PCR requirements for Hong Kong
Travelling home to Hong Kong? Or planning a trip for work or study? Here’s everything you need to know about current COVID-19 regulations and PCR test requirements.
What are the current rules and regulations for travel from the UK to Hong Kong?
The rules and regulations surrounding international travel are liable to change — sometimes every day! Please check with The Foreign Office for the most up-to-date guidance before booking your trip.
At the time of writing, Hong Kong residents are welcome in Hong Kong. Tourists and other international travellers are not — with a handful of exceptions:
- Those with diplomatic or official passports can travel to Hong Kong
- Spouses and children of Hong Kong residents may be granted entry too
- And travellers with a new entry visa to work, study or take up residence in Hong Kong will be welcomed with the right paperwork.
Which COVID test do I need to travel to Hong Kong?
People travelling from the UK to Hong Kong need to get a negative PCR COVID-19 test result before they travel — no matter your reason for flying. NHS PCR tests are not valid for international travel. Only private coronavirus test centres offer the documentation required.
Getting the right paperwork for your PCR test
Your test certificate should be written in either English or Chinese and it needs to include your name as written on your passport. It should also show that the lab or clinic that conducted your test is ISO 15189 or UKAS accredited.
PCR test validity for Hong Kong
You should take your test no more than 72 hours before your flight departure time. And if you’re travelling to Hong Kong via a connecting flight, you will need to take your test no more than 72 hours before the flight that arrives into Hong Kong.
What are the current COVID-19 rules in Hong Kong?
In addition to a negative PCR test result, you’ll also need to adhere to the following rules and regulations:
All arrivals to Hong Kong need to quarantine at their hotel or in a government quarantine centre for 14 days. You will be issued with a Bluetooth wristband, too — this will be linked to an app on your phone and used to alert the authorities if you leave your quarantine location without your phone.
There are severe fines and potential prison sentences for anyone who fails to comply with quarantine regulations. So please do take this seriously.
In order to enter Hong Kong, you need to provide written proof of a Hong Kong hotel room reservation. Your booking should start from your arrival date and last for at least 14 days, to cover your mandatory quarantine period.
Testing on arrival
All travellers entering Hong Kong will undergo a COVID-19 swab test upon arrival. You won’t be able to leave the airport until you have your results.
From 2nd December, you are only allowed to meet with one other person outside of your household. There are fines of HKD 25,000 (£2480) for anyone caught breaking this rule.
Masks are compulsory in all public places, including public transport. You face a fine of HKD 5,000 (£480) if you are caught without one.
Where can I get a Fit to Fly PCR test?
As mentioned, NHS COVID-19 tests are not valid for international travel. To get a Fit to Fly certificate, you need to book a PCR test at a private clinic.
Here at Corona Test Centre, we know exactly the test and the documentation you need for your Hong Kong trip. Our tests are conducted by medical professionals. Swabs are analysed in UKAS accredited labs. And your results are always available quickly.
Book your Fit to Fly PCR test at Corona Test Centre today.