All countries with reported infections of the new variant will be moved to highest-risk tier for entry. Hong Kong Government tightens boarding and quarantine requirements for places with Omicron cases detected.

Who will be affected?

All travellers entering Hong Kong from affected countries.


Inbound travellers from Japan, Portugal and Sweden will be specified as Group A specified places from 0.00am on 3 December to tighten the boarding and quarantine requirements for relevant inbound travellers.

Non-Hong Kong residents who have stayed there within 21 days are not allowed to enter Hong Kong.

Hong Kong residents can only board a flight for Hong Kong if they have been fully vaccinated and hold a recognised vaccination record. They have to undergo compulsory quarantine in a designated quarantine hotel (DQH) for 21 days upon return to Hong Kong, with six tests to be conducted during quarantine, followed by compulsory testing in a community testing centre on the 26th day of arrival at Hong Kong.

Inbound travellers from Angola, Botswana, Eswatini, Ethiopia, Lesotho, Malawi, Mozambique, Namibia, Nigeria, South Africa, Zambia and Zimbabwe, which had been specified as Group A specified places, are subject to more stringent quarantine and testing requirements (i.e. Group A places with enhanced surveillance).

Hong Kong residents and Visa holders arriving from these Group A places with enhanced surveillance are required to undergo compulsory quarantine at the Penny’s Bay Quarantine Centre for the first seven days, and would then be transferred by designated transport to finish the remaining 14 days of compulsory quarantine at the DQH which they have reserved before coming to Hong Kong.


Effective 3 December 2021

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Santa Fe Relocation Services will monitor the situation closely and provide updated information once available.

Should you have any questions regarding entry, please contact the following:

Jason Li
Relocation and Immigration Services Manager
Santa Fe Relocation
Hong Kong
D +852 2833 2526

Robert Day
Group Head of Immigration Operations
Santa Fe Relocation
London, UK
D: +44 7990 021125

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