Pre-departure Testing
Traveling to Mainland China / Macau?
Special COVID-19 testing arrangement for outbound travelers departing from Hong Kong to Mainland China / Macau by Air

An additional mandatory rapid PCR test required by the HKSAR Government and does not replace the self-paid nucleic acid test as per the prevailing requirements of relevant Mainland China / Macau authorities

Free of charge provided by the Government for eligible passengers departing from Hong Kong to Mainland China / Macau.
Only those with a negative result can proceed to check-in for the flight to Mainland China / Macau. View Sample Report. View Sample Report
Must be performed at the designated site in the Hong Kong International Airport (HKIA)
Specimen collection by nasopharyngeal swab for individuals aged 6 years old and above. Combined nasal and throat swab for children aged 3-6 years old.
All test must be booked in advance (available up to 1 week in advance)
All test must be scheduled and conducted at least 5-6 hours but no more than 8 hours prior to your scheduled time of departure (e.g. if your scheduled departure time is 19:00, we advise you to conducted the test no later than 13:00-14:00)
Learn more at the official government press release: HERE
Pre-departure Testing

COVID-19 Rapid RT-PCR Test

Hong Kong International Airport

Receive test results in 2 hours in your digital health passport, SMS and email -
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Negative results issued by our government-recognised ISO 15189 laboratory can be accepted anywhere a PCR test is required
Combined nasal and throat swab collection will be performed by a trained health professionalFor passengers travelling to Japan, Nasopharyngeal swab will be performed as required by the Government of Japan
Bookings available from 2 hours to 2 weeks in advance

What Is an RT-PCR COVID-19 Test?

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RT-PCR is a highly-accurate, global gold standard technology in the detection of COVID-19. RT-PCR tests are widely recognised and accepted by majority of countries for pre-departure certification.
Measures:
The presence or absence of SARS-CoV-2 Coronavirus
Collection Method
Deep throat saliva sample collection
Testing Method
RT-PCR (Reverse Transcription Polymerase Chain Reaction) Test
Gold Standard
The same technology used by Sanatorium and Hong Kong Government
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How It Works

Pre-Departure
Register and Book Your Appointment
All tests must be booked in advance. Please book a time slot that is 5 to 8 hours prior to your scheduled departure time.
Flight Day
Visit Our Testing Facility & Perform Your Test
Upon arrival at HKIA, please proceed to the North Transition Deck, L6, Terminal 1. Show your booking details and flight itinerary to proceed with your test.
Receive Your Results in 2 to 3 Hours
You will be notified of your test results in your Prenetics's account, SMS and email.

What Happens Upon Receiving Test Results?

Negative
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You may continue with the rest of check-in journey and board your flight.
Positive
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You will receive a positive test results report and a government SMS with further instructions.

Where Can You Find Us?

You can find us conveniently at the North Transition Deck, Level 6, Terminal 1, Hong Kong International Airport.

* Please arrive 10 minutes before your scheduled appointment. In the event you are running 15 minutes late, we may not be able to perform the test.

For further queries, please contact us at support@prenetics.com, or our hotline: +852 3008 1006.
North Transition Deck, Level 6, Terminal 1, Hong Kong International Airport. CLICK HERE for Google Maps
Testing available 7 days a week

Have More Questions?

Am I eligible for the test?
Outbound travellers who are traveling to Mainland China / Macau by air are eligible for this additional RT-PCR nucleic acid test at the Hong Kong International Airport free of charge (excluding children under 3 years old and people who are medically exempted for combined nasal and throat swab testing).

If you have any symptoms, please seek medical advice. For the safety of our staff and other customers, we will refuse entry to anyone with symptoms in the last 14-days.
What is the sample collection method?
For individuals aged between 3 to 6 years old, the sample collection method uses combined nasal and throat swab; for individuals age 6 and above uses nasopharyngeal swab.
What if I am not suitable for nasopharyngeal swab? Do you provide other testing method?
While we do provide combined nasal and throat swab at our testing station, please note that combined nasal and throat swab is only applicable for individuals aged 3 years old to under 6 years old while nasopharyngeal swab is applicable for individuals at or above age 6 as mandated by the HKSAR government.
Do I need to book in advance?
All test must be scheduled and conducted at least 5-6 hours but no more than 8 hours prior to your scheduled time of departure (e.g. if your scheduled departure time is 19:00, we advise you to conducted the test no later than 13:00-14:00). Testing slots are available to book for up to 1 week in advance.
Do I need to pay for this test?
This is a free service, a special test arrangement provided by the government.
What do I need to bring / prepare for the test?
Please do not eat, drink, chew gum or smoke 30-mins before you intend to do the test.

Please arrive 10 minutes before your scheduled appointment and show your booking details and flight itinerary to our staff to validate your eligibility for the test. You must also bring the travel document(s) you intend to use for clearing customs (e.g. Passport, Home Return Permit, etc.). Please ensure your personal information in Prenetics account is consistent with your travel document(s).

In the event you are running 15 minutes late, we may not be able to perform the test.
When will the results / test report be ready?
Under normal circumstances, reports will be released in 2-3 hours after sample collection, however report release times may differ due to unexpected circumstances including the need to recollect or retest samples due to quality issues.

All test must be pre-booked and conducted 5-6 hours prior to your scheduled flight departure time.

Prenetics does not accept any responsibility or liability for losses arising as a result of any delay within this timeframe. This includes claims for losses where you have been unable to travel or work.
Can I request for the test report to be released earlier / at a specific time?
Unfortunately, we are unable to fulfil such request.
What is this additional test for?
This is an additional special testing arrangement required by the Hong Kong government for outbound travels to Mainland China / Macau by air. The result of this special test cannot replace the proof of negative result of any self-paid nucleic acid test as currently required by relevant authorities of the Mainland China / Macau.
I would like to make changes to my registration / report details.
You can still change your personal details under your profile before completing your registration at the Information Counter.

Once you have completed your registration at the Information Counter, you are no longer able to make changes to your personal details. Therefore, please ensure your personal details are correct before registration.
What are your opening hours?
Testing is available 7 days a week.
Can my child perform the test?
Children under 3 years old are not eligible for the test.

For individuals aged 3 years old to under 6 years old, the sample collection method for the special rapid RT-PCR nucleic acid testing service is combined nasal and throat swab while the sample collection method is nasopharyngeal swab for individuals at or above age 6.
If I no longer want to do the test, what should I do?
You may contact us at support@prenetics.com to cancel or reschedule your booking