Travel to Hong Kong, SAR of China

Travelling has changed, and you may need to do a little more planning and preparation before take-off. Ensure you check and comply with all airline and government travel requirements before arriving at the airport. 

Last updated: 23 January 2023

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Travel requirements

Before booking and before departure, ensure you check the latest Government of the Hong Kong Special Administrative RegionOpens external site in a new window and AustralianOpens external site government conditions for travel, which may include mandatory travel and health declarations, vaccinations, use of face masks, and immigration and entry requirements (which may include renewing your passport, or applying for a visa), or you could be denied entry. This information is subject to change and we recommend you check these websites frequently for any updates.

Some countries have restrictions around transiting. If you're transiting via another country or onto another international flight, ensure you check the requirements of your transiting and destination country to ensure their Government allows you to transit.

If your itinerary includes travel with another airline, or Qantas codeshare flights which are operated by another airline on their aircraft, you'll need to contact them directly to understand and meet their requirements.

Visit the Government of the Hong Kong Special Administrative RegionOpens external site in a new window website for more information on travel requirements, including entry eligibility, vaccination requirements and COVID-19 testing.

Before departure you'll need to:

  • Check vaccination requirements, which includes completing a course of an approved vaccine at least 14 days before you fly if you're a non-Hong Kong resident aged 12 and above. Medical exemptions apply.
  • Provide evidence of a negative COVID-19 test result in paper format for all passengers aged 3 and above.
    • This can be in the form of a:
      • Rapid Antigen Test (RAT) conducted within 24 hours of departure, or 
      • a PCR-based nucleic acid test conducted within 48 hours of the scheduled time of departure.
    • You must retain a photo showing the RAT result or the PCR test report for 90 days.
    • You may also declare your test result via the voluntary Health Declaration FormOpens external site in a new window.
  • Consider purchasing travel insurance. Qantas Travel Insurance policies (which are available to Australian and New Zealand residents) can provide cover for some COVID-19 related events. Terms, conditions, limits and exclusions apply. Consider the PDS and TMD (AU) or Policy Document (NZ) available on our website. Issuer: Pacific International Insurance.

Transiting at Hong Kong International Airport

Travel to Mainland China

If you're transiting at Hong Kong International airport with a connecting flight to Mainland China, you'll need to comply with China's State Council's entry requirements, which include:

  • all passengers, including children and infants, must present a printed copy of a negative PCR test result, taken no more than 48 hours before departure, and
  • a completed Health Declaration form and present the confirmation QR code on departure. The form can be completed online, on the Wechat mini-program of China Customs, or via the China Customs app.

For more information, visit the Embassy of the People's Republic of ChinaOpens external site in a new window.

Travel to other destinations

If you're transiting at Hong Kong International airport with a connecting flight to another destination, you don't need to have pre-departure test or provide evidence of vaccination.

However, you're required to meet the entry requirements of all countries that you're travelling to and transiting through. 

For more information on country entry requirements, visit Travel Ready.

Applying for clearance to travel

If you're unable to be vaccinated due to medical reasons or you return a positive pre-departure COVID-19 test result, you may still be able to travel with us in some circumstances:

  • Vaccination exemptions: You can request a vaccination exemption due to a medical condition that prevents you from being vaccinated with a COVID-19 vaccine. You'll also be required to show proof of a negative pre-departure COVID-19 test when you check-in.
  • Prior positive medical clearance: If you've previously had a COVID-19 infection, you may be able to apply for medical clearance based on a past positive infection, provided you're no longer infectious and don’t have any symptoms. Check the government requirements to see if they permit exceptions for past positive infections, for any countries you're travelling to or transiting through, before submitting your request to us.

See more information on how to request COVID-19 vaccination exemptions and past positive medical clearance.

Additional information

Keep up to date with the latest requirements

It’s important to continue to check the relevant government websites for the latest travel requirements, as these may change closer to your departure date and more information may become available.  

Inflight and airport services

Find out about any changes to your airport and inflight experience.

See inflight and airport services for more information.