COVID-19 Updates

Boarding Requirements for Inbound Persons

The Government announced to adjust the testing requirements for inbound persons to Hong Kong, with effect from 6 February 2023:

Persons arriving from the Mainland or Macao

Persons applicable:

Inbound persons who arrive at Hong Kong from the Mainland or Macao

Boarding requirements:

Inbound persons from the Mainland or Macao will not be required to conduct any pre-departure test.

Persons arriving from overseas places or Taiwan

Persons applicable:

Inbound persons who arrive at Hong Kong from places outside Mainland China or Taiwan

Boarding requirements:

Persons aged three or above on the day of arrival at Hong Kong:

  1. Rapid Antigen Test (RAT) conducted within 24 hours or nucleic acid test conducted within 48 hours prior to the scheduled time of departure, and obtained negative result

If the information above is inconsistent with that released by the Government, the latter shall prevail. For details, please visit

Gradual Resumption of Ferry Transfer and Cross-boundary Coach Services to/ from Mainland China and Macao

Ferry transfer services between Hong Kong International Airport (HKIA) and Mainland China have gradually resumed since late-December 2022.

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Meanwhile, cross-boundary coach services between HKIA and Mainland China have gradually resumed since January 2023.

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Full Resumption of Transit / transfer Services at HKIA

Transit/ transfer services for passengers to/ from Mainland China and overseas destinations via HKIA will fully resume from 8 January 2023.

If the information above is inconsistent with that released by the Government, the latter shall prevail. For details, please visit or Government's latest announcement.

Passengers Must Wear Face Masks in All Indoor and Outdoor Areas at the Airport

From 29 July 2020 the Hong Kong SAR Government requires all people to wear face masks when entering or present in a public place (indoor and outdoor). Please refer to the Government's announcement:

In line with the government requirement, passengers must wear face masks in all indoor and outdoor public areas at Hong Kong International Airport (HKIA).

Airport Authority Hong Kong requires that all passengers must continue to wear face masks after they enter the restricted area of HKIA for boarding. This compulsory requirement is also applicable at SkyPier and on Automated People Mover and Apron Passengers Vehicles.

Passengers are advised to bring their own face masks.

If the information above is inconsistent with that released by the Government, the latter shall prevail.

To facilitate the need of COVID-19 test result for travel purpose, COVID-19 testing services for departure passengers are available at two non-restricted area locations of Hong Kong International Airport (HKIA). The specimens will be tested by HKSAR Government recognised local COVID-19 nucleic acid testing institutions.

The COVID-19 testing services are provided by Prenetics and Raffles Medical Group. Passengers are advised to book the test in advance.


Passengers who want to take Prenetics' test are required to book for an appointment at least 4 hours prior to your boarding time to allow sufficient time for completing the test and obtaining test result on the same day. Please note that booking will be closed 2 hours prior to the appointment time. The testing fee is HK$499 for the Rapid RT-PCR test and HK$399 for the Rapid Antigen test. Passengers are advised to consult their airlines for entry testing requirements of the destination.

Service hours: 24 hours a day, 7 days per week (subject to change based on operational needs)
Service counter: Counter A03-A04, L5, Terminal 1 (across Arrivals Hall A)
Telephone: +852 3008 1006

Raffles Medical Group 

Passengers who want to take the test by Raffles Medical Group can visit the Airport Medical Centre. Passengers can also book the test in advance through the "Raffles Connect" mobile app. Test result will be available on the next day of specimen collected. The testing fee is HK$388.

Service hours: 0700hrs - 2359hrs
Medical centre location: 6T104, L6, Terminal 1 (accessed by elevator near L7 departures level Aisle A)
Telephone: +852 2261 2626

Hong Kong International Airport (HKIA) is committed to safeguarding the airport and the well-being of our passengers and staff. In response to COVID-19, we have stepped up our measures to protect the health of those who work at and use the airport.

In September 2020, HKIA is among the first few airports in Asia Pacific to be accredited by the Airport Health Accreditation programme of the Airports Council International, and was re-accredited in 2021 and 2022. This is the result of our upholding of high health and safety standards in our operations.

Let's take a look at the measures that we have implemented!

Thermal monitoring devices deployed to monitor public health within the terminal
TemperaturecheckOver 500 alcohol hand sanitisers
Vending machine selling personal protective equipment, including face masks, protective gowns and spray sterilisers
COVID-19 testing service at a charge
Installation of shields at check-in counters and customer service counters
13 automomous cleaning robots deployed for floor and carpet cleaning, sterilisation of toilets and key operating areas in the terminal
Far-ultraviolet gatebot deployed to sanitise baggage trolleys on departures level
Frequent cleaning of airport facilities with disinfectants, including toilets, baggage trolleys, smart check-in kiosks, boarding gate seating area, handles and seats of Automated People Movers etc.
Touchless lifts which can be operated without physical touching of the buttons
Application of antimicrobial coating to high-touch surfaces to destroy germs, bacteria and viruses
Touchless check-in and boarding experience empowered by biometrics and touchless technologies
Temperature check for all departing and arriving passengers
Frequent cleaning of food court tables and chairs
Social distancing signs at terminal and boarding gates
Sanitisation of boarding gates and other carpet flooring areas
Mobile negative pressure sanitising chambers for airport staff performing duties in the restricted area