As the Coronavirus situation in Hong Kong keeps changing constantly, health and safety measures emerge to adjust to the conditions, travel and quarantine requirements as well as reopening and closures of attractions and events may change at the last minute. We will continue to monitor closely this rapidly evolving situation and provide relevant updates on this page. Please refresh your browser to see the latest update. This information is current as of August 2, 2020.
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Hong Kong Coronavirus Measures
Due to the sudden increase in untraced COVID-19 cases tighter social distancing orders have been enacted in Hong Kong:
- Dine in Restaurants will close from 6:00 pm to 5:00 am
- Masks are required in all public spaces, both outdoors and indoors as well as public transport
- Public gatherings should be limited to two people (from 4)
- Many non-essential businesses to close including bars, karaoke lounges, gyms, theme parks
- Leisure and cultural facilities will be closed from July 15 until further notice including sports grounds, grass pitches, public swimming pools, beaches, indoor sports centres, museums, performance venues and music centres
Here's the latest Coronavirus measures by the Hong Kong Government www.coronavirus.gov.hk/
Hong Kong Closures / Cancelled or Postponed Events
As of August 1, 2020 the following will remain closed until further notice:
- Ocean Park Hong Kong - will be temporarily closed until further notice
- Hong Kong Disneyland - will be temporarily closed until further notice
- Hong Kong Observation Wheel - will be temporarily closed until further notice
- Ngong Ping Cable Car - will be temporarily closed until further notice
- Jumbo Floating Restaurant - Closed until further notice
- All 3 routes of Big Bus Hop On Hop Off Bus Tours are temporarily suspended
- Hong Kong Wetland park - Closed until further notice
- All the sailing services between HK and Macau will be suspended until further notice
- The Hong Kong International Film Festival which had been rescheduled for August 18 - 31, 2020 is CANCELLED
- Hong Kong International Arts Carnival normally scheduled for July and August won't be taking place this year
- Chinese Opera Festival normally scheduled for July and August won't be taking place this year
- The Hong Kong Electronics Fair which had been rescheduled to July 25 - 28, 2020 has been permanently cancelled for this year, see you next year from April 13 - 16, 2021
- Hong Kong Book Fair at the Hong Kong Convention and Exhibition Centre on July 15 - 21, 2020 has been postponed, new date TBA
- Ani-Com Hong Kong at the Hong Kong Convention and Exhibition Centre on July 24 - 27, 2020 has been postponed, new date TBA
- The 6th Vegetarian Food Asia and the 9th LOHAS Expo at the Hong Kong Convention and Exhibition Centre on July 31 - August 2, 2020 has been postponed, new date TBA
- The Macao International Fireworks Contest 2020 scheduled for September has been cancelled
- The New World Cross Harbour Race which had been scheduled for October 2020 has been cancelled
- Clockenflap 2020 has been cancelled, see you November 26 - 28, 2021!
Hong Kong Upcoming events / attractions that have reopened / on schedule
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 Asia World Expo Building. You will get directions and assistance when leaving the baggage claim area. 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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