Compulsory testing & What happens if a domestic helper tests positive for COVID-19?
This is a developing situation. We will do our best to keep this information updated and ensure accuracy. Please check with the relevant organisations.
2nd Round of Compulsory Testing for Domestic Helpers
The first round of compulsory testing for domestic helpers ended on 9 May. The Hong Kong Government will issue a second Compulsory Testing notice for domestic helpers. The new round of testing will start Saturday, 15 May and end 30 May (including 30 May).
The only exemptions to this compulsory testing notice are domestic helpers who are fully vaccinated, meaning they have had both doses of the vaccine and their second dose was taken on or before 16 May. The Government reminded exempted domestic helpers to download their electronic vaccination records or save the printouts of their vaccination records to their mobile phones, or bring along the printouts or copies of their vaccination records, so as to prove eligibility for exemption.
Any person who fails to comply with a compulsory testing notice commits an offence and may be fined a fixed penalty of $5,000. The person would also be issued with a compulsory testing order requiring him or her to undergo testing within a specified time frame. Failure to comply with the order is an offence and the offender would be liable to a fine at level 4 ($25,000) and imprisonment for six months. The Government will strictly follow up on whether relevant persons had complied with the testing notices.
Keep Testing and Vaccination Records with you
Domestic helpers may be asked by law enforcement or Labour Department officers to prove that they have done the compulsory COVID-19 testing. Domestic helpers should make sure to not delete and keep the SMS Text Message with the COVID-19 test result in case they are asked for it. For domestic helpers who have received both the COVID-19 vaccines before 16 May, and are exempted from testing, they should make sure to download and keep the vaccination records on their phones in case they are asked for this. The Labour Department conducted an inspection on 16 May at areas where many domestic helpers congregate on their rest day.
Need to Download your Testing or Vaccination Records?
Learn how to at: https://www.evt.gov.hk/portal/en/
Appeal to get tested on Weekdays
The Government has appealed to employers and domestic helpers to do the testing during the weekday to avoid crowding on weekends.
Withdrawal of Vaccination Policy for Domestic Worker Visas
The Hong Kong Government has reviewed and withdrawn plans to require domestic helpers to be vaccinated before renewal of contract or when signing a new contract
Options for testing for those under Compulsory Notice:
These are options listed on the Government’s site for ‘Compulsory Testing for Certain Persons.‘ Please watch the Government Press Releases for latest.
Persons subject to compulsory testing must keep the SMS notification containing the result of the test for checking by a law enforcement officer when the officer requires the persons to provide information about their undergoing the specified test. The Government has updated the testing routes applicable to compulsory testing notices, which only include those where SMS confirming negative test results would be issued to persons who underwent testing afterwards. The routes below are for reference only. Persons subject to compulsory testing should carefully read the relevant announcements.
Government options (free service for persons subject to compulsory testing):
1. Visit any of the mobile specimen collection stations. See list of stations below.
2. Go to a community testing centres (see the list at www.communitytest.gov.hk/en/); To make an appointment, you will need: Name, HKID, and a Hong Kong mobile phone number.
3. Use a deep throat saliva specimen collection pack from any of the 121 post offices, vending machines set up at 20 MTR stations or 47 designated general outpatient clinics (GOPCs) of the Hospital Authority and return the specimen to one of the designated specimen collection points (see the distribution points and times, and the specimen collection points and times, at www.coronavirus.gov.hk/eng/early-testing.html;
4. Go to testing at any of the GOPCs of the Hospital Authority as instructed by a medical professional of the Hospital Authority;
5. Use a specimen bottle distributed to the relevant specified premises by the CHP (if applicable), and return the specimen bottle with the sample collected as per relevant guidelines.
NOTE: testing received at Accident and Emergency Departments of the Hospital Authority or during hospital stays, or testing provided by private laboratories which cannot issue SMS notifications in respect of test results, does not comply with the requirements of the compulsory testing notice.
6. Self-arrange testing provided by private laboratories which are recognised by the Department of Health (DH) and can issue SMS notifications in respect of test results (see the list at www.coronavirus.gov.hk/pdf/List_of_recognised_laboratories_RTPCR.pdf);
New mobile specimen collection stations open for domestic helpers tentatively scheduled for 15 to 16 May (as at 12 May) :
Annex 1 of 12 May Press Release.
中西區 Central & Western
- 中環遮打花園（近港鐵中環站 J2 出口）
Chater Garden, Central (near Exit J2 of MTR Central Station)
- 中環 9 號及 10 號碼頭外
Outside Central Piers No.9 and No.10
- 西營盤社區綜合大樓（西營盤高街 2 號）
Sai Ying Pun Community Complex, 2 High Street, Sai Ying Pun
Kennedy Town Playground (Junction of Forbes Street and Smithfield)
Tamar Park, Harcourt Road, Admiralty
灣仔 Wan Chai
- 銅鑼灣維多利亞公園 6 號足球場（近港鐵天后站 A2 出口）
Soccer Pitch No. 6, Victoria Park, Causeway Bay (near Exit A2 of MTR Tin Hau
- 小西灣道 15 號小西灣綜合大樓地下小西灣社區會堂
Siu Sai Wan Community Hall, G/F, Siu Sai Wan Complex, 15 Siu Sai Wan Road
深水埗 Sham Shui Po
Maple Street Playground, Junction of Cheung Sha Wan Road and Maple Street
- 荔枝角公園入口（近港鐵美孚站 D 出口）
Lai Chi Kok Park entrance (near Exit D of MTR Mei Foo Station)
油尖旺 Yau Tsim Mong
Beech Street, Tai Kok Tsui (near Drainage Services Department Sewage Pumping
- 旺角上海街 557 號（朗豪坊對面）
557 Shanghai Street, Mong Kok (opposite to Langham Place)
- 九龍公園小型足球場（近港鐵佐敦站 C 出口）
Mini-Soccer Pitch, Kowloon Park (near Exit C of MTR Jordan Station)
荃灣 Tsuen Wan
- 荃灣公園大河道入口（近港鐵荃灣西站 D 出口）
Tsuen Wan Park (Tai Ho Road entrance, near Exit D of MTR Tsuen Wan West
葵青 Kwai Tsing
- 葵涌運動場（興盛路 93 號，近葵青劇院）
Kwai Chung Sports Ground (93 Hing Shing Road, near Kwai Tsing Theatre)
西貢 Sai Kung
Mau Tai Road Garden in Po Lam
- 西貢親民街 8 號西貢賽馬會大會堂停車場
Carpark of the Sai Kung Jockey Club Town Hall, 8 Chan Man Street, Sai Kung
See MORE Mobile Stations (including those open to general public as well as domestic helpers) as of 13 May: HERE
What happens if a domestic helper tests positive for COVID-19?
- These are the general steps to be aware of should a domestic helper test positive for COVID-19:
- The domestic helper will be hospitalized, in line with the Hong Kong Government protocols for COVID-19 positive patients.
- The employment agency should be contacted for guidance and support. The employment agency is also required to report to the relevant Consulates, as the agency should be aware of the domestic helper’s welfare.
- As the domestic helper will be under a working visa, she will have access to public health on an HK-resident rate. If the domestic helper has just arrived at HK airport, the working visa is automatically activated upon arrival.
- The domestic helper will be considered fully recovered and fit-to-work upon the end of sick leave which is usually stated on her hospital discharge. She will be given the relevant medical documentation and instructions on any follow up medical appointments
- For a healthy relationship, employers should keep open-communication with their domestic helper on work and health situations.
- Seek guidance from the Labour Department and/or agency if you are unsure about salary and sickness allowance payment. (See also: Are employers required to pay a domestic helper’s salary while they are unable to return to work?)
- Employers should not terminate the contract for the reason that the domestic helper has tested positive for COVID-19. The Hong Kong Government has advised this would be a violation of the Employment Ordinance and/or Disability Discrimination Ordinance.
- We do our best to keep our articles up-to-date. Please double-check with the relevant organisations directly for the latest.
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Last updated on June 9th, 2021