Traveling to Hong Kong during Covid
Hi, is it possible to travel to Hong Kong from India in Jan - Feb 2022?
Hong Kong government has banned flights from India until Feb 4. Will have to wait and see if the ban is lifted after Feb 4 or further extended
So one has to travel to Hong Kong via another country?
As India is on the list of specified places with flight suspension, you are not permitted to travel to Hong Kong from anywhere if you have stayed in India for more than 2 hours in the period going back 21 days from your date of entry to Hong Kong. In other words, you will have to travel from India to another place which is not on the list of flight suspension (and it is a long list), stay 21 days at this place and only then travel to Hong Kong... best is to wait till Hong Kong removes India from this list of flight suspension.
Hong Kong announced today that they have extended flight bans from 8 countries (including India) until February 18.
Good news is that once the ban is lifted (whenever that happens) the quarantine requirement stands reduced to 14 days (from 5 Feb) from 21
The wash out period for travelers to Hong Kong (HK residents) stands reduced to 14 days from 5 Feb 2022. This means that travelers from places under flight suspension (includes India, Australia, Canada, France, Pakistan, Philippines, UK, US) can spend 14 days in a country that is not on the flight suspension list and then travel to HK from such a country. The risk in this of course being that during those 14 days, Hong Kong announces more restrictions or places more countries on the suspension list. So use that option judiciously and only if unavoidable.