COVID-19 Information

Last updated: [9/13/2022]

***  As of 12:01 a.m. EDT June 12, 2022, the CDC order requiring all persons aged two and above to show a negative COVID-19 test result or documentation of recovery from COVID-19 before boarding a flight to the United States, is rescinded.  Starting at 12:01 a.m. EDT on June 12, 2022, the CDC will no longer order air passengers to show a negative COVID-19 test result, or show documentation of recovery from COVID-19, prior to boarding a flight to the United States.  Of note, CDC’s Order requiring proof of vaccination for non-U.S. citizen nonimmigrants to travel to the United States is still in effect.  For more information see Requirement for Proof of COVID-19 Vaccination for Air Passengers.

Check the CDC website for additional information and Frequently Asked Questions.

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 4.  For more information on conditions in Hong Kong, please see the Hong Kong government’s website.

  • 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 1 day?  Usually, yes.  In the early spring of 2022, Hong Kong’s COVID testing infrastructure was overwhelmed, resulting in long waits for COVID test results.  The situation has now largely returned to normal, and it is no longer so difficult to obtain a COVID test with a rapid turnaround.
  • Hong Kong’s 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.  Some private hospitals and testing facilities in Hong Kong are able to deliver COVID test results in only a few hours.  You can find a list of private testing facilities recognized by the Hong Kong government here.  COVID testing with same-day results is also available in the Hong Kong International Airport.  Please contact your preferred testing facility directly for information about testing options, pricing, and scheduling.
  • On February 25, 2022, the Hong Kong government announced that a positive result from a self-administered rapid antigen tests (RAT) purchased from a pharmacy should be considered official.  Those who test positive from a RAT but who are asymptomatic should stay at home and obey home quarantine protocols.  HOWEVER, a negative result from a RAT is NOT considered definitive and must be substantiated by a second RAT or an official test administered by the Hong Kong health authorities.  Use of a RAT does NOT fulfill a compulsory testing order.  Please see the Hong Kong government press release.
  • Hong Kong health authorities request that those who test positive for COVID at home using a RAT make an official declaration of their positive status at www.chp.gov.hk/ratp.  Starting March 8, 2022, these persons will be contacted “on a random basis” to conduct a follow-up COVID test through a contractor, who will deliver a nasal swab self-sampling kit to them at home, collect the samples, and then provide a result via SMS.  For further information, see the press release.
  • RATs can fulfill the CDC requirement for a COVID test within one calendar day of departure to the United States; however, the RAT must be administered in the presence (in person or by videocall) of a medical practitioner who can write an official letter certifying the negative test result.
  • 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.
    • As of January 24, 2022, the restriction on visitors that they had received at least one of their previous doses of COVID vaccine in Hong Kong in order to receive a booster shot has been removed.  Visitors who have had both their doses outside Hong Kong cannot use the online appointment system but may appear without an appointment at a vaccination center to request a booster.  They should be sure to bring with them full documentation of both previous doses of the vaccine.  Full information is available on the Hong Kong COVID vaccination website under Third Dose COVID-19 vaccination arrangement → “Arrangements of third dose vaccination for non-Hong Kong residents” and “Local residents who received the first and/or second dose vaccine outside Hong Kong.”
    • Starting May 21, 2022, persons aged 18-59 who consider themselves to be at high-risk for COVID may choose to have a fourth dose six months after administration of their third dose.  The online appointment system will be available for fourth dose appointments starting May 26, 2022.
  • 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.
    • Starting February 24, 2022, all persons will be required to have uploaded their COVID-19 vaccination records to the LeaveHomeSafe app in order to enter a wide range of locations.  (Please see under Movement Restrictions below.) This requires your vaccination record to have a QR code readable by the LeaveHomeSafe app.  If your vaccination and/or booster shot was administered outside Hong Kong, please follow the instructions in this document (PDF 191 KB) in order to obtain the necessary Hong Kong QR code at a post office.  Starting May 20, 2022, you may also declare non-local vaccination records at the following website: COVID-19 Vaccination Information Declaration Form
    • Starting May 5, 2022, now that non-Hong Kong residents are being permitted to enter the territory, and since full COVID vaccination is required for all arriving persons, travelers with non-local vaccination records will automatically be issued a QR code at the port of entry for use with the LeaveHomeSafe app so that they can comply with the requirements of the Vaccine Pass program (see Movement Restrictions).  Those who have received only two doses of the COVID vaccine will be granted provisional full vaccination status (i.e. three doses) for 180 days and must arrange to obtain a booster shot locally if they will stay in Hong Kong longer.  Those who enter Hong Kong using the CometoHK or ReturntoHK schemes, however, will not be issued QR codes at the port of entry and must proceed to one of the 18 designated post offices to obtain one.  These same provisions apply to those entering with non-local proof of COVID recovery.  For further information, please see the Hong Kong government press release.
  • Are U.S. citizens permitted to enter?  Yes.
    • Starting from May 1, 2022, travelers do NOT need to be Hong Kong residents to enter Hong Kong.  Travelers entering Hong Kong from any overseas location outside Greater China must be fully vaccinated against COVID and hold a recognized vaccination record.  In addition, to board their flights, they must show a booking at a designated quarantine hotel for 7 days (for 3 days starting August 12), and they must present proof of a negative COVID PCR-based nucleic acid test taken within 48 hours of the departure of their flight into Hong Kong.  (For entry requirements for those coming from the Mainland, Macau or Taiwan, please see the next two bullet points below.)  For further information, please see the Hong Kong government press release.
    • Starting from June 1, 2022, the Hong Kong government has loosened the pre-departure COVID test requirement for those boarding flights to Hong Kong in the following ways:  1)  Passengers under three years of age no longer need a test; 2) ISO (or CLIA in the United States) certification of the laboratory performing the COVID test is no longer required; 3) Those who have had COVID between 14 and 90 days before departure no longer need to undergo a laboratory test but may show other documentation.  For further information, please see the Hong Kong Government press release.
    • Starting from August 12, 2022, to streamline the process of entry into Hong Kong, all travelers will be required to complete an online Health & Quarantine Information Declaration at www.chp.gov.hk/hdf/ before their flights.  This will allow health authorities to vet their vaccination status and quarantine hotel bookings in advance.  If this information fulfills the requirements, travelers will receive QR codes they can use when boarding flights to Hong Kong; and upon arrival at Hong Kong airport,  they will be able to use express channels to allow them to move through the arrival stations more quickly.  For further information, please refer to the Hong Kong Government press release.
    • Travelers from the Mainland and Macau fall into three groups.  Those who enter Hong Kong on the Return2hk or the Come2hk schemes may enter quarantine-free.  (See the Hong Kong Government websites for further information: Come2hk Scheme and Return2hk Scheme.)  Please note that non-Hong Kong residents may participate in the Come2hk scheme.  Those who are not using these schemes for entry face a seven day quarantine (a three day quarantine starting August 12).  Starting from February 5, 2022, all travelers arriving from the Mainland and Macau undergo COVID testing on days three, five and twelve after their arrival, regardless whether they are in quarantine or not.  For further information, see the Hong Kong Government press release.
    • Starting from April 1, 2022, travelers from Taiwan are treated the same as those coming from any other overseas location.  In other words, they must be fully vaccinated against COVID and hold a recognized vaccination record.  In addition, to board their flights, they must show a booking at a designated quarantine hotel for 7 days (for 3 days starting August 12), and they must present proof of a negative COVID PCR-based nucleic acid test taken within 48 hours of the departure of their flight into Hong Kong.  For further information, see the Hong Kong Government press release.
    • 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.  However, it is likely that they will be required to quarantine for a longer time than those who are vaccinated.  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.
    • Hong Kong residents are encouraged to register a trip outside of Hong Kong with the Hong Kong government so that they can be notified of any changes in entry or quarantine policy that occur while they are traveling.  The program is called the Registration of Outbound Travel Information Service, and the website is www.gov.hk/en/residents/immigration/outsidehk/roti.htm.  For further information, please see the Hong Kong government press release.
  • What COVID-related documents are required for entry?
    • Hong Kong requires all travelers to be vaccinated for COVID before they will be permitted to board a flight for, or enter, the territory.  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.
    • Beginning December 24, 2021, one of Hong Kong’s entry requirements for eligible travelers is to present a negative COVID-19 PCR test conducted within 48 hours of the aircraft’s departure.  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.  Hong Kong’s vaccination requirements do not apply to transit passengers who do not pass through immigration control.  Starting June 1, 2022, the Hong Kong Government has dropped the requirement that all passengers who board a flight from overseas places and Taiwan for transit through Hong Kong must present a negative COVID-19 PCR test.  Starting September 9, 2022, health authorities are no longer subjecting transit passengers to temperature screenings, eliminating the risk of being COVID tested, quarantined and/or hospitalized en route through Hong Kong.  Refer to the Hong Kong Government press release for the most recent information.
    • Travelers who are traveling via Hong Kong into Mainland China and breaking their journey here are subject to Hong Kong’s testing and quarantine regime, and they will then need to satisfy China’s entry requirements before crossing the land border or taking their next flight.  Please note, now that there is community transmission of COVID in Hong Kong, some travelers are contracting the illness during their short stay here, are then testing positive for COVID when they take the entry test for China, and are subsequently getting sent for a second, longer quarantine.  Please weigh the risks of transiting Hong Kong before making travel plans.
  • Testing Positive on Arrival
    • Beginning May 9, 2022, all arriving passengers at the airport will be subject to both a PCR COVID test, whose results will come within a few days, and a COVID rapid antigen test, whose results will be available immediately.  Travelers who test negative on the RAT will be allowed to proceed directly to their pre-booked quarantine hotel.  If the RATs, or the subsequent PCR test results, are positive, and travelers are demonstrating no symptoms of COVID, they will be transferred instead to a designated COVID-positive quarantine hotel.  If they are exhibiting COVID symptoms, they will be transferred to a hospital for quarantine and treatment (see the next bullet point).  For further information, please see the Hong Kong government press release.
    • There have been cases of vaccinated travelers, and travelers who previously recovered from COVID-19, testing positive upon arrival in Hong Kong.  If travelers test positive for COVID-19 upon entering Hong Kong (or have 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 send the COVID-positive individuals to a designated quarantine hotel (if asymptomatic) or to a hospital (if symptomatic).  If members of a traveling party have different COVID test results, they will be separated and sent to the locations appropriate to their status.  Those sent to hospital for a mandatory in-patient stay will receive all necessary treatment at their own expense.  Patients should expect to remain in the hospital indefinitely—for as long medical staff feel that they pose a risk of COVID-19 transmission to the community.  Please note that the Hong Kong Health Department has stricter COVID-19 discharge criteria than the United States or other countries.  To learn about situations concerning minor children, please see the relevant bullet point under “Quarantine Information” below.  For additional information, please visit the Hong Kong government’s website.
  • Is a curfew in place?  No
  • Are there restrictions on intercity or interstate travel?  No
  • Social distancing requirements:
    • Starting May 5, 2022, the following social distancing restrictions are in effect—in-person dining at restaurants is suspended starting at 10pm each day; bars, pubs, bathhouses, party rooms, nightclubs, karaoke lounges, mah-jongg parlors, and cruise ships must remain closed; sports premises, fitness centers, beauty parlors, places of public entertainment, cinemas, game centers, and amusement parks have re-opened at 50% of their usual capacity; swimming pools and beaches have re-opened on the proviso that swimmers wear masks when they are not in the water.
    • As long as COVID case numbers in Hong Kong continue to drop, starting May 19, 2022, the following social distancing measures will be relaxed:  bathhouses, party rooms, nightclubs, karaoke lounges, mah-jongg parlors, and cruise ships will re-open; in-person dining at restaurants will be extended until midnight; bars and pubs will re-open from 5am till 2am the following day, with no live music or dancing, a cap of four persons per table and a limit of 75% of capacity; places previously limited to 50% of their capacity (like sports centers and places of entertainment) will be permitted 85% of their capacity; mask-wearing will be exempted for indoor exercise, such as at gyms; eating will be permitted at cinemas.
    • Since April 21, 2022, group gatherings in public places have been limited to four persons.  Also since April 21, 2022, the ban on multi-household gatherings in private residences has been lifted.  Starting May 5, 2021, restaurant tables are capped at eight persons.
    • For an overview of the current social distancing requirements in effect in Hong Kong, please see the Hong Kong government release.
    • 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 most recent 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 including libraries, wet markets, and hospitals.  Starting December 8, 2021, all regulated premises were required to use the app, including restaurants and hotels.  Use of the LeaveHomeSafe app was later required at religious establishments, shopping malls, department stores and supermarkets.  Most recently, it has now been required at places of entertainment, fitness and sports centers, beauty parlors and barber shops.  For assistance with the LeaveHomeSafe app, you may call the hotline (2626 3066) or visit one of the mobile support stations open 9am to 6pm daily in 25 MTR stations.
    • On April 29, 2021, Hong Kong launched a “vaccine pass” scheme.  Under this model, individuals who have been vaccinated have expanded freedoms, and establishments covered by the scheme may mandate that their employees get vaccinated.  Please see the bullet point above for the establishments where use of the LeaveHomeSafe app is required.  Starting February 24, 2022, all patrons and employees of a premises that is included under the “vaccine pass” scheme were required to have received at least one dose of the COVID-19 vaccine and have uploaded their vaccination information to their LeaveHomeSafe app.  By April 30, they had to have received two doses, and by May 31, they must have received three doses (i.e. vaccination + booster).  (Please see “FAQ – Non-local COVID-19 Vaccination Record” (PDF 191 KB) if your vaccination and/or booster shot was administer outside Hong Kong and you need to obtain a Hong Kong QR code that can be read by LeaveHomeSafe).  When patrons scan the LeaveHomeSafe app upon entry, a color code will indicate whether the person is vaccinated, and if not, they will be barred.  Vaccination exemptions apply to children under age 5, persons who cannot receive vaccinations for medical reasons, those purchasing food for takeout, and those seeking emergency medical treatment, and exemptions can be uploaded to the LeaveHomeSafe app.  For more information, please see the Hong Kong Government’s press releases (February 23 and March 20 and April 14).
    • Starting August 9, 2022, there are three color codes in the LeaveHomeSafe app for the Vaccine Pass system.  A blue code means the person faces no restrictions and may enter all premises under Vaccine Pass.  A red code means the person is a confirmed COVID case, should be under home, hotel or hospital quarantine, and may not enter any Vaccine pass premises.  An amber code means the person is under health surveillance following quarantine and may not enter high-risk premises.  However, they may leave their homes, use public transportation, go to work or school, enter places not covered by Vaccine Pass, and enter places with passive checking of LeaveHomeSafe like supermarkets.  Although they are not covered by the Vaccine Pass system, residential care centers for the elderly and disabled may not be entered by those with red or amber codes.  For further information, please see the government press release.
  • Mask wearing requirements:
    • The Hong Kong government requires the wearing of masks in all indoor and outdoor public places, including public transportation.  For more information, please see the Hong Kong government’s press release.  On May 5, 2022, the Hong Kong government restored the exemption for those in country parks and those engaged in strenuous physical activity in public outdoor spaces.
  • Are U.S. citizens required to quarantine?  Yes, U.S. citizens are required to quarantine upon entry and if they are deemed a contact of an imported or local COVID-19 case.
  • Quarantine upon entry:
    • On January 27, 2022, the Hong Kong authorities announced that, since the Omicron variant of COVID is now endemic throughout the world, their previous division of countries into groups A, B and C has been scrapped, and the differences in quarantine arrangements for these three groups have been eliminated.  Henceforth, all overseas places are designated group A.  Starting August 12, 2022, arriving passengers who have been in Taiwan or any location outside Greater China during the past 14 days must undergo a three-day hotel quarantine, with a PCR test conducted at the hotel on day 2.  They then enter a period of medical surveillance at their own homes, conducting daily RATs through day 10.  For the first four days after release from the quarantine hotel, travelers will have an amber code in their LeaveHomeSafe app, which restricts their entry into high-risk premises and their ability to participate in group activities.  However, they may leave their homes, use public transportation, go to work or school, enter places not covered by Vaccine Pass, and enter places with passive checking of LeaveHomeSafe like supermarkets.  On days 4, 6 & 9, they must undergo PCR tests at community testing centers (for free) or at government-recognized medical facilities (for a fee).  A positive result on any of these tests, with accompanying COVID symptoms, will result in immediate hospitalization; a positive result with no symptoms will result in transfer to a Community Isolation Centre or COVID hotel.  See below for discharge criteria from these places.  For further information, see the Hong Kong Government press release.
    • 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.
    • Travelers who enter from Macau or Mainland China, but not through the Return2hk or Come2hk schemes, will be required to undergo a three-day strict home quarantine, followed by the same health-monitoring requirements as for those entering Hong Kong from Taiwan or outside Greater China.  However, this group of travelers will not be subject to the amber code restrictions in the LeaveHomeSafe app.
  • Quarantine documents:
    • Proof of a negative result on a COVID-19 test and proof of vaccination against COVID are required for entry into Hong Kong and subsequent mandatory 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 crew members:
    • Starting May 1, 2022, air cargo crewmembers who are not locally based will be permitted a short layover in Hong Kong in a closed-loop arrangement and will not be permitted to enter the local community.  They are required to show a negative pre-departure COVID RAT result, use only a dedicated channel at the airport, take designated transport directly to an airport hotel, isolate in their rooms until departure, then use the designated transport back to the airport and the designated channel to depart.  For further information, and for details on arrangements for locally-based flight crew, please see the Hong Kong government press release.
  • Quarantine for close contacts:
    • As of February 25, 2022, people identified as close contacts of someone who tests positive for COVID-19 will need to undergo a compulsory home quarantine under the new StayHomeSafe scheme, the length to be determined by their vaccination status (please see Discharge Criteria below).  Household members of those deemed close contacts must undergo a compulsory home quarantine of 4 days.  Those in home quarantine must remain inside their homes at all times and must wear electronic wristbands, take their temperatures twice a day and conduct Rapid Antigen Tests on the dates specified.  Close contacts must also appear at a Community Testing Centre on day 12.  For further information, please see the government’s StayHomeSafe website and the government press release.
    • On June 1, 2022, a government spokesperson confirmed that mandatory quarantine at Penny’s Bay or other recently-built facilities will be implemented to control the spread of new Omicron variants in Hong Kong.  Those who test positive for these variants, and their close contacts, even if asymptomatic, will be ordered to a government quarantine center for an unspecified length of time.  For further information, please see the Hong Kong government press release.
  • Compulsory Hospitalization for Positive Cases:
    • Someone who tests positive for COVID-19 and who is exhibiting strong symptoms of the disease will be transferred immediately to a Hong Kong Government-managed hospital for a mandatory in-patient stay, during which those who are symptomatic will receive all necessary treatment.  Patients should expect to remain in the hospital indefinitely—for as long medical staff feel that they pose a risk of COVID-19 transmission to the community.  Please note that the Hong Kong Health Department has stricter COVID-19 discharge criteria than the United States or other countries.  After discharge from the hospital, patients will then need to perform 7 or 14 days of self-monitoring (depending on their vaccination status–see Discharge Criteria below), to include checking their temperatures twice a day.  Those who test positive for COVID and are exhibiting mild or no symptoms should immediately go into home quarantine (see the next bullet point for further information).  For a discussion of possible parent-child separation, please see the separate bullet point below.  For additional information, please visit the Hong Kong government’s website.
  • On February 25, 2022, the Hong Kong government released new criteria for discharge from home quarantine, community isolation facilities (CIFs) and the hospital.  Overall, in recognition of the large and growing number of positive COVID cases in the community and the burden currently placed on CIFs and hospitals, the goal is to hospitalize fewer cases and to release people earlier from CIFs and hospitals.  A summary of the current discharge policy is in the chart below:
    2 Vaccine Doses 0 or 1 Vaccine Doses
    Household members of close contacts 4-day home quarantine 4-day home quarantine
    Close contacts

    7-day home quarantine, if negative rapid tests on Days 6 and 7.

    14-day home quarantine, if negative rapid test on Day 14.
    Asymptomatic/Mild Cases At home or CIF (definitely at a CIF if the home does not qualify): 7-day quarantine, if negative rapid tests on Days 6 and 7. If at home: 14-day quarantine, if negative rapid test on Day 14.

    If at CIF: 14-day quarantine, if negative rapid test on Day 14.  Can quarantine at home for Days 8-14, if negative rapid test on Day 7.

    Symptomatic Cases
    (Requiring Medical Attention)
    Admitted to hospital; HA will exercise professional judgment on specific discharge criteria.

    – If discharge before Day 7, then asymptomatic/mild rules apply.

    Admitted to hospital; HA will exercise professional judgment on specific discharge criteria.

    – If discharge before Day 7, then asymptomatic/mild rules apply.

    Please see the Hong Kong government press release.

  • If an American citizen faces immediate separation from their child by the Hong Kong Government authorities, please contact the consulate immediately.  There is no right of non-separation, but we will do everything within our power to ensure that American families are kept together.  In cases where both parents and children are COVID-positive, the issue should not arise, and the families should be hospitalized or placed in isolation together.  On February 25, 2022, the Hong Kong authorities announced that asymptomatic COVID positive children would not be separated from their parents but could isolate and recuperate with their families at home.  The danger of parent-child separation arises in cases where the child is COVID-positive and symptomatic and in need of medical care, but the parents are negative, or where the parents are positive but the child is negative.  In these cases, the Hospital Authority’s policy is to not permit contact between those who are positive and negative to avoid transmission.  Special arrangements can be made in exceptional cases, like breast-feeding mothers, and video calls between parents and children can be arranged.  See the press release.
    COVID STATUS Positive Child Negative Child
    Positive parent HA will try to keep parent and child together. HA will separate parent and child until discharge.
    Negative parent If child is in stable condition, parent and child can stay at home together.

    If child is hospitalized, HA will separate parent and child until discharge — except in special circumstances such as breastfeeding.

    N/A
  • 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
  • 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 who does not comply with a mandatory testing notice 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.
  • 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.


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 3.  For more information on conditions in Macau, please see the Macau government’s website.
  • 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 1 day?  Yes, but only if the traveler pays to have the test conducted by a third-party entity.  If the traveler is a Macau resident who opts for a free government test, the result will be available within 72 hours.
    • 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.
  • 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.
  • Are U.S. citizens permitted to enter?  Yes.
    • Residents of mainland China, or residents of Macau who have been exclusively in mainland China for the past 10 days, need only a negative COVID test taken within 7 days if arriving by air or within 48 hours if arriving across the Zhuhai land border.  Persons entering from the Mainland are not required to undergo any quarantine in Macau.
    • Residents of Taiwan or Hong Kong, or residents of Macau who have been exclusively in Taiwan or Hong Kong within the past 10 days, must present a negative COVID test taken within 24 hours and quarantine for 7 days, followed by 3 days of self-monitoring, with COVID tests administered on the 1st, 2nd, 3rd, 5th and 7th days after release from quarantine.  Residents of Taiwan and Hong Kong over 12 must also show proof of COVID vaccination or evidence of unsuitability for vaccination.
    • Residents of Macau who have been in any other countries in the past 21 days must provide proof of COVID vaccination or proof of unsuitability for vaccination (if over age 12), and they must quarantine for 7 days, followed by 3 days of self-monitoring, with COVID tests administered on the 1st, 2nd, 3rd, 5th, and 7th days after release from quarantine.  Travelers originating outside Greater China must present a negative COVID test taken within 48 hours of the departure of their connecting flight into Macau as well as a reservation for the 7-day quarantine hotel stay.
    • Subject to the testing and quarantine requirements stipulated in the third bullet point just above, starting September 1, 2022, passport holders of the United States and 40 other countries (including most of Europe, Canada, Australia, New Zealand, Japan, South Korea, Thailand, Malaysia and Singapore) may now enter Macau without prior approval.  See the Macau press release for more information.
    • For the most updated regulations, see the Macau infographics for entry and for quarantine.  Please note that the information above is a distillation of Macau’s current requirements:  travelers bound for Macau MUST review the infographics for more complete information that may apply to their specific situation.
    • As of May 8, 2020, limited Hong Kong-Zhuhai-Macau bridge shuttle bus service is available.  As of February 3, 2022, all passengers traveling 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 24 hours.  As of February 21, 2022, also required is proof of vaccination against COVID-19 completed at least 14 days before, with the first dose administered no more than seven months before.
    • 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.
  • Can U.S. citizens travel from Macau to Hong Kong?
    • As of November 2, 2021, Macau and other non-Hong Kong residents are 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.
  • 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.  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.
  • Are U.S. citizens required to quarantine?  Yes
    • Residents of mainland China, or residents of Macau, who have been exclusively in low-risk areas of mainland China for the past 14 days may enter Macau quarantine-free.  Those who have been in risk areas of mainland China must quarantine for 7 days, followed by 3 days of self-monitoring.  Those coming from China should check the Macau government COVID page to find out what areas are high-risk (see the third bullet point below).
    • Residents of Macau, mainland China, Taiwan, or Hong Kong who have traveled to foreign countries, Hong Kong, or Taiwan within the past 10 days, must quarantine for 7 days, followed by 3 days of self-monitoring.
    • Please note:  Persons undergoing self-monitoring mentioned above are no longer in quarantine, but they do NOT have unrestricted movement.  They are banned from entry to public buildings, most businesses and restaurants offering dine-in service.  They may go to any outdoor location or private residence, and they may procure food at wet markets, supermarkets, convenience stores and takeout establishments.  For further information, see the Macau government infographics here: ‘Green’ health code and ‘Yellow’ & ‘Red’ health code.
    • For more information on Macau quarantine protocols, you can consult 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.
  • 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
  • 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.
  • 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.  They may also travel for service to the U.S. Consulate General in Guangzhou, subject to Macau and China’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.