COVID-19 Information

COVID-19 Information

Last updated: [6/11/2021]

*** Effective May 26, if you are an American citizen overseas and your passport expired on or after January 1, 2020, you may be able to use your expired passport to return directly to the United States until December 31, 2021. See this page for more information.

*** 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.

For more information about traveling to the U.S., such as quarantine or social distancing requirements, please consult the airport and government websites of the locale you will be visiting. COVID-19 regulations vary by state and even city. If you have any questions, please direct them to the authorities of that locality 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.

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 via email, SMS, and physical copy. 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.
  • For more information visit the Hong Kong Government’s Community Testing Centres site.

COVID-19 Vaccine Information:

  • Has the government of the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region approved a COVID-19 vaccine for use? Yes, the government of Hong Kong began vaccinations in late February 2021.
  • Are vaccines available in Hong Kong for U.S. citizens to receive? Currently, any Hong Kong resident aged 12 or above is eligible to receive free vaccination. The minimum age for receiving Fosun Pharma-BioNTech/Comirnaty is 12, and that for receiving Sinovac Biotech/CoronaVac is 18. Those aged 12-17 are required to bring along a consent form signed by their parents to receive their vaccination. For more information about local availability of COVID-19 vaccines, please consult the Hong Kong Government’s Vaccination Programme site. The Hong Kong government has recently begun to open vaccines to certain non-residents in Hong Kong from mainland China or with UNHCR refugee status. For more information on vaccinations for non-Hong Kong residents, please see the Hong Kong Government’s press release.
  • Which vaccines are available in Hong Kong? As of January 25, 2021 and February 18, 2021 respectively, the Hong Kong government has approved the Fosun Pharma-BioNTech/Comirnaty and the Sinovac Biotech/CoronaVac vaccines for emergency use. For more information, please consult the Hong Kong Government’s Vaccination Programme site.
  • 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.
  • Visit the FDA’s website to learn more about FDA-approved vaccines in the United States.
  • 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? Yes, if they fall into one of the categories listed below.
    • U.S. citizens with Hong Kong residency, diplomats, and U.S. citizens who have been present in mainland China, Macau, Australia or New Zealand uninterruptedly for the past 14 days are permitted to enter Hong Kong.
    • All non-Hong Kong residents arriving by air from any location other than mainland China, Macau, Australia or New Zealand will be denied entry. Non-Hong Kong residents arriving from those locations will be denied entry if they have been to any overseas countries and regions in the past 21 days. Certain transportation links and border checkpoints between Hong Kong and mainland China remain closed. Ferry service between Hong Kong and Macau remains suspended.
    • All persons who have been in designated extremely high-risk places 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. As of June 11, 2021, extremely high-risk places include Brazil, South Africa, India, Pakistan, Nepal, and the Philippines. Additionally, all passenger flights from India, Nepal, Pakistan, and the Philippines are prohibited from landing. For more information on these place-based restrictions, please consult the Hong Kong government’s press release here.
    • Travelers are allowed to transit through Hong Kong, though they are subject to certain restrictions. Please check with your airline and the Hong Kong government site for more information about transiting in Hong Kong.
    • For more information, please see the Hong Kong government’s website.

Movement Restrictions:

  • Is a curfew in place? No
  • Are there restrictions on intercity or interstate travel? No
  • Social distancing requirements:
    • As of April 29, 2021, Hong Kong is employing a “vaccine bubble” model. Under this model, individuals and businesses that have begun vaccination and use the Leave Home Safe app have expanded freedoms. This model allows for the possibility of bathhouses, party rooms, clubs, and karaoke, and mahjong establishments to be open. For more information about the requirements and allowances, please see the Hong Kong Government’s press release. For businesses that don’t meet the updated standards, previous social distancing rules remain in place.  Restaurants must close at 10pm for dine-in and may accommodate parties of no more than four people. Game centers, theme parks, gyms, sports venues, cinemas, live performance venues, massage parlors and beauty salons must abide by capacity limits and testing requirements. Swimming pools and beaches are open. Religious gatherings are allowed if no food or drink is served. Students continue to do a hybrid of virtual and in-person learning. Group gatherings of no more than four people are allowed unless exempted. There are hotlines and police patrols of popular areas to find offenders. Penalties for violating social distancing restrictions include fines of up to $25,000 HKD and imprisonment. New legal authorities permit the government to impose a strict lockdown and testing requirements 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, Australia, or New Zealand with no travel to any other overseas countries and regions in the past 21 days will be subject to 14 days of compulsory quarantine in a designated quarantine hotel and 7 days of self-monitoring. Starting May 12, 2021, quarantine for fully vaccinated residents of these locations will be reduced to 7 days with an additional 7 days of self-monitoring.
    • 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 in one of the officially designated quarantine hotels prior to boarding a flight to Hong Kong. For more information, including important details about other required documents, please see the Hong Kong government’s website. Starting May 12, 2021, fully vaccinated individuals traveling from certain places will be able to reduce their quarantine by 7 days. Fully vaccinated travelers from the United States will complete 14 days in a designated quarantine hotel and then self-monitor the remaining 7 days. For full information about reduced quarantine, please see the Hong Kong government’s press release.
    • As of April 16, 2021, locally based cargo air crew who have laid over in Alaska, Australia, New Zealand, Singapore, South Korea, Japan and/or Thailand under a closed-loop arrangement will NOT be subject to the self-isolation arrangement upon arrival in Hong Kong before entering the local community. Similarly, locally based cargo air crew who have completed the full COVID-19 vaccination process are NOT subject to self-isolation unless they have stayed in a designated extremely high-risk place in the past 21 days. All other air crew will continue to 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 or they enter the local community after completing quarantine. For more information, please check with the appropriate airline and port authorities.
    • Travelers who have been in close contact with a confirmed COVID-19 case within the past 14 days will be required to stay in a government-designated quarantine facility. Length of stay in quarantine depends upon the strain of COVID-19 and vaccination status. For more information about quarantine for close contacts, please see this Hong Kong government press release.

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:

  • 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 $10,000 HKD.
  • Any person in violation of social distancing restrictions may face a fine of up to $25,000 HKD.

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:

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 4. 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. Test results are provided 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? Yes. On January 25, 2021, the Macau government announced that 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.
  • Are vaccines available in Macau for U.S. citizens to receive? U.S. citizens who are Macao residents, hold non-resident worker’s identity card, or are studying or incarcerated in Macau can receive the vaccination free of charge. Other U.S. citizen non-residents with authorization to stay in Macao can also get vaccinated at a cost of MOP250 per dose.
  • Which vaccines are available in Macau? On February 9, 2021 Macau launched its vaccination program with the Sinovac vaccine. On March 3, 2021, the Fosun Pharma/BioNTech vaccine was made available to the public. For more information, please consult the Macau COVID-19 Vaccine page.
  • 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.
  • Visit the FDA’s website to learn more about FDA-approved vaccines in the United States.
  • 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?  No, unless they fall into one of the categories below.
    • U.S. citizens with Macau residency are permitted to enter Macau.
    • Non-resident American citizens who have spent the preceding 21 days in Mainland China or Macau and possess valid visas for either place can enter according to their visas’ validity period. For those who have spent the preceding 21 days in Mainland China or Macau but do not have valid visas, they must be in a group that warrants an exception to apply for entry. Non-resident Americans who have been outside mainland China or Macau in the past 21 days must prove their entrance into Macau would be in Macau’s public interest. For those that believe they have a strong enough case to warrant an exception to enter Macau, they may find more information in this infographic.
    • As of May 8, 2020 limited Hong Kong-Zhuhai-Macau bridge shuttle bus service is available. As of July 13, 2020, all passengers travelling from Hong Kong to Macao through Hong Kong-Zhuhai-Macao Bridge shuttle buses (golden buses) are required to present a certificate of negative result for COVID-19 nucleic acid test issued within the past 7 days.
    • On February 4, 2020, ferry services between Hong Kong and Macau were suspended. As July 14, 2020, all ferry and air passengers departing from Macao are required to present a certificate of a negative result for COVID-19 nucleic acid test issued within the past 7 days.
  • Is a negative COVID-19 test (PCR and/or serology) required for entry? Yes
    • As of May 6, 2021 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 in mainland China or Taiwan 14 days before entry must present proof of a negative nucleic acid COVID-19 test conducted within the past 7 days. Travelers arriving from any other place must present proof of a negative nucleic acid COVID-19 test conducted within 72 hours. For more information, please see the Macau government’s infographic.
  • 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
  • Social distancing requirements: The Macau government requires the use of the Macau Health Code for entrance to certain locations like immigration buildings, medical institutions, casinos, hotels, and guesthouses. Similarly, temperature checks are mandatory in many settings. As of May 2020, schools have resumed classes. For more details, please see the Macau government’s COVID-19 website.
  • Mask wearing requirements: Macau requires the wearing of a face mask in many public settings including, banks, casinos, and on public transportation. For more details, please see the Macau government’s COVID-19 website.

Quarantine Information:

  • Are U.S. citizens required to quarantine? Yes
    • As of April 27, 2021, Macau residents who have been in low risk areas of mainland China for the past 14 days and have not been to any foreign country in the past 21 are exempt from quarantine. Macau residents who have visited Taiwan or Hong Kong, but have not traveled to any other country in the past 21 days must complete 14 days of quarantine. Residents who have visited any other foreign country 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 self-management. For more information, you can consult this infographic from the Macau government.
    • Residents of Mainland China, Taiwan, and Hong Kong who have been in mainland China for the past 14 days in low risk areas and have not visited any foreign country in the past 21 days are exempt from quarantine. Residents of these locations who have been in Taiwan in the past 14 days and not visited any foreign country or Hong Kong within the past 21 days must undergo 14 days of centralized isolation medical observation. Residents of these locations who have been in Hong Kong within the past 14 days prior to arrival must submit 14 days of isolated medical observation. For more information, please see the Macau government’s website and this infographic.
    • As of late April 2021, all individuals who have been to India, Pakistan, the Philippines, Nepal, or Brazil within the past 28 days prior to their entry into Macao must undergo quarantine for 28 days at a designated venue.

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:

  • Any person in violation of his/her quarantine requirement may be subject to mandatory isolation and may be committing a criminal offense.
  • Those found in breach of social distancing and face mask regulations may be subject to heavy fines.

Consular Operations:

  • With the Government of Macau’s current COVID-related entry restrictions the U.S. Consulate General Hong Kong and Macau has had to suspend regular visits to Macau. Residents of Macau needing passport and citizenship services may travel to Hong Kong to receive necessary services in line with Macau and Hong Kong’s current entry, exit, and quarantine requirements. The Department of State does not authorize video teleconferencing services for passport and citizenship adjudication. For U.S. citizens unable to travel and in immediate need of services, please contact us at acshk@state.gov.
  • For those willing to travel to Hong Kong, 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: