Where can domestic helpers get a COVID-19 test in Hong Kong?
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In May 2023, all Community Testing Centres and Community Testing Stations (CTC/CTSs) in Hong Kong ceased operations. As a result, there are two options to get a COVID-19 test in Hong Kong.
- If you would like to conduct a nucleic acid test, you will need to self-arrange testing at a private laboratory. To do so, you can find a list of testing institutions recognised by the Hong Kong government here.
- If you would like to conduct a rapid antigen test (RAT), these are readily available to purchase in supermarkets, convenience stores, and pharmacies all over Hong Kong. Before you buy a test, check this list of approved rapid antigen tests for COVID-19 by the Hong Kong Department of Health.
Note that rapid tests can produce false COVID-19 positive results. Watch this video on how to take a rapid antigen test, and always make sure to refer to the specific test kit instructions before conducting the test.
What happens if a domestic helper tests positive for COVID-19 in Hong Kong?
According to the Centre for Health Protection (CHP), someone who has tested positive for COVID-19, and is experiencing symptoms, is recommended to stay at home resting, abstaining from going out, and avoiding being in contact with other people. The CHP recommends seeking medical assistance if obvious symptoms are developed or a deterioration of conditions occurs.
According to the latest CHP recommendations, someone who has tested positive for COVID-19, but is not experiencing any symptoms, is able to go out and/or go to work.
Read this article for more recommendations on what to do if a domestic helper tests positive for COVID-19.
Last updated on July 3rd, 2023