Location: Hong Kong and Macau
Event: New Regulations and Inbound Travel Restrictions in Hong Kong and Macau
The Hong Kong government has confirmed cases of COVID-19 within its borders. The Hong Kong government has implemented enhanced screening and strict quarantine measures to reduce the spread of COVID-19. The latest update is below:
- The Hong Kong government will prohibit group gatherings with more than four people in public places, effective at 12:00 am on March 29 for 14 days. For more information, including exempted group gatherings, please see the Hong Kong government’s press release.
- The Hong Kong government will limit the number of people allowed in restaurants at any given time, and will require that some premises, including cinemas and fitness centers, cease operations. These measures take effect at 6:00 pm on March 28 for 14 days. For more information, please see the Hong Kong government’s press release.
- On March 25, the Hong Kong government began denying entry to all non-Hong Kong residents arriving from overseas countries and regions, effective for 14 days. The Hong Kong government also began implementing phase one of a plan to eventually conduct COVID-19 testing for all travelers arriving from the United States, the United Kingdom, and some European countries, in addition to the 14-day self-quarantine requirement already in place. Travelers will receive a specimen container at the airport, collect a deep throat saliva sample within their residence, and ask an acquaintance to deliver the sample to one of Hong Kong’s testing clinics. If a sample tests positive, the Center for Health Protection will notify the traveler and arrange for admission to a public hospital for treatment. If the traveler does not receive a notification within three working days, that means the test result is negative, but the traveler should continue to self-quarantine until the 14-day quarantine period ends. For more information, please see the Hong Kong government’s press release.
- The Hong Kong government advises people to wear masks when taking public transport or staying in crowded places.
Travelers should be prepared for travel restrictions to be put into effect with little or no advance notice. U.S. citizens who are considering returning to the United States are urged to work with their airlines to make travel arrangements while flights are still available. For more information on inbound travel restrictions, please see the Hong Kong government’s website.
The Macau government has confirmed cases ofCOVID-19 within its borders. The Macau government has implemented enhanced screening and quarantine measures to reduce the spread of COVID-19. The latest update is below:
- On March 25, the Macau government suspended transit flights at the Macau International Airport and restricted the entry of non-Macau residents, including Hong Kong, Taiwan, and mainland China residents, who have visited any overseas country or territory within a 14-day period. Travelers from Hong Kong or Taiwan who have not visited any overseas country or territory are subject to a compulsory 14-day quarantine. For more information, please see the Macau government’s press release.
Travelers should be prepared for travel restrictions to be put into effect with little or no advance notice. U.S. citizens who are considering returning to the United States are urged to work with their airlines to make travel arrangements while flights are still available. For more information, please see the Macau government’s website.
The Department of State has issued a Global Level 4 Health Advisory for COVID-19.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has issued a Level 3 Global COVID-19 Outbreak Notice.
On February 10, 2020, the Department of State authorized the departure of U.S. personnel and family members due to the novel coronavirus and the effect to Mission personnel as schools and some public facilities have been closed until further notice. Effective March 19, 2020, the U.S. Consulate General Hong Kong and Macau suspended routine visa services. For American Citizens Services information, including emergency passports, please see our website.
Actions to Take:
- Consult the CDC website for the most up-to-date information.
- For the most recent information on what you can do to reduce your risk of contracting COVID-19, please see the CDC’s latest recommendations.
- Visit the COVID-19 crisis page on travel.state.gov for the latest information.
- Check with your airlines, cruise lines, or travel operators regarding any updated information about your travel plans and/or restrictions.
- Visit our Consulate website on COVID-19 for information on conditions in Hong Kong and Macau.
- Visit the Department of Homeland Security’s website on the latest travel restrictions to the United States.
- U.S. Consulate General Hong Kong and Macau
26 Garden Road, Hong Kong
+852 2523-9011 (after hours)
- State Department – Consular Affairs
888-407-4747 or 202-501-4444
- Hong Kong Country Information
- Macau Country Information
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