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NOVEL CORONAVIRUS 2019-nCoV
Last updated: 12.10.2021
On 20.08.2021 the Government of the Hong Kong SAR has add 15 countries to the list of High Risk places.
Some of these countries are frequently used departure points, transit points and holiday destinations such as France, Greece, the Netherlands, Spain, Switzerland, Turkey and the Unitied Arab Emirates.
This can affect your travel plans. If you:
- have visited one of these countries in the 21 days before arrival in Hong Kong, or
- depart from one of these countries, or
- you have a transit there,
you have to carefully check the rules for travelers coming from Group A. These include a vaccination record, a negative PCR test, and full 21 days quarantine in a designated hotel.
Accompanied children under 12 years old who are not vaccinated can enter Hong Kong on condition that the accompanying person is fully vaccinated. Children over 12 years old who are not fully vaccinated are not allowed to enter Hong Kong if they come from a place in Group A..
The full list of high risk places, and information about quarantine measures and required documents are available on the designated website of the Government of the HKSAR: https://www.coronavirus.gov.hk/eng/inbound-travel.html
TRAVEL TO BELGIUM
Hong Kong and Macau have been are whitelisted for travel to Belgium and the EU. Traveling to Belgium is allowed for anyone who has their normal residence in Hong Kong or Macau.
Hong Kong and Macau will each be given a colour code. The requirements to travel to Belgium depend on this colour code. All travelers must check the current colour code before traveling. Click here for the colour codes. The list is updated every Sunday.
PCR test before travel is not required.
moderately elevated risk
PCR test before travel is not required.
Quarantine is not required for adult travelers who
Children over 12 years old have to do a PCR test <72 hours before arrival in Belgium. Children under 12 years old do not need to take a PCR test.
Requirements for all travelers
PASSENGER LOCATOR FORM - All persons traveling to Belgium and all persons travelling through Belgium and who are staying at least 48 hours must fill out an online identification form (Passenger Locator Form) before traveling. When you submit the form, you will receive an e-mail with a QR code. You have to be able to show this QR code to your airline when checking in at the airport. You can find this form here.
European Digital COVID Certificate
The Belgian authorities can issue a European Digital Covid Certificate to people who received a vaccination outside Belgium, under specific conditions. Click here to find out more.
Visa services have resumed. You can now apply for a visa at the Consulate General during the opening hours of the visa section: Monday to Friday from 9 AM to 1130 AM.
TRAVEL TO HONG KONG FROM BELGIUM
These are the requirements for travelers to Hong Kong from Belgium who have only visited Belgium in the 21 days before arrival in Hong Kong. Travelers who visited other countries in the 21 days before arrival in Hong Kong have to check what the requirements are for arrival from these countries.
If you had a transit and a change of flights on your way from Belgium to Hong Kong you have to check the requirements for arrival from the country where the transit took place. The most up to date details are available on the website of the Government of Hong Kong: https://www.coronavirus.gov.hk/eng/inbound-travel.html
Test before departure from Belgium
No more than 72 hours before the departure of the last leg of the journey to Hong Kong (i.e. the flight that lands in Hong Kong), each traveler must take a PCR nucleic acid test for COVID-19.
- The result of this test has to be negative to be allowed to travel
- A test report in English must be presented upon arrival in Hong Kong
- The laboratory where the test is performed must be ISO 15189 accredited.
The laboratory where the test is performed must be ISO 15189 accredited. Proof of accreditation has to be presented upon arrival in Hong Kong. The lab should be able to provide the proof of accreditation, or you can print it yourself (if you took the test in Belgium). Click here for instructions on how to print the accreditation document.
This interactive map can help you find a testing location nearby: https://testcovid.doclr.be/#!/saps
We strongly recommend to print a copy of the Verbal Note that was sent to the Government of the HKSAR, as well as the list of testing facilities, and present these printouts together with the test result at the airports in Belgium and in Hong Kong. Click here to download and print the verbal note.
Online health declaration
Maximum 48 hours before arrival in Hong Kong each traveler has to complete the online health declaration: https://www.chp.gov.hk/hdf/
Arrival in Hong Kong
Upon arrival at Hong Kong International Airport, all travelers have to take a mandatory test. Travelers have to wait for the result of this test at the airport.
- Negative test result: the traveler will be allowed to go to the hotel that has been booked in advance. Transport to the hotels is provided – travelers are not allowed to arrange their own transport.
- Positive test result: the traveler is transferred to a hospital or a specialized center. In this case, the traveler bears the cost of canceling the hotel reservation.
All travelers have to observe a mandatory quarantine. This quarantine has to be done in a designated hotel that was booked in advance (Click here for the list of designated hotels). Each traveler must present proof of reservation of the hotel room upon arrival.
- Home quarantine is not allowed.
- Receiving visitors is not allowed during quarantine.
Duration of the quarantine:
- 21 days for travelers who are not fully vaccinated.
- 14 days for travelers who are fully vaccinated (1 or 2 doses depending on the vaccine) + 14 days after the last shot. A proof of vaccination has to be presented at departure and upon arrival in Hong Kong.
Children under 12 years old that are yet to be vaccinated have to observe the full 21 day quarantine period. They are allowed to board flights for Hong Kong with accompanying persons, and can undergo compulsory quarantine together. When the accompanying persons complete their (shortened) quarantine at the hotel, the children are allowed to go home with them and have to self-isolate at home for the remainder of their 21 day quarantine period.
During and after quarantine the traveler has to take several mandatory tests. When the result of any of these tests is positive, the traveler will be transferred to a hospital or a specialized center.
All information about the return to Hong Kong is available on this website: https://www.coronavirus.gov.hk/pdf/concise_guide_vaccinated_travellers_ENG.pdf
General information on the Hong Kong government's measures for travelers can be found here: https://www.coronavirus.gov.hk/eng/inbound-travel.html
TRAVEL TO MACAU
Since 23/12/2020, the following restrictions apply to entry into Macau:
Residents of Macau are allowed to enter Macau.
Residents of China, Hong Kong SAR and Taiwan are allowed to enter Macau provided they have not traveled outside Greater China in the 21 days prior to their arrival
Travelers who are not residents in Macau, China, Hong Kong SAR or Taiwan will only be admitted if all the required conditions are met:
1. Exceptional family circumstances or a strong connection to the Macau SAR, and
2. The traveler stayed in Mainland China for a minimum of 21 days prior to arrival in Macau, and
3. The traveler received permission in advance from the government agency responsible for health.
All travelers must spend a quarantine at a government center upon arrival in Macau, measure their health after the quarantine for a period of time, and are required to take a test at the end of this period. The length of that quarantine (14 days or 21 days) depends on where the traveler has been before arriving in Macau. Information about the restrictions and conditions to enter the Macau SAR is available here.
The Consulate General will remain open to the public during the normal opening hours.
In order to maintain a healthy and safe environment both for visitors and employees, and in accordance with the recommendations of the local authorities, the Consulate General of Belgium requests you to observe the following rules:
- If you have a fever (37.5°C or more) or any signs and symptoms of the novel Coronavirus, DO NOT come to the Consulate General.
- Wear a protective face mask. Visitors who arrive without their own face mask will not be permitted to enter. Face masks will not be provided.
- Use alcohol disinfectant upon arrival and before touching fingerprint devices.
- Respect social distancing (1.5m).
- Visa applications: In order to minimise waiting times please prepare your file carefully in accordance with the list of required documents and in the same order.
Your kind understanding and cooperation are highly appreciated.