In view of the rapid spread of COVID-19 across the world, Hong Kong has put in place precautionary measures to reduce the risk of importation of COVID-19. Before making a decision to move to Hong Kong, it is important to keep up with the latest news on the travel restrictions to help you better plan your relocation.
Last updated: 26 May 2020
Travel Restriction Updates – COVID-19
UPDATE: With the surge in imported COVID-19 cases, all non-Hong Kong residents are not allowed to enter or transit at Hong Kong.
Here’s what you need to know about the travel restrictions in Hong Kong.
Entering Hong Kong Borders
All non-Hong Kong residents are not allowed to enter or transit at Hong Kong
- Including non-Hong Kong residents arriving from Mainland, Macau, or Taiwan who have travel history to other country or region within 14 days of arrival
- Include Hong Kong visa holders with validity of less than 14 days
Hong Kong residents with following documents will be allowed entry:
- Hong Kong Permanent Identity Card
- Hong Kong SAR passport or British National (Overseas) passport (with right of abode in Hong Kong)
- Hong Kong Identity Card (accompanied with a valid work or study visa)
Other exemptions from travel restrictions:
- Passengers travelling from Mainland China, Taiwan or Macau SAR, without travel history other country/region in past 14 days
- Diplomatic/official passport holders (subject to prevailing visa requirements)
- The spouse and children of Hong Kong residents
- Local government personnel performing official duties
- Personnel approved by the Hong Kong SAR government to carry out anti-epidemic work
- Passengers holding a new entry visa to work, study, establish or join in any business, or to take up residence in Hong Kong
Hong Kong entry requirement
- All inbound travellers are required to submit a health declaration form, prior to departure . Upon completion, a QR code (valid for 24 hours) will be provided to present to officials on arrival.
- Upon completion of immigration procedure, travellers are also required to undergo a medical test for COVID-19 and wait onsite for their test results.
- Once tested negative for COVID-19, will be released where they must complete their mandatory 14-day quarantine.
- Mandatory quarantine requirements do not apply to cross-boundary students and persons receiving or providing nursery, kindergarten, primary, or secondary education, and persons whose travel is necessary for purposes relating to manufacturing operations, business activities, or the provision of professional services.
Exemptions for company directors
- From 8 June 2020, Hong Kong government announced a new mechanism for directors or executives of specified listed companies to apply for exemption from the compulsory quarantine arrangement.
- Companies cover those listed on the Stock Exchange of Hong Kong (SEHK) and included in the Hang Seng Index, Hang Seng China Enterprises Index or Hang Seng Composite LargeCap, MidCap or SmallCap Index.
- In addition, the Chief Secretary may designate any person or category of people for exemption from quarantine if their travelling is necessary for purposes relating to business activities in the interest of Hong Kong’s economic development.
- During any calendar month, each of the listed companies or listing applicants can only nominate a maximum of two directors or executives for the exemption.
- For more information visit news.gov.hk
Get updates on changes pertaining to Visa information here.
Visa and immigration services during COVID-19
- The Immigration Department (ImmD) will resume full public services except for passenger immigration clearance service by May 11
- ImmD advice applicants who are not required to visit its offices in-person for applications, should submit applications by post, by drop-in, online or by using the mobile application to avoid gathering of people.
For detailed opening hours of individual offices, please refer to the ImmD’s official website
Here is an overview of the travel restrictions in Hong Kong.
|Category:||Travel History:||Travel measures:||Travel Requirements:|
|Hong Kong Residents with valid document (including their Spouse and children)||Any country/ region||Allowed entry with mandatory 14-day quarantine. |
*quarantine exemption for cross-boundary students and persons receiving or providing nursery, kindergarten, primary, or secondary education, and persons whose travel is necessary for purposes relating to manufacturing operations, business activities, or the provision of professional services.
|Required to submit a health declaration form and present generated QR code to officials on arrival. |
Travellers are also required to undergo a medical test for COVID-19 and wait onsite for their test results.
Once tested negative, travellers would then be released to proceed directly to their homes or a designated quarantine facility
|Diplomatic/official passport holders (subject to prevailing visa requirements)|
|Personnel approved by the Hong Kong SAR government to carry out anti-epidemic work|
|Passengers with new entry visa|
|Local government personnel performing official duties|
|Passengers travelling from Mainland China, Taiwan or Macao SAR||Without travel history to other country/region within 14 days of arrival|
|With travel history to other country/region within 14 days of arrival||Denied entry||-|
Hong Kong visa holders with validity of less than 14 days
|Any country/ region||Denied entry||-|
|Non- Hong Kong |
|Any country/ region||Denied entry||-|
More Information on COVID-19
Check out the following pages and contact informations to get the latest updates on the COVID-19 situation.
Centre for Health Protection Hotline: 2125 1111 / 2125 1122 (8 am to 12 midnight)
Home Affairs Department Hotline: 2835 1473 (24 hours)
The Immigration Department Hotline: 2824 6111
Department of Health: Travel Health Service Website
The Government of the Hong Kong SAR: Outbound Travel Alert
The Government of the Hong Kong SAR: COVID-19 information