COVID-19 Information

COVID-19 Information

Last updated: [09/15/20]

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? U.S. citizens with Hong Kong residency, diplomats, and U.S. citizens that have not traveled outside of mainland China, Taiwan, and Macau in 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, 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 14 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 14 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.
  • 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:
    • On September 8, the Hong Kong government continued to relax some social distancing measures. Indoor dining at restaurants is now permitted until 10:00 pm. Cinemas, beauty parlors, fitness centers, and sports premises have reopened. The Hong Kong government still limits group gatherings to four persons, and has suspended the operations of nightclubs, karaoke establishments, and swimming pools. For more information, please see the Hong Kong government’s press release.
  • 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 14 days will be subject to a 14-day compulsory quarantine.
    • As of July 29, 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.
    • 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.

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.

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? U.S. citizens with Macau residency are permitted to enter Macau.
    • 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
    • All travelers who have been to an overseas territory, Hong Kong, or Taiwan in the past 14 days will be subject to a 14-day compulsory quarantine at a designated location. 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.

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.

HONG KONG & MACAU

Consular Operations:

  • The U.S. Consulate General Hong Kong and Macau is providing limited passport and citizenship services at this time. If you have urgent travel, need to renew a Hong Kong visa, or otherwise require a one-year limited validity emergency passport, please email ACSHK@state.gov to request an appointment.
  • We offer limited notarial services for Social Security, Internal Revenue Service, or Certificates of No Criminal Conviction. To request an appointment, please email us at ACSHK@state.gov.
  • As of July 15, 2020, the U.S. Consulate General Hong Kong and Macau has resumed certain nonimmigrant visa services, including: F, M, certain J categories (alien physician, government visitor, international visitor professor, research scholar, short term research scholar, specialist, secondary school student and college/university student), C1/D, E, I, O, and P visas; and certain immigrant visa services, including: IR1, IR2, CR1, and CR2 visas.

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