Travel to Hong Kong from Philippines: Requirements, Quarantine Rules, Etc.
Be ready to undergo a seven-day quarantine, regardless of testing results.
by Ina Louise Manto | July 08, 2022
Hong Kong remains a top international destination for Filipinos, not only for its travel time but also for the activities that travelers of all ages would love. It only takes two hours to fly to Hong Kong (which may be shorter than traversing the highways of EDSA on a busy day) and you’ll already be greeted by a myriad of attractions. From the classic Hong Kong Disneyland experience that will rekindle childhood memories to the restaurants at Lan Kwai Fong and shops at Temple Street, there’s no wonder why the city attracts millions of tourists. If you’re planning to travel to Hong Kong this year, here’s everything you need to know:
Is Hong Kong open to tourists?
Yes, Hong Kong is open to tourists. Having one of the strictest border rules, Hong Kong finally opened its borders to nonresidents on May 1.
Who can travel to Hong Kong from Philippines?
Hong Kong is open to both residents and nonresidents. Entry rules also vary, depending on where the traveler stayed 14 days before traveling to Hong Kong: Mainland, Macao, Taiwan, or any place outside China.
Do you need a visa to enter Hong Kong?
Filipinos visiting Hong Kong for transit, business, or tourism do not need to apply for a visa. Granted, the stay will not be more than 14 days unless the traveler applies for an extension. For more information, visit this page.
Requirements to travel to Hong Kong from Philippines
The following are basic requirements to enter Hong Kong:
- Recognized vaccine record that includes:
- A vaccination certification or record issued by Hong Kong or a recognized or authorized institution of an organization on the List of Places of Issuance of Recognized Vaccination Records (for PH: Yellow Card issued by the Bureau of Quarantine); and
- Written confirmation in English or Chinese issued by authorities or recognized institutions
- Negative RT-PCR test taken within 48 hours before the scheduled time of departure or a negative Antigen Result taken within 4 to 6 hours before the scheduled time of departure
- Confirmation of room reservation for seven nights at Designated Quarantine Hotel (DQH).
- Online health declaration form and quarantine information declaration
- The generated QR is valid for only 48 hours for arrival via Hong Kong International Airport
Hong Kong Quarantine Rules for Non-Residents
Regardless of test results, fully vaccinated nonresidents entering Hong Kong have to undergo a compulsory 14-day quarantine at a designated quarantine hotel upon arrival. Travelers can also opt for an early release, shortening their quarantine to just 7 days.
During the 14-day hotel quarantine, travelers are required to take:
- a COVID-19 test upon arrival in Hong Kong
- rapid antigen tests daily during the mandatory quarantine
- a PCR-based test on the 5th, 9th, and 12th days of their stay.
Compulsory quarantine may be shortened to seven days if an individual tests negative on the 5th day of isolation.
Shortened 7-Day Quarantine
These are the procedures for travelers who opt for an early discharge from compulsory quarantine:
- Undergo PCR-based nucleic acid tests on the 5th day of arrival in Hong Kong;
- Can be discharged earlier from quarantine and must leave the DQH if Fully vaccinated and/or being accompanied children aged 11 or below, and the results of the PCR test conducted on the 5th day and the rapid antigen tests conducted on the 6th and 7th days are all negative;
- Self-monitoring for the subsequent 7 days; and
- Undergo compulsory RT-PCR testing by professional swab sampling on the 9th and 12th days of arrival in Hong Kong in a Community Testing Centre (CTC) or mobile specimen collection stations (for free), or at recognized local medical testing institutions (self-paid)
How to extend your stay in Hong Kong
Since travelers are required to undergo at least 7 days of quarantine and a visa-free stay in Hong Kong is only for 14 days, travelers who need to stay in Hong Kong for a longer period will have to apply for an Extension of Stay at the Immigration Department of Hong Kong. Here’s everything to prepare for the application process:
Documents to prepare
- Completed and signed form ID 91. The form may be obtained from Immigration Branch Offices and Immigration Department Headquarters.
- The application form of individuals under the age of 16 must be signed by their parent or legal guardian
- The form may also be downloaded online.
- Original and copy of evidence to support the need to prolong the stay in Hong Kong such as return tickets, evidence showing adequate funds, etc.
- Original and copy of applicant’s travel document, including a previous travel document showing the current limit of stay
How do I submit my application?
The submission of application may also be submitted by an authorized representative at or by post/drop-in immigration offices located around the city. See the full list here.
How much does the Extension of Stay application cost?
It costs HK$230 (around ₱1,600). Find more information here.
How do I pay for my application?
Upon approval, applicants will receive an application result from the Immigration Department including a web page link for payment. Payment could be made through the attached link, through the GovHK website, ImmD Mobile Application by credit card, or Payment by Phone Service (PPS).
After payment, individuals may download their e-Visa.
How long will the application take?
According to the Immigration Department of Hong Kong, the extension application will be processed and finalized on the same day.
Important note: Applicant must be physically present in Hong Kong at the time of payment and collection of e-Visa.
Current Hong Kong COVID situation
For up-to-date information, don’t forget to visit the following pages:
- Boarding and quarantine arrangements for persons arriving in Hong Kong
- Points to note before arrival in Hong Kong
- Designated Hotels for Quarantine
- Frequently Asked Questions