Added 8th August - Updated 9th March 2020
There is an ongoing outbreak of coronavirus in China and elsewhere in the region, including Hong Kong. On the 28th of January Hong Kong SAR Government announced a series of measures designed to prevent the spread of the virus.
These measures include the suspension or scaling back of flights, trains, ferries and buses between Hong Kong and mainland China, and the closure of most border crossings. Expect increased health screening measures, including temperature checks, on entry to and departure from Hong Kong. The Department of Health has announced that as of midnight 7th March all passengers arriving to Hong Kong will be required to complete and submit a health declaration form.
A 14-day mandatory home quarantine period is in place for new arrivals (of any nationality) who have been to mainland China in the previous 14 days. All non-Hong Kong residents who have been in South Korea in the previous 14 days will be denied entry.
New arrivals (regardless of whether they are Hong Kong residents) who have been to Iran, or the Emilia-Romagna, Lombardy or Veneto regions of Italy in the past 14 days, will be required to stay in a Hong Kong quarantine centre for quarantine.
The Hong Kong SAR Government has implemented a 14-day mandatory home quarantine period for new arrivals (of any nationality) who have been to mainland China in the previous 14 days. Depending on the circumstances, this could be at home, in a hotel or in other accommodation. Anyone under quarantine is now required to “activate sharing of their real-time locations with their mobile phones… otherwise they will be immediately required to wear electronic wristbands”. Anyone found to breach their quarantine conditions, or to have lied about their travel history could face punitive measures. The maximum penalty upon conviction is imprisonment for six months and a fine of $25000 Hong Kong Dollars.
Those transiting through Hong Kong airport will not be automatically subject to mandatory quarantine, but will be subject to advanced screening measures, including temperature checks. Those deemed to have high temperature will undergo further checks by the Port Health Office at the airport. If they meet further risk criteria, they will be transferred to Hong Kong public hospital for mandatory further checks/treatment.
The Hong Kong SAR Government has also announced additional measures on those arriving in Hong Kong. The Department of Health has announced that as of midnight 7th March all passengers arriving to Hong Kong will be required to complete and submit a health declaration form.
Since June 2019, large-scale political demonstrations have taken place throughout the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region (SAR), including in areas popular with tourists. While a number of peaceful activities have taken place, many other protests have led to clashes between police and protesters involving significant violence.
The situation around protests and public gatherings can change quickly, with the potential for violence, especially during unauthorised protests. If you’re in an area where demonstrations are taking place, you should remain vigilant, follow the advice of local authorities and move away quickly to a safe place. Previous demonstrations have led to sections of the city being closed off and temporary suspension of public transport without warning.
Some Mass Transit Railway (MTR) metro stations, including in major tourist areas, have been closed due to damage caused by protests. You should check the MTR and Hong Kong Transport Department websites when planning travel around Hong Kong.
On 4 October 2019, the Hong Kong Government announced that in certain circumstances it may not be permitted for individuals to wear a “facial covering” which might prevent identification.
Please also follow the travel advice of your Government:
STA Travel are monitoring this situation and updates will be added to this Travel Advice page.