The Outbound Travel Alert (OTA) System aims to help people better understand the risk or threat to personal safety in travelling to 88 countries/territories that are the more popular travel destinations for Hong Kong residents (HKRs). When there are signs of threat in a place that may affect the personal safety of HKRs, the Security Bureau will assess and consider the need to issue an OTA taking into account factors such as the nature (e.g. whether it is targeted at travellers), level and duration of the threat. Should there be public health reasons, based on the alert level as advised by the Food and Health Bureau, the Security Bureau will issue an OTA on countries/territories seriously affected by infectious diseases to help the public better understand the possible health risks.

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Travel Health Advice from the Department of Health

The World Health Organization (WHO) has declared Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) as a Public Health Emergency of International Concern, and declared on March 11, 2020 that the COVID-19 outbreak can be described as a pandemic. Symptoms of COVID-19 are mainly fever and cough, while some patients presented with shortness of breath and were in serious condition.

Transmission of COVID-19 virus has been increasing in many parts of the world. Large scale outbreaks are occurring in many places.

The Department of Health strongly urges members of the public to avoid all non-essential travel outside Hong Kong.

Travellers should be aware of any compulsory quarantine requirements upon entry to the travel destination.

For Entry Restrictions and Points to Note for Quarantine for Inbound Travellers into Hong Kong, please refer to: https://www.coronavirus.gov.hk/eng/inbound-travel.html

For better understanding by the public on the boarding and compulsory quarantine requirements for persons arriving at Hong Kong from different places outside China under the relevant regulations, the Government has categorised the relevant specified places into different groups according to the relevant risk-based boarding and compulsory quarantine requirements: https://www.coronavirus.gov.hk/eng/high-risk-places.html

 

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The World Health Organization (WHO) declared the Ebola Virus Disease (EVD) outbreak in the Democratic Republic of the Congo as a Public Health Emergency of International Concern on July 17, 2019. The public should avoid unnecessary travel to affected areas. During travel, they should observe good personal and environmental hygiene, and avoid contact with feverish or sick patients, blood or body fluids of patients and contaminated items, as well as animals.


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The Centre for Health Protection of the Department of Health reminds the public to observe good personal and environmental hygiene when travelling to places with high incidence or outbreak of measles.

Immunisation against measles is the most effective way to prevent the disease. People who intend to travel to places with high incidence or outbreak of measles are advised to review their vaccination history and past medical history. For those with incomplete vaccination, unknown vaccination history or unknown immunity against measles, they are advised to consult their doctor for advice on measles vaccination.


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Outbreaks of Zika virus infection have been recorded in Africa, the Americas, Asia and the Pacific. For countries and areas with Zika virus transmission, please see the Centre for Health Protection of the Department of Health webpage.

Travellers should avoid mosquito bites during the trip, and take precautions to prevent sexual transmission of Zika virus during and after the trip. Use of mosquito repellent containing DEET during travel to and returning from affected areas for a period of at least 21 days are advised for all travellers. Pregnant women should not travel to areas with Zika virus transmission.


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The Department of Health advises travellers in the Middle East to avoid going to farms, barns or markets with camels, avoid contact with sick persons and animals, especially camels, birds or poultry, and avoid unnecessary visit to healthcare facilities.


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The Travel Health Service website of the Port Health Office of the Department of Health provides the latest disease outbreak alerts at specific destinations.


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Related Matters

  • Before travelling abroad, Individuals should understand clearly the arrangements of the outbound tour and the coverage of the insurance policy before entering into any contracts with or purchasing any products or services from the service providers or suppliers.
  • Employers and employees are encouraged to come up with prior work arrangements or understanding on the need for the latter to undertake business visits to a place where an OTA is in force. For details please see Guide to Good People Management Practices of the Labour Department.pdf 檔案
  • HKRs who are abroad should pay attention to their personal safety. Those who need assistance may call the 24-hour hotline (852) 1868 of the Immigration Department. For HKRs who are Chinese nationals, they may also call the 24-hour consular protection hotline (8610) 12308 of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the People’s Republic of China or contact the Chinese Embassy/Chinese Consulate-General in their destination. The telephone numbers and addresses of the Chinese Embassies/Chinese Consulates-General overseas can be obtained from the Immigration Department (Tel: (852) 2824 6111) or Website: http://www.fmprc.gov.cn/eng/ziliao/wjgmc/.
  • For health-related risks during outbound travel, please visit the relevant websites of the Department of Health http://www.travelhealth.gov.hk/eindex.html.