Notice to passengers on travel restrictions

 

Last Updated:(Hong Kong)2020-09-10

 

In consideration of the changing situation for novel coronavirus outbreak, a number of governments have issued entry restrictions for foreign travellers. Hong Kong Airlines passengers are advised to refer to below before your scheduled travel:

 

Destination

Entry restrictions

Mainland China:

Beijing (BJS)

Chongqing (CKG)

Chengdu (CTU)

Guiyang (KWE)

Hangzhou (HGH)

Nanchang (KHN)

Nanjing (NKG)

Shanghai Pudong (PVG) Shanghai Hongqiao (SHA)

 

From 28 March 2020, the entry of foreign nationals holding valid entry visas and residence permits will be temporarily suspended. Foreign nationals holding visas issued after 28 March 2020 will not be affected.

 

Passengers who meet any of the following criteria are permitted to board, but may be subject to quarantine requirements for 14 days upon arrival:

 

Travelling on a People’s Republic of China passport or China ID card that lists Hubei Province as the place of issue.

 

Visited Hubei Province in the past 14 days prior to departure.

All travellers (Including Chinese residents) entering Beijing will be subject to mandatory quarantine of 14 days upon arrival.

 

On 16 June 2020, Beijing authorities raised the response level for public health emergency to Level 2. Members of the public are advised not to leave Beijing unless necessary. Those who need to leave Beijing must possess proof of negative result for Covid-19 nucleic acid test taken within the past seven days.

 

Starting from 17 August 2020, all passengers travelling from Hong Kong to Beijing are required to undergo COVID-19 nuclei acid test 7 days before scheduled departure of the flight, and present a negative test result before boarding. List of local COVID-19 nucleic acid testing institutions recognized by the Hong Kong SAR Government can be found here.

 

Exemptions:

 

Short-stay business travellers must stay in designated hotels and will not be allowed to leave without first being tested for infection.

 

Passengers transiting in Beijing Capital International Airport and Beijing Daxing International Airport will undergo health management.

 

International flights will operate to/from Shanghai Pudong International Airport from 25 March 2020 to 24 June 2020.

 

All inbound travellers (including travellers from Hong Kong, Macau and Taiwan, and transit passengers), regardless of their destinations, are required to take COVID-19 tests and to undergo a 14-day quarantine before entering Guangdong and Shenzhen.

 

All Chinese citizens taking a direct or transit flight to Mainland China are required to present a green A1/B1 health code at the airport check-in counter of origin. Click the below links for more information (simplified Chinese only).

For all Chinese citizens: A1 Health Code 

For Chinese citizens departing from the list of countries: B1 Health Code 

 

Mainland China:

Hainan Province

Haikou (HAK)

Sanya (SYX)

From 28 March 2020, the entry of foreign nationals holding valid entry visas and residence permits will be temporarily suspended. Foreign nationals holding visas issued after 28 March 2020 will not be affected.

 

Passengers who meet any of the following criteria are not  permitted to enter Hainan Island (Haikou Airport or Sanya Airport):

 

Travelling on a People’s Republic of China passport or China ID card that lists Hubei Province as the place of issue.

 

Visited Hubei Province in the past 14 days.

 

When entering Haikou:

 

Passengers detected with respiratory symptoms including fever, chills, conjunctivitis, diarrhea, etc. during border screening will be transferred to a designated medical centre for tests.

 

Passengers who meet one of the following criteria will be subject to mandatory quarantine of 14 days upon arrival:

 

Departed from or have visited areas with high number of infections.

 

Had close contact with confirmed cases.

 

Passengers transiting in Haikou are subject to further screening and won’t be allowed to board their connecting flight until approval is given.

 

For more information, visit National Health Commission of the People’s Republic of China or call hotlines 0086 0898 12345 / 0086 0898 12320.

 

All Chinese citizens taking a direct or transit flight to Mainland China are required to present a green A1/B1 health code at the airport check-in counter of origin. Click the below links for more information (simplified Chinese only).

For all Chinese citizens: A1 Health Code 

For Chinese citizens departing from the list of countries: B1 Health Code 

 

Hong Kong SAR, China

Health declaration

All inbound travellers are required to submit health declaration form.

Travellers can submit an Electronic Health Declaration Form at https://www.chp.gov.hk/hdf and get a QR code to show to the border control staff upon entering Hong Kong. The QR code is valid for 48 hours. Paper form is available at the arrival hall for passengers without a smartphone.

 

Entry restrictions

From 1 June 2020

Transit services at Hong Kong International Airport will resume in phases. Please see Requirements for transit service at Hong Kong International Airport for more information.

 

From 25 March 2020

 

Passengers who meet any of the following criteria are not permitted to enter Hong Kong:

 

Non-Hong Kong residents arriving from overseas countries

 

Non-Hong Kong residents, who visited any overseas countries and regions in the past 14 days, arriving from the Mainland, Macau and Taiwan overseas countries

 

Compulsory quarantine

14-day compulsory quarantine for all people entering Hong Kong from the Mainland, Macao and Taiwan, including Hong Kong residents and non-Hong Kong residents at designated places (quarantine centre, home or other accommodation). Apart from exempted persons* under the "Compulsory Quarantine of Certain Persons Arriving at Hong Kong Regulation", people who have been to the Mainland, Macao and Taiwan in the past 14 days upon arrival at Hong Kong, even if they enter Hong Kong via other places, are also covered. They should not have any symptoms and should have passed temperature checks upon entry. Those with symptoms will be referred to the DH for further handling. Arrivals holding a visa with validity of less than 14 days will be denied entry.

 

* Exempted persons include:

             

From 29 April 2020

Persons who need to enter Hong Kong in receiving or providing nursery, kindergarten, primary or secondary education at any school registered, including cross-boundary students and related personnel and service providers

Persons whose travelling purposes are related to manufacturing operations, business activities or professional services in the interest of Hong Kong's economic development

 

From 4 May 2020

Either the owner of a Hong Kong enterprise with a valid business registration certificate and with manufacturing operations in the Mainland, and up to one person employed and authorised by the enterprise, or

Up to two persons employed and authorised by the enterprise

 

From 18 May 2020

Certified public accountants (practising), partners, directors or employees of practice units registered with the HKICPA, who are required to travel to the Mainland to conduct audit work for companies listed on a recognised stock market and having Mainland operations, to assist those companies to fulfil their obligations under relevant Ordinances or other regulatory instruments that govern the operation of the companies or their business

Owners of enterprises with a valid business registration certificate and with provision of construction-related professional services on the Mainland and up to one person employed and authorised by the enterprise, as well as up to two people employed and authorised by such an enterprise

Up to two personnel of each eligible enterprise or institution who have to travel to the Mainland, Macau or Taiwan for conducting R&D-related activities; or

Eligible enterprises or institutions include the Hong Kong Applied Science & Technology Research Institute, the Automotive Platforms & Application Systems Research & Development Centre, the Hong Kong Research Institute of Textiles & Apparel, the Logistics & Supply Chain MultiTech Research & Development Centre, and the Nano & Advanced Materials Institute, as well as a tenant, incubate, grantee, or occupant of the Hong Kong Science & Technology Parks Corporation or Cyberport

Up to 50 persons employed and authorised by The University of Hong Kong – Shenzhen Hospital; or

Owners of a Hong Kong enterprise with a valid Hong Kong Service Supplier Certificate in relation to the provision of medical and dental services on the Mainland under the Mainland & Hong Kong Closer Economic Partnership Arrangement and up to one person employed and authorised by the enterprise, or up to two people employed and authorised by such an enterprise

 

From 19 May 2020

Arbitrator, mediator or qualified legal practitioner acting as a counsel for a party in arbitration, mediation or litigation proceedings, who returns to Hong Kong from the Mainland, Macau or Taiwan after provision of services; or

Arbitrator, mediator or qualified legal practitioner acting as a counsel for party in arbitration, mediation or litigation proceedings, who travels from the Mainland, Macau or Taiwan to Hong Kong to provide services

Either the owner of an enterprise with a valid business registration certificate and having an operating base relating to logistics, port and/or shipping business in the Mainland, and up to one person employed and authorised by the enterprise; or

Up to two persons employed and authorised by the enterprise

 

[In response to the latest COVID-19 situation in Beijing, starting from 17 June 2020, specimen bottles will be distributed to persons exempted from compulsory quarantine who had travelled to Beijing 14 days prior to arrival at the HKIA. They are required to collect their deep throat saliva sample at home in accordance with the instructions, and deliver it to one of the collection points in the same morning while subjecting to medical surveillance at the same time.]

 

Health quarantine arrangements for inbound travellers from overseas:

 

Compulsory home quarantine for people arriving in Hong Kong who have been to the following countries/areas in the past 14 days, regardless of whether they are Hong Kong residents:

 

From 14 March 2020

§ Italy (except Emilia-Romagna, Lombardy and Veneto regions)

§ Bourgogne-Franche-Comte and Grand Est regions in France

§ North Rhine-Westphalia region in Germany

§ Hokkaido in Japan

§ La Rioja, Madrid and Pais Vasco regions in Spain

 

From 17 March 2020

§ Korea (except Daegu and Gyeongsangbuk-do)

§ Schengen Area in Europe (*) (except Emilia-Romagna, Lombardy and Veneto regions in Italy)

 

From 17 April 2020

§ Daegu and Gyeongsangbuk-do in Korea

§ Iran

§ Emilia-Romagna, Lombardy and Veneto regions in Italy

 

(*) Schengen Area in Europe: Austria, Belgium, Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Iceland, Italy, Latvia, Principality of Liechtenstein, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Malta, the Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Slovak Republic, Republic of Slovenia, Spain, Sweden, and Switzerland

 

From 19 March 2020, people arriving in Hong Kong who have been to any overseas countries/territories in the past 14 days, regardless of whether they are Hong Kong residents, will be subject to compulsory quarantine.

 

From 25 March 2020, people arriving from Macau and Taiwan, regardless of whether they are Hong Kong residents, will be subject to a 14-day compulsory quarantine.

 

Travellers who have stayed in Bangladesh, India, Indonesia, Nepal, Pakistan, the Philippines, South Africa, Kazakhstan, USA and Ethiopia (effective 28 August 2020) for 14 days before boarding a flight to Hong Kong must present documents indicating a negative result for nucleic acid test for COVID-19 issued by a recognised laboratory or healthcare institution and a confirmed hotel room reservation in Hong Kong for not less than 14 days starting on the day of the arrival. Please refer to Requirements for passengers travelling to Hong Kong from high-risk places for the list of documents.

 

Additional health quarantine and testing arrangements for inbound travellers:

 

From 8 April 2020, all inbound travellers will proceed to AsiaWorld-Expo (relocated to Midfield Concourse in restricted area of HKIA starting from 18 August 2020) to have their deep throat saliva samples collected for COVID-19 testing.

 

From 22 April 2020, passengers arriving in the afternoon or at night will be shuttled to Regal Oriental Hotel for temporary stay while waiting for their test results.

 

Visit www.coronavirus.gov.hk for more information.

 

Taiwan, China

Starting from 19 March 2020, all foreign nationals are not permitted to enter Taiwan.

 

Exemptions:

 

Starting from 29 June 2020, except tourism and regular social visit, foreign nationals may apply to enter Taiwan. 

 

Foreign passengers who are holding documents of granted entry are required to be under home quarantine for 14 days after entering Taiwan. 

 

Starting from 22 June 2020, short-term business travellers who meet the following criteria are allowed to enter Taiwan with shortened home quarantine period:

 

§ Those who are allowed entry according to the announcements of the CECC

§ Those whose length of stay doesn’t exceed three months

§ Business travellers who enter the country for business activities, such as goods inspection, after-sale services, technical assistance and training, and contract signing

§ Those who arrive from (i)low- or (ii)medium-risk countries/regions announced by the CECC and have no history of travel to other countries in the last 14 days before boarding the flight to Taiwan

 

Ø Business travellers who meet the conditions listed above should have relevant certificates and documents prepared for the business visit by local companies, travel itinerary, and disease prevention plans.

Ø A negative COVID-19 test certificates issued within three days prior to their flight to Taiwan should be prepared for inspection.

Ø Other travellers who don’t meet these conditions may submit their requests and would be processed as special cases if they have to do so for special business requirements or other necessary activities.

Ø Applicants who arrive from (i) low-risk countries/regions may contact the local health authority of the quarantine hotel at which they stay to take COVID-19 testing at their own expense after undergoing quarantine for five days; those who arrive from (ii) medium-risk countries/regions may undergo COVID-19 testing at their own expense on the seventh day after entry.

Ø Applicants may contact the local health authority to end quarantine and request a 21-day period of self-health management instead of quarantine after obtaining negative COVID-19 test certificates.

 

(i) Low-risk countries/regions: New Zealand, Macao, Palau, Fiji, Brunei, Vietnam, Thailand, Mongolia, Bhutan, Laos, Cambodia, Sri Lanka, Nauru, East Timor, Mauritius.

(ii) Medium-risk countries/regions: Malaysia, Singapore, Myanmar, Hong Kong.

 

Starting from 25 June 2020, except flights to/from Mainland China, passengers are allowed to transit at Taiwan Taoyuan International Airport:

 

Transit passengers are required to travel with the same airline

Connecting time is within 8 hours

 

 

Indonesia

 

From 24 April 2020 to 1 June 2020, all passengers are not permitted to enter Indonesia.

 

Japan

Foreigners who have visited the following regions within 14 days will be denied entry to Japan:

 

Asia

Brunei, Bangladesh, Bhutan, China (including Hong Kong, Macau and Taiwan), India, Indonesia, Korea, Singapore, Malaysia, Maldives, Nepal, Pakistan, Thailand, The Philippines, Vietnam

 

Oceania

Australia and New Zealand

 

North America

Canada and United States

 

Latin America and the Caribbean

Argentine, Antigua and Barbuda, Bolivia, Barbados, Belize, Brazil, Chile, Costa Rica, Colombia, Cuba, Dominica, Dominican Republic, Ecuador, El Salvador, Guyana, Guatemala, Grenada, Haiti, Honduras, Jamaica, Mexico, Nicaragua, Panama, Paraguay, Peru, Saint Vincent and the Grenadines, Saint Christopher and Nevis, Suriname, The Bahamas, Trinidad and Tobago, Uruguay, Venezuela

 

Europe

Azerbaijan, Albania, Armenia, Andorra, Austria, Belgium, Belarus, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Bulgaria, Croatia, Cyprus, Czech, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Georgia, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Iceland, Ireland, Italy, Kazakhstan, Kosovo, Kyrgyz, Latvia, Lithuania, Liechtenstein, Luxembourg,  Malta, Monaco, Moldova, Montenegro, Netherlands, North Macedonia, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Russia, San Marino, Serbia, Switzerland, Sweden, Spain, Slovakia, Slovenia, Tajikistan, the United Kingdom, Ukraine, Uzbekistan, Vatican

 

Middle East

Afghanistan, United Arab Emirates, Israel, Iraq, Iran, Oman, Qatar, Kuwait, Palestine, Saudi Arabia, Turkey, Bahrain, Lebanese

 

Africa

Algeria, Botswana, Cabo Verde, Cameroon, Central African Republic, Côte d'Ivoire, Congo, Democratic Republic of the Congo, Djibouti, Egypt, Equatorial Guinea, Ethiopia, Eswatini, Gambia, Ghana, Gabon Guinea, Guinea-Bissau, Kenya, Lesotho, Libya, Liberia, Madagascar, Mauritius, Mauritania, Morocco, Namibia, Nigeria,  Republic of South Africa, Rwanda, Sao Tome and Principe, Senegal, Sierra Leone, Somalia, South Sudan, Sudan, Tunisia, Union of Comoros, Zambia, Zimbabwe

 

All issuances of visa waiver, single / multiple entry visas and APEC Business Travel Card (ABTC) are suspended, except for the following countries and regions:

 

Asia

Taiwan, China

 

Oceania

Australia and New Zealand

 

North America

Canada and United States

 

Latin America and the Caribbean

Bolivia, Brazil, Chile, Dominica, Ecuador and Panama

 

Europe

Albania, Armenia, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Kosovo, Moldova, Montenegro, North Macedonia and Serbia

 

Middle East

Turkey

 

Africa

Côte d'Ivoire, Mauritius and Morocco

 

Passengers who meet any of the following criteria will undergo 14-day self-quarantine at designated places and to refrain from using public transport:

 

All foreigners entering Japan

 

All people entering Japan from the following countries and regions:

 

Asia

Brunei, China (including Hong Kong, Macau and Taiwan), Malaysia, Philippines, Korea, Singapore, Thailand and Vietnam

 

Oceania

Australia and New Zealand

 

North America

Canada and United States

 

Latin America and the Caribbean

Bolivia, Brazil, Chile, Dominica, Ecudaor and Panama

 

Europe

Albania, Andorra, Armenia, Austria, Belgium, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Bulgaria, Croatia, Cyprus, Czech, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Iceland, Ireland, Italy, Kosovo, Latvia, Liechtenstein, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Malta, Moldova, Monaco, Montenegro, Netherlands, North Macedonia, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Romania, San Marino, Serbia, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, United Kingdom and Vatican

 

Middle East

Bahrain, Iran, Israel, Turkey and Qatar

 

Africa

Côte d'Ivoire, Democratic Republic of the Congo, Egypt, Mauritius and Morocco

 

 

Korea

Passengers who meet any of the following criteria are not permitted to enter Korea:

 

All foreigners who have visited or stayed in Hubei Province within the past 14 days.

 

Travelling on a People’s Republic of China passport or China ID card that lists Hubei Province as the place of issue.

 

Korea visa issued from Wuhan (visa number “WH + 8 or 10 numbers”).

 

Exemptions:

 

Korean nationals, spouse or direct descendant of a Korean national and permanent residents can enter Korea. Self-quarantine at home is required.

 

All passengers arriving from foreign countries are subject to 14-day quarantine upon entering Korea. Korean nationals and long-term staying foreign nationals are subject to 14-day self-quarantine. Foreign nationals on short-term stay are subject to 14-day quarantine at designated places. Self-quarantine passengers must install a safety protection app provided by Korean government on their mobile phone.

 

 

Maldives

From 15 July 2020, tourists are allowed to enter the Maldives and should provide the following documents upon arrival:

Visa-on-arrival will be provided to tourist

Tourists must show a hotel reservation confirmation for the entire stay in a registered tourist facility

Passengers should complete the online Health Declaration Forms within 24 hours before arrival

 

On departure, all passengers should fulfil the health requirements for the country of departure. Passengers must carry the required test results with them when arriving at the check-in counter.

 

All passengers should report to the immigration counter if they have fever, sore throat, runny nose, cough or breathing difficulties.

 

Thailand

From 30 June 2020, passengers who meet the following criteria are eligible to enter Thailand:

 

Thai nationals

Persons permitted or invited by the prime minister, or the head of responsible persons accountable for resolving state of emergency issues

The spouse, parents, or children of a Thai national

Non-Thai nationals holding a valid certificate of permanent residency, including their spouse or children

 

Non-Thai nationals with a valid work permit or are allowed to work in the Kingdom, including their spouse or children

Carriers of necessary goods, subject to immediate return after completion

Non-Thai nationals who are student of educational institutions approved by Thai authorities, including parents or guardians of the student

Non-Thai nationals who are in need of medical treatment in Thailand, including their attendants (Except medical treatment for Covid-19)

Individuals in diplomatic missions, consular affairs, international organizations, government representatives, foreign government agencies working in Thailand, or individual in other international agencies as permitted by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, including their spouse, parents, or children

Non-Thai nationals who are permitted to enter the Kingdom under a special arrangement between Thai and foreign government agencies

 

Eligible passengers who stay more than 14 days shall comply with 14-day state quarantine requirements with own expenses; passengers who stay short term are required to take a Covid-19 real time PCR test at airport or other facilities and provide the information on their address in Thailand and subject to monitoring throughout the period of stay.

 

Eligible passengers must present the following to be allowed to board the flight:

 

A certificate of entry issued by Ministry of Foreign Affairs

 

A health certificate (medical certificate) certifying that they are fit to fly / travel and undetectable COVID-19 laboratory result issued within 72 hours prior to departure.

 

A health insurance document of at least US$100,000 coverage in Thailand (not applicable to Thai nationals).

 

Foreign travellers from the above zones are also required to purchase a SIM card (or continue to use own SIM card with roaming function), install a monitoring mobile App and register with Thailand officials before leaving the airport for self-quarantine.

 

Please check IATA Travel Centre, CAAT website and the Ministry of Public Health website for the latest entry requirement of Thailand.

The Philippines

Starting from 15 August 2020, all passengers travelling to or from the Philippines are required to wear a *face shield, in addition to a face mask on all public transportation, including air travel.

*Face shield is available for sale at HKD30 from our check-in agent at Hong Kong International Airport.

 

All visa issuances and visa-free privileges to foreign nationals are suspended.

 

Passengers who meet the following criteria are permitted to enter the Philippines:

 

Accredited foreign government and international organization officials and their dependents.

 

Filipinos and foreign spouses and children of Filipino nationals are permitted to enter. Foreign spouses and children of Filipino nationals not travelling with the Filipino need to show proof of marriage or filiation to be exempted.

 

9C visa holders.

 

All passengers will be required to undergo Covid-19 test and quarantine for at least 14 days after arrival in the Philippines.

Click here for more information.

 

Starting from 1 August 2020, the following visa holders are permitted to enter the Philippines:

 

Series of visas under Section 13 of Commonwealth Act No. 613

Temporary Resident Visa for Indian nationals married to a Filipino citizen (based on Memorandum Order No. ADD-01-38 and ADD-02-015)

Permanent Resident Visa for Chinese nationals married to a Filipino citizen (based on CA 613, Sec. 13 (a) and Memorandum Order No. MCL-07-021)

Native Born Visa for foreigners born in the Philippines with at least one (1) parent holding a permanent resident status (based on CA 613, Sec. 13 (c))

Permanent Resident Visa under Executive Order No. 324

Permanent Resident Visa under Republic Act No. 7919

 

All foreigners are required to undergo RT-PCR swab test at their own expense upon arrival at the Ninoy Aquino International Airport.

 

Vietnam

All foreigners are not permitted to enter Vietnam.

 

Visa issuance for all foreign nationals has been suspended.  

 

Exemptions:

 

Vietnam citizens are permitted to enter.

 

 

Our staff will perform document checks at the airport to confirm if passengers are eligible to travel to destinations with restrictions in place. Passengers without checked baggage and holding mobile or self-print boarding passes will be subject to document check before boarding.

 

Passengers will also be asked to declare their travel history over the last 14 days to help us ensure eligibility to travel. It is important that all passengers disclose if they have visited Mainland China during this period.

 

Hong Kong Airlines offers special waivers for rebooking, rerouting or refund for passengers travelling with confirmed bookings on Hong Kong Airlines (HX) flights to/from these destinations or transiting via Hong Kong. Please refer to our special ticketing arrangements for details.

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