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Hong Kong drops LeaveHomeSafe scanning and amber health code

By Enoch Ngan 15 December 2022

Header image courtesy of Chapman Chaw (via Wikimedia Commons)

Good news for incoming travellers! Hong Kong is further rolling back its quarantine rules for recent arrivals. In a bid to continue relaxing pandemic policies in an orderly manner, the Hong Kong government announced that by Wednesday, 14 December, multiple Covid-19 restrictions placed on arrivals and people already in Hong Kong will be dropped.

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Photo: SUMAN SAW (via Wikimedia Commons)

Previously, citizens who have travelled abroad were given an “amber” health code under the “0+3” Covid-19 scheme. However, to the joy of travellers arriving in Hong Kong for the holidays or going abroad to visit family and friends, the entry restrictions are now lifted. 

Incoming travellers are still required to take the mandatory polymerase chain reaction (PCR) tests on the day of arrival at the airport and two days after arrival at a testing centre in the city. Furthermore, every day after their landing for five days, travellers must take rapid antigen tests (RAT) and obtain negative results.

Photo: Mafid Majnun (via Wikimedia Commons)

In accordance with the relaxations of rules, individuals moving between Hong Kong, Macau, and mainland China are no longer required to take pre-departure tests at checkpoints. All that is required now is to complete a PCR test within 48 hours before travelling.

Photo: Alex Haney (via Wikimedia Commons)

Additionally, scanning “LeaveHomeSafe” (LHS) QR codes will no longer be required on several premises where the possibility of transmissions between individuals is relatively low. Despite this change, citizens are still required to present their Vaccine Pass in areas where mask-off activities—such as eating and drinking—are possible. Although in some situations where the LHS QR codes are irrelevant, it is still mandatory that every adult entering a venue located in Hong Kong is vaccinated with three doses of vaccine.

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Enoch Ngan


Enoch is an Asian-American born in California who studied in Hong Kong when he was younger. While in Hong Kong, he enjoys going on hikes with breathtaking scenery and catching up with old friends and family. If you ever see him around, he always has music playing in the background, whether that be exploring the city or simply relaxing at home.