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COVID-19 Quarantine arrangements for domestic helpers arriving to Hong Kong from the Philippines and Indonesia

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What are the Boarding & Quarantine requirements for domestic helpers arriving from the Philippines and Indonesia?

Boarding requirements:

Please FIRST read boarding and entry requirements carefully in this article: Can domestic helpers from the Philippines and Indonesia travel to Hong Kong? 

  1. Has not stayed for more than two hours in the 14-day Period in any place that is on the “List of Specified Places with Flight Suspension” and
  2. Fully vaccinated and hold a recognised vaccination record; and
  3. Present negative result proof of a PCR-based nucleic acid test for COVID-19 within 48 hours*; and
  4. Present confirmation of room reservation in a designated quarantine hotel for not less than 7 nights starting from the day of arrival at Hong Kong

Quarantine requirements:

  1. Undergo compulsory quarantine for 7 days in a designated quarantine hotel or designated quarantine facility (meaning 7 nights and 8 days hotel booking)
  2. Self-monitoring in the subsequent 7 days (either at employer’s residence or at a licensed hotel or guesthouse)
  3. Compulsory testing on the 5th day of arrival at Hong Kong; and
  4. Conduct daily rapid antigen tests (RATs); and
  5. Compulsory testing on the 12th day of arrival at Hong Kong (must be conducted at a Community Testing Centre)

Hotel Quaranrtine Arrangements
Before you confirm the hotel reservation, please check with your agency to confirm if there is flight availability on the preferred date and whether the overseas partner agency will be able to arrange the pre-departure covid test within 48 hours. Your helper would also need to fulfill all of  the following requirements

  • Holds a valid employment entry visa 
  • Holds a valid medical certificate 
  • Filipino Workers – Holds an Overseas Employment Certificate (OEC), Indonesian workers- Hold a KTKLN
  • Be fully vaccinated (14 days after all doses are administered) with one of the Hong Kong’s government recognised vaccines 
  • Has a valid vaccination record recognized by the Hong Kong government
  • Has a 7-day reservation for the compulsory quarantine in Hong Kong 
  • Obtains a negative covid test result 48 hours prior to flight to Hong Kong

 

Health Declaration System

All inbound travellers are required to submit a health declaration form. Travellers can submit the form online. After submitting the online form, the system will generate a QR code. Please save the result and show it to the border control point staff upon entering Hong Kong. The QR code is valid for 48 hours for arrival via Hong Kong International Airport (For arrival via land control points, the QR code is valid for 24 hours).

If travellers have problems with the online form (e.g.no applicable mobile device), they can ask for assistance from staff of the Department of Health upon arrival in Hong Kong.

COVID-19 Testing at the airport:

All persons arriving at the Hong Kong International Airport from overseas places will be required to undergo a polymerase chain reaction (PCR) nucleic acid test as well as an Rapid Antigen Test (RAT) with professional specimen collection at the same time upon arrival under the “test-and-hold” arrangement at the Temporary Specimen Collection Centre (TSCC) at the airport.

If the RAT result of the relevant person is negative, he/she can then proceed with immigration procedures, and upon the instruction of the staff on site be transferred by designated transport to DQHs where he/she will wait for the PCR test result and undergo compulsory quarantine. If the result of the PCR test is also negative, the relevant quarantined person can continue his or her compulsory quarantine in DQHs.

If any result of an RAT or nucleic acid test during “test-and-hold” arrangement or quarantine is positive and the relevant inbound person is classified as a confirmed case, he/she will be transferred to a community isolation facility hotel (CIF hotel) for isolation (if no obvious symptoms and does not need any medical support). For those requiring medical treatment, they will be transferred to a public hospital facility for treatment and monitoring.

NOTE: Testing is the first step upon arrival and you can only proceed with immigration procedures and collect their checked-in baggage after completing relevant testing procedures. More here.

Read more: What happens if a domestic helper tests positive for COVID-19?

Testing During Hotel Quarantine 

There will be daily rapid antigen tests (RATs) to be conducted during hotel quarantine. There will also be a PCR-based nucleic acid test conducted on the fifth day and the RATs conducted on the sixth and seventh days. If the results are all negative, they can be discharged from 7-day compulsory quarantine.

Post-Quarantine 7-Day Self Monitoring Period 

Upon completion of the 7-day compulsory quarantine at DQHs/DQFs, domestic helpers should undergo 7-day self-monitoring at the employer’s residence and will be subject to compulsory testing. If the employer has concerns whether their household environment allows for their helper to complete the self-monitoring period, the Labour Department announced that domestic helpers who have completed a 7-day compulsory quarantine to stay at licensed hotels or guesthouses which are not DQHs/DQFs to complete the subsequent self-monitoring. The relevant arrangement should be mutually agreed by the employer and the helper. Domestic helpers are not allowed to undergo self-monitoring at places which are not the employer’s residence apart from licensed hotels or guesthouses. The list of licensed hotels and guesthouses can be referred to at this link.

Self-monitoring involves closely monitoring your health condition and preventive measures, including taking body temperature twice a day; wearing a mask, keeping good hygiene, avoid social gatherings, avoid sharing personal items and meals. If feeling unwell, seek medical attention immediately. Read more here.

During the self-monitoring period, domestic workers are allowed to go out and work as usual but we encourage them to minimize social interactions or gatherings, avoid large crowds or any outside activities.

12th Day Compulsory Testing

Upon departure from the DQHs/DQFs, domestic workers should undergo compulsory testing on the 12th day of arrival at Hong Kong in accordance with the compulsory testing notice. This can be conducted at a community testing centre (CTC) or a mobile testing station (MTS), or arrange a self-paid test by professional swab sampling at a local medical institution recognised by the Government.

Since this is compulsory, they are exempted to pay the test fee of HK$240. They are suggested to bring along their documents, including HKID, and any other documents to show their quarantine status.

Advisory to Employers

  • The Labour Department has issued an advisory on the responsibilities for employers to bear the cost of the test and the cost of food and accommodation while the domestic helper they hired are in the 7-day quarantine. 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 relevant costs (info.gov.hk, 11 Dec 2020)
  • Also see: FAQ on domestic helper’s salary while on unable to work due to COVID-19 Quarantine

Resources

  • Centre for Health Protection Hotline: 2125 1122 (8 am to 12 midnight)
  • Home Affairs Department Hotline: 2835 1473 (24 hours)
  • HK Government website on Coronavirus: www.coronavirus.com.hk

If you begin to experience any symptoms of the COVID-19,  call the CHP Hotline.

Can domestic helpers quarantine in Hotels beyond the 7-days (and 7-day self-monitoring period) or voluntarily before joining a new family?

We called the Labour Department to inquire about this. We received the response that domestic helpers who processed overseas cannot extend their stay beyond the 7-day hotel quarantine. Nor can domestic helpers who are processed locally do a voluntary hotel quarantine after their new visa has been picked up. This is because these two scenarios would violate the live-in requirement for domestic helpers.

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Last updated on May 13th, 2022
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