hong kong reopening borders

Hong Kong reopening remains indefinite, mass vaccination starts at end-February

Hong Kong is only open to visitors who have been in Mainland China, Taiwan or Macao for 14 days or more. Tourism from other countries remains banned.

Travelers must also present confirmation in English or Chinese of a room reservation in a government-designated quarantine hotel for not less than 21 nights starting on the day of the arrival. They also must submit proof of a negative COVID-19 nucleic acid test taken within 72 hours before departure. 

The 3-week quarantine was enforced after highly-contagious variants of coronavirus were detected in the U.K and South Africa.

Since last December, visitors are no longer allowed to quarantine at home.

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Hong Kong reopening timeline – Latest updates

February 4

On January 30, the Hong Kong government closed several transportation routes and border checkpoints connecting Hong Kong with mainland China. The reopening date has not been announced yet. 

Vaccination progress

On January 25, the Hong Kong government approved the Fosun Pharma/BioNTech vaccine for the novel coronavirus. A massive vaccination program is set up to start late in February. 

November 20

Hong Kong remains close to tourism. The reopening date has not been announced yet and plenty of authorities have mentioned “some point in 2021” as a possible reopening date.

Hong Kong-Singapore travel bubble

According to Secretary for Commerce and Economic Development Edward Yau revisits, a Hong Kong-Singapore travel bubble is unlikely for now since the cities are currently fighting the 4th wave of COVID-19.

What restrictions would apply to countries within the travel “bubble”? 

Hong Kong’s government is reportedly negotiating “travel bubbles” with China that will allow them to resume tourism with several mainland regions. 

The Hong Kong Tourism Board is urging the government to negotiate the reopening of Shenzhen, Guangzhou, Bay Area, Macau, and other nine Guangdong cities.

To encourage tourism, the Board is willing to give 500,000 tickets for free along with other interesting discounts as soon as the restrictions are eased.

hong kong reopening borders - travel bubble

Regarding the restrictions and requirements, to be eligible to travel through these “travel bubbles”, Commerce chief Edward Yau Tang-wah, considers that providing proof of a negative COVID-19 test before taking off and upon arrival will be needed.

However, he emphasized that the situation is and will keep changing because each destination may have different restrictions, meaning, this is not going to be the only requirement.

Who is currently allowed to enter Hong Kong?

  • Visitors with Hong Kong residency, travelers that have not been outside China, Taiwan, and Macau in the past 14 days are permitted to enter Hong Kong.
  • U.S citizens are allowed if they comply with the requirements below. 
  • No Hong Kong residents arriving in the territory from any location different than China, Macau, and Taiwan will be denied entry.

Documents travelers must submit at the airport

  • Proof of a negative COVID-19 nucleic acid test taken within 72 hours of the scheduled time of departure. 
  • A hotel booking confirmation for not less than 21 days starting on the day of arrival in Hong Kong. 

Important! – The Hong Kong government provides free testing in public hospitals. Find more information about free testing here

COVID-19 situation in Hong Kong?

As of February 4, the region has reported a total of 10,553 confirmed positive cases, 630 patients in hospital, 26 of them in critical condition, and 186 deaths. On the other hand, the mainland has reported 101,143 confirmed cases and 4,829 deaths. 

Social activities allowed in Hong Kong during COVID-19

Hong Kong reopening for tourism - Travel restrictions

These are the social activities allowed in the territory.

  • Visitors can attend restaurants until 18:00h. 
  • Cinemas, beauty parlors, fitness centers, and sports premises have reopened.

Nightclubs, karaoke places, and swimming pools will remain closed for now. 

Requirements to carry out social activities 

Face masks are mandatory on public transport carriers, in an MTR paid area, and indoor and outdoor public places. 

Check the Hong Kong government’s website for additional information.

Last but not least – Be aware of very strict enforcement of the rules!

  • Violating the quarantine requirement is considered a criminal offense. Offenders can face imprisonment and a fine.
  • Not wearing a mask where people are supposed to, will make them subject to an HKD 5,000 fine.