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.
Latest Inbound Control and Testing Arrangements For Foreign Domestic Helpers
Please click here for the latest press release.
Click here to know about the testing requirements of foreign domestic helpers who are coming to work in Hong Kong.
Coronavirus Disease 2019 - Frequently Asked Questions relating to Foreign Domestic Helpers
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 January 2023
COVID-19 Vaccination Programme
For vaccination 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 12 August 2022
Other Related Information
COVID-19: Sickness Allowance and Employment Protection
The Employment (Amendment) Ordinance 2022 came into operation on 17 June 2022. It strengthens the protection of the employment rights and benefits of employees when they are absent from work due to their compliance with a specific anti-epidemic requirement with a movement restriction. For details, please visit: https://www.labour.gov.hk/eng/news/EAO2022.htm
Increase of Statutory Holidays
Starting from 2022, the Birthday of the Buddha has been a newly added statutory holiday under the Employment Ordinance. For details, please visit: https://www.labour.gov.hk/eng/news/EAO2021.htm
Government cancels arrangement of issuing isolation orders
The Government today (January 19) said that, following three years of COVID-19 epidemic in Hong Kong, with the ever evolvement of the virus and Omicron becoming the predominating variant, coupled with the enhancement of prevention and treatment capacities of the healthcare system and the handling capacity of society as a whole, the risk posed by COVID-19 to local public health has apparently altered. Considering the balance between infection risks and resumption of economic and livelihood impetus, the Government decided to cancel the arrangement of issuing isolation orders to infected persons according to the Prevention and Control of Disease Regulation (Cap. 599A) from January 30....
Government adjusts local anti-epidemic measures
With a view to enabling citizens to resume their normal daily lives in a continuous and orderly manner, in light of the epidemic development and relevant risks assessment by the Department of Health (DH), the Government announced on December 28 that local anti-epidemic measures will be further adjusted starting from December 29, including removing definition of close contacts and ceasing issuance of quarantine orders, removing the Vaccine Pass requirement, lifting social distancing measures except mask-wearing, adjusting testing arrangements and maintaining local healthcare services....
Government adjusts testing arrangements for inbound persons
The Government announced today (December 28) that starting from tomorrow (December 29), the pre-departure testing arrangements for all inbound persons will be standardised and all nucleic acid testing requirements after their arrival at Hong Kong will be lifted. Inbound persons are advised to conduct daily rapid antigen test (RAT) until Day 5 after their arrival at Hong Kong....
Flexibility arrangements to assist foreign domestic helpers and employers cope with COVID-19 pandemic will be discontinued on May 1, 2023
The Government today (December 19) announced that the flexibility arrangements to assist foreign domestic helpers (FDHs) and their employers to cope with the COVID-19 pandemic will be discontinued on May 1, 2023....
Latest inbound control arrangement for foreign domestic helpers
The Labour Department (LD) today (December 8) reminded foreign domestic helpers (FDHs) and employers that the Government will adjust the inbound control arrangement for overseas inbound persons with effect from December 9 (Friday)....
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....