COVID-19 Updates and Airport Training Allowance Programme

Arriving Passengers from Specified Places Must Provide Documents to Show the Passengers have been Tested Negative for COVID-19

Arriving passengers who have stayed in specified places listed below on or before the 14 days of boarding a flight to Hong Kong, must provide to their airlines specified documents until further notice:

Effective from 25 July 2020
Bangladesh, India, Indonesia, Nepal, Pakistan, the Philippines and South Africa

Effective from 29 July 2020
The United States of America and Kazakhstan

Effective from 28 August 2020
Ethiopia

Effective from 1 October 2020
The United Kingdom

Effective from 26 October 2020
France, Russia

Specified documents include:

  1. A test report in English or Chinese issued by a laboratory or healthcare institution bearing the name of the relevant traveller identical to that in his or her valid travel document to show that:
    • a) the relevant traveller underwent a nucleic acid test for COVID-19, the sample for which was taken from the relevant traveller within 72 hours before the scheduled time of departure of the specified aircraft;
    • b) the test conducted on the sample is a nucleic acid test for COVID-19; and
    • c) the result of the test is that the relevant traveller was tested negative for COVID-19; and
  2. If the relevant report is not in English or Chinese or does not contain all of the above information, a written confirmation in English or Chinese issued by the laboratory or healthcare institution bearing the name of the relevant traveller identical to that in his or her valid travel document and setting out all of the information. The said written confirmation should be presented together with the test report; and
  3. Documentary proof in English or Chinese to show that the laboratory or healthcare institution is ISO 15189 accredited or is recognised or approved by the relevant authority of the government of the place in which the laboratory or healthcare institution is located; and
  4. The relevant traveller has confirmation in English or Chinese of room reservation in a hotel in Hong Kong for not less than 14 days starting on the day of the arrival of the relevant traveller in Hong Kong.

If a traveller fails to comply with the requirement to provide the information, or knowingly or recklessly provides any information that is false or misleading in a material particular, he/she is liable on conviction to the maximum penalty of a fine HK$10,000 and imprisonment for six months.

The operator of the specified aircraft must submit to the Department of Health (DH) before the specified aircraft arrives at Hong Kong a document in a form specified by the DH confirming that each relevant traveller has, before being checked in for the flight to Hong Kong on the aircraft, produced for boarding on the aircraft the documentary proof to show that the above conditions are met.

Please refer to the Government's announcement on the details: https://www.info.gov.hk/gia/general/202010/16/P2020101600615.htm?fontSize=

Transit/ Transfer Services Resume Gradually from June 2020

Air transit/transfer services at Hong Kong International Airport (HKIA) have resumed gradually. From 15 June 2020, passengers can use HKIA for transit/transfer on flights operated by different airlines under the same air ticket, provided that the passengers have checked through at the origin port with their boarding passes printed and baggage tagged-through to the final destination. Passengers should also confirm in advance that they are able to enter the final destination. Please check with airlines for details.

Transit/Transfer Services from Mainland Airports Resume from 15 August 2020; Sea-to-air Transfer Services from Shekou Port to HKIA Resume from 28 Oct 2020

Transfer/transit services at HKIA for passengers from airports in Mainland China have resumed from 15 August 2020 and will continue until further notice. However, transit/transfer services to destinations in Mainland China remain unavailable at HKIA.

Sea-to-air transfer ferry service from Shenzhen Shekou Port to SkyPier of HKIA resumes from 28 October 2020. Other ferry services from Mainland China and Macao ports remain unavailable. For the latest ticketing arrangement for Shekou to SkyPier, please check with the ferry operator at http://www.cksp.com.hk/en.

Air-to-sea transfer services to Mainland China and Macao ports also remain unavailable at HKIA.

Beijing Bound Passengers Must Present Valid Negative COVID-19 Test Results

Starting on 17 August 2020, all passengers travelling from Hong Kong to Beijing are required to present a valid proof of a negative COVID-19 nuclei acid test result issued by one of the testing institutions recognised by the HKSAR Government. The test must be done within seven days before boarding the flight to Beijing. Please check with airlines for details.

Local COVID-19 testing institutions recognised by the Hong Kong SAR Government: https://www.coronavirus.gov.hk/pdf/List_of_recognised_laboratories.pdf.

Compulsory Quarantine and COVID-19 Testing Arrangement

All Hong Kong residents coming from Mainland China, Macao, Taiwan and other overseas countries/regions by plane will be subject to a 14-day compulsory quarantine.

Starting from 18 August 2020, those arriving in Hong Kong via the Hong Kong International Airport (HKIA) will be required by the Department of Health (DH) to proceed to the Temporary Specimen Collection Centre (TSCC) set up in the Midfield Concourse of the restricted area of HKIA, for collecting their deep throat saliva (DTS) samples immediately upon arrival. DH reminds passengers should prepare to bring along with them all necessities in sufficient quantities before boarding. They will need to stay at the TSCC to wait for test results which will usually be available on the same day before they can proceed with immigration procedures and baggage reclaim.

Please follow the quarantine procedures as instructed by the border personnel of the Department of Health. Any person who provides false information or does not comply with the quarantine requirements is committing an offence. For enquiries, please approach staff of the Department of Health or visit website: https://www.coronavirus.gov.hk/eng/inbound-travel.html.

No Entry to Hong Kong for Non-Hong Kong Residents from Overseas

The no-entry restriction for non-Hong Kong residents from overseas remains unchanged according to Hong Kong SAR Government. The following measures have been effective from 25 March 2020 until further notice.

  1. All non-Hong Kong residents coming from overseas countries/regions by plane will be denied entry to Hong Kong.
  2. All non-Hong Kong residents coming from Mainland China, Macao and Taiwan will be subject to a 14-day compulsory quarantine after entering Hong Kong, but entry will be denied if any non-Hong Kong resident has been to any overseas countries/regions in the 14 days prior to arrival in Hong Kong.
  3. Cross boundary land transport is suspended for all passengers at Hong Kong International Airport.

Please follow the quarantine procedures as instructed by the border personnel of the Department of Health. Any person who provides false information or does not comply with the quarantine requirements is committing an offence. For enquiries, please approach staff of the Department of Health or visit website: https://www.coronavirus.gov.hk/eng/inbound-travel.html.

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: https://www.info.gov.hk/gia/general/202007/27/P2020072700650.htm?fontSize=1.

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.

Limited Service for some Airport Shops and Restaurants

In view of the latest anti-epidemic measures, operations for passenger services at HKIA have been scaling down and most shops and restaurants in HKIA's terminal building have suspended operation from 25 March 2020 until further notice. Only some shops and restaurants provide passengers with essential services for shortened operating hours, including food and beverage, pharmacy, convenience store, money exchange and duty-free shops.

List of shops and restaurants currently in operation at HKIA

Last updated on: 2020-10-15 11:00:00

Terminal 1 Restricted Area

Location Name Operating Hours
Departures Level (L7) East Hall Bari-Uma (霸嗎拉麵) & SinsaEat Korean Kitchen 11am – 8:30pm
Duddell's 11am – 8pm
Moon Thai Express 7am – 10:30pm
Putien 9am – 8:30pm
Tasty Congee & Noodle Wantun Shop 7am – 8:30pm
Travelex 7am – 8:30pm
Discover Hong Kong 9am – 11pm
Mannings 11am – 8pm
Wing Wah Cake Shop 7am – 11pm
Departures Level (L6) East Hall RELAY 9am – 11pm
Sweet Dreams by Heinemann (North Side, Near Gate 5) 7:30am – 8:30pm
Global Exchange 6am – 8:30pm
Departures Level (L6) Central Concourse Dean & DeLuca 8am – 5pm
King Bakery 8am – 5pm
Starbucks 7am – 10pm
TOYS & GAMES 7:30am – 10:30pm
TripAdvisor 9am – 11pm
Sweet Dreams by Heinemann (Near Gate 27) 7:30am – 8:30pm
Departures Level (L5) Arrivals Pre-Immigration Global Exchange 6:30am – 9pm
RELAY 9am – 11pm

Terminal 1 Non-Restricted Area

Location Name Operating Hours
Arrivals Level (L5) Meeters & Greeters Hall Tonkotsu 8 8am – 3:30pm
7-ELEVEN 24 hours
Global Exchange 7am – 8:30pm
Delifrance® 6am – 9pm
Root98 Mon – Sat: 7am – 7pm
Tai Hing Mon - Fri: 7am – 8pm
Sat - Sun: 7am – 4pm
TenRen's Tea 11:30am – 8:30pm
Ho Hung Kee Mon - Fri: 7am – 8:30pm
Wolfgang Puck Kitchen 7am – 9pm
Departures Hall (L7) can.teen 6am – 10pm
7-ELEVEN 24 hours
BOSE 11am – 9pm
Casetify 10am – 8pm
cleanfreak.store 10am – 8pm
Go Travel 11am – 9pm
Hung Fook Tong 24 hours
Koi Kee Bakery 9am – 6pm
Nobletime Traveller 7am – 11pm
The Magic of Hong Kong Disneyland 10am – 7pm
TOYS & GAMES 7:30am – 11pm
Departures Hall (L8) Mezzanine McDonald's® & McCafé® 24 hours

Hong Kong International Airport (HKIA) is committed to safeguarding the airport and the wellbeing of our passengers and staff. In response to COVID-19, we have stepped up 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, recognising our high standard in upholding health and safety in our operations. Let's take a look of the measures that we have implemented!

Conversion of Midfield Concourse into Temporary Specimen Collection Centre

To facilitate the HKSAR Government's quarantine procedures for arriving passengers at HKIA, the Temporary Specimen Collection Centre of the Department of Health has been set up in the Departures Level of the Midfield Concourse (MFC). With the collaboration of over 250 people from the airport community and relevant Government departments, the modification works were completed in less than two weeks.

 

Measures in response to COVID-19

It is always our top priority to ensure the health and safety of our passengers and staff. In response to COVID-19, we have stepped up measures to ensure a safe and healthy environment for everyone.

 

Full-body disinfection channel facility "CLeanTech" and antimicrobial coating

Apart from the Intelligent Sterilisation Robots, HKIA is also the world's first airport where "CLeanTech", a full-body disinfection channel facility, is trialled in live operation. This facility is currently used by staff who take part in public health and quarantine duties in relation to arriving passengers. The user will first undergo a body temperature test, followed by a 40-second disinfection and sterilisation process in the enclosed channel. Meanwhile, a pilot test of antimicrobial coating application on high-touch surfaces of passenger facilities is being conducted. The invisible coating will destroy germs, bacteria and viruses.

 

HKIA Intelligent Sterilisation Robot

HKIA is the world’s first airport to use the Intelligent Sterilisation Robots (ISR) to help sanitise the passenger terminal. The ISR can move autonomously and kill up to 99.99% of bacteria and virus in the air and on object surfaces using its built-in UV light, 360-degree disinfection spray-heads and 0.3um air filter. The sterilisation process could be as short as 10 minutes. This locally developed technology has mainly been used in hospitals for sterilisation.

The application for the Airport Training Allowance Programme (Programme) has ended on 31 July 2020. The Airport Authority is currently processing applications received before the deadline. Notifications for cheque collection by airport staff will be issued once available. Airport staff should collect the cheques in person as soon as possible within the specific time period stated in the notification. Please note that the cheque collection counter will stop service at the end of October 2020.

Thank you for your support to the Programme.

Objective

  • To support the aviation industry, the Airport Authority Hong Kong (AA) has launched a relief programme to the local aviation industry to help address the impact of the global COVID-19 outbreak.
  • Altogether, two rounds of fund each at HK$50M are set up aiming to provide training allowance for around 50,000 airport staff.

The Scheme

  • Eligible airport staff who are subject to 'no-pay-leave' of no less than 4 days in a salary month, during the period from March to July 2020, may apply for the training allowance if they successfully complete a selected aviation-related training course between April to July 2020 (Training Period). The payment of the allowance is subject to acceptance of the application and availability of the fund.
  • Each individual staff will be granted HK$1,000 for each completed training course with each successful application. Staff could apply the training allowance once in each calendar month. The maximum allowance for each individual is HK$2,000, i.e. the amount for attending two different courses per individual during the Training Period. Each staff can only make a maximum of two applications.
  • Staff who have already made two applications or received the maximum amount of HK$2,000 will not be eligible for further application.

Eligibility

Applicants must:

  • be airport staff holding at least one type of identification, including Airport Restricted Area (ARA) Permit, Tenant Restricted Area (TRA) Permit, Airport Staff Octopus card, Airport Staff ID card OR a Crew Pass;
  • be confirmed by their employer that they are taking no less than 4 days of 'no-pay leave' per salary month, during the period from March to July 2020; and
  • have successfully completed one of the training courses during April to July 2020 as explained in The Training Courses below.

The Training Courses

Any aviation-related training course with a minimum duration of 0.5 day delivered by either:

  • The airport staff's employer
  • Hong Kong International Aviation Academy (HKIAA). Courses include: Show AllHide All
  • Introductory to Airport Environmental Management (English)

    This 3-hour course introduces participants to environmental benchmarking of airports globally and shows how such information can contribute to a leading environmental agenda. It also provides an overview of fundamental environmental impacts at local and global level, and how these impacts may be addressed.

    • Overview of HKIA and Principles of Environmental Management at HKIA
    • Green Airport Benchmarking
    • Carbon Management
    • Management System Approach
    • Waste Management
    • Air Quality Management
    • Biodiversity of HKIA
    • Stakeholder Engagement
  • Ramp Operations Opportunities (Cantonese)

    This 3-hour course provides participants with a basic understanding of the daily ramp operations at HKIA, the fundamental safety and security requirements working on the ramp, and also the different working opportunities at the ramp area.

    • Introduction to Airport – Ramp
    • Customer Service Mindset
    • HKIA Contingency Plan
    • Airport Safety and Security Guidelines working on the ramp
  • Terminal Operations Opportunities (Cantonese)

    This 3-hour course provides participants with a basic understanding of the daily terminal operations at HKIA, the fundamental safety and security requirements working in the terminal, and also the different working opportunities in the terminal.

    • Introduction to Airport – Terminal
    • Customer Service Mindset
    • HKIA Contingency Plan
    • Airport Safety and Security Guidelines working in the terminal
  • Landside Operations Opportunities (Cantonese)

    This 3-hour course provides participants with a basic understanding of the daily operations at HKIA landside, the fundamental safety and security requirements working in the landside, and also the different working opportunities in the landside area.

    • Introduction to Airport – Landside
    • Customer Service Mindset
    • HKIA Contingency Plan
    • Airport Safety and Security Guidelines working in the landside
  • The ABCs of Customer Services at Airport (Cantonese)

    This 3-hour course covers the essential elements from basic service principles, communication skills to complaint handling for staff working in the Customer Service area at HKIA, which is particularly useful to frontline staff.

    • Introduction to Customer Service
    • Customer Service Mindset
    • Effective Communication
    • Complaint Handling
  • Airport Safety and Security (Cantonese)

    This 3-hour course covers the fundamental knowledge and essential know-hows related to safety and security issues at HKIA, which is particularly recommended for all airport staff as regular refresher.

    • Airport Safety Hazards and Guidelines
      • Occupational hazard areas during work
      • Occupational safety and health guidelines
    • Airport Ground Security Measures
      • What is Airport Security
      • Contribution to Airport Security as an Airport Staff
  • Government-registered training institutes (for courses pre-approved by HKIAA for the purpose of the Scheme)

Application Procedure for the Training Allowance

  • Training provided by the Employers


    For employers who provide their own in-house training to their airport staff, they are required to submit a consolidated return and declaration to HKIAA using the Application Form by Employer (Appendix A).

    Employers are required to identify their staff, verify their eligibility for 'no-pay-leave' and verify the completion by the individual of a relevant training course/event.

  • Training provided by HKIAA


    For those airport staff who cannot attend either employer 'in-house training' or training provided by Government-registered training institutes, they may apply for the allowance after attending the training provided by HKIAA.

    HKIAA training will be delivered on-line. Employers who arrange for their airport staff to undertake training provided by HKIAA are also required to submit a consolidated return and declaration to HKIAA using Application Form by Employer (Appendix B).

  • Training provided by Government-registered training institutes (only for courses pre-approved by HKIAA for the purpose of the Scheme)


    Some airport staff might wish to undertake training provided by other pre-approved Government-registered training institutes. They are required to submit the Application Form by Individual Application (Appendix C) together with the below supporting documents to HKIAA by mail or in person. The form must be signed by a person authorised by the company and include a company chop as proof of 'no-pay-leave'.

    • Copy of proof of company staff ID
    • Proof of course completion

Cheque Collection

  • All effort will be made to process applications within 3 weeks from the date of receipt of the application from either the applicants or employer's companies. Longer processing time may be required if the information provided is incomplete.
  • The allowance will be paid to successful applicants via crossed cheques payable to named individuals. For airport staff who receive training either 'in-house' or through HKIAA, notifications for cheque collection will be sent to their employers. Airport staff who submit applications individually after attending pre-approved courses organised by Government-registered training institutes will be notified by email or by phone.
  • The cheque will be ready for collection at Terminal 1 of HKIA (exact location to be included in the notifications) normally within 3 weeks from receipt of the application.

Important Notes

  • Applications are processed subject to availability of the fund. In the event that the fund is no longer available when an applicant submits an application, the application will not be processed.
  • Applicants should complete all parts of the application form and sign the form as required. No individual notification will be sent to unsuccessful applicants.
  • Applicants should submit applications for each eligible course once only. Duplicate submissions will not be processed and may result in disqualification.
  • For enquiries, please call our hotline at 2183 3724 / 2183 3734.