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 quarantine arrangements for foreign domestic helpers with effect from 1 April. Please click here for more details.
Quarantine Arrangements for Foreign Domestic Helpers (Press Releases)
Government increases supply of designated quarantine hotels to meet demand of Hong Kong residents returning from overseas
The Government said today (March 26) that it strives to increase the supply of designated quarantine hotels (DQHs) so as to meet the demand of Hong Kong residents returning from overseas (including foreign domestic helpers (FDHs) who are Hong Kong residents or have been granted visa to come to Hong Kong)....
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 employers and employees relating to the Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19).
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 14 March 2022
Other Related Information
Increase of Statutory Holidays
Starting from 2022, the Birthday of the Buddha will be a newly added statutory holiday under the Employment Ordinance. For details, please visit: https://www.labour.gov.hk/eng/news/EAO2021.htm
Measures to assist foreign domestic helpers and employers to cope with COVID-19 pandemic extended
The Government today (March 25) announced that the measures to assist foreign domestic helpers (FDHs) and their employers to cope with the COVID-19 pandemic will be extended....
Government's response on situation of foreign domestic helpers affected by COVID-19 (with photos)
With reference to the concerns about foreign domestic helpers (FDHs) affected by the 5th wave of the COVID-19 epidemic in Hong Kong, a spokesman for the Government of the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region (HKSAR) said today (March 5) that the HKSAR Government is working in concert with the relevant Consulates General in Hong Kong to render them statutory and compassionate protection....
Employers should not dismiss foreign domestic helpers who have contracted COVID-19
The Labour Department (LD) today (February 24) 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 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.