Cathay Pacific Issues Update On Quarantine And Boarding Rules For Visitors to Hong Kong

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Visitors to Hong Kong? Here’s some good news for you. The mandatory hotel quarantine period for all international visitors in Hong Kong has been reduced from 7 days to 3 days (3-day designated hotel quarantine + 4-day self-monitoring).

In view of the same, Cathay Pacific the flag carrier of Hong Kong has issued updates on the compulsory quarantine arrangements and boarding requirements in Hong Kong.

“With immediate effect, inbound travellers are required to undergo a compulsory quarantine for 3 nights in designated quarantine hotels regardless of vaccination status. Taking a traveller’s day of arrival in HK as “Day 0”, if a traveller receives a negative PCR test result in the morning on Day 3, he/she will be allowed to leave the designated hotel and complete the remaining 4 days at home or non-designated hotels under “medical surveillance”, with limited movement to public premises.”

Cathay Pacific also recommends that passengers upload their COVID-19 test results, a valid eHealth Declaration QR code, and any other required health documents between 48 and 12 hours before their flight to Hong Kong. The airline will validate them ahead of time, allowing your passengers to arrive at the airport ready to fly.

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Boarding Requirements For Entering Hong Kong

From All Overseas Places

All places outside the Chinese Mainland, Taiwan China or Macao SAR: Fully vaccinated travellers and those exempt from vaccination requirements who have stayed in or transited through overseas places in the past 14 days.

Boarding Requirements

  • Negative result proof of a PCR-based nucleic acid test for COVID-19 within 48 hours (or RAT report within 24 hours + proof of infection for recovered persons). Not applicable to passengers aged below 3 at the scheduled time of departure.
  • A valid (not expired) Health Declaration QR Code (with a name matching the passenger’s valid travel document)
  • Confirmation of room reservation for 3 nights starting on the day of arrival at Hong Kong in a designated quarantine hotel, if the health declaration QR code is not green.
  • Proof of vaccination: Vaccine types must be on the “List of COVID-19 Vaccines Recognised for Specified Purposes”

From Taiwan China

Taiwan China: Travellers who have stayed in Taiwan China in the past 14 days (regardless of being fully vaccinated or not)

Boarding Requirements

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  • Negative result proof of a PCR-based nucleic acid test for COVID-19 within 48 hours (or RAT report within 24 hours + proof of infection for recovered persons) Not applicable to passengers aged below 3 at the scheduled time of departure
  • A valid (not expired) Health Declaration QR Code (with a name matching the passenger’s valid travel document)
  • Confirmation of room reservation for 3 nights starting on the day of arrival at Hong Kong in a designated quarantine hotel, if the health declaration QR code is not green.

From Mainland China (except Guangdong) and Macao SAR

Passengers travelling from anywhere in the Chinese Mainland (with the exception of the Guangdong province) are required to present a Negative PCR Test Report for COVID-19 with a specimen collected on the day or within 3 days prior to the scheduled day of arrival.

The testing institutions must be mutually recognised by the governments of Hong Kong and Guangdong / Hong Kong and Macao, or by the National Health Commission of the People’s Republic of China that is included in the list on the WeChat Mini Program or nucleic acid testing organisation enquiry function. 

In addition, passengers are required to complete the electronic Health Declaration form and present a valid Health Declaration QR code (with a name matching the passenger’s valid travel document).

Travellers who have reserved a Return2HK/Come2HK quota will be exempted from the compulsory quarantine requirement when returning to Hong Kong from the Chinese Mainland and Macao. For more details on the requirement, please visit the Hong Kong SAR Government’s website.

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The airline also stated that it wants to ensure that its passengers’ journey is as smooth and safe as possible.


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Manish Khandelwal
Manish Khandelwal

Manish Khandelwal, a travel-tech enthusiast with over a decade of experience in the travel industry. Founder and Editor-in-Chief of Travelobiz.com, he's passionate about writing.

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