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COVID-19 Related Arrangements for Exchange/Study Abroad Students
(UPDATED AS AT 3 January 2023)


The Hong Kong Special Administrative Region (HKSAR) Government has imposed several policies and requirements for inbound travelers considering the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic.  To help students keep track of the latest updates and plan their trip to Hong Kong, we have to the best of our knowledge put together a list of useful information and websites below.  With the fluid and unpredictable nature of the pandemic, these policies and requirements may change frequently.  We strongly urge students to read each of these webpages carefully as they contain important information on requirements when entering Hong Kong, and to visit this webpage and the HKSAR Government dedicated website on COVID-19 regularly to stay up-to-date on the latest inbound travel policies and requirements.


  1. Pre-departure
    Before departing for Hong Kong, note the relevant boarding and testing requirements.  Your airline should also be able to provide comprehensive information as well.

    1. Testing arrangement for COVID-19
      Travelers are required to have a negative RAT result (can be self-administered or by professional swab sampling) conducted within 24 hours prior to the scheduled time of departure and retain the photo showing the RAT result for 90 days.  Travelers may voluntarily declare the test result via the Health Declaration Form. Kong.  Please refer to this webpage for applicable information.
    2. List of COVID-19 vaccines recognized by HKSAR government
      Inbound travelers should normally be fully vaccinated. Refer to this list for recognized vaccines and required doses for travel into Hong Kong.Health Declaration Form
      Inbound travelers may voluntarily declare their RAT test result via the online Health Declaration of the Department of Health (DH) (www.chp.gov.hk/hdf/).
  2. Arrival
    COVID-19 testing arrangements upon arrival in Hong Kong can be found here. The Hong Kong SAR government recommends inbound travelers undergo daily rapid antigen tests (RATs) and from the day of arrival at Hong Kong until Day 5 after arrival at Hong Kong.  You may voluntarily report the RAT results and health status via the Electronic COVID-19 Monitoring & Surveillance System (eCMSS).
  3. During your study period
    1. Mandatory mask wearing in public places
      All social distancing restrictions have been lifted except for masking which is still mandatory in all public places and public transport .  Masking is not required while eating, drinking and exercising (indoor and outdoor).
    2. COVID-19 vaccination programme in Hong Kong
      Students wishing to receive a booster shot in Hong Kong can register for the programme at any post office (except mobile post offices) after arrival.  Only BioNTech and Sinovac vaccines are available so consult your family physician about suitability beforehand.  Details are available on this webpage.
    3. COVID-19 testing centers and fees
      From time to time, you may be required to take a PCR test.  This will be free at government run testing centers if you have a testing order, otherwise you may go to the following places:
      COVID-19 Community Testing Centres (Public), HK$240 per test (as of 28 November 2022)

If you have any questions about traveling to Hong Kong, please contact one of our Student Advisors.

Americas region (including ISEP): Alex Chau (alexchaukw@cuhk.edu.hk)
Europe and South Africa region: Arisa Lai (arisalai@cuhk.edu.hk)
Asia and Oceania: Jessica Poon (jessicapoon@cuhk.edu.hk)

We look forward to seeing you in Hong Kong!