COVID-19 Antibody Testing in Hong Kong: Where to Go & Costs
October 11, 2021
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From August 9, 2021, travelers arriving at Hong Kong who are fully vaccinated and can show a positive result report from a recognized serology antibody test are entitled to a shortened compulsory quarantine period of 7 days.
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Quarantine requirements for vaccinated travelers
The current restrictions require travelers from outside China to stay in a designated quarantine hotel for 7 / 14 / 21 days depending on where they stayed in the past 14 days, their vaccination status and whether they possess a positive serology antibody test result.
Under the “vaccine bubble” concept, fully-vaccinated (complete 2 doses) travelers (HK residents only) arriving from Group B medium-risk specified places (e.g. Japan, Korea, Australia, Singapore), who tested negative for COVID-19 upon arrival at the Hong Kong International Airport can shorten their compulsory quarantine period for 7 days (i.e. 14 days needed).
The authorities announced on August 17 that those who can present a positive antibody test certificate conducted within the past 3 months cannot further shorten their quarantine period.
However, the above arrangement is not applicable to travelers who have stayed in Group A specified places (high-risk), whereas vaccinated travelers (HK residents and non-HK residents) arriving from Group C (low-risk) specified places are eligible to a quarantine period of 7 days without presenting an antibody test result.
You may check the government’s thematic website for the updated list of countries for each specified risk group.
What is antibody testing?
COVID-19 vaccines function by stimulating the body’s immune system to produce antibodies (IgG antibodies specifically) that can readily defend your body in case of an infection. Similarly, if you have previously been exposed to the coronavirus and recovered, your body would also have developed COVID-19 antibodies.
An antibody test is performed to detect whether antibodies are present in the blood. The test is recommended for people who have been fully vaccinated (received both doses of vaccine for more than 14 days), who have previously been infected, or who have a frequent need to travel. At the testing site, a trained medical professional will collect a blood sample from you for laboratory analysis.
Where to get antibody tests in Hong Kong? How much it costs?
A total of 23 hospitals, clinics and laboratories are recognized by the HKSAR government to provide COVID-19 antibody testing for the public. Please note that testing service is currently available only in the private sector.
|Private hospital||Cost||How to book||Time it takes||Contact info|
|Canossa Hospital (Caritas)||$980 (booking required)||By phone||Report ready in 24 hours for test before 1pm; 48 hours for test after firstname.lastname@example.org |
1 Old Peak Road, Hong Kong
|Gleneagles Hospital Hong Kong Clinical Laboratory||$450 + consultation fee||Online booking or walk-in at 24-hour Outpatient and Emergency Department||Report ready for collection within 24 hours for online booking; within 48 hours for walk-in email@example.com |
1 Nam Fung Path, Wong Chuk Hang, Hong Kong
|Hong Kong Adventist Hospital – Tsuen Wan||$600 (Vaccine Efficacy Test only) / $1,440 (Deep Throat Saliva RT-PCR Test + Vaccine Efficacy Test) / $1,910 (Combined Nasal and Throat Swabs RT-PCR Test + Vaccine Efficacy Test) / $1,910 (Nasopharyngeal Swab RT-PCR Test + Vaccine Efficacy Test) (booking required) |
*Additional $100 for a doctor-signed Health Certificate
*Consultation fee billed separately
|By phone||Results available in 3 firstname.lastname@example.org|
199 Tsuen King Circuit, Tsuen Wan, New Territories
|Hong Kong Adventist Hospital – Stubbs Road||$600 + consultation fee / $1,050 including consultation fee (booking required)||By phone||Results available in 3 email@example.com|
40 Stubbs Road, Hong Kong
|Hong Kong Baptist Hospital – Chemical Pathology||$615 (booking required)||Online booking||Report available in 2 working firstname.lastname@example.org|
LG2, Blk D, Hong Kong Baptist Hospital – entrance at Junction Road
|Hong Kong Sanatorium & Hospital Clinical Pathology Division||$1,060 (including 1 doctor consultation + test result report & certificate)||Online booking||Report provided via email on the next working day before email@example.com|
HKSH: 2 Village Road, Happy Valley, Hong Kong
HKSH Family Medicine and Primary Care Centres (Central / Taikoo / Tanner Hill / Island East)
|Precious Blood Hospital (Caritas)||$450 (8 hours report) / $600 (3-4 hours report) / $1,100 (Self- sampling RT-PCR test + antibody test, 6-8 hours report) / $1,400 (Self-sampling RT-PCR test + antibody test, 3-4 hours report) |
*Additional fee of $100 on Sunday and public holiday
|By WhatsApp||Report available for collection or via email in 3-4 hours / 6-8 hours depending on firstname.lastname@example.org|
3971 9900 / 3971 9974 / 6599 8461 (WhatsApp)
113 Castle Peak Road, Sham Shui Po, Kowloon
|Union Hospital Pathology Department||$550 (excluding doctor’s consultation fee)||By phone||Contact the Hospital for more email@example.com|
Union Hospital Emergency Medicine Centre, 18 Fu Kin Street, Tai Wai, Shatin
|St. Teresa’s Hospital – Clinical Laboratory||Contact the hospital for more information||By phone or by email||Contact the hospital for more firstname.lastname@example.org |
327 Prince Edward Road, Kowloon
|Private laboratories||Cost||How to book||Time it takes||Contact info|
|Carelink Bioscience Limited||$800||Fill the order form or the Google Form online||Results due around 2 email@example.com |
2114 2281 (with WhatsApp)
|Chan & Hou Medical Laboratories Ltd||$300||No booking required||Results available for collection within 2 working firstname.lastname@example.org |
Hong Kong Island: Rm. 906, 9/F, Melbourne Plaza, 33 Queen’s Road, Central, Hong Kong
Kowloon: Rm. 712B, 7/F, Champion Building, 301-309 Nathan Road, Kowloon
Shatin: Rm 1310, Tower 1, Grand Central Plaza, Shatin Rural Committee Road, Shatin, New Territories
|Diagnostix Medical Centre Ltd||$400 |
*Additional $100 for same-day report
|By phone or email||Report ready the next day (excluding Sunday and public holidays)||email@example.com |
List of Centres (Central, Kornhill, Mong Kok, Tsuen Wan & Mid-level)
|Hong Kong Health Check & Medical Diagnostic Centre Limited||Contact the Centre for more information||By phone or by email||Contact the Centre for more firstname.lastname@example.org|
2212 1186 / 2361 2938 / 6170 3616 (WhatsApp)
List of Centres (Causeway Bay, Central, Jordan, Mong Kok, Shatin, Sheung Shui & Yuen Long)
|HKMPDC / Hong Kong Molecular Pathology Diagnostic Centre Limited||Contact the Centre for more information||By phone or by email||Contact the Centre for more email@example.com |
27/F, Bonham Trade Centre, No.50 Bonham Strand, Sheung Wan, Hong Kong
|KingMed Diagnostics (Hong Kong) Limited||$380||Online booking or walk-in||Results available physically or via email from the next working firstname.lastname@example.org|
Hang Hau Community Testing Centre: 38 Pui Shing Road, Hang Hau
Lek Yuen Community Testing Centre: Lek Yuen Estate, Shatin
|ONCO Medical Laboratory Limited||Contact the Centre for more information||By phone or by email||Contact the Centre for more email@example.com |
|PathLab Medical Laboratories Ltd||$500||Online booking||Results available via email and SME by the next working firstname.lastname@example.org|
5 lab locations (Fortress Hill, Causeway Bay, Central, Mong Kok, Tsim Sha Tsui)
|Prenetics||$480||Order test kit online||Results ready in 24 hours via email and SMSemail@example.com|
Dr. Signature International Group Limited (Mong Kok),
Hong Kong Laboratory Centre Limited (Tsim Sha Tsui),
Hong Kong Medical Diagnostic and Healthcare Centre Limited (Mong Kok),
Hong Kong Medical Diagnostic Limited (Sheung Shui)
|UCN Diagnostic Services - Pathology Laboratory||$400||Fill in the online form||Report available for collection on the same day from 12pm to firstname.lastname@example.org|
2/F, Block J, United Christian Hospital, 130 Hip Wo Street, Kwun Tong, Kowloon
|Xcelom Limited||Contact the provider for more information||By phone or by email||Report available within 24 hours via email or SMSemail@example.com|
List of clinics (Causeway Bay, North Point, Mong Kok, Tsim Sha Tsui, Sham Shui Po, Kwai Chung, Wong Tai Sin)
|Quality Healthcare Medical Services Limited||$650 (non-member) (doctor consultation included)||Book via mobile app after payment on online shop||Contact the provider for more firstname.lastname@example.org|
|BGI Health (HK) Co., Ltd.||Contact the provider for more information||By phone or email||Contact the provider for more email@example.com|
|China Inspection Medical Laboratories Limited||Contact the provider for more information||By phone or email||Contact the provider for more firstname.lastname@example.org |
3611 8805 / 5983 2448 (Whatsapp & WeChat)
|Health Hope International Medical Laboratory Limited||$450 (at designated venues) / $1,700 (collection at your door)||Online booking||Results available via email and SMS in 2 working email@example.com|
Central: Rm 1515, Central Building, 1-3 Pedder Street, Central, Hong Kong
Mong Kok: Rm 702, Office Tower One, Grand Plaza, 625 & 639 Nathan Road, Mongkok, Kowloon
Shatin: Shop 1F, 2/F, Wai Wah Centre, 11-17 Sha Tin Centre Street, Sha Tin, New Territories
*All amounts are in HKD and were last updated in August 2021. No responsibility is accepted for any inaccuracies, errors, or omissions. It is always best to call ahead to make sure the information is still up-to-date.
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