COVID-19 Information

COVID-19 Information

Last updated: [1/13/21]

Effective January 26, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control will now require all passengers boarding international flights to the United States to show proof of a negative COVID test result issued within the preceding 72 hours. For further information, please see the CDC’s press release.

In terms of movement restrictions that might be in effect in the place you will be visiting, each state and locality has set its own rules. We recommend that you visit the websites for the airport you plan to use and for the health authorities in that place and review the COVID information you find. If you have any questions, please direct them to the authorities there for the most reliable information.

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.

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 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, the Hong Kong government closed certain transportation links and border checkpoints connecting Hong Kong with mainland China until further notice.
    • On February 4, 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, 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. 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, all inbound travelers arriving at Hong Kong International Airport are subject to COVID-19 testing, and as of April 22, 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, 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 December 10, 2020, the Hong Kong government has tightened the social distancing restrictions announced on December 2. The restrictions are: game centers, theme parks, karaoke lounges, mahjongg parlors, swimming pools, gyms, sports venues, massage parlors and beauty salons have been closed entirely; gatherings of no more than two persons are allowed; restaurants must now close at 6pm, and only two persons per table will be permitted; most schools are closed; the penalty for violating social distancing regulations now 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, 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 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.
    • 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.

COVID-19 Testing:

  • The Hong Kong government’s Enhanced Laboratory Surveillance Program provides free testing and is available in public hospitals and general out-patient clinics. You may also visit private clinics and hospitals for COVID-19 testing. For more information on COVID-19 testing, please see the Hong Kong government’s website.

COVID-19 Vaccinations:

  • 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.

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.

Entry and Exit Requirements:

  • Are U.S. citizens permitted to enter? Generally no. Only U.S. citizens with Macau residency are permitted to enter Macau without special permission.
  • The following classes of foreigner may apply for special permission to enter Macau: workers in disease prevention & control and emergency rescue, workers ensuring the proper operation of public services or meeting the basic needs of the Macau public, spouses and parents of Macau ID holders, registered non-resident workers and their family members, students enrolled in Macau universities, and attendees of important business/academic/professional events.
    • As of March 25, non-Macau residents who have been to an overseas territory in the past 14 days will be denied entry.
    • As of April 5, 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, 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, all travelers must present proof of a negative COVID-19 test before embarking on a plane to Macau.
    • As of August 7, 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 10pm on December 21, 2020, all travelers who have been to any overseas territory, including Hong Kong, but not including Mainland China or Taiwan, in the past 14 days will be subject to a 21-day compulsory quarantine at a designated location. Those travelers arriving from Mainland China or Taiwan will be subject to a 14-day quarantine. For more information, please see the Macau government’s website.

COVID-19 Testing:

  • The Macau government provides one free COVID-19 test for Macau residents and non-resident workers. All visitors and subsequent tests will incur a cost of MOP 120.
  • For more information on COVID-19 testing, please see the Macau government’s website.

COVID-19 Vaccinations:

  • 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.

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: