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Hong Kong is open to tourists coming from China, Taiwan and Macao

Hong Kong is open to tourists 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. 

After highly-contagious variants of coronavirus were detected in Brazil,  South Africa, and the UK travelers from those territories or who have been there for more than two hours in the 21 days prior to their trip to Hong Kong will be denied boarding. 

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

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Hong Kong reopening timeline – Latest updates

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April 29 – Hong Kong-Singapore will be finally a reality on May 26

After multiple delays, the “travel bubble” between Hong Kong and Singapore may actually open on May 26, officials from both cities stated this week.

The agreement will bring one flight a day into each city and won’t allow more than 400 passengers from any nationalities per day, said Hong Kong’s Commerce Secretary Edward Yau and Singapore’s Transport Minister Ong Ye Ku said at a press conference.

“Both sides will need to stay very vigilant in the next one month, so that we can launch the first flights smoothly,” said Ong Ye Kung in a statement.

Visitors from both cities must submit a negative COVID-19 before departure and take an additional one upon arrival. They will also need to download and use contact-tracing apps. Additionally, travelers from Hong Kong must have taken two doses of a COVID-19 vaccine 14 days+ before traveling.

April 10 – New social-distancing restrictions until the end of next week

The latest COVID-19 restrictions have been extended, at least, until the end of next week. As of today, bars, party rooms, karaoke clubs, nightclubs, and other tourist venues will remain closed until the spread of the virus is again under control. 

Cinemas, theme parks, and performance venues are allowed to open for visitors at a 75% capacity, and churches, monasteries, mosques, synagogue and temples at 30%.

On the other hand, The Hong Kong bar industry has just revealed that they would agree to use straws so people don’t need to remove their face masks, in exchange for allowing them to reopen after 5 months of closure. The proposal came from the Hong Kong Food and Environmental Hygiene Department. So, it’s highly possible bars will reopen again by using this new creative strategy. 

March 26

Hong Kong has suspended the use of the vaccine BioNTech, and it seems to be favoring Sinovac instead. Given the atmosphere of political unrest and anti-China sentiment among sectors of the population, some are opting out of being vaccinated with the China-made vaccine. (Source)

To top it all, different groups (expats among them) have denounced the sub-optimal conditions in quarantine facilities, even labelling them as unnecessarily cruel. (Source

March 3

Hong Kong started vaccinating on the 21st of February. The latest data from the 28th of February show that 20,000 people had received the vaccine. 

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. 

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.

Entry 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.

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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

COVID-19 cases in Hong Kong
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As of April 29, the region has reported a total of 11,563 confirmed positive cases and 207 deaths. On the other hand, the mainland has reported 103,529 confirmed cases and 4,857 deaths.

Social activities allowed in Hong Kong during COVID-19

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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.