Resumption of “cruise-to-nowhere” itineraries

The Government announced on 26 May 2021 that cruise lines may resume, for Hong Kong residents (Note 1), “cruise-to-nowhere” (CTN) itineraries, which do not involve ports outside Hong Kong, at end-July 2021 the earliest on the condition that they strictly comply with a set of health precautionary measures specifically designed for cruise travel.

Health precautionary measures
To join a CTN itinerary, you should fulfill the following requirements:

  • You must be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 (Note 2).

  • You have to undergo a COVID-19 PCR nucleic acid test with test specimen collected within 48 hours prior to boarding and obtain a negative result (Note 3).

  • You are required to use the "LeaveHomeSafe"mobile application to scan the QR code of the cruise ship before boarding (Note 4).  After boarding, you must also follow the social distancing and contact tracing mechanism executed by the cruise line.

  • You should sign an undertaking that you will comply with the infection prevention and control measures imposed on-board in accordance with the prevailing legislative requirements and health directions.

Note 1

For Hong Kong Permanent Residents:

  • Holders of a Hong Kong Permanent Identity Card or a valid HKSAR Passport
  • For persons under 11 years old, they should hold
    • a valid HKSAR Re-entry Permit; or
    • a valid HKSAR Passport

For Hong Kong Non-Permanent Residents

  • Holders of a Hong Kong Identity Card (if aged 11 and above) + a valid Document of Identity for Visa Purposes; or
  • Holders of a valid travel document (for those with conditions of stay in Hong Kong or without a Hong Kong Identity Card, the travel document should bear an endorsement indicating that they have permission to stay in Hong Kong for residence, employment or study)

Note 2

  • Passengers not suitable for COVID-19 vaccination with medical proof or aged below 12 are exempted from this requirement.

  • "Fully vaccinated" means the suggested dosage has been administered in accordance with the relevant guidelines of a COVID-19 vaccination course at least 14 days ago -

    1. for both Sinovac vaccine and Fosun Pharma/BioNTech vaccine, it means having received two doses of vaccine at least 14 days ago;
    2. for passengers aged 12 to 17, they may be deemed to have been fully vaccinated after receiving one dose of Fosun Pharma/BioNTech vaccine at least 14 days ago;
    3. for persons who have recovered from previous COVID-19 infection, they will be required to receive one dose of a COVID-19 vaccine at least 14 days ago in order to be considered as "fully vaccinated".

  • The 14th day after a person has completed a COVID-19 vaccination course is counted by taking the next day after the person received all of the recommended dose(s) of COVID-19 vaccine as the 1st day.

    For example, for a person who has not been infected with COVID-19 previously and received the last recommended dose of COVID-19 vaccine on 10 August 2021, the "1st day" would be 11 August and the "14th day" would be 24 August. This person can be considered "fully vaccinated" starting on 24 August.

  • Passengers aged 12 to 17 who have received one dose of Sinovac vaccine may be deemed to have compiled with this requirement should they be joining itineraries embarking between 9 December 2021 and 8 February 2022.

  • To make a COVID-19 vaccination booking, please click this link.

  • To find out which COVID-19 vaccines are recognised for the purpose of participation in CTN itineraries, please click this link.

Note 3

  • The test should be taken at either a recognized testing institution or a community testing centre. Passengers are advised to book their appointments early, and confirm in advance with the testing institution/centre that the testing results can be available before boarding time.

  • The passenger's name shown on the test report should be identical to the name shown on his/her valid travel document.  The report should state the test method (i.e. PCR nucleic acid test), and date and time of collection of the specimen.

  • Starting from 23 September 2021, all passengers can only undergo the tests using samples taken through combined nasal and throat swabs. For children aged below 6, stool tests are also accepted as an alternative of swab tests.

  • If within 72 hours prior to the passenger's scheduled boarding time, a Tropical Cyclone Warning Signal No. 8 or above is in force or anticipated to be in force, then the passenger may produce a negative result proof of a PCR nucleic acid test for COVID-19 with the test sample taken within 72 hours (instead of 48 hours) prior to boarding the cruise ship.

Note 4

Passengers aged 15 or below or aged 65 or above and those with disability who are unable to use the "LeaveHomeSafe" mobile application are not required to scan the QR code of the cruise ship if they have separately provided their name, contact number and date and time of the visit to the cruise line.

Note 5

The concerned health precautionary measures are subject to updates having regard to the development of epidemic.

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