[HONG KONG TRAVEL ADVISORY] Update on Regulation of Cross-boundary Conveyances and Travelers in Hong Kong - Rakso Travel

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Monday, August 17, 2020

[HONG KONG TRAVEL ADVISORY] Update on Regulation of Cross-boundary Conveyances and Travelers in Hong Kong

Please note that the Hong Kong Government has published a revised Notice under Cap 599H effective 10 August 2020.

All passengers who have been to the following countries for the past 14 days are required to produce additional documentation/ proofs before acceptance in the flight as required by the Hong Kong Government.
1. Bangladesh
2. India
3. Indonesia
4. Nepal
5. Pakistan
6. The Philippines
7. South Africa
8. Kazakhstan
9. United States of America

The Passenger Must Provide the Following Documents:

1. Test report in English or Chinese issued by a laboratory or healthcare institution bearing the name of the relevant traveler identical to that in his/her valid travel document to show that:
·  The relevant traveler underwent a nucleic acid test for COVID-19, the sample for which was taken from the relevant traveler within 72 hours before the scheduled time of departure of the specified aircraft;
· The test conducted on the sample is a nucleic acid test for COVID-19; and
·  The result of the test is the relevant traveler was tested negative for COVID-19

If the test report is not in English or Chinese or does not contain all of the information mentioned above, a written confirmation in English or Chinese issued by the laboratory or healthcare institution bearing the name of the passenger identical to that in his/her valid travel document, containing all of the aforementioned information and presented together with the test report.

The following are common acceptable terms for "nucleic acid test"
"Polymerase chain reaction", "PCR"
"reverse-transcription polymerase chain reaction", "RT-PCR"
"real time RT-PCR", "real-time PCR"
"nucleic test", nucleic acid amplification test", "NAAT", "TrueNAT", "CBNAAT"
"Loop-mediated isothermal amplification", "LAMP"

Apart from "COVID-19", "SARS-CoV-2" is also an acceptable term for the virus

2. Documentary proof in English or Chinese to show that the laboratory or healthcare institution is ISO 15189 accredited or is recognized or approved by the relevant authority of the government of the place in which the laboratory or healthcare institution is located. It can be in the form a copy of "Certificate of Accreditation", "Certificate of Compliance", or information printed out from government official website.

For reference:

3. Confirmation in English or Chinese of room reservation in a hotel in Hong Kong for not less than 14 days starting on the day of the arrival of the relevant traveler in Hong Kong.
Passengers are requested to fill out Electronic Health Declaration form (HDF): https://www.chp.gov.hk/hdf.

For more information, visit https://www.coronavirus.gov.hk

Sources: https://www.info.gov.hk/gia/general/202008/07/P2020080700851.htm

Reference: Philippine Airlines


How to protect yourself from the coronavirus or COVID-19?
With the continual spread of the coronavirus or COVID19, it is better to stay vigilant and follow these simple ways to prevent yourself from getting the disease.
  • Wash your hands with soap or use a hand sanitizer that contains alcohol with at least 70% solution.
  • Sneeze and cough into tissues or the crook of your elbow. If you get mucus or spit on your skin, clean it off right away. Avoid touching your face with unwashed hands.
  • Avoid close contact with people who are sick, especially people exhibiting respiratory symptoms and fever.
  • Stay home when you're sick.
  • Regularly and thoroughly clean surfaces, such as countertops and doorknobs, with a disinfectant. 
  • If you are sick:  You should wear a facemask when you are around other people and practice distancing yourself.  
  • For healthy people wear a mask only if you are caring for someone who is sick or a person with suspected COVID-19 infection. Facemasks may be in short supply and they should be saved for the caregivers.
  • If you choose to wear a facemask make sure it is covering your mouth and nose and leave no gaps between your face and the mask. 

Take care and stay safe, everyone.

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