Hong Kong authorities have announced that they will relax COVID-19 entry requirements for certain nonresident travelers.

Key Points:

  • Beginning May 1, non-Hong Kong residents will be able to enter Hong Kong as long as they adhere to its COVID-19 health policies. To be eligible to enter, individuals must:
    • Have proof that they are fully vaccinate against COVID-19.
    • Receive negative results from a pre-departure nucleic acid COVID-19 test taken within 48 hours before departure.
    • Book a room at a designated quarantine hotel (DQH) for 7 nights (if opting for a shortened quarantine) or 14 nights starting on the day of arrival at Hong Kong in a DQH (not opting for a shortened quarantine).
  • Travelers will undergo additional COVID-19 testing after arriving in Hong Kong and will be transferred from the airport to their designated quarantine hotel.

Additional Information: More information regarding Hong Kong’s May 1 entry requirements is available here. Information on DQHs is available here.

BAL Analysis: Hong Kong’s decision to relax entry requirements for certain nonresidents was made due to the improving virus situation and with the intent to resume social and economic activities in Hong Kong. The response to the COVID-19 pandemic continues to develop, and BAL will provide additional updates as information becomes available.

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