COVID-19 Information

COVID-19 Information

Last updated: [12/3/2021]

***  Effective November 8, 2021, all non-immigrant, non-U.S. citizen air travelers to the United States will be required to be fully vaccinated and to provide proof of vaccination status prior to boarding an airplane to the United States.

U.S. citizens and Legal Permanent Residents (LPRs) who are eligible to travel but are not fully vaccinated will need to provide proof of a negative COVID-19 test one (1) day before their flight. U.S citizens and LPRs who are fully vaccinated will need to present airlines with proof of vaccination and of a negative COVID-19 test three (3) days before their flight.

Exemptions will be considered on an extremely limited basis.  Please contact your nearest embassy or consulate to apply for an exemption.  Please visit the CDC webpages for more information about exemptions and the requirement for proof of negative COVID-19 test or recovery from COVID-19 for all air passengers arriving in the United States.

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 Center’s 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?
    • Through the Hong Kong Government’s Vaccination Program, any Hong Kong resident aged 12 or above is eligible to receive free vaccination with the Fosun Pharma-BioNTech/Comirnaty or Sinovac Biotech/CoronaVac vaccine at a Community Vaccination Center. 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 Program site.
    • Non-residents with UNHCR refugee status and non-residents holding valid travel documents who can complete a full course of vaccination within their stay limit are eligible to receive vaccination in Hong Kong. For more information on vaccinations for non-Hong Kong residents, please see the Hong Kong Government’s press release.
    • Beginning December 6, 2021, certain private healthcare institutions will be offering vaccination appointments with the BioNTech vaccine. For more information on vaccinations by private hospitals, 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 Program 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.
  • Does Hong Kong recognize non-local COVID-19 vaccines and vaccination records?
    • The Government of Hong Kong has published a list of the COVID-19 vaccines and the vaccination records they recognize for travel into Hong Kong. Please see the Hong Kong government website’s Vaccination proof section for this information. Travelers with foreign vaccination records arriving at Hong Kong’s land boundary control points and to Hong Kong International Airport will be issued a vaccination record QR code for local use. Please see the Hong Kong government’s press release for more information.

Entry and Exit Requirements:

  • Are U.S. citizens permitted to enter? Yes, if they fall into one of the categories listed below.
    • As of August 20, 2021, the U.S. has been categorized as a Group A or high-risk location. Under this designation, if travelers have stayed in the United States or other high-risk places in the past 21 days, then they are only allowed entry if they are fully vaccinated Hong Kong residents. Non-vaccinated Hong Kong residents and non-Hong Kong residents will be denied entry. Beginning December 5, 2021, high-risk places include Angola, Australia, Austria, Bangladesh, Belgium, Botswana, Brazil, Cambodia, Canada, the Czech Republic, Denmark, Eswatini, Ethiopia, Finland, France, Germany, Ghana, Greece, India, Indonesia, Iran, Ireland, Israel, Italy, Japan, Korea, Lesotho, Malawi, Malaysia, Mozambique, Namibia, Nepal, the Netherlands, Nigeria, Norway, Pakistan, the Philippines, Portugal, Russia, Saudi Arabia, South Africa, Spain, Sri Lanka, Sweden, Switzerland, Tanzania, Thailand, Turkey, the United Arab Emirates, the United Kingdom, the United States of America, Zambia, and Zimbabwe.
    • U.S. citizens that have spent the last 14 days in mainland China, Macau, or Group C low-risk locations may enter Hong Kong regardless of vaccination status or Hong Kong residency. U.S. citizens that have spent the last 14 days in Group B or medium risk locations will be allowed entry if they have been fully vaccinated or are Hong Kong residents. Non-vaccinated non-Hong Kong residents with stays in Group B locations will be denied entry. For more information on Hong Kong’s updated entry and quarantine requirements, please see the Hong Kong Government’s website.
    • Unvaccinated children under 12 will be allowed to enter Hong Kong accompanying adults that are eligible to enter because of their vaccination or residency status. For more details, please see the Hong Kong government’s press release.
    • Certain transportation links and border checkpoints between Hong Kong and mainland China remain closed. Ferry service between Hong Kong and Macau remains suspended. For information on Hong Kong’s immigration checkpoints, please see the Hong Kong Immigration Department’s website.
  • What COVID-related documents are required for entry?
    • Hong Kong’s current boarding requirements vary based on where the traveler has visited in the past 14 or 21 days and whether the traveler is vaccinated. For a full breakdown of entry requirements, please consult the Hong Kong government’s website. For more information on Hong Kong’s updated entry and quarantine requirements, please see the Hong Kong Government’s website.
    • One of Hong Kong’s entry requirements for eligible travelers from the United States is to present a negative COVID-19 PCR test conducted within 72 hours of the aircraft’s departure. The U.S. Consulate General strongly recommends that you test within 48 hours of boarding your flight, if possible. Testing closer to your departure may reduce the chance that your post-arrival COVID-19 test will yield a different result from your pre-departure test. We also recommend that travelers, from the time period after their pre-departure PCR test until boarding their flight to Hong Kong, follow CDC guidance with respect to mask wearing and other best practices for avoiding potential exposure to COVID-19. We are making this recommendation with your safety and comfort in mind, as testing positive upon arrival will result in compulsory hospitalization for the traveler and quarantine for the traveler’s close contacts (see below). Although Hong Kong’s current requirement is for COVID-19 testing within 72 hours of departure, we have seen an uptick in positive COVID-19 arrival test results from U.S. travelers at the Hong Kong airport, and thus are making this recommendation. For more information on Hong Kong’s testing requirements, please see the Hong Kong government’s website.
  • Are U.S. citizens permitted to transit through Hong Kong?
    • Travelers are allowed to transit through Hong Kong, though they are subject to certain restrictions. Hong Kong’s quarantine requirement does not apply to transit passengers who do not pass through immigration control. Starting December 8, 2021, the Hong Kong Government will require all passengers who board a flight from overseas places and Taiwan for transit through Hong Kong to present at boarding a negative COVID-19 PCR test for COVID-19 conducted within 72 hours of the aircraft’s departure. Please check with your airline and the Hong Kong government’s site for more information about transiting in Hong Kong.
  • Testing Positive for COVID-19 Upon Arrival
    • There have been cases of vaccinated travelers, and travelers who previously recovered from COVID-19, testing positive upon arrival in Hong Kong.  If a traveler tests positive for COVID-19 upon returning to Hong Kong (or has a re-positive test result in cases of individuals who have recovered from a previous infection), the preliminary positive test result will cause local health officials to initiate public health protocols to hospitalize and test the COVID-19 positive individual and quarantine the individual’s close contacts.  Travelers who test positive for COVID-19 will face a minimum of 10 days in a Hong Kong Government Hospital followed by 14 days in a Hong Kong Government-managed medical observation facility.  During the initial minimum stay of 10 days in the hospital, the local medical authorities will determine if the patient meets the discharge criteria to be considered recovered from COVID-19.  The Hong Kong Health Department has stricter COVID-19 discharge criteria than the United States or other countries.  The minimum 10-day hospital stay will be followed by a mandatory 14-day stay of observation in a Hong Kong Government-managed medical observation facility.  Some people who test positive for COVID-19 may be hospitalized for significantly longer than 10 days depending on the Hong Kong government’s assessment of their COVID-19 status.  People traveling with someone who tests positive for COVID-19 upon arrival in Hong Kong will face compulsory quarantine that may last from anywhere between seven and 21 days, depending on the variant and the person’s vaccination status.  If a child tests positive upon arrival, a parent can accompany the child to the hospital for the duration of the child’s stay.  If a parent tests positive, the child/children accompanying the parent may be admitted to the hospital with the positive parent if that is the parent’s preference. For additional information, please visit 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 been vaccinated have expanded freedoms. Recreation venues like bathhouses, clubs, karaoke and party rooms, theme parks, performance venues, swimming pools, beauty salons, and cruise ships are open. All must abide by various capacity limits and testing requirements according to the vaccination status of customers and workers. Religious gatherings are allowed if masks remain on and no food or drink is served. For businesses that don’t meet certain vaccination thresholds, more stringent social distancing rules remain in place. The prohibition on group gatherings of more than four people in public places remains in place. Penalties for violating social distancing restrictions include fines of up to $25,000 HKD and imprisonment. Legal authorities permit the government to impose strict lockdown and testing requirements on any housing estate or neighborhood where a COVID-19 cluster arises. For more information about social distancing regulations, please see the Hong Kong government’s press release.
    • The Hong Kong government launched the digital contact tracing app “LeaveHomeSafe” in November 2020.  The app is required for entrance into all government buildings and Food and Environmental Hygiene Department facilities like indoor food markets. Starting December 8, 2021, all regulated premises will also be required to use the app. This includes all restaurants, gyms, hotels, and cinemas.
  • 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, U.S. citizens may be required to quarantine upon entry and if they are deemed a contact of an imported or local COVID-19 case.
  • Quarantine upon entry:
    • As of August 20, 2021, the U.S. has been categorized as a Group A or high-risk location. Under this designation, travelers are subject to 21 days of compulsory quarantine in a designated quarantine hotel and 7 days of self-monitoring. Travelers cannot shorten quarantine by being vaccinated or taking an antibody test. If travelers are coming from a location associated with the Omicron variant, then they will be required to quarantine at Penny’s Bay Quarantine Center for the first 7 days and at a designated quarantine hotel for the remaining 14 days. As of December 3, 2021, this rule applies to Angola, Botswana, Eswatini, Ethiopia, Lesotho, Malawi, Mozambique, Namibia, Nigeria, South Africa, Zambia, and Zimbabwe.
    • As of August 20, 2021, vaccinated travelers with stays in Group B or medium-risk places will be subject to 14 days of compulsory quarantine in a designated quarantine hotel and 7 days of self-monitoring. Unvaccinated Hong Kong resident travelers from Group B locations must quarantine for 21 days in a designated quarantine hotel and self-monitor for an additional 7 days. Vaccinated travelers from mainland China, Macau, or Group C or low-risk places will be subject to 7 days of compulsory quarantine in a designated quarantine hotel and 7 days of self-monitoring. Unvaccinated travelers from these locations will be subject to 14 days of compulsory quarantine in a designated quarantine hotel and 7 days of self-monitoring. For more information on Hong Kong’s updated entry and quarantine requirements, please see the Hong Kong Government’s website.
    • Under the Return2hk scheme, some Hong Kong residents traveling from low-risk locations in mainland China or Macau are exempt from quarantine. For more information about this travel scheme for Hong Kong residents, please consult this page of the Hong Kong government’s website. As of September 15, 2021, non-Hong Kong residents in Guangdong province and Macau are eligible for quarantine-free entry to Hong Kong under the Come2hk Scheme. Up to 2,000 non-Hong Kong residents per day can enter through land boundary control points with proper registration and COVID tests. Please see the Hong Kong government’s press release for more details.
  • Quarantine documents:
    • Depending on the traveler’s travel history over the past 21 days, certain COVID-19 testing and vaccination documents may be required for entry and quarantine. Before traveling, please make sure the names on all COVID-19 documents are identical to the names used on travel documents. U.S. Center for Disease Control (CDC) vaccination cards will not be accepted unless they include the bearer’s full middle name as listed on their travel document; CDC vaccination cards that only contain the bearer’s middle initial will not be accepted as proof of valid vaccination. For more details about these required documents, please see the Hong Kong government’s website.
  • Quarantine for crewmembers:
    • 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 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.
  • Quarantine for close contacts:
    • People identified as close contacts of someone who tests positive for COVID-19 will face compulsory quarantine that may last from anywhere between seven and 21 days, depending on the variant and the person’s vaccination status. The length of stay in quarantine is determined by the Hong Kong government. For more information about quarantine for close contacts, please see this Hong Kong government press release.
  • Compulsory Hospitalization for Positive Cases:
    • Someone who tests positive for COVID-19 will face a minimum of 10 days in a Hong Kong Government hospital, and 14 days in a Hong Kong Government-managed medical observation facility.  During the initial minimum stay of 10 days in the hospital, the local medical authorities will determine if the patient meets the discharge criteria to be considered recovered from COVID-19.  The Hong Kong Health Department has stricter COVID-19 discharge criteria than the United States or other countries.  The minimum 10-day hospital stay will be followed by a mandatory 14-day stay of observation in a Hong Kong Government-managed medical observation facility.  Some people who test positive for COVID-19 may be hospitalized for significantly longer than 10 days depending on the Hong Kong government’s assessment of their COVID-19 status. If a child tests positive, a parent can accompany the child to the hospital for the duration of the child’s stay.  If a parent tests positive, the child/children accompanying the parent may be admitted to the hospital with the positive parent if that is the parent’s preference.  For additional information, please visit the Hong Kong government’s website.

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. Testing locations can be found under “Nucleic Acid Test of COVID-19” tab of the Macau government’s COVID site homepage.
    • In cases of “immediate pandemic prevention status”, to secure public order, safety, and health the Macau government may mandate that 100% of the population undergo COVID-19 testing.  As a  response to positive COVID cases ,  the Macau government has launched mass testing on three different occasions :  August 4 to August 10, 2021, September 25 to September 28, 2021, and October 4 to October 7, 2021.

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. Macau currently does not recommend vaccination for children under 12. Individuals may receive a third dose of a COVID-19 vaccine if they meet the eligibility criteria. For more information, please consult the Macau COVID-19 Vaccine page.
  • Which vaccines are available in Macau?
    • Two types of vaccine are available in Macau: the inactivated vaccine from Sinopharm CNBG Beijing and the mRNA vaccine from BioNTech. 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?  Yes, unless they fall into one of the categories below.
    • U.S. citizens who are residents of Macau, mainland China, Hong Kong, or Taiwan are permitted to enter Macau. Residents of mainland China, Hong Kong, and Taiwan may be denied entry based on their travel history in the past 21 days. Residents arriving from certain foreign countries may be required to present documentation certifying they have completed COVID-19 vaccination or are unsuitable to receive vaccination.
    • Non-resident American citizens who have spent the preceding 21 days in mainland China or Macau and possess the appropriate visa 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 a valid visa, they must be in a group that warrants an exemption 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. If you believe you have a strong enough case to warrant an exemption to enter Macau, please contact the appropriate Macau authorities. For the most updated regulations on Macau entry and quarantine, please see the full series of infographics and visit the Macau government’s website.
    • 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.
    • As of July 14, 2020, all ferry and air passengers departing from Macau are required to present a certificate of a 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.
  • Is a negative COVID-19 test (PCR and/or serology) required for entry? Yes
    • All travelers must present proof of a negative nucleic acid COVID-19 test for entry into Macau. When that test must have been taken depends on the individual’s travel history in the 21 days before entry. For more information, please see the Macau government’s series of infographics.
    • As of October 25, 2021, anyone previously infected with COVID-19 who intends to fly into Macao must have a certificate of recovery proving at least two months have passed since onset of the disease, or since they first tested ‘positive’ for the virus. For more information, please see the Macau government’s announcement.
  • Are health screening procedures in place at airports and other ports of entry? Yes
  • Is a negative COVID-19 test (PCR and/or serology) required for exit? 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.

Travel From Macau to Hong Kong:

  • Can U.S. citizens travel from Macau to Hong Kong?
    • Beginning November 2, 2021, Macau and other non-Hong Kong residents will once again be eligible to travel to Hong Kong without quarantine under the Come2hk scheme.  Advance registration is required, and travelers need a negative COVID-19 test taken 3 days prior to their arrival to Hong Kong.  For more information on the Come2hk scheme, please see the Hong Kong government’s site.

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, a nd guesthouses. Similarly, temperature checks are mandatory in many settings. For more details, please see the Macau government’s COVID-19 website.
    • As part of the Government of Macau’s declarations of a state of immediate pandemic prevention in September and October 2021, many regular services in Macau were suspended. As of late October 2021, recreational facilities have reopened. Ferry service between Macau and mainland China has resumed.  Education institutions resumed in-person classes on October 25, 2021.
  • 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 November 24, 2021, Macau residents who have been in low-risk areas of mainland China for the past 14 days and have not been to Taiwan or any foreign country in the past 21 days may be exempt from quarantine. Macau residents from higher risk areas of mainland China will be subject to 7-14 days of quarantine. Macau residents who have visited Hong Kong in the past 14 days must complete 14 days of quarantine. Macau residents who have visited Taiwan in the past 21 days must complete 21 days of quarantine. Macau residents who have visited Bangladesh, Brazil, Cambodia, India, Indonesia, Iran, Nepal, Pakistan, the Philippines, Russia, South Africa, Sir Lanka, Tanzania, or Turkey must complete 28-35 days of quarantine. Residents who have visited any other foreign country will be subject to 21-28 days of compulsory quarantine at a designated location, followed by another 7 days of health self-management.  For more information on quarantine for Macau residents, you can consult this infographic from the Macau government. The list of high risk areas in mainland China can be found in these infographics.
    • Residents of mainland China, Hong Kong, and Taiwan who have been in low-risk areas of mainland China for the past 14 days and have not visited any foreign country or Taiwan in the past 21 days are exempt from quarantine. Residents of these locations with travel to higher risk areas of mainland China will be subject to quarantine. Residents of these locations who have been in Taiwan in the past 21 days must undergo 21 days of quarantine. Residents of these locations who have been in Hong Kong within the past 14 days prior to arrival must undergo 14 days of quarantine. Residents of these locations who have visited any other location within the past 21 days will be denied entry. For more information, please see this infographic from the Macau government.  The list of high risk areas in mainland China can be found in these infographics.
    • Non-resident American citizens that have been granted entry exemptions will still be obliged to observe quarantine and health monitoring requirements as applicable. If you fall into this category, please contact the appropriate Macau authorities for more information.
    • For the most updated regulations on Macau entry and quarantine, please see  the full series of infographics  and visit 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:

  • 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: