Can I travel to Hong Kong? Latest Covid rules and practical guidance once you are there

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Hong Kong has stringent entry rules in place.

The Special Administrative Region previously allowed in British travellers with quarantine and testing restrictions. As of July 1, however, the rules became tighter.

Here we answer all of your questions on travel to Hong Kong. For all the latest information on travel to Hong Kong, you can also check the Government’s FCDO page.

Can I travel from the UK to Hong Kong?

Only if you are fully vaccinated and a Hong Kong resident, or the child (aged 11 or under) of a Hong Kong resident, with an adult accompanying you. Currently the UK is on the Hong Kong SAR government’s list of “high risk places”. All other persons from ‘high risk places’ will be denied entry to Hong Kong.

Do arrivals in Hong Kong have to take a test?

Yes. All arrivals at Hong Kong airport need to provide a saliva sample, which will be tested for Covid-19. After collecting luggage, arrivals will be taken to a designated location, where they will have to wait for results before proceeding to their mandatory quarantine hotel.

What are the hotel quarantine rules in Hong Kong?

Those who enter Hong Kong from a “very high risk place” (not the UK) will have to enter a quarantine at a designated hotel, which have the following rules:

  • You are not allowed to leave for 21 days
  • You are not allowed to leave Hong Kong for the duration of your quarantine
  • You may be asked to contribute £20 (HK$200) per night towards the cost
  • No alcohol or smoking allowed, if you are staying at a government facility. There may be no fridge and no air conditioning
  • You will be issued with a bluetooth-enabled wristband, which will alert authorities if you leave your registered address
  • Failure to comply could lead to a 6-month prison sentence and a substantial fine

Returning home

Anyone arriving in the UK must take a lateral flow test and fill out a Passenger Locator Form. Due to concerns over the omicron variant, from 4am on November 30, all travellers (regardless of vaccination status) must take a day 2 PCR test on arrival in the UK – to be taken by the end of the second full day after arrival – and isolate until a negative result is received. Anyone who tests positive must isolate for 10 days. Unvaccinated travellers must also take a PCR test on or after day 8 and isolate until day 10 unless opting into Test to Release. You can find the Government’s rules on testing before departure here.  

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