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HK extends vaccination recognition to residents from India, 4 other places

06 September 2021

By The SUN 

Residents vaccinated in India & Pakistan are among those who will be able to come in starting Wednesday

Hong Kong has agreed to recognize vaccination records of its residents returning from four designated high-risk places: India, Pakistan, Thailand and Malaysia, starting on Sept. 8.

The vaccination recognition has also been extended to Korea, which is designated as a medium-risk place.

In a statement issued Monday evening, the government said that from Sept 8, residents who hold vaccination records issued by relevant authorities in the Group A specified places may board a flight to Hong Kong.

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The vaccines administered to these travelers should be in the list specified by the government, which however, includes most of those currently in use, like those from Sinovac and Sinopharm from Mainland China, Pfizer/BioNTech, Moderna and J&J in the United States, and AstraZeneca in the United Kingdom.

The newly recognized vaccination records are in addition to those previously given the green light, including those issued by authorities in the Philippines and Indonesia.

Currently, 51 places are on the list of recognized vaccination records in Hong Kong, including the one it issues, as well as those from China and Macau. The complete list is here: https://gia.info.gov.hk/general/202109/06/P2021090600671_375923_1_1630926509957.pdf

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Most of those on the list received blanket recognition for their vaccination records, even those without a centralized format, like the United States.

But seven places whose inoculation records went through negotiations with the Hong Kong government are marked with “in prescribed format only.” These include the five granted recognition today, as well as the Philippines and Indonesia.

For the Philippines, only the "yellow card" or the international vaccination certificate issued by the Bureau of Quarantine" will be accepted as proof of inoculation when boarding a flight to Hong Kong.

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This means residents (and migrant workers) coming in from the Philippines and could not be issued with the yellow card because they received their vaccines in places not on the list, like Brunei and the United Arab Emirates, will still be barred from entering Hong Kong.

In addition, they will have to conform with other pre-boarding requirements, such as a negative result for a RT-PCR test done within 72 hours of boarding, and a confirmed reservation for a 21-day stay in a designated quarantine hotel.

During quarantine, they must submit to five more tests, then self-monitor for a further seven days, and get tested again on the 26th day from arrival.

The government said in the statement that it will continue to discuss with other places on the recognition of vaccination records, and will update its list accordingly. 

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