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.)

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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.

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Quarantine Arrangements for Foreign Domestic Helpers

2021.09.28 New

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.

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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.

A Government spokesman said, "The Government had temporarily suspended accepting bookings at PBQC earlier in order to review the reservation workflow and logistics arrangements. The booking system will reopen starting from October 4. Employers and employment agencies (EAs) may, starting from 9am on October 4, make an application for room reservation through the booking system on the FDH Portal of the Labour Department (LD) (www.fdh.labour.gov.hk). The booking system will display 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 9am every Monday. For example, rooms from October 29 to November 4 will be available for reservation on October 11, and so on."

The spokesman continued, "To further address the needs of employers of FDHs, the Government will provide an additional 200 units at PBQC for quarantine of FDHs starting from October 22. In order to arrange for 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. The Government will consider the need for further increasing the number of Designated Quarantine Facilities (DQFs) having regard to the worldwide and local epidemic situation."

The LD will process the applications in the order of submission of applications. The LD will contact an applicant within one or two days to acknowledge receipt of the application and request the applicant to provide relevant documents (i.e. a copy of the FDH's passport, a valid employment visa and a recognised vaccination record). After verifying the relevant documents, the LD will issue a demand note to the applicant. The applicant must settle the payment and produce the payment receipt within the specified period of time. The booking process will be completed upon issuance of a booking confirmation by the LD. If any reservations are cancelled by applicants, the rooms will be available for booking again.

Employers and EAs should allow sufficient time for preparing the documents required and completing the procedures when arranging for their FDHs to come to Hong Kong. They should only book an air ticket for their FDHs after they have successfully confirmed the room reservation in a DQF. If an FDH has not reserved a room in a DQF, the FDH will not be allowed to board a flight for Hong Kong or may be denied entry into Hong Kong upon arrival.

The above arrangement is applicable to FDHs who have been fully vaccinated in Group A specified places (the currently applicable regions are Bangladesh, Brazil, India, Indonesia, Iran, Malaysia, Nepal, Pakistan, the Philippines, Russia, Thailand and the United Arab Emirates). As for FDHs who have received full vaccination in Hong Kong, they may undergo compulsory quarantine at a general designated quarantine hotel or a DQF (i.e. Silka Tsuen Wan, Hong Kong and PBQC).

For enquiries, please contact the LD through its hotline at 2717 1771 or by email to fdh-enquiry@labour.gov.hk.


2021.09.10 New

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.

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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.

A Government spokesman said, "The global pandemic is severe and the Government must vigilantly uphold the policy of guarding against importation of cases. The resumption of admission of FDHs to Hong Kong should be implemented in a risk-controlled as well as a gradual and orderly manner. The Government has already provided a hotel as a Designated Quarantine Facility (DQF) (with a total of 409 rooms) earlier for quarantine of the abovementioned FDHs. Phases 1 and 2 of PBQC will provide an additional 800 units for the same purpose."

The Government will charge a fee of $480 per night per unit (including three meals and all fees) on a cost recovery basis. Employers and employment agencies (EAs) may, starting from 9am on September 14, make an application for room reservation through the booking system on the FDH Portal of the Labour Department (LD) (www.fdh.labour.gov.hk).

The spokesman continued, "In order to arrange FDHs to come to Hong Kong in a gradual and orderly manner and to guard against imported cases, PBQC will receive at most 50 FDHs every day. The booking system will show the rooms available for booking in the coming 30 days. The LD will process the applications in the order of submission of applications. The LD will contact an applicant within one or two days to acknowledge receipt of the application and request the applicant to provide relevant documents (i.e. a copy of the FDH's passport, a valid employment visa and a recognised vaccination record). After verifying the relevant documents, the LD will issue a demand note to the applicant. The applicant must settle the payment and produce the payment receipt within the specified period of time. The booking process will be completed upon issuance of a booking confirmation by the LD. For points-to-note during the FDHs' quarantine at PBQC and the list of items that should be brought with them, please refer to the 'Notes for Making a Reservation' on the booking system. For enquiry, please approach the staff when making a room reservation."

If an applicant does not submit the documents required, settle the payment or produce payment receipt within the specified period of time, his/her booking may be cancelled. Payment will be refunded if an FDH is tested COVID-19 positive before check-in, or if a change or cancellation of booking is required due to a change or cancellation of flights by the airline or due to a lockdown, provided that relevant supporting documents are submitted in advance. If there is a need to cancel a confirmed booking and apply for a refund or change the check-in date due to other special circumstances, the LD will exercise flexibility having regard to the individual merits of each case.

FDHs who have stayed in a Group A specified place during the 21 days on or before the day of boarding a flight and possess a recognised vaccination record issued by the relevant local authorities in the prescribed formats will be required to undergo quarantine in a DQF (the list is at Annex). Employers and EAs should allow sufficient time for preparing the documents required and completing the procedures when arranging their FDHs to come to Hong Kong. They should only book an air ticket for their FDHs after they have successfully confirmed the room reservation in a DQF. If an FDH has not reserved a room in a DQF, the FDH will not be allowed to board a flight for Hong Kong or may be denied entry into Hong Kong upon arrival.

As for FDHs who have received full vaccination in Hong Kong, they are already allowed to come to work in Hong Kong from Group A specified places with effect from August 9. This group of FDHs has to undergo compulsory quarantine in regular designated quarantine hotels. For convenience of employers and EAs in making arrangements, they may also undergo quarantine at the abovementioned DQFs (i.e. Silka Tsuen Wan and Penny's Bay Quarantine Centre) starting from September 20 onwards.

For enquiries, please contact the LD through its hotline at 2717 1771 or by email to fdh-enquiry@labour.gov.hk.

Annex:
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2021.09.06 New

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.

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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.

From 0.00am on September 8, Hong Kong residents who hold vaccination records issued by the relevant authorities of India, Malaysia, Pakistan or Thailand in the prescribed formats can board a flight for Hong Kong from Group A specified places. The vaccines administered for the relevant travellers have to be vaccines listed on the Government's "List of COVID-19 Vaccines Recognised for Specified Purposes".

The Government has also concluded discussions with the Government of Korea on the arrangements regarding the recognition of vaccination records, which will also take effect at 0.00am on September 8. Although Korea is currently not a Group A specified place, the relevant arrangements will enable Hong Kong residents who hold vaccination records issued by the relevant authorities of the country in the prescribed format to board a flight for Hong Kong from Group A specified places.

The list of places that are accepted for issuing recognised vaccination records is set out in Annex and will be uploaded to the Government's COVID-19 thematic website.

The Government will continue to discuss with other places on the arrangements for the recognition of vaccination records, and will update the list as recognition arrangements are agreed with these places.

Annex:
Annex

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.


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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

2021.09.28 New

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.

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​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.

Extension of validity period of existing contracts

The Government will continue to implement the previous measure to enable employers to extend the validity period of the existing contracts with their outgoing FDHs. For all FDH contracts that will expire on or before December 31, 2021, the Commissioner for Labour has given in-principle consent for extending the employment period stated in Clause 2 of the Standard Employment Contract for a maximum period of six months, on the basis that such variation is agreed upon by both the employer and the FDH. If a newly hired FDH cannot be arranged to come to Hong Kong within the above-mentioned six-month extended period and the employer needs to continue to employ his/her FDH beyond the six-month extended period, the employer should apply for contract renewal with the existing FDH.

If the contract with the current FDH has already been extended under the flexibility arrangement announced on June 28, 2021, the employer may also further extend the period of employment for a maximum period of an additional six months, if both the employer and the FDH mutually agree to the variation.

Under the above-mentioned circumstances, employers and FDHs may apply to the Immigration Department (ImmD) for extension of stay of the FDHs.

Deferral of return to the place of origin

Under the prevailing mechanism, an FDH on a renewed contract with the same employer, or due to start a new contract with a new employer upon the expiry of an existing contract, may apply to the ImmD for deferring return to the place of origin for not more than one year after the existing contract ends, subject to the agreement of his/her current employer or new employer.

In view of the COVID-19 pandemic, the Government will further extend the relevant flexibility arrangement announced on December 30, 2020. If an FDH is unable to return to his/her place of origin within the aforementioned one-year period, he/she may, upon agreement with his/her employer, apply to the ImmD for a further extension of the limit of stay until the end of his/her contract such that he/she may return to the place of origin within that period.

The Government reminds employers and FDHs that the above flexibility arrangement must be mutually agreed between the employer and the FDH, and that the requirement that FDHs should return to their place of origin continues to be in place. Employers should arrange for their FDHs to return to the place of origin within the extended limit of stay.

The Government will continue to closely monitor the situation and review the above measures and flexibility arrangements as and when necessary.

Same as applications for contract renewal with the same employer, applications for further extension of the limit of stay until the end of a contract as mentioned above are acceptable within eight weeks prior to the expiry of the existing contract.

To tie in with the disease prevention measures and reduce the flow of people, the Government appeals to members of the public to make use of the ImmD's dedicated "Online Services for Foreign Domestic Helpers" webpage at www.immd.gov.hk/fdh or the ImmD mobile application to submit visa applications for FDHs through online means. Given that the processing time is the same for applications submitted by drop-in box, online and by post, it is not necessary for employers to arrange for their FDHs to attend an office of the ImmD in person to drop in their applications. In addition, the ImmD has introduced the Smart Renewal service that enables persons to submit applications for visas for further employment of FDHs online, by post or by drop-in box and, upon approval of their applications, pay the visa fee through various means and collect the visas by post (except for special or individual circumstances). Members of the public may also enquire about application status and submit supplementary documents and notification of premature termination of employment contract via the above dedicated webpage. There is no need for them to attend an office of the ImmD in person for going through the formalities, which is both convenient and time-saving while reducing travelling and contributing to the efforts to fight the virus together.

The Government also urges employers and their FDHs to be mindful of the limit of stay of the FDHs and arrange for application for visas in advance.

For enquiries on employment rights and benefits, please contact the LD at the dedicated FDH hotline at 2157 9537 (manned by 1823) or by email to fdh-enquiry@labour.gov.hk. The dedicated FDH Portal (www.fdh.labour.gov.hk) set up by the LD also provides information and useful links relating to the employment of FDHs. For enquiries on FDH visa applications, please contact the ImmD by calling the enquiry hotline at 2824 6111 or by sending email to enquiry@immd.gov.hk.


2020.11.03 

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.

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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.

A Government spokesman said, "We would like to remind employers that they should not terminate or repudiate an employment contract with an FDH who has contracted COVID-19. Under the EO, an employer is prohibited from terminating the contract of employment of an employee on his or her paid sickness day, except in cases of summary dismissal due to the latter's serious misconduct. An employer who contravenes relevant provisions of the EO commits an offence and is liable to prosecution and, upon conviction, to a maximum fine of $100,000. Employers are also reminded of possible breach of contract if they repudiate the employment contract with their FDHs, or possible violation of the Disability Discrimination Ordinance (DDO) if they treat their FDHs less favourably (e.g. by dismissing them) because the FDHs have been infected with or recovered from COVID-19. Upon the recovery of the FDHs from COVID-19, employers are advised to arrange for their FDHs to start or resume work and maintain a cordial employment relationship with their FDHs."

The spokesman continued, "When handling matters on employment with FDHs, employers should observe their obligations and requirements under the EO and the SEC. Where applicable, the employer should grant sick leave and sickness allowance to the eligible FDH in accordance with the EO. Where a sick FDH has not accumulated sufficient paid sickness days to cover the period of his or her sick leave, we appeal to the employer to be compassionate and consider granting the FDH paid sick leave. According to Clause 9(a) of the SEC, in the event that the FDH is ill or suffers personal injury during the period of employment (except for the period during which the FDH leaves Hong Kong of his or her own volition and for his or her own personal purposes), regardless of whether this arises out of employment, the employer shall provide free medical treatment to the FDH."

At the same time, employers should take note of and comply with the relevant measures implemented by the Government in response to the pandemic, including the requirement that all persons (including FDHs) arriving in Hong Kong from all places outside China must be subject to compulsory quarantine of 14 days under the Compulsory Quarantine of Persons Arriving at Hong Kong from Foreign Places Regulation (Cap. 599E), and the relevant requirements of the specifications under the Prevention and Control of Disease (Regulation of Cross-boundary Conveyances and Travellers) Regulation (Cap. 599H), namely that if a traveller (including an FDH) has stayed in a specified place (including Indonesia and the Philippines) during the 14 days before arriving in Hong Kong, he or she must provide, before boarding a flight to Hong Kong, a test report issued by a laboratory or healthcare institution recognised or approved by the government of that place as proof that he or she has undergone a nucleic acid test for COVID-19, the sample for which was taken within 72 hours before the scheduled time of departure of the flight to Hong Kong, and that the test result is negative, as well as confirmation of room reservation in a hotel in Hong Kong for not less than 14 days starting on the day of his or her arrival in Hong Kong. The Government again reminded employers to make relevant arrangements and bear the costs of the relevant nucleic acid test, the accommodation expenses and the food allowance during the FDH's compulsory quarantine.

On the other hand, the Government reminded FDHs not to abuse the arrangement for premature contract termination in order to change employers (commonly known as job-hopping). The Immigration Department (ImmD) has been expediting the processing of employment visa applications submitted by FDHs who are in Hong Kong, especially applications for change of employer from those whose employment contracts have expired normally. At the same time, to combat job-hopping, the ImmD will, during case assessment, continue to closely scrutinise the details of applicants, such as the number and reasons for their premature contract termination in the past 12 months. For suspected job-hopping cases, the ImmD will refuse the employment visa applications and require the applicants to leave Hong Kong.

Employers may visit the Labour Department's dedicated FDH Portal (www.fdh.labour.gov.hk) for further information on the obligations and rights of employers and FDHs under the EO and the SEC relating to COVID-19. For information relating to COVID-19 and the DDO, employers may visit the Equal Opportunities Commission's website (www.eoc.org.hk/EOC/Upload/UserFiles/File/FAQ_COVID-19_Foreign_Domestic_Workers_and_Employers_english.pdf).


2020.07.21

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.

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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.

On July 18, 2020, the Labour Department (LD) reminded foreign domestic helpers (FDHs), employers and employment agencies to take note of the aforementioned specifications through a press release (www.info.gov.hk/gia/general/202007/18/P2020071800480.htm). For an FDH to whom the specifications apply, he/she must provide the following documents:

1. a letter or certificate in English or Chinese issued by a laboratory or healthcare institution bearing the name and identity card or passport number of the relevant FDH to show that:
(a) the relevant FDH underwent a nucleic acid test for COVID-19, the sample for which was taken from the relevant FDH within 72 hours before the scheduled time of departure of the specified aircraft;
(b) the test conducted on the sample is a nucleic acid test for COVID-19; and
(c) the result of the test is that the relevant FDH had tested negative for COVID-19;
2. the original of the report for the test issued by the laboratory or healthcare institution bearing the name and identity card or passport number of the relevant FDH;
3. a letter in English or Chinese issued by the relevant authority of the government of the place in which the laboratory or healthcare institution is located certifying that the laboratory or healthcare institution is recognised or approved by the government; and
4. the relevant FDH has confirmation in English or Chinese of a room reservation in a hotel in Hong Kong for not less than 14 days starting on the day of the arrival of the relevant FDH in Hong Kong.

Employers shall bear the costs of the nucleic acid test and the accommodation expenses, as well as provide a food allowance to their FDHs during the compulsory quarantine.

To tie in with the above measures, the Immigration Department (ImmD) will implement a new arrangement on applications for FDH visas. With immediate effect, employers applying for a visa for their FDHs (including those applications having been submitted but pending approval or issuance of visas) will be required to sign an undertaking to indicate that they will arrange for the COVID-19 test and hotel quarantine for their FDHs, and be responsible for the relevant costs if their FDHs are arriving on or after July 25, 2020. If employers are found to have breached the undertaking, their FDHs may be denied entry into Hong Kong and future applications from those employers for employing an FDH may be refused.

The undertaking can be downloaded from the website of the ImmD at www.immd.gov.hk/eng/forms/hk-visas/foreign-domestic-helpers.html and obtained free of charge from the ImmD Headquarters and Immigration Branch Offices.

For enquiries on FDH visa applications, please contact the ImmD by calling the enquiry hotline at 2824 6111 or by email to enquiry@immd.gov.hk. For enquiries on employment rights and benefits, please contact the LD at the dedicated FDH hotline at 2157 9537 (manned by "1823") or by email to fdh-enquiry@labour.gov.hk.


2020.07.18

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.

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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.

The Labour Department (LD) reminds foreign domestic helpers (FDHs), employers and employment agencies (EAs) to take note of the aforementioned specifications. For an FDH to whom the specifications apply, he/she must provide the following documents:

1. a letter or certificate in English or Chinese issued by a laboratory or healthcare institution bearing the name and identity card or passport number of the relevant FDH to show that:
(a) the relevant FDH underwent a nucleic acid test for COVID-19 the sample for which was taken from the relevant FDH within 72 hours before the scheduled time of departure of the specified aircraft;
(b) the test conducted on the sample is a nucleic acid test for COVID-19; and
(c) the result of the test is that the relevant FDH was tested negative for COVID-19;
2. the original of the report for the test issued by the laboratory or healthcare institution bearing the name and identity card or passport number of the relevant FDH;
3. a letter in English or Chinese issued by the relevant authority of the government of the place in which the laboratory or healthcare institution is located certifying that the laboratory or healthcare institution is recognised or approved by the government; and
4. the relevant FDH has confirmation in English or Chinese of room reservation in a hotel in Hong Kong for not less than 14 days starting on the day of the arrival of the relevant FDH in Hong Kong.

An LD spokesman said, "Before the relevant FDH is checked-in for a flight to Hong Kong, he/she should produce the above documents to the operator of the aircraft for boarding the aircraft. Employers and EAs (if applicable) are reminded to make necessary preparations for their FDHs beforehand. If an FDH is not able to meet any of the conditions specified by the Secretary for Food and Health, he/she may not be allowed to board the flight to Hong Kong and newly arrived FDHs may be denied entry into Hong Kong upon arrival. Relevant FDHs are reminded to stay at the hotel address as stated in the quarantine order during the 14-day compulsory quarantine."

"Employers should bear the cost of the nucleic acid test for their FDHs. Employers applying to the Immigration Department (ImmD) to employ domestic helpers will be required to sign an undertaking to the Government, indicating that they will comply with the relevant specifications and bear the cost of the nucleic acid test when arranging for their FDHs to come to Hong Kong, in case their FDHs have stayed in a specified place on the day on which they boarded an aircraft that arrives at, or is about to arrive at Hong Kong, or during the 14 days before that day. Employers found to be in breach of the undertaking may be given an adverse record and ImmD may refuse their future applications for employment of FDHs. Employers are also reminded to comply with their obligations under the Standard Employment Contract, including bearing the accommodation expenses and providing food allowance to FDHs during the FDHs' compulsory quarantine," the spokesman continued.

"For EAs, they have the responsibility to provide correct information to employers and FDH. They should remind and/or assist employers in making relevant arrangements to comply with the relevant specifications. If there is evidence that an EA has violated the requirements in the Code of Practice for Employment Agencies, the EA concerned will be penalised."

A list of licensed hotels is available at the website of the Office of the Licensing Authority of the Home Affairs Department (www.hadla.gov.hk/cgi-bin/hadlanew/search.pl?client=1&searchtype=1&licenceNo=&name=&address=&room=0&district=0&displaytype=2). When choosing a hotel for quarantine purpose, employers and EAs (if applicable) are reminded to contact the hotel for more details and refer to the Infection Control Advice for Person under Compulsory Home Quarantine (www.chp.gov.hk/files/pdf/infection_control_advice.pdf) issued by the Centre for Health Protection of the Department of Health.

For enquiries on employment rights and benefits, please contact LD at the dedicated FDH hotline at 2157 9537 (manned by "1823") or by email to fdh-enquiry@labour.gov.hk. As to enquiries on FDH visa applications, please contact ImmD by calling the enquiry hotline at 2824 6111 or by email to enquiry@immd.gov.hk.