Hong Kong has hit the headlines for various reasons over the last year, from its widespread pro-democracy protests to its early encounters with the coronavirus pandemic.
It was one of the first places to shut its borders, which closed to all non-residents on March 25th 2020 in a bid to slow the spread of Covid-19.
Since then, the Special Administrative Republic has seen rises and falls in its Covid-19 caseload. As of October 1st, it had seen 5,098 cases and 105 deaths, in its densely-packed population of 7.5 million.
New daily cases (charted below) remained relatively stable through September.
Entry requirements to Hong Kong for Brits
It’s still not possible to enter Hong Kong from the UK unless you are a Hong Kong permanent resident. That’s despite its inclusion on the UK travel corridor list, which only means you do not have to self-isolate when you get back to the UK.
Non-residents travelling to Hong Kong from mainland China, Macao or Taiwan will also be denied entry if they have been to any overseas country or territory in the past 14 days.
It’s now possible to transit through Hong Kong International Airport, as long as you can be checked through from your port of origin to your final destination and do not leave the airport. You may be submitted to health screenings such as temperature checks, and may be prevented from taking your next flight if you ‘fail’ these.
It’s still uncertain when Hong Kong’s borders will fully open to British travellers again, particularly as the UK’s Covid-19 caseload remains so high.
Can I travel to mainland China from the UK?
It’s possible to travel to mainland China from the UK as a British national, but only for a set of specified reasons. Visa application centres in the UK have reopened.
Visa holders must submit a Health Declaration Form to their nearest Chinese Embassy or Consulate in the UK before they travel.
They must also provide evidence of a negative test for Covid-19 taken no more than three days before they travel, which should not be obtained through the NHS.