Check out Updated Hong Kong Travel Requirements for 2022

COVID Hong Kong Travel Requirements for Foreigners for 2022: This is the updated advisory for traveling passengers arriving in Hong Kong. This is sourced from Philippine Airlines, Cebu Pacific, and AirAsia Philippines travel advisories.

As you plan your business or pleasure trip to Hong Kong, there are a few things you’ll need to take into consideration. In this article, we will outline the Hong Kong travel requirements for foreigners and provide information on the COVID restrictions that are currently in place. Here is a checklist of what you’ll need to do in order to make your trip go as smoothly as possible.

These travel requirements are for travel to Hong Kong only. Looking for information when arriving in the Philippines from abroad? Check out the COVID Travel Requirements for foreigners or returning overseas Filipinos arriving from abroad. Or click here for General Travel Requirements for Destinations Within the Philippines.

Covid Hong Kong Travel Requirements

Hong Kong Travel Requirements per Philippine Airlines Advisory

Hong Kong Travel Requirements: Medical Documents

  • Recognized Proof of Vaccination
    • Effective February 24, 2022, persons of age twelve (12) or above must complete at least one dose of COVID-19 vaccination. 
    • Proof of vaccinations issued by Vanuatu, Namibia, Kyrgyzstan, Kuwait Peru, Benin, Jordan, Suriname and Lesotho shall also be accepted 
    • Following passengers will be allowed to board for Hong Kong:
      • Unfit for vaccination due to health reasons with relevant proof from a medical practitioner; or
      • Received one dose of recognized COVID-19 vaccine with a recognized vaccination record and certified by a medical practitioner that he/she is unfit to receive the second dose of COVID-19 vaccine because of health reasons
  • Negative COVID-19 Test (RT-PCR) Result from DOH-accredited laboratories valid within forty-eight (48) hours prior departure to Hong Kong
    • EXEMPTION: Children aged 3 years old and below and Transit Passengers (with 72 hours lay-over) are no longer required to present negative RT-PCR test result.
    • Negative COVID-19 Test Result Test Report and
    • Documentary proof showing the laboratory or healthcare institution is recognized or approved by the relevant authority of the government or showing that laboratory or healthcare institution is ISO 15189 accredited
  • Negative COVID Test (Antigen) Result taken with 4-6 hours prior to time of departure (effective April 01, 2022)
    • As an additional safety measure, PAL shall require ALL passengers bound for Hong Kong to present a negative Antigen Test result
    • Antigen Testing may be taken by PAL Hong Kong-bound passengers from the PAL testing facility at NAIA Terminal 2, North Wing, free of charge.
    • Register to the PAL Laboratory Partner e-CIF to secure a slot at the NAIA Terminal 2 testing facility
Hong Kong Travel Requirements By Philippine Airlines As Of May 1, 2022
Hong Kong Travel Requirements by Philippine Airlines as of May 1, 2022. Image from Philippine Airlines Facebook Page.

Hong Kong Travel Requirements: Travel Documents

  • Confirmation of room reservation in a Designated Quarantine Hotel (DQH) for atleast seven (7) days
    • EXEMPTION: The following are not required to present Confirmation of Room Reservation in a DQH
      • Travelers with Consular Corps Identity Cards (CCIC)
      • Family Members of Travelers with Consular Corps Identity Cards (CCIC)
    • Designated Quarantine Facility (DQF) [Designated Quarantine Facilities Press Release] for Foreign Domestic Helpers (FDHs)
  • Registration to Leave Home Safe COVID-19 Exposure Notification mobile application
    • Guests are required to fill in the Declaration / Information Collection Form which is applicable to the following guests to be fully-aware of the relevant directions made by SFH under Cap. 599L and Cap. 599F and confirm their information to us and the completed form is to be kept on the premises for 31 days for checking required by the HK Government.
      • Holding a COVID-19 vaccination medical exemption certificate without a QR code; or
      • Holding a vaccination record of having received COVID-19 vaccine(s) outside Hong Kong1, without a relevant QR code issued in Hong Kong; or
      • Children aged below 12 not accompanied by an adult; or
      • Specified person not required to use “LeaveHomeSafe” mobile application 
      • A copy of an accomplished Vaccine Pass Form can be presented if the traveler failed to register to the LeaveHomeSafe mobile application.
  • Online Health Declaration Form
  • PH Bureau of Immigration Declaration Form

Special Requirement for Transit Travelers

  • Flight bookings in the same air ticket 
  • Travelers should be checked-thru at the origin port with their boarding pass printed and baggage tagged-thru to the final destination. 
  • Layover time during transfer/transit is only within seventy-two (72) hours 

Hong Kong Travel Requirements: Quarantine Requirements

  • Upon the arrival of travelers, Rapid Antigen Tests (RATs) will be added to the “test-and-hold” arrangement at the airport.
  • Effective March 1 2022, all Foreign Domestic Helpers coming to work in Hong Kong may choose to undertake compulsory quarantine at either designated quarantine facilities (DQFs) or designated quarantine hotels (DQHs)
    • Effective March 15, 2022, Rambler Garden Hotel, Courtyard Mariott Hong Kong, and Shatin Hotel can accommodate foreign domestic helpers for designated quarantine.  
  • Post arrival test for all inbound travelers will still be required
    • If the traveler tested positive, he/she will have to extend his/her quarantine for fourteen (14) days. The traveler in quarantine will also have to undergo Rapid Antigen Testing every day in the quarantine hotel but RT-PCR test on the 5th and 12th day.
    • Travelers must also undergo compulsory PCR-based nucleic acid testing by professional swab sampling on the 12th day of arrival at Hong Kong in a Community Testing Centre (CTC) or mobile specimen collection stations for free, or at recognized local medical testing institutions (self-paid).

NOTE: The Smoking (Public Health) Amendment Bill 2019 which aims at banning the import, manufacture, sale, distribution, and advertisement of alternative smoking products (ASPs) such as e-cigarettes and heat-not-burn cigarettes will come into operation in April 2022. Inbound travelers carrying ASPs to enter the territory will be banned. The maximum penalty is six months imprisonment and a fine of fifty thousand HK Dollars.

Hong Kong Travel Requirements per Cebu Pacific Advisory

Updated as of May 4, 2022

As per government regulations, guests traveling from Manila and bound for Hong Kong are required to present printed copies of the following travel documents:

Hong Kong Travel Requirements for fully vaccinated guests with a recognized vaccination record

  • Negative PCR-based nucleic acid test for COVID-19, conducted within 48 hours before the scheduled time of departure. Test report must show the following information:
    • That the guest took a nucleic acid test for COVID-19 and that the test was done within 48 hours before the flight;
    • That the test is a Polymerase Chain Reaction-based nucleic acid test for COVID-19 and that the guest tested negative;
    • The name of the guest in the test report must be identical to the name on his/her travel document (i.e. Passport); and
    • Documentary proof to show that the laboratory or healthcare institution is ISO 15189 accredited or is recognized or approved by the government, such as the License to Operate, ISO 15189 Certificate, or a screenshot of the DOH website, showing the testing center’s name.
  • Confirmation of room reservation in a hotel in Hong Kong for 7 or 14 nights, in a designated quarantine hotel.
    • Guests who plan on securing early discharge from quarantine must hold a 7-night confirmed booking in a designated quarantine hotel and shall only be discharged upon meeting the early discharge criteria.
    • Guests who choose to quarantine for 14 nights must hold a 14-night confirmed booking in a designated quarantine hotel and shall only be discharged upon testing negative on the PCR-based nucleic test on the 12th day and the RAT on the 14th day.
  • Recognized Vaccination Record – A vaccination record issued by a healthcare institution or a relevant authority of the Government of Hong Kong, the Mainland, or a country where its national regulatory authority is designated by the World Health Organization as a stringent regulatory authority, bearing the name of the relevant vaccinated traveler matching that in his/her valid travel document to show that:
    • the relevant traveler has received dose(s) of COVID-19 vaccine and the date on which the last dose was administered; and
    • the name of the vaccine administered; and
    • A written confirmation in English or Chinese issued by the healthcare institution or a relevant authority of the government of the place where the vaccine was administered, bearing the name of the relevant vaccinated traveler matching that in his/her valid travel document.
    • The Hong Kong government recognizes the “International Certificate of Vaccination or Prophylaxis” issued by the Philippine Bureau of Quarantine (BOQ), also known as “Yellow Card”.
    • Children under 12 years old who are accompanying a fully vaccinated Hong Kong resident may be allowed to board.
    • Hong Kong residents who have stayed in Group A specified places during the relevant period are exceptionally allowed to board, despite being unvaccinated or partially vaccinated only due to medical reasons.

Non-residents, including tourists, may be accepted for entry into Hong Kong if they have complete requirements such as applicable visa. Note that the permitted stay must be longer than the required quarantine. Guests must complete the required quarantine before proceeding to other activities.

For the latest updates, you may visit bit.ly/HKG_COVID-19.

These are the updated Hong Kong travel requirements we have as of the date indicated. Requirements may change from time to time without prior notice. Please continue checking with the Hong Kong government for the latest updates.

Hong Kong Travel Requirements - Allowed Passengers As Of April 27, 2022
Hong Kong Travel Requirements – Allowed Passengers as of April 27, 2022. Image from Cebu Pacific Facebook Page.

Guests allowed to enter Hong Kong must provide printed copies of the following documents in English or Chinese upon check-in:

Hong Kong Travel Requirements For Vaccinated Passengers As Of April 27, 2022
Hong Kong Travel Requirements for Vaccinated Passengers as of April 27, 2022. Image from Cebu Pacific Facebook Page.

Hong Kong Travel Requirements per AirAsia

Hong Kong Travel Requirements for Passengers arriving in the Philippines

  • All travelers should download the Traze Contact Tracing App.
  • At least 3 days before departure, all travelers should register for the e-Health Declaration Card (e-HDC) through the Bureau of Quarantine’s OneHealthPass (OHP) Online Registration Form: https://www.onehealthpass.com.ph/e-HDC/
  • Fully-vaccinated Foreigners and Filipinos are required to present a negative RT-PCR test result taken 48 hours before departure
    • Must undergo self-monitoring until the 7th day from arrival
  • International arriving passengers must have the following proofs of vaccination for validation:
    • World Health Organization International Certificates of Vaccination and Prophylaxis;
    • VaxCertPH; or
    • National/state digital certificate of the foreign government which has accepted VaxCertPH under a reciprocal arrangement unless otherwise permitted by the IATF
  • Unvaccinated, partially vaccinated, or individuals whose vaccination status cannot be independently validated are required to present a negative RT-PCR test result taken taken 48 hours before departure, must have a pre book accommodation at least 6 days except for OFWs and shall undergo facility-based quarantine until the release of negative test results
    • Must undergo RT-PCR test on the 5th day of the quarantine stay
    • Must undergo home quarantine until the 14th day from arrival

  • *Aged 3 yrs old below exempted in presenting RT-PCR result prior to departure
  • *Aged 12 yrs old shall follow the testing and quarantine protocol of the parent/s or accompanying adult/guardian travelling with them
  • Effective 10 February 2022 – Fully vaccinated nationals of non-visa required countries shall be allowed to enter the Philippines, subject to the following conditions:
    • Holders of passports valid at least 6 months at the time of arrival, and with return or outbound ticket
    • Proof of Vaccination (WHO International Certificates of Vaccinations and Prophylaxis / VaxCertPH / National/State digital certification of the foreign government which has accepted VaxCertPH)
    • Below 18 yrs old are exempted from the requirement of full vaccination and providing proof of vaccination status prior to boarding
    • Shall observe the existing testing and quarantine protocols in place for fully vaccinated international arriving passengers as stated above
  • Effective 16 February 2022 – Foreign Nationals allowed for fully vaccinated only except Children below 18 yrs of age, for medically unable to receive the vaccine certified by a competent public health authority in the country/port of origin and Foreign diplomats and their qualified dependents/9(e) visa holders
  • Effective 26 January 2022 – Filipino Passengers recovered from COVID-19 but still positive in the required pre-departure RT-PCR may be allowed in lieu of:
    • Positive RT-PCR Test (48hrs ) from country of origin
    • Medical Certificate (completed isolation period, no longer infectious, and allowed free movement/travel)
    • Positive RT-PCR taken not earlier than 10 days but not later than 30 days prior to departure
  • *Upon arrival required facility-based quarantine applicable based on classification of country of origin and vaccination status

COVID Hong Kong Travel Requirements for Arriving Local Passengers Disclaimer: Please note that there may be multiple travel requirements for each international destination. These rules are subject to change by the issuing foreign government authority and are issued for our passengers and the public’s safety. As these requirements may change at short notice, the advisories above serve as a general guide.