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Old Jan 1, 2023, 5:44 am
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So Hong Kong will be treated the same way than mainland China with a mandatory test on the return ?

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Old Jan 1, 2023, 12:21 pm
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Self test prior to departure ?

Per this link not supervised self testing is accepted

https://hongkongfp.com/2022/12/30/ex...-restrictions/

Do you all understand the same ?
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Old Jan 1, 2023, 12:23 pm
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Originally Posted by CGRA
Per this link not supervised self testing is accepted

https://hongkongfp.com/2022/12/30/ex...-restrictions/

Do you all understand the same ?
Yes, self administered RAT is enough provided you keep proof
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Old Jan 2, 2023, 7:21 am
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Do transit pax also need to do pre departure RAT test?
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Old Jan 2, 2023, 10:54 pm
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No, so long as they don't formally enter Hong Kong. Note they'll also need to meet the vaccination requirement if they formally enter Hong Kong.
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Old Jan 3, 2023, 12:16 am
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No, so long as they don't formally enter Hong Kong. Note they'll also need to meet the vaccination requirement if they formally enter Hong Kong.
Hope the staff in the check in counters knows this and won't deny check in to transit pax.
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Old Jan 3, 2023, 2:18 am
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Except there's nothing new about the exclusion for transit passengers. For some time now they've been exempt from vaccination and pre-departure testing, so long as not passing immigration control.
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Old Jan 3, 2023, 4:55 am
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Still confused & surprised that they accept a self RAT test without supervision

Does check in staff worldwide aware of that ?

Also if you fly back from Hong Kong to the US, do you need to make a test to comply with new US customs entry requirement ?
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Old Jan 3, 2023, 8:36 am
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Still confused & surprised that they accept a self RAT test without supervision

Does check in staff worldwide aware of that ?
I think it's pretty safe to say that <100% of worldwide check-in staff are aware of these details.

Also if you fly back from Hong Kong to the US, do you need to make a test to comply with new US customs entry requirement ?
Yes, but the CDC website, at least, seems to be quite vague about what types of tests qualify:
https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019...travelers.html

If you plan to travel by air to the United States from China, Hong Kong, or Macau, you will need to get a COVID-19 viral test no more than 2 days before your flight. You must show your negative result to the airline before you board your flight.
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Old Jan 3, 2023, 8:59 am
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Once again, HK accepting a self-done RAT is not new. It's been that way for weeks.
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Old Jan 4, 2023, 7:49 pm
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Thanks for the link: I always thought CTCs only sent SMS results, but apparently they do send reports for self paid tests.

Any idea what those contain? Are they verbose enough to be used for flying ?
I have used the CTC $240 travel test with certificate 3X during the previous "test required to enter Canada" without any issue.
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Old Jan 5, 2023, 12:23 am
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I have used the CTC $240 travel test with certificate 3X during the previous "test required to enter Canada" without any issue.
That's good to know, thanks.

Are there any labs in HK that provide antigen tests (with report) for less than $240? In most of the world, it's easy to find RATs for cheaper than PCR, but the few labs I saw clearly set their price early in the pandemic, at $500+ for a RAT.

So thanks to the price cap on PCRs, it looks cheaper to do a PCR than a RAT these days - unless some locations updated their price accordingly.
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Old Jan 5, 2023, 1:05 am
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CTC is $150 for a PCR test so long as you can wait 24 hours for the results.

One concern is whether the new 60,000/day quota for crossing the border -- all requiring a PCR test -- will swamp the CTCs, and make booking a test difficult.
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Old Jan 5, 2023, 1:09 am
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Aside from CTCs being probably swamped starting next week, my main concern is that I'd rather have a RAT than a PCR before flying back to Europe.

You never know what kind of hell can break loose when a PCR turns out ever so slightly positive....
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Old Jan 6, 2023, 4:18 am
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I am flying to HK on Jan. 9. It's been 5 years since I visited HK.

Will HK authority really check the self Rapid test?
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