COVID-19 Information

COVID-19 Information

Last updated: [7/9/2021]

*** 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? 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. As of July 6, 2021, nonresident visitors in Hong Kong with valid travel documents who can complete vaccination within their limit of stay are authorized to receive vaccination. Nonresidents in Hong Kong from mainland China or with UNHCR refugee status are also authorized to receive vaccination. For more information about local availability and eligibility for COVID-19 vaccines, please consult the Hong Kong Government’s Vaccination Programme site
  • 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 from any location other than mainland China, Macau, Australia or New Zealand will be denied entry. Non-Hong Kong residents arriving from these locations will be denied entry if they have been outside of these locations in the last 14 days. Certain transportation links and border checkpoints between Hong Kong and mainland China remain closed. Ferry service between Hong Kong and Macau remains suspended. According to a recent Hong Kong government press release, vaccinated non-Hong Kong residents from certain locations shall soon be allowed to enter Hong Kong with appropriate documentation. Please check back on our website and the Hong Kong government’s website to learn about these upcoming changes to entry policies.
    • 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 July 1, 2021, extremely high-risk places include Brazil, India, Indonesia, Nepal, Pakistan, the Philippines, South Africa,  and the United Kingdom. Additionally, all passenger flights from India, Indonesia, Nepal, Pakistan, the Philippines and the United Kingdom 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. Recreation venues like bathhouses, clubs, karaoke, theme parks, performance venues, swimming pools and beauty salons are open. All must abide by various capacity limits and testing requirements according to the vaccination status of customers and workers. Religious gatherings and wedding ceremonies are allowed if masks remain on and no food or drink is served. For businesses that don’t meet the updated standards, previous 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 requirements and allowances, 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, 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. Under the Return2hk scheme, some Hong Kong residents traveling from low-risk locations in mainland China or Macau are exempt from 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 in one of the officially designated quarantine hotels prior to boarding a flight to Hong Kong. Depending on the traveler’s travel history over the past 21 days, certain vaccination and COVID-19 testing documents may be required. 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. As of 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.
    • As of June 30, 2021, vaccinated individuals traveling from certain places will be able to further reduce their quarantine to only 7 days of hotel quarantine and 7 days of self-monitoring if they have an antibody test from a Hong Kong recognized laboratory. Please see the Hong Kong government’s press release for details.
    • 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. Macau currently does not recommend vaccination for children under 16.                                   
  • Which vaccines are available in Macau?  Macau has approved three vaccines under emergency use authorization: the inactivated vaccine from Sinopharm CNBG Beijing, the mRNA vaccine from BioNTech, and the replication-defective adenovirus vector vaccine from AstraZeneca. 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 mainland China, Hong Kong, Taiwan, or Macau are permitted to enter Macau.
    • 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.
    • 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 Taiwan or any foreign country in the past 21 days are exempt from 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 and 7 days of health self-management. Macau residents who have visited India, Pakistan, the Philippines, Nepal, or Brazil in the past 28 days must complete 28-35 days of quarantine. Residents who have visited any other foreign country in the past 21 days 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, you can consult this infographic from the Macau government.
    • Residents of mainland China, Taiwan, and Hong Kong 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 who have been in Taiwan in the past 21 days must undergo 21 days of quarantine and 7 days of health self-management. 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 entrance. For more information, please see this infographic from the Macau government.
    • 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: