Hong Kong in Transit then Exit

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Member since 23 Sep 2014

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I am travelling up to HK later this month. As CX has closed their arrivals lounge I was thinking of trying something new as a work around. I am arriving on CX178. I need to go to China for the day and I fly out on CX to BKK later that evening. I was thinking as I am checking my bag from MEL to BKK and will have my BKK boarding pass, upon arriving at HKIA, can I go through the transit process, go to one of the first class lounges using my diamond status. Once refreshed exit the airport to catch my ferry to China from the HK China Ferry terminal.

So the question is, can I exit the airport if I am in the departures level?



Member since 19 Apr 2012

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You will need a boarding pass for the next leg, to go through security to get to the departures level. From there leaving would not be easy even if you had a boarding pass for the onward connection.


Qantas - Qantas Frequent Flyer

Member since 13 Jul 2012

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Last editedby dimi at Nov 20, 2018, 09:39 PM.


Cathay Pacific - The Marco Polo Club

Member since 11 Jun 2018

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Last edited by dimi at Nov 20, 2018, 09.39 PM.

It is only possible. That’s it.


Qantas - Qantas Frequent Flyer

Member since 09 May 2013

Total posts 392

Definitely possible. You need the airline lounge member escort you via immigration. It is not straight forward. Have done this twice before.


Member since 24 Oct 2010

Total posts 1,011

It wouldn't hurt to ask Cathay Pacific if this can be done, but I'd not pin my hopes on it happening. As a Plan B there's the Plaza Premium arrivals lounge, which is directly opposite the old CX arrivals lounge – our review has more info on this: https://www.ausbt.com.au/plaza-premium-arrivals-lounge-review-hong-kong-airport


Qantas - Qantas Frequent Flyer

Member since 10 Apr 2012

Total posts 180

It is possible, but again usually only when Operationally required... not usually done just for your convenience.

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