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Requirements for domestic helpers arriving to Hong Kong

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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 recognized vaccination record; and
  3. Present a negative rapid antigen test (RAT) within 24 hours of flight departure*; and
  4. Complete the online electronic health declaration of the Department of Health (DH) and obtain a green QR code before boarding their flights to Hong Kong (can be completed within 72 hours before their flight).

Replacement of Compulsory quarantine to 3 days of medical surveillance:

  1. Undergo 3 days of medical surveillance (either at employer’s residence or at a licensed hotel or guesthouse)
  2. Conduct daily rapid antigen tests (RATs) until the 7th day of arrival; and
  3. Post the 21 November, 2022: PCR test on Day 2 at Hong Kong (First day of arrival to Hong Kong is Day 0) (must be conducted at a Community Testing Centre  or a mobile specimen collection station, or arrange a self-paid test by professional swab sampling at a local medical institution recognized by the Government.)

Medical Surveillance Period Arrangements
If you wish your worker to undergo 3 days medical surveillance period at a licensed hotel or guesthouse, please check with your agency to confirm if there is flight availability on the preferred date before making a booking. 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 ID Card
  • 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
  • Obtains a negative rapid antigen test (RAT) within 24 hours  prior to flight to Hong Kong

Health Declaration System

All inbound travellers are required to submit a health declaration form before boarding their flight to Hong Kong (within 3 days before scheduled arrival time into Hong Kong). Travellers must submit the form online. After submitting the online form, the system will generate a QR code. Please save the QR code and show it to the ground staff upon boarding the flight and also to the border control point staff upon entering Hong Kong. The QR code is valid for 96 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-go” arrangement at the Temporary Specimen Collection Centre (TSCC) at the airport.

Your worker will not be required to wait for the test result at the airport after undergoing specimen collection for the nucleic acid test. She/he can take public transport or self-arranged transport to return to their home or their hotel of choice.

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?

Daily RAT 

Your worker will need to conduct daily rapid antigen tests (RATs)  until the 7th day of arrival in Hong Kong.

3-Day Home Medical Surveillance Period 

Employers may choose to arrange for their helpers to stay at licensed hotels or guesthouses that are not designated quarantine hotels to complete the 3-day medical surveillance period. Click here for the list of licensed hotels and guesthouses.  

During the medical surveillance period, workers can work at their employers’ residence and can go out or take public transport after obtaining a negative result of an RAT on that day, but they will be subject to Amber Code restrictions under the Vaccine Pass and cannot enter high-risk premises involving mask-off or group activities, or places that require using the “Leave Home Safe” app residents use to show their vaccination status for entry to most public premises, such as restaurants and bars.

Employers should still pay the full salary if they require their workers to stay in a licensed hotel/guesthouse for the medical surveillance period and they cannot deduct the leave days from the worker.

Day 2 of  Compulsory Testing

As of November 21, 2022, upon departure from the DQHs, domestic workers should undergo compulsory testing on Day 2 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. They will also be required to conduct daily RAT until the 7th day of their arrival in Hong Kong.

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 is in a 3-day medical surveillance period (even if the helper stays in a licensed hotel or guesthouse during those 3 days). 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 3 day medical surveillance period or voluntarily before joining a new family?

According to the Labour Department’s response to our phone enquiry, domestic helpers cannot extend their hotel stay beyond the requirements by the HK government. 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 November 18th, 2022
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