hong kong reopening borders

Hong Kong reopening indefinite due to the 3rd wave of Coronavirus

December 5. Hong Kong is only open to visitors from Mainland China, Taiwan and Macao. Visitors arriving from other countries will not be allowed entry.

Permitted visitors must undergo a mandatory 14-day quarantine. However, starting on November 23, travelers may avoid quarantine by following a few steps.

Keep reading to learn about the entry restrictions and how to avoid undergoing quarantine.

Hong Kong reopening timeline – Latest updates

December 5 – No need to quarantine (probably).

In order to avoid quarantine, travelers who have spent the last 14 days in Mainland China, Taiwan and Macao must submit proof of a negative COVID-19 PCR test taken 72 hours before arrival and a booking confirmation in a hotel for not less than 14 nights starting on the day of the arrival in Hong Kong. (Source).

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 and Singapore opening travel bubble

Hong Kong and Singapore are opening a travel bubble. 200 daily passengers will be allowed to travel between the 2 cities. (scmp.com)

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.

Source

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. 
  • If you are not a Hong Kong resident, and arrive at the territory from any location different than China, Macau, and Taiwan authorities will deny your 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 14 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 December 5, the region has reported a total of 6,702 confirmed positive cases, 978 patients in hospital, 23 of them in critical condition, and 112 deaths. On the other hand, the mainland has reported 93,905 confirmed cases and 4,752 deaths. 

Social activities allowed in Hong Kong during COVID-19

Hong Kong reopening for tourism - Travel restrictions

These are the social activities you can do from September 8th

  • You can go to restaurants until 10:00 pm. 
  • Cinemas, beauty parlors, fitness centers, and sports premises have reopened. Keep in mind that only four people at a time are allowed.

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

Requirements to carry out social activities 

This is important! – You must wear a face mask on public transport carriers, in an MTR paid area, and indoor and outdoor public places. However, you don’t have to wear it in outdoor areas in country parks. 

Suggestions

  • Hong Kong is still in the middle of this very important travel agreement. All requirements for travelers have not been agreed on yet. So, before traveling, make sure to check The Hong Kong government’s website for additional information.

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

  • If you dare to violate the quarantine requirement you may be committing a criminal offense and you can face imprisonment and a fine.
  • Not wearing a mask where you are supposed to, will make you subject to an HKD 5,000 fine.