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Boarding and Quarantine Requirements for Inbound Travelers Entering Hong Kong

Group A (Extremely high-risk): Brazil, Ireland, South Africa and the United Kingdom

Persons applicable: Hong Kong residents who have stayed in Group A specified place(s) during the relevant period (the day of boarding for/arrival at Hong Kong or during the 21 days before that day).

Boarding requirement: Have not stayed in a Group A specified place for more than two hours during the relevant period; 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 (see Notes below); and Present confirmation in English or Chinese of room reservation in a designated quarantine hotel in Hong Kong for not less than 21 nights starting on the day of the arrival of the relevant traveller in Hong Kong.

Quarantine requirement: Undergo compulsory quarantine for 21 days in a designated quarantine hotel.

Group B (High-risk): Bangladesh, Belgium, Canada, Ecuador, Egypt (to be effective on 20 April 2021), Ethiopia, France, Germany, India, Indonesia, Kazakhstan, Nepal, Pakistan, the Philippines, Romania, Russia, Switzerland, Turkey, Ukraine, the United Arab Emirates, and the United States of America

Persons applicable: Hong Kong residents who have stayed in Group B specified place(s) during the relevant period (the day of boarding for/arrival at Hong Kong or during the 21 days before that day).

Boarding requirement: 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 (see Notes below); and Present confirmation in English or Chinese of room reservation in a designated quarantine hotel in Hong Kong for not less than 21 nights starting on the day of the arrival of the relevant traveller in Hong Kong.

Quarantine requirement: Undergo compulsory quarantine for 21 days in a designated quarantine hotel.

Group C (Medium-risk): All places except China which are not Group A, Group B or Group D specified places (China means the Mainland, Hong Kong, Macao and Taiwan)

Persons applicable: Hong Kong residents who have stayed in Group C specified place(s) during the relevant period (the day of boarding for/arrival at Hong Kong or during the 21 days before that day).

Boarding requirement: Present confirmation in English or Chinese of room reservation in a designated quarantine hotel in Hong Kong for not less than 21 nights starting on the day of the arrival of the relevant traveller in Hong Kong.

Quarantine requirement: Undergo compulsory quarantine for 21 days in a designated quarantine hotel.

Group D (Low-risk): Australia, New Zealand, and Singapore

Persons applicable: Hong Kong residents and non-Hong Kong residents who have only stayed in Group D specified place(s) and/or China during the relevant period (the day of boarding for/arrival at Hong Kong or during the 21 days before that day).

Boarding requirement: Present confirmation of room reservation for 14 nights in a designated quarantine hotel.

Quarantine requirement: Undergo compulsory quarantine for 14 days in a designated quarantine hotel. Self-monitoring in the subsequent 7 days. Compulsory testing on the 19th day of arrival at Hong Kong.

Solution for Hong Kong non permanent residents currently in a foreign country with expired or expiring HK visas but cannot return to Hong Kong due to the Coronavirus Pandemic


Under normal circumstances, persons who are permitted to come to Hong Kong under the immigration policy/plan of the Hong Kong Immigration Department should apply for an extension of stay within 4 weeks before the expiration/expiry of their stay. The applicant must be in Hong Kong on the day of submission of the application and the day of receiving the visa label.

The Hong Kong Immigration Department announced that if a person (who is a Hong Kong non permanent resident) is outside Hong Kong due to the COVID-19 pandemic, and the period of stay of his/her Hong Kong visa is about to expire or has expired, Hong Kong non permanent residents can apply for an extension of stay to return to Hong Kong.

Due to the recent pandemic, people who are outside Hong Kong and their permitted stay in Hong Kong is to expire within 4 weeks, or those who have expired but not more than 12 months, and if they are unable to return to Hong Kong to submit an extension of stay application before their visa expires, they may submit the completed application form to the HK Immigration Department in accordance with their immigration policy/plan. They must attach alongside the supporting documents required for the application of extension of stay.

At the same time, a letter must be provided to explain the reasons for failing to return to Hong Kong in time alongside the application of the extension of stay.

Once the application is approved, the applicant will be issued an entry visa label. The applicant can return to Hong Kong within the validity period stated on the label.

This immigration policy does not apply to foreign domestic helpers or imported workers.

Quarantine Procedures when Entering through Hong Kong International Airport

Upon arrival at the HK International Airport, all inbound travelers (entering HK) are required to submit the health declaration result to the staffs of the Department of Health.

Inbound travelers can fill in and submit the Health & Quarantine Information Declaration form on mobile phones or mobile devices before boarding their flights.

After the submission of the online form, inbound travelers should download the result by clicking Save QR Code button, or capture the screen. This QR code is valid for the next 48 hours.

Inbound travelers should wear a mask on board, and are required to undergo temperature screening upon arriving in Hong Kong.

Inbound travelers arriving in Hong Kong should approach the staffs of the Department of Health of HK immediately when they believe they may be developing respiratory symptoms.

Depending on the situation of the inbound travelers or passengers at the Hong Kong International Airport (except exempted persons), the Department of Health may issue quarantine orders and/or arrangements. A risk-based approach may be adopted to distribute passengers to appropriate quarantine premises (including home, hotels or other premises).

Persons (or inbound travelers) under compulsory quarantine must stay inside their corresponding quarantine premises (e.g. home and hotel room) at all times. Persons during the quarantine period must monitor their health progress by checking their body temperature twice daily and recording their health condition.

15 April 2021

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