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Hong Kong Does NOT Accept NHS COVID-19 Test Report

Connexcel would like to ensure all are aware that, for any overseas students wishing to return home to Hong Kong, the NHS COVID-19 test report currently DOES NOT meet the Hong Kong entry requirements and will not be accepted.

Passengers will be required to show the following when travelling to Hong Kong:
1 – A test report issued by a laboratory or healthcare institution (in English or Chinese) that shows the following information:

  • the name of the passenger (this must be identical to the name in his/her valid travel document)
  • the passenger underwent a nucleic acid test for COVID-19 *
  • the sample for the test was taken within 72 hours before the scheduled time of departure of the flight to Hong Kong; and
  • the result of the test for COVID-19 was negative.

2 – Documentary proof (in English or Chinese) to show that the laboratory or healthcare institution is ISO 15189 accredited, OR is recognised or approved by the relevant authority of the government of the place in which the laboratory or healthcare institution is located. This can be in the form of a copy of ‘Certificate of Accreditation’, ‘Certificate of Compliance’, or information printed out from an official government website.

3 – A confirmation of a hotel room reservation in Hong Kong for no less than 14 days starting on the day of your arrival in Hong Kong.

* Laboratories and healthcare institutions may use different terms which are equivalent to nucleic acid test. The following are some common acceptable terms for “nucleic acid test”:

  • “Polymerase chain reaction” (“PCR”)
  • “reverse-transcription polymerase chain reaction” (“RT-PCR”)
  • “real time RT-PCR”
  • “real-time PCR”
  • “nucleic test”
  • “nucleic acid amplification test” (“NAAT”)
  • “TrueNAT”
  • “CBNAAT”
  • “Loop-mediated isothermal amplification” (“LAMP”)

PLEASE NOTE: Antigen tests (e.g. SARS Antigen FIA test) and Antibody tests (e.g. IgG Antibody test) are NOT accepted.


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