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Hong Kong: Relaxed COVID Testing Requirements for Travelers

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  • May 30, 2022June 1, 2022

The Hong Kong Special Administrative Region Government announced on May 29 that, beginning at 0:00 on June 1, Hong Kong time, it will modify the nucleic acid testing requirements for passengers arriving in Hong Kong from overseas regions and Taiwan before boarding and after arrival.

The penalty measures for flights that trigger the “suspension mechanism” will also be updated to ensure that passengers arriving in Hong Kong have guaranteed itineraries while avoiding the risk of imported cases to the greatest extent possible.

Those boarding planes in overseas regions or Taiwan for flights to Hong Kong on June 1 will only need to show nucleic acid test reports with negative results from laboratory or medical institutions obtained within 48 hours of the scheduled departure time. There is no requirement to present any certificates proving that the laboratory or medical institution is ISO 15189 certified, or that it has been recognized or approved by the relevant local government authority.

At the same time, children under the age of three who have stayed in overseas regions or Taiwan will not be required to present nucleic acid testing certificates 48 hours before boarding. The SAR government will revoke the requirement that passengers transiting through Hong Kong present nucleic acid testing certificates 48 hours before boarding at 0:00 on June 1, Hong Kong time.

At the moment, all arrivals who have stayed in overseas or Taiwan are required to undergo PCR nucleic acid testing in designated quarantine hotels on the 5th day of arrival in Hong Kong SAR during the compulsory quarantine period, regardless of whether they have completed the compulsory quarantine earlier. They must also take the PCR nucleic acid testing on the 12th day of arrival in Hong Kong SAR. Its goal is to detect and isolate infected people as soon as possible.

The SAR government will repeal the requirement that passengers transiting through Hong Kong present nucleic acid testing certificates 48 hours before boarding beginning at 0:00 on June 1, Hong Kong time.

At the moment, all arrivals who have stayed in overseas regions or Taiwan are required to undergo PCR nucleic acid testing in designated quarantine hotels on the 5th day of arrival in Hong Kong SAR during the compulsory quarantine period, regardless of whether they have completed the compulsory quarantine earlier. They must also the PCR nucleic acid testing on the 12th day of arrival in Hong Kong SAR. Its goal is to detect and isolate infected people as soon as possible.

The SAR government will repeal the requirement that passengers transiting through Hong Kong present nucleic acid testing certificates 48 hours before boarding beginning at 0:00 on June 1, Hong Kong time.

At the moment, all arrivals who have stayed in overseas regions or Taiwan are required to undergo PCR nucleic acid testing in designated quarantine hotels on the 5th day of arrival in Hong Kong SAR during the compulsory quarantine period, regardless of whether they have completed the compulsory quarantine earlier. They must also take the PCR nucleic acid testing on the 12th day of arrival in Hong Kong SAR. Its goal is to detect and isolate infected people as soon as possible.

All people who arrived in Hong Kong on or after May 24 at 0:00 (i.e. June 1 is the ninth day of arrival in Hong Kong) and completed the compulsory quarantine will be required to undergo additional compulsory testing on the ninth day of arrival in Hong Kong.

Concerning the “flight suspension mechanism,” the SAR government stated that beginning at 0:00 on June 1, Hong Kong time, if a flight triggers the suspension mechanism due to any passenger failing to meet the boarding conditions to enter Hong Kong, the Airport Authority of Hong Kong will issue a warning to the related airline and fine it 20,000 Hong Kong dollars for the first time. If the same issue occurs again within 10 days, the airline’s flight from the same location will be barred from landing in Hong Kong for 5 days. If the airline does not pay the fine, the flight route will be prohibited from landing in Hong Kong for five days.