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We’ve got everything you need to know about Covid-19 antibody tests in Hong Kong––including the latest government announcement about the status of antibody tests for inbound travellers.

With many Hong Kong residents participating in the city’s free Covid-19 vaccination programme, and social distancing measures being further relaxed on June 30, the idea of foreign travel felt like it was becoming more and more of a reality for many Hongkongers. 

After a period of the government accepting approved Covid-19 antibody tests from fully-vaccinated inbound travellers to Hong Kong, resulting in reduced hotel quarantine time, the scheme will be suspended from August 20 onwards. The reason for the suspension is cited as the increased threat of the more contagious "Delta variant" which is causing new waves of infection in countries around the world. 

This means that inbound travellers from "Group B" countries––who would previously have been able to reduce their quarantine time from 7 days with an antibody test––will now have to quarantine in a government-approved hotel for 14 days.

Arrivals from "Group A" countries––which as of August 20 includes Bangladesh, Brazil, Cambodia, France, Greece, India, Indonesia, Iran, Ireland, Malaysia, Nepal, the Netherlands, Pakistan, the Philippines, Russia, South Africa,  Spain, Sri Lanka, Switzerland, Tanzania, Thailand, Turkey, the United Arab Emirates, the United States of America, and the United Kingdom––will have to undergo 21 days hotel quarantine. The new measures apply to both vaccinated and unvaccinated inbound travellers. 

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What is Covid-19 antibody testing?

Also known as serology testing, an antibody test is used to detect whether your blood has antibodies for a virus or disease. Your body produces antibodies when you have an infection as part of your immune system’s response and to help you fight the infection.

Antibody tests are done by taking a small amount of blood, which is then tested in a lab to see if antibodies are present. Covid-19 antibodies in a patient’s blood can be a sign that they have either had Covid-19 before or that their body has produced them following vaccination against Covid-19. 

Although the presence of antibodies cannot guarantee protection against contracting or spreading Covid-19, antibody tests are now being used by the Hong Kong government to indicate that travellers have produced an immune response following vaccination.

Currently, the Hong Kong government has suspended the use of "proof of antibodies" to reduce inbound travellers' hotel quarantine. As of August 17, there is no indication when this will be reinstated. 

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What are the travel rules once I have an antibody test certificate?

On June 21, 2021, the Hong Kong government announced that some fully vaccinated inbound travellers to Hong Kong who have an approved antibody test certificate will be eligible for reduced hotel quarantine times.

Inbound travellers who are able to provide the following will be required to complete 7 days quarantine at a government-approved hotel, and 7 days of self-monitoring. In order to meet these requirements, travellers must have:

  1. Proof of being fully vaccinated against Covid-19, using a government-approved vaccine.
  2. A negative Covid-19 test at Hong Kong airport upon arrival.
  3. A government recognised serology antibody test, which must have been issued in the past three months.
  4. Be arriving from a country that is not on the government's list of high risk "Group A" destinations 

As of August 17, 2021, the scheme has been suspended until further notice. 

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Where can I get an antibody test in Hong Kong?

There are currently 20 government-approved antibody testing facilities in Hong Kong––a mix of hospitals, private clinics and laboratories. The time it takes to get your antibody test results can vary from facility to facility––and can take anywhere from 3 to 48 hours after your test is taken. 

Find the nearest Covid-19 antibody test facility to you and find out how to book your test below. Please note: as of August 20, the Hong Kong government will not accept antibody tests to reduce quarantine for inbound travellers until further notice. 

Where to get an antibody test in Hong Kong Island

Canossa Hospital

Address: 1 Old Peak Road, Mid-Levels

How to book:

Email: opd@canossahospital.org.hk 

Phone: +852 2825 5805


Chan & Hou Medical Laboratories Ltd, Hong Kong Island branch

Address: Room 906, 9/F, Melbourne Plaza, 33 Queen’s Road Central 

How to book:

No booking is necessary. Walk-in appointments are available, with results available the next day. 


Gleneagles Hospital Hong Kong Clinical Laboratory 

Address: 1 Nam Fung Path, Wong Chuk Hang

How to book:

Book your antibody test online here. Walk-in appointments are also available during opening hours. 


Hong Kong Adventist Hospital––Stubbs Road 

Address: 40 Stubbs Road, Happy Valley

How to book:

Phone: +852 3651 8808

Find out more here.


Hong Kong Sanatorium & Hospital

Address: 2 Village Road, Happy Valley 

How to book:

Email: covid@hksh-hospital.com

Phone: +852 2835 8602

Where to get an antibody test in Kowloon

Chan & Hou Medical Laboratories Ltd, Kowloon branch

Address: Room 712B, 7/F, Champion Building, 301-309 Nathan Road

How to book:

No booking is necessary. Walk-in appointments are available, with results available the next day. 


Hong Kong Baptist Hospital

Address: 222 Waterloo Rd, Kowloon Tong

How to book: 

Email: info@hkbh.org.hk 

Phone: +852 2339 8941

Onco Medical Laboratory Ltd

Address: Room 2910, Trendy Centre, 682 Castle Peak Road, Lai Chi Kok

How to book: 

Email: covid@onco.com.hk

Phone: +852 5446 7359


Precious Blood Hospital (Caritas)

Address: 113 Castle Peak Road, Sham Shui Po 

How to book:

Email: covid@pbh.hk

Phone: +852 3971 9900 / +852 3971 9974

Where to get an antibody test in the New Territories

Chan & Hou Medical Laboratories Ltd, Sha Tin branch

Address: Room 1310, Tower 1, Grand Central Plaza, Shatin Rural Committee Road

How to book:

No booking is necessary. Walk-in appointments are available, with results available the next day. 


Hong Kong Adventist Hospital - Tsuen Wan

Address: 199 Tsuen King Circuit, Tsuen Wan

How to book: 

Phone: +852 2275 6166

Find out more here.


Union Hospital Pathology Services

Address: 18 Fu Kin Street, Tai Wai, Sha Tin

How to book:

Email: union@union.org

Phone: +852 2608 3355  


Xcelmom

Address: 10/F, Metropole Square, No.2 On Yiu Street, Sha Tin

How to book: 

Email: marketing@xcelom.com

Phone: +852 3955 1369 

Other government approved antibody testing laboratories in Hong Kong

Prenetics Project Screen

Find out more here

Carelink accredited laboratories

Find out more and book an antibody test here

Diagnostix Medical Centre Ltd

How to book: 

Email: covid_enquiry@diagnostix.com.hk

Phone: +852 2885 4686 

Hong Kong Health Check & Medical Diagnostic Centre Limited

How to book:

Email: covid19@hkhc.com.hk

Phone: +852 2212 1186 / +852 2361 2938


Hong Kong Molecular Pathology Diagnostic Centre Limited 

How to book:

Email: contact@hk-mpdc.com 

Phone: +852 2986 1272 / +852 2986 1270


KingMed Diagnostics (Hong Kong) Limited

How to book:

Email: sales@kingmed.com.hk

Phone: +852 2919 7222 


PathLab Medical Laboratories Ltd

How to book:

Email: covid.info@pathlabhk.com 

Phone: +852 3983 1800 


UCN Diagnostic Services - Pathology Laboratory

How to book:

Email: path@ucn.org.hk

Phone: +852 2717 2311


Quality Healthcare Medical Services Limited 

How to book:

Email: info@qhms.com

Phone: +852 8301 8301