it with you.
- Read the travel information page for the Hong Kong SAR .
- If you are arrested or detained, ask police or prison officials to notify U.S. Consulate General Hong Kong & Macau immediately.
- Do not consume drugs in the Hong Kong SAR or prior to arriving in the Hong Kong SAR.
- Follow the Department of State on Facebook and Twitter . Follow U.S. Consulate General Hong Kong & Macau on Facebook and Twitter .
- Visit the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) page for the latest Travel Health Information related to the Hong Kong SAR.
- Monitor local media, local transportations sites, and apps like MTR Mobile or CitybusNWFB for updates.
- Review your Hong Kong flight status with your airline or at the Hong Kong International Airport website .
Macau Special Administrative Region (SAR) – Level 3: Reconsider Travel
Reconsider travel due to a limited ability to provide emergency consular services. Exercise increased caution due to the arbitrary enforcement of local laws.
Summary: The U.S. government has a limited ability to provide emergency services to U.S. citizens in the Macau SAR due to People’s Republic of China (PRC) Ministry of Foreign Affairs travel restrictions on U.S. diplomatic personnel.
Even in an emergency, the PRC Ministry of Foreign Affairs requires all U.S. diplomatic personnel, including those accredited to the Macau SAR, to apply for and receive visas before entering the Macau SAR. Approval takes at least five to seven days, limiting the U.S. government’s ability to offer timely consular services in the Macau SAR.
The Macau SAR government does not recognize dual nationality. Dual U.S.-PRC citizens and U.S. citizens of Chinese descent may be subject to additional scrutiny and harassment. If you are a dual U.S.-PRC citizen and enter the Macau SAR on a U.S. passport, and you are detained or arrested, PRC authorities are under an obligation to notify the U.S. Embassy or a U.S. Consulate General of your detention and to allow U.S. consular officials to have access to you. In practice, however, U.S. consular officers may be prevented from providing consular assistance, even to those who have entered on their U.S. passports. For more information, visit Consular Protection and Right of Abode in HK(SAR) for Dual Nationals - U.S. Consulate General Hong Kong & Macau (usconsulate.gov) .
Demonstrations : Participating in demonstrations or any other activities that authorities interpret as constituting an act of secession, subversion, terrorism, or collusion with a foreign country could result in criminal charges. Be aware of your surroundings and avoid demonstrations.
If you decide to travel to the Macau SAR:
- Enter the Macau SAR on your U.S. passport and keep it with you.
- Read the travel information page for the Macau SAR .
- Do not consume drugs in the Macau SAR or prior to arriving in the Macau SAR.
- Follow the Department of State on Facebook and Twitter . Follow U.S. Consulate General Hong Kong & Macau on Facebook and Twitter .
- Visit the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) page for the latest Travel Health Information related to the Macau SAR.
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Hong Kong lifts more COVID-19 travel restrictions
Hong Kong , a beloved destination for many travelers in Asia, is removing more of its COVID-19 restrictions. With the most recent changes, the city is becoming more attractive for travelers — including American tourists — to visit once again.
Previously, incoming travelers were required to take multiple COVID-19 tests to visit. However, effective Dec. 29, 2022, a press release from the Hong Kong government states incoming travelers arriving via air only need to obtain a negative test within a set period before scheduled departure for Hong Kong. Specifically, Hong Kong will accept a rapid antigen test (RAT) within 24 hours of departure or a polymerase chain reaction (PCR) test within 48 hours of departure.
The press release says travelers should keep "photos showing the test results or the test report for 90 days for presentation for checking on request by Government personnel." Declaring your test result via the HSKAR Department of Health's electronic health declaration form is now optional. However, you may want to submit your results anyway to get the QR code, as some airlines may still request it at check-in.
Hong Kong is eliminating its Vaccine Pass and ceasing insurance of Provisional Vaccine Passes to visitors. However, non-Hong Kong residents aged 12 and older still need to provide proof of vaccination before boarding a flight to Hong Kong.
Vaccination requirements and temperature screenings do not apply to transit passengers who do not pass through immigration control, per a press release issued by the Government of the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region in September.
Finally, Hong Kong is keeping its previous masking requirements in place. In particular, masks remain required in all public places, including public transit, per the South China Morning Post .
If you're looking to book a trip to Hong Kong, consider redeeming Alaska Mileage Plan miles to fly on Cathay Pacific. After all, you can fly business class to Asia for just 50,000 Alaska miles .
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For the latest information on visiting Hong Kong, consult the Hong Kong government website and the U.S. Consulate General Hong Kong .
Additional reporting by Emily Thompson and Katie Genter.
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Latest News: Singapore, Hong Kong: Air travel bubble flights, expected to begin on 26 May, between countries delayed again after Singapore imposes new COVID-19 restrictions (Argus Media ,17.05.2021). HK allows flights from Ireland, U.K.; ban continues for flights from Brazil, India, Nepal, Pakistan, Philippines, South Africa (AppleDaily,04.05.2021).
*Entry to Hong Kong: Travellers arriving in Hong Kong on flights from overseas countries/territories, who are not Hong Kong residents, will be denied entry to Hong Kong. Non-Hong Kong residents travelling to Hong Kong from mainland China, Macao or Taiwan will also be denied entry if they have been to any overseas country/territory in the past 14 days. Spouses and minor children of Hong Kong residents are exempt from the above restrictions.
All travellers entering Hong Kong, including Hong Kong residents, will have to take a mandatory medical test for coronavirus on arrival and need to undergo 21-day compulsory quarantine. See Testing on arrival and Quarantine requirements below.
Travellers arriving at Hong Kong International Airport (with the exception of those travelling from mainland China, Macao and Taiwan) need to provide confirmation of a hotel room reservation in a designated quarantine hotel in Hong Kong for no less than 21 days, starting on the day of their arrival. You should check the government’s list of hotels when you make your booking . You must take designated transport, which is provided by the government, from the holding centre to your hotel. Travellers will then be subject to 21 days compulsory quarantine at that hotel and further testing for Covid-19. You can find further details on the Hong Kong SAR Government website .
Travellers who have visited specified “very high risk” (UK and Ireland) or “high risk” (Bangladesh, Belgium, Canada, Ecuador, Egypt, Ethiopia, France, Germany, Indonesia, Kazakhstan, Romania, Russia, Switzerland, Turkey, Ukraine, the United Arab Emirates and the United States) places under the Hong Kong SAR government’s Prevention and Control of Disease Regulation (CAP. 599H) within the past 21 days, will need to provide a negative nucleic acid test result for COVID-19, taken no more than 72 hours prior to their departure. You should check Hong Kong SAR government’s website for important details about the documents required. Passengers transiting within a “very high risk” or “high risk” place must be tested within 72 hours of their final departure from that country.
The Hong Kong Special Administrative Region (SAR) government will deny entry to Hong Kong to travellers that have visited Brazil, India, Nepal, Pakistan, the Philippines or South Africa for more than two hours within the past 21 days. This includes those transiting Brazil, India, Nepal, Pakistan, the Philippines or South Africa if they disembark the aircraft. Visit the Hong Kong SAR government’s website for further details.
All passengers, including departing, arriving and transfer/transit passengers need to wear face masks in all passenger accessible areas of Hong Kong International Airport. For up-to-date advice on entry requirements and restrictions, visit the Hong Kong SAR government coronavirus website .
*Hong Kong – Singapore Air Travel Bubble: An air travel bubble between Hong Kong and Singapore is due to commence on 26 May. You can find further details on the Hong Kong Tourism Commission website .
*Transiting Hong Kong: Transit services at Hong Kong International Airport resumed on 15 June 2020 for passengers who can be checked through from port of origin to final destination. Transiting between flights operated by different airlines is now allowed. Transiting through Hong Kong from, but not to, mainland China is now allowed. You should check with your travel agent or airline before travelling and check the Hong Kong International Airport website .
There is a risk you will be placed into isolation in hospital in Hong Kong or 21 days government quarantine. All passengers transiting Hong Kong International Airport will be subject to advanced screening measures, including temperature checks. Passengers deemed to have a high temperature will undergo further checks by the Port Health Office at the airport. If you meet further risk criteria, you will be transferred to a Hong Kong public hospital for mandatory checks/treatment, where it is highly likely you will be asked to complete a mandatory COVID-19 test. If you successfully pass health screening you need to sit in designated areas at boarding gates and use designated queues in dining facilities and shops, in line with Hong Kong International Airport anti-virus measures.
*Travel between Hong Kong, Macao and mainland China: All border crossings with mainland China remain closed indefinitely, with the exception of the Shenzhen Bay Checkpoint and the Hong Kong-Zhuhai-Macau Bridge. All passengers wanting to board a shuttle bus to cross the bridge departing from Hong Kong to Macau must present a certificate confirming that they have tested negative for COVID-19 within seven days of their departure. The special ferry service between Taipa Ferry Terminal in Macao and Hong Kong International Airport has now ceased operations. All ferry crossings between Hong Kong and mainland China are currently not in operation with the exception of the service from Shenzhen Shekou Port to Hong Kong International Airport. Kai Tak Cruise and Ocean Terminals are also closed to passengers indefinitely.
Arrivals from mainland China, Taiwan and Macao must quarantine at home or in a hotel for 14 days. Certain groups of people travelling from mainland China, Taiwan and Macao may be granted an exemption from quarantine requirements by applying in advance to the Chief Secretary of the Administration. These groups include people involved in receiving or providing education and those travelling for purposes relating to manufacturing operations, business activities or the provision of professional services in the interest of Hong Kong’s economic development.
Hong Kong residents in mainland China may be eligible for the Return2hk scheme, which enables quarantine free travel from mainland China to Hong Kong. You can find further information on the Hong Kong SAR Government coronavirus website .
Health declaration form: All inbound travellers via Hong Kong International Airport need to submit a health declaration form.
*Testing on arrival: All travellers ending their journey at Hong Kong International Airport will have to provide a saliva sample which will be tested for coronavirus. After collecting baggage, travellers will be taken by shuttle bus to the designated location. Travellers will have to wait for test results, before proceeding to their mandatory quarantine hotel.
Travellers will be required to remain at the airport, or a specified hotel overnight, whilst awaiting test results. Passengers arriving on morning flights must proceed to the Temporary Specimen Collection Centre located in the Midfield Concourse (MFC) in the restricted area of Hong Kong International Airport. You will receive test results on the same day. This could take 8 or more hours. Passengers arriving in the afternoon and evening will need to wait for test results overnight, and will be temporarily accommodated in the Department of Health Holding Centre for Test Results (HCTR) set up in the Rambler Hotel in Tsing Yi. Please note that children under the age of 16 cannot stay at the Rambler Hotel unaccompanied. Parents who stay with their child at the HCTR on the first night whilst awaiting test results, will have to continue to self-isolate for the full 14 days. If travelling unaccompanied, there is a risk that a child may have to stay alone overnight at the airport on arrival while awaiting test results. Further information is available on the Centre for Health Protection’s website .
Children over the age of 16 travelling to Hong Kong on their own must be met by an adult for checking in to the HCTR whilst they await test results. Please contact the Port Health Authority for the latest guidance (+852 3904 9333).
If the sample tests positive, the Hong Kong authorities will notify the individual and arrange for admission to a public hospital where they will remain in isolation until they test negative twice. If you are deemed to be a close contact of a positive case, you will be place in a Hong Kong government quarantine centre for 21 days. All arrivals including those who test negative for coronavirus need to undergo 21-day compulsory quarantine in a designated hotel. See “Quarantine requirements” below.
You may be separated from your child if one of you tests positive for coronavirus. If this happens to you, you can call +(852) 2901 3000 for 24/7 urgent consular assistance.
*Quarantine requirements: Quarantine is mostly spent at a designated hotel . Family members of someone who tests positive, or those who have been in close contact, will be placed in a government quarantine centre. Children travelling alone will also need to quarantine for 21 days on arrival in a designated hotel. It is down to hotel policy whether a child can self-isolate alone. Further details can be found on the Hong Kong SAR government’s website and you should call the Port Heath Division (+852 3904 9333) to understand the latest requirements if your child is travelling alone. For up-to-date advice on entry requirements and restrictions, please visit the Hong Kong SAR government’s website
For all quarantine arrangements in Hong Kong:
• you’re not allowed to leave your designated quarantine location for 21 days. This means you’re also unable to leave Hong Kong for the duration of the quarantine
• if you’re allocated a government quarantine centre, you may be asked to contribute around (HK$200) per night towards the cost
• items that can be taken in to government quarantine are restricted. There is no smoking allowed and no alcohol. Depending on your centre, facilities may be basic: there may be no fridge and no air-conditioning
• you will be issued with a bluetooth-enabled wristband which will be activated at the airport and linked to a mobile app ‘StayHomeSafe’ on your phone. The bluetooth-enabled wristbands will alert the authorities if the wearer leaves their registered address with or without their phone
Failure to comply with the quarantine conditions may result in you being immediately taken to government quarantine facilities. You could face a 6-month prison sentence and a substantial fine. You should comply with the requirements of your quarantine arrangements.
See the Hong Kong government coronavirus website for further information.
Demonstrating your COVID-19 vaccination status: the Hong Kong SAR Government will accept your national health service app or your letter national health service to demonstrate your COVID-19 vaccination status. You should not use your vaccine appointment card to demonstrate your vaccine status. Internal restrictions:
*Travel in Hong Kong: There are local travel restrictions in place upon arrival in Hong Kong including mandatory quarantine. Hong Kong residents are being asked to work from home where possible and avoid social gatherings.
It is possible that you may be mandatorily tested and/or placed in a government quarantine centre, if you are identified as a close contact of someone who has tested positive for coronavirus. In some cases, all residents of a building where a positive case has been detected have been sent to quarantine centres for 21 days.
• For all quarantine arrangements in Hong Kong:
you are not permitted to leave your designated quarantine location for 21 days. This means you are also unable to leave Hong Kong for the duration of the quarantine
• if you are sent to a government quarantine centre, you may be asked to contribute around HK$200 per night towards the cost
*Public spaces and services: Public gatherings have been restricted to a maximum of 4 people (members of the same household are exempt). The operations of various businesses, including restaurants and bars, have been limited.
The government has also introduced a mandatory requirement to wear face masks in all public spaces, including on public transport. Failure to comply may result in a fine of up to 5000 HKD.
For up to date information, you should follow the guidance from the Hong Kong authorities .
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Hong Kong Removes All Travel Restrictions
Information may change on a day-by-day basis. While we make every effort to keep the information here updated, the responsibility to keep abreast of ever-changing travel restrictions is ultimately your own.
In late 2022, Hong Kong eliminated on-arrival COVID-19 testing requirements for inbound passengers. However, passengers bound for Hong Kong were still subject to pre-departure testing and mandatory proof of vaccination.
As of April 1, 2023, Hong Kong has removed all remaining pandemic-related restrictions for inbound travellers, which marks the final step toward reopening to the world in earnest.
Hong Kong Eliminates All Testing Requirements
Hong Kong’s journey to reopening has been through a series of gradual steps which began in Fall 2022.
Since September 26, 2022, independent tourists have been able to enter Hong Kong for the purpose of tourism with no designated quarantine. The caveat was that inbound travellers were subject to a myriad of tests before and after their flights to Hong Kong, as well as a three-day health monitoring period upon arrival.
While these requirements were very light in comparison to previous heavy-handed rules, they still added some stress for anyone planning a trip to Hong Kong.
Then, as of December 29, 2022, travellers were no longer subjected to coronavirus testing after their arrival in Hong Kong. While passengers were still required to take a pre-departure test, this removed another barrier for anyone who might have otherwise been contemplating a trip to Hong Kong, but didn’t want to be subjected to so many tests after arrival.
At this stage of reopening, Hong Kong’s vaccine pass, which provided access to many establishments, was also no longer required. Similarly, social distancing rules and mandatory quarantine with a positive test disappeared, too.
On February 6, 2023, Hong Kong removed the requirement for inbound passengers to show proof of vaccination upon entry. This was also the date upon which the land border with China fully reopened.
On March 1, 2023, the requirement to wear face masks in public was removed, and things were essentially back to normal in Hong Kong.
The final step for Hong Kong was to remove the pre-departure testing requirement for inbound passengers.
As of April 1, 2023, all pre-departure and post-arrival quarantine and testing requirements have been removed, which means that Hong Kong is finally fully reopen to the world without restrictions.
How to Get to Hong Kong
With this latest announcement, there is surely going to be a barrage of travellers who wish to visit Hong Kong once again.
To fly to East Asia on points, Aeroplan naturally comes to mind with its fantastic rate of 75,000 points one-way in business class from the West Coast (or any itinerary of under 7,500 miles in distance flown) and around 87,500 points from the East Coast (or any itinerary of 7,500+ miles in distance flown).
Air Canada flights to Hong Kong can still be priced exorbitantly under dynamic pricing, so using your eUpgrades with the “Latitude Attitude” strategy is the optimal way to upgrade into a business class seat. If you’re unable to find eUpgrade availability, consider booking in premium economy so you’ll at least be at the top of the waitlist for an upgrade to business class.
With Alaska Mileage Plan , you can also fly direct on Cathay Pacific for 5 0,000 Alaska miles in business class and 70,000 Alaska miles in First Class , which could be another excellent sweet spot to aim for on your first visit to Hong Kong in the post-pandemic era.
The tricky part is that Cathay Pacific award space is very scarce at the moment; however, there are some pockets of availability in business class from North America to Hong Kong throughout 2023.
There’s also some First Class availability from London, Paris, and Tokyo to Hong Kong throughout 2023.
Keep in mind that Alaska Mileage Plan recently devalued awards with Japan Airlines without warning. While there haven’t been any changes to Cathay Pacific flights yet, there’s no indication that one won’t take place, so you may want to redeem your Alaska miles sooner than later to avoid disappointment.
Cathay Pacific’s own loyalty program, Asia Miles , is another option to consider, as there can often be better award availability on Cathay Pacific flights. As a transfer partner of American Express Membership Rewards and RBC Avion , Asia Miles are relatively easy to come by.
If you can find space, you can expect to pay either 70,000 or 85,000 Asia Miles for a one-way flight in business class between North America and Hong Kong, depending on the airport you’re flying to. You might also luck out and find a seat in First Class for 110,000 miles!
As of April 1, 2023, Hong Kong has eliminated all pre-departure testing requirements for inbound travellers. This marks the final step towards Hong Kong fully reopening to the world.
Indeed, restrictions have been gradually lifting since Fall 2022, and for all intents and purposes, Hong Kong has resumed normalcy in regard to pandemic-era restrictions.
Travel to Hong Kong is surely a hot-ticket item, so be sure to snag a seat sooner rather than later to avoid disappointment.
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This page has information on travelling to Hong Kong.
This page reflects the UK government’s understanding of current rules for people travelling on a full ‘British Citizen’ passport from the UK, for the most common types of travel.
The authorities in Hong Kong set and enforce entry rules. If you’re unsure how Hong Kong’s entry requirements apply to you, contact its UK embassy, high commission or consulate .
Although Hong Kong is now part of the People’s Republic of China, it remains a Special Administrative Region (SAR) with its own immigration controls. You can visit Hong Kong for up to 6 months without a visa. For up-to-date advice on entry requirements and restrictions, please visit the Hong Kong SAR Government’s website .
Hong Kong does not require travellers to provide a negative Covid-19 test result to enter the SAR, regardless of your vaccination status.
All travellers must pass temperature checks upon arrival.
Flights may be subject to scheduling change at short notice. Ensure you keep in close contact with your airline and be prepared to change your plans.
Testing on arrival
The Hong Kong Government continues to advise all inbound travellers to conduct daily rapid antigen tests from the day of arrival into Hong Kong (that is, Day 0) and Day 5 after arrival.
If you test positive for COVID-19, you are no longer required to isolate, however please refer to the latest guidance issued by the Hong Kong SAR Government on how to minimise the spread of Covid-19.
Proof of vaccination status
Travellers do not need to be fully vaccinated, or show proof of vaccination to enter Hong Kong.
Travel between Hong Kong, Macao and mainland China
Travellers to mainland China who are transiting Hong Kong from a third country or Taiwan or have stayed in a third country or Taiwan in the last seven days require a negative PCR test taken within 48 hours of arrival in the mainland. Children under the age of three are exempt. All other travellers are not required to test or quarantine when travelling between Hong Kong and mainland China.
Travel between Macao and Hong Kong is test and quarantine free. More information is available on the Macao Travel Advice Page.
All control points between Hong Kong and mainland China or Macao have re-opened. Ferry crossings between Hong Kong and Shenzhen or Macao, and the high-speed rail service connecting mainland China have resumed.
Children and young people
More information and detailed guidelines for International Arrivals are available on the Hong Kong SAR Government Coronavirus web page.
Children aged 3 and over are subject to the same rules as adult travellers unless otherwise stated.
If you’re transiting through Hong Kong
Transit services at Hong Kong International Airport, including those connecting mainland China, have resumed.
Travellers to mainland China who are transiting Hong Kong from a third country or Taiwan or have stayed in a third country or Taiwan in the last seven days require a negative PCR test taken within 48 hours of arrival in the mainland. Children under the age of three are exempt. If in doubt, travellers should check with their travel agent or airline before travelling and check the Hong Kong International Airport website .
All passengers transiting Hong Kong International Airport may be subject to advanced screening measures, including temperature checks. Passengers deemed to have a high temperature will undergo further checks by the Port Health Office at the airport.
Check your passport and travel documents before you travel
Your passport should be valid for at least one month after the date of your departure from Hong Kong.
If you plan to work or study in Hong Kong, or stay for a period of longer than 6 months you will need to get a visa. For further information contact the nearest Chinese mission with visa issuing facilities or the Hong Kong Immigration Department:
Immigration Tower 7 Gloucester Road Wanchai Hong Kong telephone: 852 2824 6111
Bringing restricted items into Hong Kong
According to Hong Kong law, it’s illegal for visitors travelling to or transiting through Hong Kong International Airport to carry certain items including stun guns, objects with sharp points or edges (e.g. samurai swords) and martial arts equipment (e.g. knuckledusters). Offenders are liable to a severe fine or imprisonment. For a full list of restricted items, visit the website of the Hong Kong Police Force .
Hong Kong law prohibits travellers from bringing any electronic cigarettes and equivalent alternative smoking products, including heated tobacco products and herbal cigarettes in to Hong Kong. If you are transiting via Hong Kong and do not pass immigration control, you are exempt. For more information visit the Hong Kong Department of Health website .
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