Health Alert – U.S. Consulate General Hong Kong and Macau (8 April 2020)

Health Alert

Location: Hong Kong

Event:  Inbound Travel Restrictions in Hong Kong and Macau

Hong Kong

Hong Kong 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:

  • On April 7, the Hong Kong government announced that effective April 8, all inbound travelers arriving at Hong Kong International Airport will be required to submit to COVID-19 testing. Inbound travelers from all flights are required to take a shuttle bus from the airport to the Temporary Specimen Collection Center at the AsiaWorld-Expo, where a deep throat saliva sample will be collected and submitted to Department of Health personnel, before they depart for their compulsory quarantine period. If a sample tests positive, the Center for Health Protection will notify the individual and arrange for admission to a public hospital. If no notification is received after three working days, the test result should be considered negative and the individual continues to quarantine until the end of the 14-day compulsory quarantine period.
  • On April 7, the Hong Kong government announced that effective April 9, anyone traveling to Hong Kong from the United Kingdom is required to proceed from the airport to the Department of Health’s Temporary Specimen Collection Center and wait for test results there. If a sample tests positive, the Center for Health Protection will arrange for admission to a public hospital for the individual, while close contacts who travelled with them will be sent to designated quarantine centers. If a sample tests negative, individuals may return home or to a designated place for the 14-day compulsory quarantine period.
  • On April 7, the Hong Kong government announced that effective April 8, inbound travelers arriving in Hong Kong via the Shenzhen Bay Port or the Hong Kong-Zhuhai-Macao Bridge Hong Kong Port who have been to Hubei province in the past 14 days, will be provided specimen containers for collection of a deep throat saliva sample. Individuals are required to collect their deep throat saliva sample at home during their 14-day compulsory home quarantine period and have their friends or family members deliver it to a designated collection point. For more information, please see the Hong Kong government’s press release.
  • On April 8, the Hong Kong government announced additional measures to regulate group gatherings. The Hong Kong government’s current restriction on public gatherings with more than four people will be extended until April 23. In addition, the measures limiting the number of people allowed in restaurants and requiring the closure of some premises, including cinemas and fitness centers, now includes beauty salons and massage parlors and has been extended until April 23. For more information, please see the Hong Kong government’s press release.

Travelers should be prepared for travel restrictions to be put into effect with little or no advance notice. For more information on inbound travel restrictions, please see the Hong Kong government’s website.

U.S. citizens who wish to return to the United States should make commercial arrangements as soon as possible unless they are prepared to remain abroad for an indefinite period. The U.S. Government does not anticipate arranging repatriation flights in Hong Kong at this time.

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.

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