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Statement on Further Tightened Arrangement for Transit/ transfer Passengers at HKIA

2021/12/02

(HONG KONG, 2 December 2021, 2300hrs)  –  To facilitate the Government’s latest requirement to strengthen infection control at Hong Kong International Airport (HKIA), Airport Authority Hong Kong (AAHK) will further tighten the measures regarding transit/ transfer passengers who lay over for a prolonged period of time at HKIA. AAHK will discuss and coordinate with airlines regarding the tightened measures.

Under the existing arrangement at HKIA, transit/ transfer passengers for any reasons have to lay over at HKIA for more than 24 hours would be confined in guarded individual rooms in the Orange Zone of the airport restricted area while waiting for their connecting flights, in order to separate them from airport staff and other users. These transit/transfer passengers will be escorted directly to their flights once they are allowed to board.

Since June 2020 airlines have been required by AAHK for ensuring that before their passengers board a flight at the port of origin to transit/ transfer at HKIA, the passengers must provide documentation proving that they are allowed entry to their final destinations.

Any airlines failing to fulfill the requirement will be subject to penalty.

AAHK has been handling flights from/ to Mainland exclusively in the Green Zone and flights from/ to places outside Mainland only in the Orange Zone in the airport restricted area since 15 November 2021. Airport operators have set up dedicated teams to serve the Orange and Green Zones, while the staff of the two teams are not allowed to mix during the workday.

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