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Incoming (Fall 2021) FAQ


Frequently Asked Questions - Inbound Exchange (Fall 2021)

 

To help you better prepare for your travel to Hong Kong, here are some frequently asked questions and answers:
 

 

Important Note

Quarantine policies and the categories of specified places will be subject to changes. We strongly encourage you to keep track regularly of the latest information on the Hong Kong SAR Government’s COVID-19 website.

 

 

Arrivals   Complusory Quarantine   Self-monitoring   Vaccination


Arrival

 

1

  I'm flying from a Group B specified place and am required to present a negative result proof of a nucleic acid test for COVID-19.  What exactly does the proof need?

 

  1. A test report issued by a laboratory or healthcare institution that contains your name (identical to that in your passport/ relevant travel documents), showing that:

 

  • You have undertaken a nucleic acid test for COVID-19;
  • The sample for the test was taken 72 hours of the scheduled time of departure of the flight to Hong Kong; and
  • The result of the test for COVID-19 was negative

 

The test report should be written in either in Chinese or English, and can be presented in paper or electronic format. If the test report itself is not in English or Chinese, or does not contain all the above mentioned information, it is acceptable to present, in addition, a written confirmation, in English or Chinese, issued by the laboratory or healthcare institution that contains the following information:

 

  • Your name (identical to the name in your valid travel document);
  • You 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

 

  1. Documentary proof in English or Chinese to show that the laboratory or healthcare institution is ISO 15189 accredited or is recognized or approved by the relevant authority of the government of the place in which the laboratory or healthcare institution is located.

 

 

2

 

If my flight has been delayed or advanced unexpectedly, how to calculate the 72-hours pre-departure test result and the hotel reservation?

 

The specified requirements refer to the “scheduled time of departure of the specified aircraft” and “scheduled date of arrival at Hong Kong” respectively.

 

 

3

 

Any important dates for semester 1, 21/22 I need to take note of?

 

Date Event
27 August Earliest Check-in date for Residential Halls*
2- 3 September Orientation
6 September Classes Begin

 

*Any early check-in requests will not be entertained.

 

 

Complusory Quarantine

 

4

  What is the cost for quarantine at designated hotels?

 

We have liaised with a university appointed travel agent to facilitate hotel bookings for compulsory quarantine and self-monitoring (if any, refer to Q8) purposes. Details have been provided in the email sent to you on 15 June 2021.

 

You are certainly welcome to make your own bookings on quarantine accommodation. You could refer to this link for the latest list of designated hotels and prices.  The ballpark figure for one night is USD 65-100.

 

 

5

  Can I do compulsory quarantine at a friend’s home?

 

No. The Hong Kong SAR Government quarantine policies require you to provide, before boarding a flight to Hong Kong, a confirmation in Chinese or English of room reservation in one of the designated quarantine hotels in Hong Kong which covers your entire compulsory quarantine period, starting on the day of your arrival in Hong Kong.  Fail to produce such relevant documents, you will be refused to board the flight. Please refer to the Hong Kong SAR Government’s COVID-19 website regularly for respective quarantine requirements and constant updates.

 

We have liaised with a university appointed travel agent to facilitate hotel bookings for compulsory quarantine and self-monitoring (if any) purposes. Details have been provided in the email sent to you on 15 June 2021.

 

 

6

  Will there be a different quarantine requirement if I fly to Hong Kong with a transit/stopover?

 

If your transit port is not in the same Group of specified places as your flight origin, you might need to comply with different boarding/quarantine requirements.  It is highly recommended that you check the latest updates on Hong Kong SAR Government’s COVID-19 website for the categories of specified places, and check with your airline regarding your transit/stopover arrangements from time to time.

 

 

 

Self-monitoring

 

7

  What should I do during the self-monitoring period? (if applicable)

 

You can refer to the Hong Kong SAR Government’s infographic about "Points to Note regarding Self-monitoring Period for Inbound Travellers".

 

 

8

  Where should I conduct the 7-night self-monitoring? (if applicable)

 

During the self-monitoring period, you can stay anywhere except the designated hotels for compulsory quarantine.  You are free to:

 

  • Book another accommodation for self-monitoring; or
  • Move into residential halls (earliest by 27 August)

 

Please also note that self-monitoring is different from compulsory quarantine. You must complete your compulsory quarantine in a designated quarantine hotel in Hong Kong.

 

We have liaised with a university appointed travel agent to facilitate hotel bookings for compulsory quarantine and self-monitoring (if any) purposes. Details have been provided in the email sent to you on 15 June 2021.

 

 

 

Vaccination

 

9

  I will not be able to get the full vaccination before the suggested departure date.  Is it possible to arrive a bit later in the semester?

 

We understand that students may need extra time to get full vaccinated, or not be able to come to the campus by early September due to various factors.  Video recorded/archive of lectures will be available for students.

 

 

10

  Will my cross-vaccination be considered fully vaccinated?

 

The Hong Kong SAR Government does not consider a mixture of vaccination as fully vaccinated.

 

 

11

  I have taken the first dose of vaccine in my home country.  Can I take the second dose after I arrive Hong Kong?

 

You are strongly recommended to get fully vaccinated in your home country prior to arrival.  Currently, only Hong Kong residents (with HKID card) are eligible for the COVID-19 Vaccination Programme in Hong Kong.  Exchange students who are coming to Hong Kong for less than 180 days will not be eligible for applying for a HKID card, and thus, not eligible for the vaccination programme in Hong Kong.

 

 

 

Contact Us

Feel free to contact us if you have any additional questions:
Email:
exchange@hkbu.edu.hk  |  Tel: +852 3411 2188