COVID-19 Updates

Government Invokes Place-specific Flight Suspension Mechanism

As the Government has invoked place-specific flight suspension mechanism for the following places, all passenger flights from these places will be prohibited from landing in Hong Kong until further notice:

Effective from 0000hrs on 20 April 2021: India, Pakistan, and the Philippines
Effective from 0000hrs on 1 May 2021: Nepal

For details, please visit https://www.coronavirus.gov.hk/eng/high-risk-places.html and https://www.info.gov.hk/gia/general/202104/29/P2021042900946.htm.

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

Entry Restrictions for Non-Hong Kong Residents

Hong Kong SAR Government has imposed entry restrictions for non-Hong Kong residents, the following measures are now effective:

  1. Non-Hong Kong residents who have visited places other than the Mainland China, Macao, Australia or New Zealand on the date of arrival or the preceding 14 days prior to arrival will be denied entry.
  2. All inbound passengers are subject to compulsory quarantine upon entry. Non-Hong Kong residents whose visa-free period, or period of stay of visa / exit endorsement / entry permit held is insufficient to cover the compulsory quarantine period will be denied entry.

If a person has left the aircraft in a place of stopover, the passenger would be regarded as having stayed in that place of stopover for the purpose of counting relevant travel history in the application of prevailing entry restrictions.

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.

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

Specified Conditions and Quarantine Requirement Imposed on Inbound Travellers who have Visited Specified Places

Flight boarding and compulsory quarantine requirements are imposed by the Government for persons arriving Hong Kong from places outside Mainland China and Macao. Relevant boarding and quarantine requirements for different groups of specified places are detailed below:

Group A1 (EXTREMELY HIGH-RISK): BRAZIL, INDIA, NEPAL, PAKISTAN, THE PHILIPPINES AND SOUTH AFRICA
Persons applicable:
Hong Kong residents who have stayed in Group A1 specified places on the day of boarding/arrival at Hong Kong or during the 21 days before that day (the 21-day relevant period)

Boarding requirements:

  1. Have not stayed in the relevant specified places for more than two hours during the relevant period;
  2. Present a negative result proof of a nucleic acid test for COVID-19 conducted within 72 hours before the scheduled time of departure of the aircraft*; and
  3. Present confirmation in English or Chinese of room reservation for 21 nights starting on the day of arrival in a designated quarantine hotel

Quarantine requirement:

  1. Undergo compulsory quarantine for 21 days in a designated quarantine hotel
  2. Undergo 4 tests during compulsory quarantine
  3. Self-monitoring in the subsequent 7 days
  4. Compulsory testing on the 26th day of arrival at Hong Kong

Group A2 (VERY HIGH-RISK): IRELAND
Persons applicable:
Hong Kong residents who have stayed in Group A2 specified places during the 21-day relevant period

Boarding requirement:

  1. Present a negative result proof of a nucleic acid test for COVID-19 conducted within 72 hours before the scheduled time of departure of the aircraft*; and
  2. Present confirmation in English or Chinese of room reservation for 21 nights starting on the day of arrival in a designated quarantine hotel

Quarantine requirement:

  1. Undergo compulsory quarantine for 21 days in a designated quarantine hotel
  2. Undergo 4 tests during compulsory quarantine
  3. Self-monitoring in the subsequent 7 days
  4. Compulsory testing on the 26th day of arrival at Hong Kong

Group B (HIGH-RISK): ARGENTINA, BANGLADESH, BELGIUM, CAMBODIA, CANADA, ECUADOR, EGYPT, ETHIOPIA, FRANCE, GERMANY, INDONESIA, ITALY, JAPAN, KAZAKHSTAN, KENYA, MALAYSIA, THAILAND, THE NETHERLANDS, ROMANIA, RUSSIA, SINGAPORE, SWITZERLAND, TURKEY, UKRAINE, THE UNITED ARAB EMIRATES, THE UNITED KINGDOM, THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA, AND VIETNAM
Persons applicable:
Hong Kong residents who have stayed in the Group B specified places on the day of boarding for/arrival at Hong Kong or during the 14 days before that day. (the 14-day relevant period)

Boarding requirements:

Persons who have not been fully vaccinated**:

  1. Present a negative result proof of a nucleic acid test for COVID-19 conducted within 72 hours before the scheduled time of departure of the aircraft*; and
  2. Present confirmation in English or Chinese of room reservation for 21 nights starting on the day of the arrival in a designated quarantine hotel.

Persons who have been fully vaccinated**:

  1. Present a valid vaccination record
  2. Present a negative result proof of a nucleic acid test for COVID-19 conducted within 72 hours before the scheduled time of departure of the aircraft*; and
  3. Present confirmation in English or Chinese of room reservation for 14 nights starting on the day of the arrival in a designated quarantine hotel.

Quarantine requirement:

Persons who have not been fully vaccinated**:

  1. Undergo compulsory quarantine for 21 days in a designated quarantine hotel
  2. Undergo 4 tests during compulsory quarantine

Persons who have been fully vaccinated**:

  1. Undergo compulsory quarantine for 14 days in a designated quarantine hotel
  2. Undergo 3 tests during compulsory quarantine
  3. Self-monitoring in the subsequent 7 days
  4. Compulsory testing on the 16th and 19th days of arrival at Hong Kong

Group C (MEDIUM-RISK) : ALL PLACES NOT IN GROUP A1 & A2, GROUP B, OR GROUP D SPECIFIED PLACES, EXCEPT MAINLAND CHINA, MACAO AND TAIWAN
Persons applicable:
Hong Kong residents who have stayed in the Group C specified places during the 14-day relevant period.

Boarding requirement:
Persons who have not been fully vaccinated**:
Present confirmation in English or Chinese of room reservation for 21 nights starting on the day of the arrival in a designated quarantine hotel

Persons who have been fully vaccinated**:

  1. Present a valid vaccination record
  2. Present confirmation in English or Chinese of room reservation for 14 nights starting on the day of the arrival in a designated quarantine hotel

Quarantine requirement:

Persons who have not been fully vaccinated**:

  1. Undergo compulsory quarantine for 21 days in a designated quarantine hotel
  2. Undergo 4 tests during compulsory quarantine

Persons who have been fully vaccinated**:

  1. Undergo compulsory quarantine for 14 days in a designated quarantine hotel
  2. Undergo 3 tests during compulsory quarantine
  3. Self-monitoring in the subsequent 7 days
  4. Compulsory testing on the 16th and 19th days of arrival at Hong Kong

Group D (LOW-RISK): AUSTRALIA AND NEW ZEALAND
Persons applicable:
Hong Kong residents and non-Hong Kong residents who have only stayed in the Group D specified places or Mainland China or Macao during the 14-day relevant period.

Boarding requirement: 

Persons who have not been fully vaccinated**:
Present confirmation of room reservation for 14 nights in a designated quarantine hotel

Persons who have been fully vaccinated**:

  1. Present a valid vaccination record
  2. Present confirmation of room reservation for 7 nights in a designated quarantine hotel

Quarantine requirements:

Persons who have not been fully vaccinated**:

  1. Undergo compulsory quarantine for 14 days in a designated quarantine hotel
  2. Undergo 3 tests during compulsory quarantine
  3. Self-monitoring in the subsequent 7 days
  4. Compulsory testing on the 16th and 19th days of arrival at Hong Kong

Persons who have been fully vaccinated**:

  1. Undergo compulsory quarantine for 7 days in a designated quarantine hotel
  2. Undergo 2 tests during compulsory quarantine
  3. Self-monitoring in the subsequent 7 days
  4. Compulsory testing on the 12th day of arrival at Hong Kong

TAIWAN
Persons applicable: 
Hong Kong residents who have stayed in Taiwan during the 14-day relevant period, but have not

  • stayed in Group A1 and A2 during the 21-day relevant period; and
  • stayed in Group B and Group C during the 14-day relevant period.

Boarding requirement: 

Persons who have not been fully vaccinated**:

  1. Present a negative result proof of a nucleic acid test for COVID-19 conducted within 72 hours before the scheduled time of departure of the aircraft*; and
  2. Present confirmation in English or Chinese of room reservation for 21 nights starting on the day of the arrival in a designated quarantine hotel.

Persons who have been fully vaccinated**:

  1. Present a valid vaccination record
  2. Present a negative result proof of a nucleic acid test for COVID-19 conducted within 72 hours before the scheduled time of departure of the aircraft*; and
  3. Present confirmation in English or Chinese of room reservation for 14 nights starting on the day of the arrival in a designated quarantine hotel.

Quarantine requirements:

Persons who have not been fully vaccinated**:

  1. Undergo compulsory quarantine for 21 days in a designated quarantine hotel
  2. Undergo 4 tests during compulsory quarantine

Persons who have been fully vaccinated**:

  1. Undergo compulsory quarantine for 14 days in a designated quarantine hotel
  2. Undergo 3 tests during compulsory quarantine
  3. Self-monitoring in the subsequent 7 days
  4. Compulsory testing on the 16th and 19th days of arrival at Hong Kong

Persons arriving at Hong Kong from Mainland China and Macao must undergo compulsory quarantine at designated places (home, hotel or other accommodation) for 7 days (persons who have been fully vaccinated) or 14 days (persons who have not been vaccinated). 

Starting from 29 April 2021, Hong Kong residents who fulfill all specified conditions under the Return2hk Scheme could be exempted from the 7-day or 14-day compulsory quarantine requirement when returning to Hong Kong under the Return2hk Scheme. For details of the scheme, please visit http://return2hk.gov.hk/.

* For details of the specified conditions and requirement of the negative result proof of a nucleic acid test for COVID-19 conducted within 72 hours and other details, please visit https://www.coronavirus.gov.hk/eng/high-risk-places.html

** Fully vaccinated persons means persons who have received the necessary doses as stipulated in guidelines of a COVID-19 vaccination course 14 days prior to their arrival at Hong Kong. For details, please visit https://www.coronavirus.gov.hk/eng/inbound-travel.html

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

COVID-19 Testing Arrangement for Arriving Passengers

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 COVID-19 testing immediately upon arrival. They will need to stay at the TSCC to wait for test results which will be available on the same day before they can proceed with immigration procedures.

The DH advises that travellers should prepare to bring along with them all necessities, especially medications and their record, of sufficient quantities before boarding the plane as they will need to go to the TSCC set up in the restricted area of HKIA for COVID-19 testing immediately upon arrival to Hong Kong and can only proceed with immigration procedures and collect their checked-in baggage after completing relevant testing procedures. The waiting time is approximately 2 to 3 hours.

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.

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

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

All passengers travelling from Hong Kong to Beijing are required to present a valid proof of a negative COVID-19 nucleic 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. Starting from 15 March 2021, the method of test specimen collection stated on the proof presented by the passengers must be nasopharyngeal swabs or combined nasal and throat swabs (throat swabs would be the principal specimen collection method for children aged under six). Airlines will check relevant documents before boarding. Passengers who present a proof with any specimen collection method other than that mentioned above or without stating the specimen collection method will not be allowed to board the plane. Please check with airlines for details.

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

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.

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: 2021-05-18 10:30:00

Terminal 1 Restricted Area

Location Name Operating Hours
Departures Level (L7) East Hall Moon Thai Express 24 hours
Putien 9am – 8:30pm
Mannings 10am – 7pm
Travelex 7am – 8:30pm
Wing Wah Cake Shop 7am – 11pm
Departures Level (L6) East Hall RELAY 9am – 11pm
Global Exchange 6am – 8:30pm
Departures Level (L6) Central Concourse King Bakery 8am – 11pm
TripAdvisor 9am – 11pm
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 Mon – Thu, Sat & Sun: 7:45am – 3:30pm
Fri: 7:45am – 6pm
7-ELEVEN 24 hours
Global Exchange 7am – 8:30pm
Crystal Jade La Mian Xiao Long Bao Mon - Fri (Except Public Holidays) : 11am – 8:30pm
Delifrance ® 6am – 6pm
Tai Hing Mon – Sat: 7am – 4pm
TenRen's Tea Mon – Sat: 10am – 7pm
Wolfgang Puck Kitchen Mon - Fri: 7am – 8:15pm
Departures Hall (L7) can.teen 6am – 10pm
7-ELEVEN 24 hours
Beauty&You by The Shilla Duty Free (Beauty & Personal Care) 10am – 8pm
cleanfreak.store 10am – 8pm
Hung Fook Tong 24 hours
Koi Kee Bakery 9am – 6pm
Nobletime Traveller Thu - Sat: 7:30am – 11pm
Departures Hall (L8) Mezzanine McDonald's ® & McCafé ® 24 hours

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.

Prenetics

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.

Service hours: 0930 – 1330hrs, 1430 – 1830hrs daily (subject to change based on operational needs)
Service counter: Counter A03, L5, Terminal 1 (across Arrivals Hall A)
Telephone: +852 3008 1006
Website: https://fly.prenetics.com

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 in 24 hours for specimen collected before noon. 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 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.

Airport Authority Hong Kong (AA) has been implementing various measures to protect public health and safety during the COVID-19 pandemic, including supporting the promotion of the LeaveHomeSafe mobile app launched by the HKSAR Government. QR codes are displayed at HKIA’s customer service centres, taxi station, bus station, as well as some shops and restaurants for passengers to record their journey on the mobile app.

LeaveHomeSafe mobile app is a digital tool to record accurately the date and time for checking into and leaving different venues. The app is easy to use and can be downloaded for free. App users can check into venues by scanning the venue QR code to log their arrival time and clicking the "Leave" button in the app to mark their departure. Relevant data will then be kept in the app inside the user's mobile phone.

If a confirmed case is later discovered at a participating venue, the app will notify users who have visited the same venue as the COVID-19 confirmed case at around the same time together with health advice to enhance their vigilance.

Download the LeaveHomeSafe mobile app:

More details are available on the "LeaveHomeSafe" website: https://www.leavehomesafe.gov.hk/en/

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

On 17 May 2021, the HKSAR Government announced that in view of the recent COVID-19 epidemic situation in Singapore, the Governments of the HKSAR and Singapore have decided to defer the target date of the inaugural flights under the bilateral Air Travel Bubble scheduled for 26 May 2021. The two governments will continue to closely monitor the epidemic situation in both places and maintain communication, before deciding on the way forward with the inaugural flights under the ATB. A further announcement will be made on or before 13 June 2021.