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Application for Exemption from Compulsory Quarantine under the Compulsory Quarantine of Certain Persons Arriving at Hong Kong Regulation (Cap. 599C)

The expiry date of the Compulsory Quarantine of Certain Persons Arriving at Hong Kong Regulation (Cap. 599C) has been extended to 31 March 2022. The Commerce and Economic Development Bureau has sought the approval of the Chief Secretary for Administration for this Department to launch two exemption schemes for Hong Kong enterprises with manufacturing operations in the Mainland. Details are in Annex. Applications should be submitted through the online submission platform.

Each exempted person must also present the proof of a negative COVID-19 nucleic acid test result conducted at a medical testing institution mutually recognised by the governments of Hong Kong and Guangdong upon arrival in Hong Kong from the Mainland via land boundary control points, the sample for which should be taken from the same exempted person on the day of arrival or within the three days before the day of arrival. Each exempted person must also undergo repeated testing during his/her stay in Hong Kong. Otherwise, the concerned person will be subject to the 14-day compulsory quarantine requirement upon entry into Hong Kong. The medical testing institutions mutually recognised by the Governments of Hong Kong and Guangdong refer to:

  1. All medical testing institutions in Guangdong Province that can upload negative RT-PCR nucleic acid test results to "Yuekang code" system; or
  2. The medical testing institutions in Guangdong Province that are recognised by the National Health Commission and can be accessed on nucleic acid testing organisation enquiry function via State Council Mini Portal, or that are listed on its official website.

Each exempted person arriving at Hong Kong via Hong Kong International Airport (HKIA) must possess a negative result of COVID-19 nucleic acid test done at an ISO15189-accredited testing institution; or testing institution recognised or approved by the relevant Mainland authority with the specimen collected within 48 hours prior to the scheduled departure time of the flight to Hong Kong. In addition, the exempted person must be subject to "test-and-hold" arrangement (i.e. undergo testing and wait for the result at HKIA or designated location) and undergo repeated testing during his/her stay in Hong Kong.

(Important Notice) With effect from 8 September 2021, the Government has resumed the quarantine exemption arrangement for exempted persons returning from Mainland areas other than Guangdong Province. When exempted persons undergo repeated compulsory testing after returning to Hong Kong, the Government no longer accepts deep throat saliva as specimen for testing. Each exempted person must undergo testing with professional swab sampling at a community testing centre or a recognised local medical testing institution.

Points to note for exempted persons returning to Hong Kong - Frequently asked questions

For enquiries, please call (852) 2398 5553.

16 September 2021