COVID-19 Information

COVID-19 Information

Last updated: [2/25/2021]

*** Effective January 26, all airline passengers to the United States ages two years and older must provide a negative COVID-19 viral test taken within three calendar days of travel. Alternatively, travelers to the U.S. may provide documentation from a licensed health care provider of having recovered from COVID-19 in the 90 days preceding travel. Check the CDC website for additional information and Frequently Asked Questions.

Waivers to the testing requirement may be granted by the CDC on an extremely limited basis when extraordinary emergency travel (like an emergency medical evacuation) must occur to preserve someone’s health and safety and testing cannot be completed before travel.  There are no waivers available for individuals who test positive for COVID-19.  Individuals – or air carriers seeking to allow boarding by potentially qualifying individuals – who believe they meet the criteria for a waiver should contact U.S. Consulate-General Hong Kong at acshk@state.gov and provide the information below.  The U.S. Embassy or Consulate will then submit the request to the CDC for consideration.

The following information must be provided for each passenger:

  1. Name (family name/surname, given name), passport number and country
  2. Cell phone number including country code of passenger or head of household if family unit
  3. Email address of passenger or head of household if family unit
  4. U.S. destination address
    1. Is U.S. destination home address?
  5. Departure date
  6. Flight itinerary
  7. Name of submitting entity if different from passenger
  8. Name of company submitting on behalf of passenger(s) (if applicable)
  9. Name of point of contact submitting on behalf of passenger(s) (if applicable)
  10. Phone and email address for POC submitting waiver request on behalf of passenger(s) (if applicable)
  11. Purpose of travel to the U.S. (provide brief explanation of why urgent travel is needed and how travel will contribute to health and safety of passengers(s))
  12. Justification for testing waiver (e.g. no testing available, impact on health and safety)
  13. Documentation to support justification for test waiver, if available (e.g. medical records or orders for medical evacuation)

HONG KONG

Country-Specific Information:

  • Hong Kong: The Hong Kong government has confirmed cases of COVID-19 within its borders. Safety and security information is provided in our Travel Advisory for Hong Kong, currently at Level 3. For more information on conditions in Hong Kong, please see the Hong Kong government’s website.

COVID-19 Testing

  • Are PCR and/or antigen tests available for U.S. citizens in the Hong Kong Special Administration Region? Yes
  • If so, are test results reliably available within 72 hours? Yes
  • Individuals without symptoms may book an appointment at one of Hong Kong’s Community Testing Centers. These Community Testing Centers are operated by contractors who are approved by the HKSAR government and are able to take combined nasal and throat swabs and provide results for a COVID-19 nucleic acid test within 24 hours. The HKSAR government has capped the cost for this service at 240 HKD. If an individual has symptoms, they should not visit the Community Testing Center. Individuals with symptoms should seek medical advice and testing through their medical provider, a private medical institution, or one of Hong Kong’s public hospitals or general outpatient clinics.
  • Contractors are able to provide test results via email, SMS, and physical copy.
  • Relevant information is available from the Hong Kong Government here: Community Testing Centres

COVID-19 Vaccine Information:

  • Has the government of the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region approved a COVID-19 vaccine for use? Yes. On January 25, 2021, the Hong Kong government approved the Fosun Pharma/BioNTech vaccine for emergency use. Vaccine roll-out will commence in late February. For further information, please see the press release.
  • Does the United States Government recommend that their citizens take Chinese-produced vaccines? The United States has expressed concerns that Russia and the People’s Republic of China are sharing or marketing vaccines to the international community without providing transparent, peer-reviewed scientific evidence of their safety and efficacy. U.S. citizens abroad should consult with medical providers they trust and review information published by relevant public health authorities as they consider their options for accessing a COVID-19 vaccine. U.S. citizens traveling or resident abroad are subject to local laws and to the authority of local health officials.
  • The United States Government does not plan to provide COVID-19 vaccinations to private U.S. citizens overseas. Please follow host country developments and guidelines for COVID-19 vaccination.
  • Hong Kong government information and announcements about local availability of the COVID-19 vaccine is available here: Information on Vaccines

Entry and Exit Requirements:

  • Are U.S. citizens permitted to enter? Generally, no. Only U.S. citizens with Hong Kong residency, diplomats, and U.S. citizens who have been present in mainland China, Taiwan and Macau uninterruptedly for the past 21 days are permitted to enter Hong Kong.
    • As of December 22, 2020, and until further notice, all persons who have been in the United Kingdom, Ireland, Brazil or South Africa for more than two hours in the past 21 days (including Hong Kong residents) will not be allowed to board a flight to Hong Kong.
    • All non-Hong Kong residents arriving by air from any location other than mainland China, Macau, and Taiwan will be denied entry. Non-Hong Kong residents arriving from mainland China, Macau, or Taiwan will be denied entry if they have been to any overseas countries and regions in the past 21 days.
    • On January 30, 2020, the Hong Kong government closed certain transportation links and border checkpoints connecting Hong Kong with mainland China until further notice.
    • On February 4, 2020, ferry services between Hong Kong and Macau were suspended.
    • For more information, please see the Hong Kong government’s website.
  • Is a negative COVID-19 test (PCR and/or serology) required for entry? Yes
    • As of July 29, 2020, the Hong Kong government requires travelers arriving in Hong Kong from the United States to provide proof of a negative COVID-19 nucleic acid test administered within 72 hours of the scheduled time of departure. Travelers from the United States will no longer be able to quarantine at home upon arrival and must instead show confirmation of a hotel reservation for not less than 21 days starting on the day of arrival in Hong Kong. For more information, including important details about other required documents, please see the Hong Kong government’s website. Effective December 22, 2020, this 21-day quarantine must occur in one of the officially-designated quarantine hotels. For more information, including important details about other required documents, please see the Hong Kong government’s website.
  • Are health screening procedures in place at airports and other ports of entry? Yes
    • As of April 8, 2020, all inbound travelers arriving at Hong Kong International Airport are subject to COVID-19 testing, and as of April 22, 2020, they must wait for test results at a designated location. For more information, please see the Hong Kong government’s press release. As of July 8, 2020, aircraft and vessel crew members entering Hong Kong are subject to COVID-19 testing and 14-day mandatory quarantine. For more information, please see the Hong Kong government’s press release.
  • If you wish to extend your stay in Hong Kong, please contact the Hong Kong Immigration Department before your visa or limit of stay will expire. For more information, please see the Hong Kong Immigration Department’s website.

Movement Restrictions:

  • Is a curfew in place? No
  • Are there restrictions on intercity or interstate travel? No
  • Social distancing requirements:
    • As of February 18, 2021, the Hong Kong government has loosened earlier restrictions on sporting and entertainment venues. Game centers, theme parks, karaoke lounges, mahjongg parlors, swimming pools, gyms, sports venues, massage parlors and beauty salons may now re-open; restaurants may now remain open until 10pm for dine-in and may accommodate parties of up to four people. Other restrictions remain in force: gatherings of no more than two persons are allowed; students continue to do virtual learning most of the week; the penalty for violating social distancing regulations stands at $2000 HKD; a new hotline has been set up to report offenders; gatherings in private places are discouraged; new legal authorities permit the government to impose a strict lockdown on any housing estate or neighborhood where a COVID cluster arises.
  • Mask wearing requirements:
    • The Hong Kong government requires the wearing of masks on public transport carriers, in an MTR paid area, and indoor and outdoor public places, except outdoor areas in country parks. For more information, please see the Hong Kong government’s press release. On August 28, 2020, the Hong Kong government exempted those engaged in strenuous physical activity, including sports activity, in public outdoor spaces from the mask requirement. For more information, please see the Hong Kong government’s press release.

Quarantine Information:

  • Are U.S. citizens required to quarantine? Yes
    • Hong Kong residents and non-Hong Kong residents arriving from mainland China, Macau, or Taiwan with no travel to any overseas countries and regions in the past 21 days will be subject to a 14-day compulsory quarantine.
    • As of July 29, 2020, travelers who have visited the United States within the past 14 days are required to quarantine in a hotel for a 14-day period and must have a hotel reservation prior to boarding a flight to Hong Kong.
    • As of December 25, 2020, travelers who have visited any other countries in the past 21 days, including the United States, are required to quarantine in a hotel for a 21-day period and must have a hotel reservation prior to boarding a flight to Hong Kong. Effective December 22, 2020, this 21-day quarantine must occur in one of the officially-designated quarantine hotels. For more information, including important details about other required documents, please see the Hong Kong government’s website.
    • As of February 20, 2021, air crews arriving from the United States (except for Anchorage, if the crew has been part of a closed loop arrangement segregating them from the local population) will be subject to a test-and-hold arrangement at the airport, during which they must take a COVID test and wait for the results, then proceed to the airport hotel arranged by their employer and remain in self-isolation until their departure flight. Locally-based crew must remain at the airport hotel in quarantine for 14 days before entering the local community. For further information, please see the Hong Kong government’s press release.
    • Travelers who have been in close contact with a confirmed COVID-19 case or have traveled to high-incident countries or regions within the past 14 days will be required to stay in a government-designated quarantine facility.

Transportation Options:

  • Are commercial flights operating? Yes
    • Several direct and indirect flights are operating from Hong Kong International Airport to the United States each week.
  • Is public transportation operating? Yes

Fines for Non-Compliance: (if applicable)

  • Any person in violation of his/her quarantine requirement may be committing a criminal offense. The penalty upon conviction is imprisonment and a fine.
  • Any person in violation of the mask requirement may face a fine of up to HKD 5,000.
  • Any person in violation of social distancing restrictions may face a fine of up to HKD 2,000.

Consular Operations:

  • The U.S. Consulate General Hong Kong and Macau is providing routine passport and citizenship services at this time, but the number of appointment slots has been reduced. Appointments will be made available in the online system on a week-by-week basis.
  • We are also providing routine notarial service, but again the number of appointment slots has been reduced.
  • Renunciation services, recently restored, will continue for as long as staffing permits. For assistance, please contact us at renunciationhk@state.gov.
  • The U.S. Consulate General Hong Kong and Macau is currently offering IR1, IR2, CR1, CR2, K and EB5 immigrant visa appointments and all classes of nonimmigrant visa services. While we aim to process cases as soon as practicable, there is likely to be increased wait times for completing such services due to substantial backlogs.

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MACAU

Country-Specific Information:

  • Macau: The Macau government has confirmed cases of COVID-19 within its borders. Safety and security information is provided in our Travel Advisory for Macau, currently at Level 1. For more information on conditions in Macau, please see the Macau government’s website.

COVID-19 Testing:

  • Are PCR and/or antigen tests available for U.S. citizens in the Macau Special Administration Region? Yes
  • If so, are test results reliably available within 72 hours? Yes
  • Individuals may book an appointment at one of Macau’s approved COVID-19 testing locations. Some testing locations allow Macau residents a free first test, while others charge 100 MOP.
  • Macau’s Department of Health will provide tests via email and SMS. For more information on COVID-19 testing, please see the Macau government’s website.

COVID-19 Vaccinations:

  • Has the government of the Macau Special Administrative Region approved a COVID-19 vaccine for use? On January 25, 2021, the Macau government announced that, once a vaccine is available, local residents, non-resident workers and non-resident students will get their COVID-19 vaccine free of charge with the goal of rapidly achieving herd immunity. On February 22, 2021, the Macau Health Bureau announced it has started providing COVID-19 vaccinations for the general public. There will be twelve vaccination sites throughout Macau with a daily capacity of 5,000 inoculations.
  • Does the United States Government recommend that their citizens take Chinese-produced vaccines? The United States has expressed concerns that Russia and the People’s Republic of China are sharing or marketing vaccines to the international community without providing transparent, peer-reviewed scientific evidence of their safety and efficacy. U.S. citizens abroad should consult with medical providers they trust and review information published by relevant public health authorities as they consider their options for accessing a COVID-19 vaccine. U.S. citizens traveling or resident abroad are subject to local laws and to the authority of local health officials.
  • The United States Government does not plan to provide COVID-19 vaccinations to private U.S. citizens overseas. Please follow host country developments and guidelines for COVID-19 vaccination.

Entry and Exit Requirements:

  • Are U.S. citizens permitted to enter?  Unless non-resident American citizens have spent the preceding 21 days in Mainland China, Hong Kong or Taiwan and have a strong tie to Macau, no. Only U.S. citizens with Macau residency are permitted to enter Macau.

    • As of March 25, 2020, non-Macau residents who have been to an overseas territory in the past 14 days will be denied entry.
    • As of April 5, 2020, bus services between Macau and Hong Kong are suspended until further notice. For more information on Hong Kong-Zhuhai-Macau bridge services, please see the Macau government’s infographic. As of May 8, limited Hong Kong-Zhuhai-Macau bridge shuttle bus service has resumed.
    • On February 4, 2020, ferry services between Hong Kong and Macau were suspended.
  • Is a negative COVID-19 test (PCR and/or serology) required for entry? Yes
    • As of April 15, 2020, all travelers must present proof of a negative COVID-19 test before embarking on a plane to Macau.
    • As of August 7, 2020, all travelers arriving from Hong Kong must present proof of a negative nucleic acid COVID-19 test conducted within 24 hours. Travelers who have been to Hong Kong 14 days before entry will be subject to a 14-day quarantine at a designated place. For more information, please see the Macau government’s website.
  • Are health screening procedures in place at airports and other ports of entry? Yes
  • If you wish to extend your stay in Macau, please contact the Macau Immigration Department before your visa or limit of stay will expire. For more information, please see the Macau Immigration Department website.

Movement Restrictions:

  • Is a curfew in place? No
  • Are there restrictions on intercity or interstate travel? No

Quarantine Information:

  • Are U.S. citizens required to quarantine? Yes
    • As of December 21, 2020, all travelers who have been to an overseas territory or Hong Kong (but not including Mainland China or Taiwan) in the past 21 days will be subject to a 21-day compulsory quarantine at a designated location, followed by another 7 days of health monitoring. For more information, please see the Macau government’s website.

Transportation Options:

  • Are commercial flights operating? Yes
    • Limited indirect flights operate from Macau to the United States, but flights may be cancelled at the last minute.
  • Is public transportation operating? Yes

Fines for Non-Compliance: (if applicable)

  • Any person in violation of his/her quarantine requirement may be subject to mandatory isolation and may be committing a criminal offense.

Consular Operations:

  • The U.S. Consulate General Hong Kong and Macau is providing routine passport and citizenship services at this time, but the number of appointment slots has been reduced. Appointments will be made available in the online system on a week-by-week basis.
  • We are also providing routine notarial service, but again the number of appointment slots has been reduced.
  • Renunciation services, recently restored, will continue for as long as staffing permits. For assistance, please contact us at renunciationhk@state.gov.
  • The U.S. Consulate General Hong Kong and Macau is currently offering IR1, IR2, CR1, CR2, K and EB5 immigrant visa appointments and all classes of nonimmigrant visa services. While we aim to process cases as soon as practicable, there is likely to be increased wait times for completing such services due to substantial backlogs.

Local Resources: