Great news, Hong Kong is relaxing further some of the Coronavirus restrictions imposed late this summer including the following: four people per table are now allowed in restaurants (up from 2) ban on gatherings have relaxed for a maximom of four, reopening of indoor and outdoor sports facilities, ice-skating rinks and museums.
The Observation Wheel, Ocean Park, Disneyland and the Ngong Ping 360 Cable Car have reopened!
Health and safety measures continue to adjust to the current conditions, travel and quarantine requirements as well as reopening and closures of attractions and events may change at the last minute. Please refresh your browser to see the latest update. This information is current as of October 4, 2020.
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Hong Kong Coronavirus Measures
In the hope the Covid-19 epidemic continues to subside, some measures adopted earlier have been relaxed, right now in effect:
- Dine in Restaurants to close at 10:00 pm and continue to operate at 50% capacity, limit of 4 people per table (from 2)
- Masks are required in all public spaces, both outdoors and indoors as well as public transport. Masks are no longer required in country parks and for people exercising outdoors.
- Public gatherings should be limited to 4 people (from 2).
- Reopening of premises including most indoor and outdoor sports facilities, ice-skating rinks, museums, mahjong parlors.
- Beaches remain closed.
- Cinemas have reopened at half capacity with seating restrictions, no food or drink allowed.
- Hong Kong is in talks with 11 countries to form travel bubbles: Australia, France, Germany, Japan, Malaysia, New Zealand, Singapore, South Korea, Switzerland, Thailand and Vietnam.
Here's the latest Coronavirus measures by the Hong Kong Government www.coronavirus.gov.hk/
Hong Kong Closures / Cancelled or Postponed Events
The following will remain closed until further notice:
Hong Kong Upcoming events rescheduled / on schedule
Hong Kong Attractions, Tours, Activities that have reopened
Many attractions remain closed but several tours, attractions and activities that can be conducted safely while adhering to proper social distancing guidelines have reopened as have most outdoor activities.
It's time to get out! Here's a list of fun outdoor things to do that have restarted operations and can be booked now. When possible book tickets online and/or make a reservation as many of the activities are running on limited capacities. You can book with confidence as there is a free cancellation policy for all the activities listed here, if your plans change and you cancel up to 24 hours in advance you will receive a full refund.
- The Peak Tram, Peak Tower, Sky Terrace and Peak Galleria are OPEN
- Ocean Park Hong Kong - is OPEN, must reserve for the day of your visit
- Hong Kong Disneyland - is OPEN except for Tuesdays and Thursdays (not including holidays), must reserve for the day of your visit
- Hong Kong Observation Wheel - is OPEN
- Ngong Ping 360 Cable Car - is OPEN, purchase tickets online
- Sky100 Observation Deck - is OPEN
- Harbour Cruises have restarted, the following have resumed sailings:
- Aqua Luna cruises on weekends:
- Duk Ling sailings have restarted, DukLing will be sailing on Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays.
- Fantastic outdoor excursions: hiking, kayaking, swimming, mountain biking, paddleboarding...
- Lion Rock Sunset Hiking Adventure - Victoria Harbour's most dramatic summit - 4 hours, starts from Wong Tai Sin MTR station
- Victoria Peak Private Evening Hike - 2 hours, meets at Central MTR Station, Victoria Peak Tram tickets for return optional
- Geopark Kayaking Adventure - 7 hours, meets at Hang Hau MTR Station
- The Mai Po Nature Reserve is OPEN, the WWF offers eco-visits Thrusdays through Sundays, which is the easiest way to visit the reserve without having to get a government permit. You can book an eco-visit here
- Hong Kong Wetland park - is OPEN, except for the Mudflat Hide which will reopen on November 4, 2020
- Sai Kung Standup-Paddle Adventure - 5 hours, meets at Hang Hau MTR station
- Hike the legendary Ngong Ping 360 Rescue Trail to the Big Buddha - 4 hours, starts at Tung Chung MTR station
- Lantau Mountain Biking Adventure - 6 hours, meets at the Central Ferry Pier
- Hike the Yellow Dragon Gorge Nature Trek in Lantau Island - 5 hours, meets at Tung Chung MTR station on Lantau Island
- Plover Cove Bicycling and Hiking Adventure - 4 hours, meets at Tai Po Market MTR station
- Tai Mo Shan Waterfall Hike the tallest waterfall in Hong Kong - 4 hours, meets at Tai Wo MTR station
- The Dragon's Back Hike and Tai Long Wan Beach - 5 hours, meets at Shau Kei Wan MTR station
- Ma On Shan Climbing Adventure - 6 hours, starts at Heng On MTR ends in Saikung town
- Tolo Harbour Cycling Adventure - 4 hours, meets at Tai Po Market MTR Station
Hong Kong Current Travel Status, Airports, Ports, Quarantines
Please note that situation is extremely fluid and it changes daily. Restrictions that may affect your travels are put in effect with little or no advance notice. At any rate, all travellers into Hong Kong should be prepared for additional travel precautions at the ports of entry and red tape like health declaration forms, screening measures and quarantines.
Who Can Travel To Hong Kong?
At this time only Hong Kong citizens and residents are allowed to enter Hong Kong. Non-Hong Kong citizens/residents will be denied entry into Hong Kong.
Exempt are passengers travelling from Mainland China, Taiwan or Macao that have not been to other country/region in past 14 days.
Passengers will be able to transit through Hong Kong if:
- Their itinerary is contained in a single booking
- They meet the entry requirements of their final destination
- They have their baggage checked through to the final destination
- They have been issued their onward boarding pass(es) from their origin and
- The connection time between flights is within 24 hours.
In the event you need to cancel or reschedule your overseas flight here is a Master List Of All Major International Airline Coronavirus Change and Cancellation Policies
Macau Ferry services have been suspended temporarily at the Hong Kong China Ferry Terminal and Hong Kong Macau Ferry Terminal. Special charter ferry service from Hong Kong International Airport (SkyPier) to Macao Taipa is in effect for Macau citizens only. More info here.
All cruise lines have suspended sailings into the fall. More suspensions are likely.. The Government of Hong Kong has suspended immigration services at Kai Tak Cruise Terminal and the Ocean Terminal.
Arriving at Hong Kong International Airport: Hong Kong Entry Procedures and Requirements
- You must fill out a health declaration form and submit to the Hong Kong Department of Health on arrival. You can complete the form on your smartphone online before your flight, upon completion you get a QR code which will be valid for 48 hours.
- As of July 25, 2020, residents arriving from the following high-risk areas Bangladesh, India, Indonesia, Nepal, Pakistan, the Philippines and South Africa, United States and Kazakhstan will need to obtain a negative test result before embarking on a flight to Hong Kong. They will also have to arrange, at their own expense, hotel accommodation for the compulsory 14-day quarantine on arrival in the city.
- All arriving passengers will undergo temperature screening and Covid-19 testing at the airport. The test, which involves providing a saliva sample, is conducted at the Temporary Specimen Collection Centre (TSCC) which has been relocated from Asia World Expo Building back to the restricted area at the airport. Passengers wait onsite for the results. If arriving after hours, you will be transferred to a Holding Centre at the Regal Oriental Hotel where you stay overnight and receive the results the next day.
- There is a 14-day compulsory quarantine for all arriving passengers which will be at home or at a Quarantine Centre. The currently operating quarantine centres are Chun Yeung Estate in Fo Tan and JPC Permanent Activity Centre and Integrated Youth Training Camp in Pat Heung, Yuen Long, Chai Wan Lei Yue Mun Park and Holiday Village and Sai Kung Outdoor Recreation Centre. Travellers from overseas are allowed to stay in a hotel for quarantine, proof of booking is necessary. More on Hong Kong International Airport quarantine procedures here.
Recommendations and Precautions to Prevent Infection
Please note that the articles and information on this site are for the purpose of providing general information, and do not take the place of, or constitute professional, medical, or legal advice on any subject matter. You are responsible for deciding how to use any information you read on this site and for seeking further professional advice as you see fit. The following is not and should not be interpreted as medical advice. Please consult your physician if you have any health concerns.
The Coronavirus also known as COVID-19 is an infectious respiratory disease that was first contained to Hubei Province in China back in December 2019 and has now spread to many parts around the world creating a global health emergency. On March 11, 2020 the WHO declared the 2019-nCoV a pandemic.
Some simple and common sense precautions all travelers and the regular population for that matter should follow:
- Avoid contact with sick people
- Wash hands thoroughly and often
- Don't touch your eyes, nose, or mouth. If you need to touch your face, make sure your hands are clean
- Cover your mouth when coughing/sneezing, but not with your hand, use a tissue or your sleeve if you must
- When going through the security lines i.e. at airports or cruise ports, keep all personal items including wallets, keys, phones, inside your carry-on bags to avoid contamination on the security belt or the bins or trays used at the security checkpoint which are some of the germiest places of any airport. Keep a pair of anti-bacterial wipes or hand sanitizer for after going through the security line
- If feeling unwell or showing any symptoms(specially fever or cough), act responsibly, wear a mask, inform hotel staff and seek medical advice immediately. Some people develop very mild symptoms. Early testing and detection are crucial. The Department of Health (DH) provides free testing of COVID-19, here's how to get tested for Covid-19 in Hong Kong.
- And don't forget, Prevention Starts With You.
We are keeping all those who have been affected by the Coronavirus accross the world in our hearts and prayers.
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