CATHAY PACIFIC – Chinese Mainland – Hong Kong border reopening

News Update Alert

Dear Valued Travel Partner,

We welcome the Hong Kong SAR Government’s latest announcement to facilitate quarantine-free travel between Hong Kong and the Chinese Mainland, as well as the lifting of transit restrictions, effective 8 January 2023.

Additional flights to Chinese Mainland cities

In light of the latest measures, we are delighted to more than double the number of flights between Hong Kong and Mainland cities. The additional flights are set out below:

Flights Per Week
(Before 8 Jan)
Flights Per Week
(Before 8 Jan)
Flights Per Week
(8 Jan Onwards)
Flights Per Week
(8 Jan Onwards)
City From
Hong Kong
Hong Kong
Hong Kong
Hong Kong
Beijing 3 7 11 11
Chengdu 6 5 6 6 (from 14 Jan)
Guangzhou 5 7 (from 13 Jan) 7 (from 13 Jan)
Shanghai (Pudong) 2 14 26 21
Xiamen 1 4 4 (from 14 Jan) 4
Fuzhou 2 2 5 (from 15Jan) 5 (from 15Jan)

We are also operating flights to and from other major Mainland cities such as Chongqing, Zhengzhou, Hangzhou and Nanjing (with 13 Mainland destinations in total). For the most up-to-date flight schedule information, you are recommended to refer to our website. Please also note that the flight schedule is subject to change.

Greater Bay Area connectivity resumption

With the reopened Chinese Mainland borders, your travellers can now enjoy seamless air-to-sea transfers between Hong Kong International Airport and Shenzhen Shekou from 8 January 2023. The schedule is set out below:

Shenzhen Shekou to Hong Kong Hong Kong to Shenzhen Shekou
0715 – 0745 0815 – 0845
0845 – 0915 0945 – 1015
1000 – 1030 1100 – 1130
*1100 – 1130 *1200 – 1230
1200 – 1230 1300 – 1330
1400 – 1430 1500 -1530
1530 – 1600 1630 – 1700
* Additional ferry operating during 8Jan – 14Jan
– Please note that the schedule is subject to change.

There will also be resumed double daily ferry transfers between Hong Kong Macau Ferry Terminal and Shenzhen Shekou Cruise Home Port, as well as 24-hour land transportation services on Hong Kong-Zhuhai-Macao Bridge from 8 January 2023. Please visit our website for more information and check with the transportation operator before travelling.

Stay updated with travel requirements

Travelling to the Chinese Mainland (from all places)
Prior to departure
  • Conduct PCR-based nucleic acid test within 48hours of departure from the first departure point in the journey (Required for all travellers, regardless of age)
  • Complete the China Customs Online Health Declaration Form and obtain a blue QR code (*Note: this QR code is only valid for 24 hours – so travellers should take this into account when completing the form. The QR code must be valid on arrival in the Chinese Mainland.)
Travelling from the Chinese Mainland to Hong Kong Travelling from overseas places
to Hong Kong
Prior to departure Conduct PCR-based nucleic acid test within 48hours prior to departure Conduct rapid antigen test (RAT) within 24 hours or PCR-based nucleic acid test within 48 hours prior to departure
After arrival
  • No more nucleic acid test required
  • Recommend daily RATs until day 5 after arrival
  • No more Vaccine Pass QR Code required for entering premises
*For more information, please visit the Hong Kong SAR Government’s COVID-19 website and our COVID-19 information centre.

Certain destinations now require travellers arriving from Hong Kong/ China/ Macau to undergo mandatory testing arrangements. Please refer to our website or the official government website of the destination for the latest updates.

Get your travel documents ready

With international travel returning full force in 2023, it’s a good idea to remind your travellers to check their travel documents required for specific destinations, e.g. Australia and New Zealand. Make sure they hold a valid passport, relevant visa and other entry permits before departure. Should you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact your account manager. Thank you.

Yours sincerely,
Commercial Sales Team