Starting from October 4, the booking system for the Penny’s Bay Quarantine Centre (PBQC) on Lantau Island has been reopened. An additional 200 units at PBQC will be provided starting from October 22, making a total of 1 000 units for quarantine of incoming foreign domestic helpers (FDHs) who have stayed in Group A specified places. The above arrangement is applicable to FDHs who have been fully vaccinated in regions where Hong Kong has reached recognition arrangements on vaccination records (click here to view the part on "Places where Hong Kong has reached recognition arrangments with the relevant governments").
For FDHs who received full COVID-19 vaccination or received the last dose of vaccine in Hong Kong, Mainland, Macao or at places where its national regulatory authority is designated by the World Health Organization as a stringent regulatory authority (Please refer to the aforementioned list of regions), they may undergo compulsory quarantine at a general designated quarantine hotel or a designated quarantine facility (i.e. Silka Tsuen Wan, Hong Kong and PBQC).
(Attention: Employers and employment agencies may, starting from 9 am on October 4, make an application for room reservation through the booking system. The booking system displays the rooms available for booking from October 22 to 28. Rooms available for reservation in the next round will be displayed on the booking system at 9 am every Monday. For example, rooms from October 29 to November 4 will be available for reservation on October 11, and so on. If any reservations are cancelled by applicants, the rooms will be available for booking again. In order to arrange FDHs to come to Hong Kong in a gradual and orderly manner and to guard against imported cases, PBQC will continue to receive at most 50 FDHs every day. When the booking quotas have been filled, applicants cannot not enter the page of “Start Booking” of the booking system.)
This portal provides information relating to employment of foreign domestic helpers (FDHs) in Hong Kong, including the policy on importation of FDHs, as well as the publication and publicity materials on the rights and obligations of FDHs and their employers under the labour laws and the Standard Employment Contract for hiring FDHs. Both FDHs and their employers are encouraged to read the information in this website as well as the relevant materials before entering into a contract, or during the course of employment.
While it is not a requirement by the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region Government that employers must recruit FDHs through, or FDHs to obtain employment from, employment agencies (EAs), it is a very common channel through which Hong Kong people employ FDHs. Respective home countries of FDHs may also have such requirement and they vary across countries. FDHs and employers are also encouraged to read the "Engaging an employment agency" section for the points to note when using the service of EAs. They may also use the search engine in the page for identifying EA(s) with valid licence in Hong Kong.
For matters relating to the eligibility criteria and procedures for applying for employment of FDHs, please visit the website of the Immigration Department.
Quarantine Arrangements for Foreign Domestic Helpers
Latest arrangement for opening Penny's Bay Quarantine Centre for quarantine of foreign domestic helpers
The Government today (September 28) announced that, starting from next Monday (October 4), the booking system for Penny's Bay Quarantine Centre (PBQC) on Lantau Island will reopen. An additional 200 units at PBQC will be provided starting from October 22, making a total of 1 000 units for quarantine of foreign domestic helpers (FDHs) coming to work in Hong Kong....
The Government opens Penny's Bay Quarantine Centre for quarantine of foreign domestic helpers
The Government today (September 10) announced that, starting from September 20, a total of 800 units in Phases 1 and 2 of the Penny's Bay Quarantine Centre (PBQC) on Lantau Island will be open for quarantine of foreign domestic helpers (FDHs) who have been fully vaccinated in Group A specified places upon arrival in Hong Kong. The above arrangement will be applicable to incoming FDHs who have received vaccination in Bangladesh, India, Indonesia, Malaysia, Nepal, Pakistan, the Philippines, Singapore, Thailand and the United Arab Emirates....
Government updates list of places of recognised vaccination records
The Government announced today (September 6) that it has concluded discussions with the Governments of India, Malaysia, Pakistan and Thailand to accept vaccination records issued by India, Malaysia, Pakistan and Thailand as recognised vaccination records for Hong Kong residents who have stayed in Group A specified places under the mechanism. The relevant arrangements will take effect at 0.00am on September 8....
COVID-19 Vaccination Programme
Vaccination priority groups have been expanded to cover foreign domestic helpers (www.info.gov.hk/gia/general/202103/15/P2021031500626.htm). For online booking and other details, please visit the designated website of the Vaccination Programme (www.covidvaccine.gov.hk). The website contains information in Chinese, English, Tagalog, Bahasa Indonesia, Thai, Hindi, Sinhala, Bengali, Nepali and Urdu.
Last update on 13 April 2021
Coronavirus Disease 2019 - Employment Obligations and Rights
Please click here to know more about the obligations and rights of foreign domestic helpers (FDHs) and employers under the Employment Ordinance and Standard Employment Contract, and the relevant information, in relation to the Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19).
FDHs and employers may browse the "COVID-19 Thematic Website" (www.coronavirus.gov.hk/eng/) for health advice on prevention of pneumonia and respiratory infection and details of various anti-epidemic measures. The website contains information in Chinese, English, Tagalog, Bahasa Indonesia, Thai, Hindi, Sinhala, Bengali, Nepali and Urdu.
Last update on 31 December 2020
Measures to assist foreign domestic helpers and employers to cope with COVID-19 pandemic extended
The Government today (September 28) announced that the measures to assist foreign domestic helpers (FDHs) and their employers to cope with the COVID-19 pandemic will be extended with immediate effect....
Employers should not dismiss foreign domestic helpers who have contracted COVID-19
The Government today (November 3) reminded employers that they should not dismiss foreign domestic helpers (FDHs) who have contracted COVID-19 and should continue to observe the requirements under the Employment Ordinance (EO) and the Standard Employment Contract (SEC) amidst the COVID-19 pandemic.
Employers must sign undertaking when applying for visas for foreign domestic helpers
In view of the latest development and severity of the COVID-19 epidemic situation in Hong Kong, the Government has gazetted specifications under the Prevention and Control of Disease (Regulation of Cross-boundary Conveyances and Travellers) Regulation (Cap. 599H, Laws of Hong Kong) (www.info.gov.hk/gia/general/202007/18/P2020071800038.htm) to impose conditions based on public health grounds on travellers who have visited certain specified high risk places (i.e. Bangladesh, India, Indonesia, Nepal, Pakistan, the Philippines and South Africa) within 14 days before arrival in Hong Kong, in order to further reduce the number of imported cases. The relevant specifications will come into effect at 0.00am on July 25, 2020, and will remain effective until further notice.
Labour Department reminds foreign domestic helpers and employers of specifications relating to travelling to Hong Kong
The Government announced today (July 18) that it had gazetted the specifications under the Prevention and Control of Disease (Regulation of Cross-boundary Conveyances and Travellers) Regulation (Cap. 599H) to impose conditions based on public health grounds in order to further reduce the number of imported cases of coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19). A traveller who, on the day on which the traveller boarded a civil aviation aircraft that arrives at, or is about to arrive at Hong Kong, or during the 14 days before that day, has stayed in any specified place (i.e. Bangladesh, India, Indonesia, Nepal, Pakistan, the Philippines and South Africa), he/she must meet the conditions specified by the Secretary for Food and Health. The relevant specifications will come into effect at 0.00am on July 25, 2020, and will remain effective until further notice.