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Gov’t rolls out upgraded health declaration system on 28 July

The launch is on a trial basis and will fast track quarantine procedures.

The government launched an upgraded electronic health declaration system to address issues in arrival quarantine processes.

The system will start on 28 July. 

In a statement, the government said under the current procedure, inbound travellers submit a health declaration through the Health & Quarantine Information Declaration to obtain a QR code for boarding a Hong Kong flight.

The government noted that some still do not complete the health declaration until after their arrival, which is a problem for other inbound travellers who already have a valid health declaration during peak hours.

This is why the Hong Kong government implemented the new system which requires those boarding flights to Hong Kong to complete the Health & Quarantine Information Declaration in advance and present the health declaration QR code generated “after completion of the declaration at check-in for verification by the airlines.”

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It can be presented through a QR code, screenshot or printout. This form is also valid for 96 hours and inbound travellers can submit it as early as three days before their scheduled arrival in Hong Kong.

Inbound quarantine requirements also include proof of vaccination and “reservation reference numbers of designated quarantine hotels should also be provided under the upgraded declaration system.”

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However, for inbound travellers unable to produce the electronic health declaration QR code, they will still be allowed to board the flight during the trial run. Upon completion of the trial and enhancement of the systems, the travellers must obtain the electronic health declaration QR code before they can board a flight to Hong Kong.

The government also seeks to improve the electronic health declaration system and the functions of the QR code next month upon the successful trial, “so that the pre-boarding documentation verification process can be gradually digitised and conducted via the system."

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