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COVID-19 Related Arrangements for Exchange/Study Abroad Students
(UPDATED AS AT 27 JUNE 2022)

 

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 you land in 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, quarantine and testing requirements.  Your airline should also be able to provide comprehensive information or you can refer to the concise guide.
    1.  PCR-based nucleic acid test for COVID-19
      There are different PCR test requirements for travelers from mainland China, Macao, Taiwan and all other overseas places, 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.
    3.  Book designated quarantine hotel/place
      1. For travelers from outside of China
        Fully vaccinated inbound travelers from outside of China must undergo seven days of compulsory quarantine at a designated quarantine hotel and be tested (RAT and/or PCR) on specific days. There are approximately 40 hotels serving as designated quarantine hotels.  Refer to this list (valid from 1 August to 31 October 2022) for hotel details and pricing.  Reservations can be made on their websites or by email.  You may wish to share a room if you are travelling on the same flight with a fellow exchange student.  The booking must be made under both of your names to avoid possible complications upon arrival.  Every hotel has its own refund and cancelation policy.  Additional information on designated quarantine hotels is available here.
      2. For travelers from China and Macao (excluding Come2HK scheme)
        Fully vaccinated inbound travelers from China and Macao (excluding Come2HK scheme) must undergo seven days of compulsory quarantine at a designated place, which can be a home, hotel /Airbnb or other accommodation off-campus.  Book in advance and ensure the accommodation is aware that you are undergoing compulsory quarantine.  You will need to undergo RAT and/or PCR tests on specific days.
    4. Self-monitoring accommodation
      Travelers who are required to undergoing compulsory quarantine must also undergo 7 days of self-monitoring afterwards. Most Colleges, I-House and Postgraduate Hall (PGH) at CUHK allow students to undergo self-monitoring. During this time, you may move around the city and do not need to be confined to a room. For students whose College does not allow to undergo self-monitoring, you will need to arrange your own accommodation off-campus. Not all hotels welcome guests for the self-monitoring period. A list of hotels which welcome guests for self-monitoring will be sent to students in due course. The earliest hostel check-in date into the CUHK student hostels is 3 September 2022.
  2. Arrival
    Testing arrangements for COVID-19 upon arrival in Hong Kong can be found here.
    1. Arrival via Hong Kong International Airport (HKIA)
      After landing, you will proceed to the Temporary Specimen Collection Centre (TSCC) in the restricted area for COVID-19 testing (PCR and RAT).  If you test negative on the RAT, you will be taken to your designated quarantine hotel by government-arranged transport (if you are coming from overseas) or (if you are coming from Macao, Taiwan or mainland China, excluding for those coming through the Come2HK Scheme) and wait for the PCR test result.  If you test positive on the RAT, you will wait at the designated area in the TSCC for the PCR test result before being transferred to suitable isolation and treatment facilities arranged by the Government.  Notify your student advisor through email as soon as possible if you test positive on arrival.
      Tips:

      1. Carry with you printed documents including vaccination records, PCR test results, quarantine hotel booking, and other relevant information such as recovery letter/proof from COVID-19.
      2. Keep forms and documents given to you after immigration and testing in a safe place.
      3. Charge your phone and bring an external battery. Free Wi-fi is available at HKIA.
      4. Download the LeaveHomeSafe app. The officers at control points will give you a QR code generated from your non-local vaccination details for uploading to the LeaveHomeSafe app as the Vaccine Pass.  You will need both the app and pass to access premises in the city.  Staff may scan your Vaccine Pass when you enter applicable premises.
      5. Bring a light jacket or scarf as the waiting area at HKIA is freezing.
    2. Arrival via Come2HK Scheme for students from Guangdong Province or Macao
      If you are traveling from Guangdong Province or Macao under the Come2HK Scheme, please refer to the arrival details here.
      Tips:

      1. Carry with you printed documents including vaccination records, PCR test results, quarantine hotel booking, and other relevant information such as recovery letter/proof from COVID-19.
      2. Keep forms and documents after immigration and testing in a safe place.
      3. Download the LeaveHomeSafe app. The officers at control points will give you a QR code generated from your non-local vaccination details for uploading to the LeaveHomeSafe app as the Vaccine Pass.  Staff may scan your Vaccine Pass when you enter applicable premises.
    3. Quarantine at designated hotel/place
      You can complete the compulsory quarantine if you test negative on a PCR on day 5 and RATs on days 6 and 7.  However, from our understanding, if you test positive during the quarantine period, you (and your roommate, if any) will be issued a 14-day quarantine order and transferred to a government quarantine facility or dedicated quarantine hotel where you will could be released if you test negative on days 6 and 7.  The cost of your stay at the facility will be covered by the government and depending on the designated quarantine hotel/place you booked, you may be able to get a refund. Please contact your student advisor as soon as possible if you test positive during the quarantine period.
  3. During your study period
    1. Access CUHK campus and hostel
      To enter the CUHK campus / live on campus, you must be fully vaccinated and boosted against COVID-19.  Students who are not vaccinated due to medical reasons must provide proof of medical exemption and undergo weekly self-testing at their own cost.  Students will be asked to upload their vaccination records and/or weekly self-testing result via the COVID-19 Vaccination/Regular Testing Report System (VTR).  On your first visit to the campus, you will need to present your passport for registration and scan both the LeaveHomeSafe app and your Vaccine Pass to gain access.  After your CU Link card (student card) is issued, you can use it to access the campus.  The LeaveHomeSafe app and Vaccine Pass will be needed to access facilities such as canteens on campus and other premises in the city.  More instructions on this will be provided in due course.
    2. Mandatory mask wearing in public places
      Masking on all public transport and in public places is mandatory.  From 19 May 2022, masking is not required during exercising indoor and outdoor.
    3. 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.
    4. COVID-19 testing centers and fees
      From time to time, you may need 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 22 April 2022)
      Private COVID-19 PCR Testing Providers / Laboratories in Hong Kong 
      (as of 29 April 2022)

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

Americas region (including ISEP): Louis Wong (louiswong@cuhk.edu.hk)
Europe and South Africa region: Arisa Lai (arisalai@cuhk.edu.hk)
Asia and Oceania: Vicky Cheng (vickycheng@cuhk.edu.hk)

We look forward to seeing you in Hong Kong!