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Top travel destinations open to vaccinated Hongkongers

Ready to travel abroad? Here's where you can go.

Tatum Ancheta
Cherry Chan
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Tatum Ancheta
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Cherry Chan
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While Hong Kong is still a long way from living with Covid-19 like other countries already completely open for tourism, flight bans and quarantines have slightly eased, and we're now receiving non-Hong Kong residents (that's if they are willing to stay for a week in quarantine). Those itching to travel have also started to look forward to travelling around the world this summer. If you're contemplating escaping and giving in to your wanderlust or just want to plan next time you feel safe to travel, here's a roundup of top travel destinations (and each country's requirements for entry) now opening for Hong Kong tourists.

Before you book your travel, make sure to check available return flights to Hong Kong and book your stay at a designated quarantine hotel. To stay updated on the news about returning to Hong Kong, tune in on the government's daily press releases

RECOMMENDED: Here's a step-by-step guide to help you prepare for your return to Hong Kong. Visit this guide for the latest social distancing measures in the city.

Asian travel destinations

Japan
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Japan

From June 10, Japan is now open for tourists and areas designated as ‘blue’ countries like Hong Kong will be able to enter through package tour bookings. Quarantine and arrival testing has been eliminated for Hongkongers, and Covid-19 vaccine is not required. But we still need to apply for a visa, which may take time to process. If you’re planning to go on a solo sojourn, unfortunately, independent tourists cannot enter yet. Aside from booking small package tours with a complete itinerary for the whole duration of the tour, a negative PCR test must be submitted 72 hours before departing for Japan. Upon arrival, tourists will be required to fill in a questionnaire with their travel details, and then you can enter without quarantining or doing a PCR test. 

For more information about entry, visit this link.

South Korea
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South Korea

South Korea, the country that brought BTS, Parasite, and Squid Game to the world, is finally open for tourists. From April 1, double-jabbed travellers are already able to enter the country quarantine-free. International visitors must register their vaccine status on the Q-CODE website before arriving in Korea. Tourists will also need to provide a negative PCR test certificate taken within 48 hours prior to departure or a rapid antigen test certificate issued 24 hours before boarding. 

*As of July 1, Hong Kong passport holders and BNO holders will be allowed to enter Korea visa-free. 

For more information about entry requirements, visit
visitkorea.or.kr 

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Bali, Indonesia
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Bali, Indonesia

You can now plan your Eat, Pray, Love Bali experience. Aside from not requiring quarantine, from May 18, travellers are no longer required to take a PCR test before departing to Bali. Other requirements for entry include acquiring a Visit Visa B211A and mandatory medical insurance with coverage for Covid-19 related expenses. Visitors must also download the e-HAC (Electronic Health Awareness Card/ Peduli Lindungi app on their phone and fill in the E-CD (electronic custom declaration) upon arrival.

For more information, visit this link

Philippines
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Philippines

Despite the surge of Covid-19 infections, the Philippines reopened its borders to foreign tourists on February 10. From May 30, travellers from visa-free countries like Hong Kong can enter the country as long as they apply for the One Health Pass 24 hours before departure, present proof of vaccination (negative RT-PCR test results before departure are no longer required for vaccinated travellers), and outbound tickets to their country of origin or next country of destination. Travel insurance for Covid-19 treatment is no longer required but highly encouraged. Inbound travellers are no longer required to undergo facility-based quarantine but must self-monitor for any Covid-19 symptoms for seven days of arrival. 

For more information about the Philippines' travel restrictions, visit this link. Visit the Philippines' tourism website to learn more about the best travel destinations in the country. 

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Malaysia
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Malaysia

Since April, Malaysia has reopened its borders and allowed quarantine-free travel and tourism after being shut for two years. Vaccinated travellers are able to visit Malaysia's beautiful white-sand beaches and lush rainforests. From May, fully-vaccinated travellers are no longer required to undergo pre-departure and on-arrival Covid-19 tests and booking a Travel insurance is no longer a prerequisite. Travellers need to download the My Sejahtera app before departing and fill in the Health Declaration form, as well as provide vaccination records on the app five days before departing. 

For updates, visit the Malaysia Tourism Promotion Board's official site

Thailand 
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Thailand 

Whether you’re going for their luscious beaches, mouthwatering cuisine or vibrant nightlife, Thailand has eased their entry requirements. From June 1, entry requirements include an approved Thailand Pass, US$10,000 travel insurance policy, and proof of vaccination. Upon arrival, tourists must undergo a body temperature check and present the required documents to the Immigration/Health Control officers. Once cleared, you’re free to travel as you desire around the country. 

For more details, visit this link

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Vietnam 
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Vietnam 

Vietnam has fully reopened its borders to international tourism. Travellers can enter without quarantine and proof of a negative PCR test. Requirements to enter the country include applying for a tourist e-visa and purchasing travel insurance with Covid-19 coverage minimum of US$10,000. Once you arrive, you have to download the country’s PC-Covid mobile app, available in Apple or Google Play, which you will need when entering establishments in the vicinity. 

For more updates and the latest information, visit this link.

Singapore 
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Singapore 

As of April 1, fully vaccinated travellers no longer need to provide a negative PCR test, Vaccinated Travel Pass or travel insurance, but they will need to apply for a visa application to enter Singapore. Currently, travellers only need to provide vaccination proof and upload it onto the Vaccination Check Portal, download the TraceTogether app and register. Three days before departure, submit the SG arrival card and e-health declaration via the official and free e-service on the Immigration & Checkpoints Authority (ICA) website

For more details, visit this link.

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Maldives
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Maldives

Known for its turquoise blue seawater, the Maldives is an irresistible destination to go for a romantic vacation. If you're dreaming of that ultimate island getaway, Maldives is a great option. The country reopened borders to all travellers from all countries on July 15, 2020, and the requirements here are simple compared to other destinations. Aside from being issued a tourist visa upon arrival, the country does not require proof of vaccination and quarantine, but travellers must bring proof of a negative PCR test taken 96 hours before the scheduled departure time from the first port of embarkation and book their stay at a government recognised resort, hotel or guesthouse. A 30-day free tourist visa on arrival is available for Hong Kong citizens. 

For more information, visit the official government website

Sri Lanka
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Sri Lanka

From pristine beaches to ancient ruins, tropical Sri Lanka is one of those exotic places that should be on your travel wish list. The country opened its borders to foreign travellers on June 1, 2021, and ​​Hong Kong citizens can choose to apply for an e-visa online or apply for a Sri Lanka visa on arrival. Fully vaccinated travellers must present their vaccination record when arriving, and quarantine is not required. When travelling to tourist sites, you must purchase tickets in order to enter. Other requirements include a mandatory US$75,000 Covid-19 insurance that you can book via portal.pionline.lk.

For more information, visit this link

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Cambodia
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Cambodia

Cambodia, home of the ancient temples of Angkor Wat, opened their borders for vaccinated travellers on November 15, 2021, without the need for quarantine and the requirements for entry are simple. Travellers only need to apply for an e-visa, present their vaccination records. Covid-19 tests before and after arrival are no longer required for vaccinated travellers. 

For more information, visit this link.

Macao
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Macao

When it comes to proximity to HK, look no further than Macao. Hongkongers can enter the territory provided they have not travelled to any foreign country within 21 days of arrival, but a 14-day quarantine is still mandatory. Other requirements include a vaccination certificate, a negative result for Covid-19 nucleic acid (within 24 hours), and quarantine bookings must be made at designated hotels.  

For more information and the latest Covid-19 restrictions in Macao, visit gcs.gov.mo and Macao's tourism website. If you need recommendations and inspiration for your next Macao trip, check out our Macao guide

Elsewhere in the world

Switzerland
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Switzerland

Switzerland, known for its picturesque n for the Swiss Alps and the Jura Mountains, has lifted most of its travel restrictions in February. Tourists are no longer required to provide proof of vaccination, as well as recovery or a negative test certificate. The sole exception is for travellers entering Switzerland from high-risk countries. Fortunately, Hong Kong is not included on this list. Other travellers can go to the government travel check site, which allows assessment of status for entry and transit.

Visit this link for more information.

Australia 
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Australia 

On February 21, Australia started welcoming international inbound travellers after nearly two years of closing its borders. Fully vaccinated visa holders can now enter the country. All passengers flying into Australia must complete the Digital Passenger Declaration and submit it 72 hours before departure and provide proof of vaccination. There are quarantine rules, but they are determined by State and Territory governments, so check this link when planning your trip. 

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New Zealand
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New Zealand

In February, New Zealand gradually reopened to fully vaccinated New Zealanders living in Australia. On May 1, fully vaccinated travellers from visa-waiver nations, which includes Hong Kong, the United Kingdom, the United States, among others, are able to enter New Zealand without a visa. Travellers must provide a negative PCR pre-departure test, proof of vaccination, and complete a traveller declaration to obtain a traveller pass before checking into your airport at the country of departure. You will be provided with two rapid antigen tests that need to be completed on day 1 and day 5 or 6 of your arrival and declare your results

For more information, visit covid19.govt.nz.   

Canada
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Canada

From April 1, fully vaccinated travellers are no longer required to provide a pre-entry Covid-19 test result to enter Canada by air, land or water. However, you must provide your travel information to the government's ArriveCAN site before departing to Canada. Pre-entry tests will be done on arrival if you're selected for mandatory random testing, but they do not require quarantine while waiting for the test result. From April 25, travellers will no longer be required to wear masks in public spaces and monitor their health for symptoms after 14 days of arriving in Canada.

For more information, visit the country's official website.  

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United Kingdom
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United Kingdom

Since March 18, the United Kingdom has lifted all Covid-19 travel restrictions ahead of the Easter holiday. Anyone can enter the UK without any additional testing or quarantine requirements. Pre-departure and post-arrival tests, passenger locator forms, and quarantine in a hotel are no longer required for both vaccinated and unvaccinated travellers. Most of its domestic Covid restrictions have also been eased, wearing masks in public places are no longer mandatory, and there are also airlines flying into the UK that no longer require passengers or crew to wear masks.

For more information, visit the official government website.

European Union
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European Union

Hong Kong visitors will be allowed to enter European Union member states, including Austria, Belgium, Bulgaria, Croatia, Republic of Cyprus, Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Ireland, Italy, Latvia, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Malta, Netherlands, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain and Sweden, as long as they can present an EU or WHO-approved vaccination records as well as Covid-19 recovered travellers. Some member states set their own restrictions on foreign visitors and may need additional requirements that include negative RT-PCR test results before entry.

Visit the official EU website and check entry regulations and precautions for each EU member state. 

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United States
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United States

To enter the United States, tourists are required to be fully vaccinated and to provide proof of vaccination as well as a negative pre-arrival Covid-19 RT-PCR test result up to 24 hours before flying to the United States.  

For more information on the rules and requirements, visit this link

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