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Fully vaccinated foreign domestic helpers in Indonesia or Philippines may come to work in Hong Kong

Christian Fernsby |
The Hong Kong Special Administrative Region Government announced that, starting on August 30, foreign domestic helpers (FDHs) who were fully vaccinatedin Indonesia or the Philippines may come to work in Hong Kong from Group A specified places.

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A government spokesman said, "We have concluded bilateral vaccination record recognition agreements with the Governments of Indonesia and the Philippines.

"Starting on August 30, FDHs who were fully vaccinated in these two countries may come to work in Hong Kong. They must present a vaccination record that has been affirmed by the relevant authorities of these two countries and undergo compulsory quarantine in a Designated Quarantine Facility (DQF) after arriving in Hong Kong."

All FDHs who were fully vaccinated in Indonesia or the Philippines must present the documents at boarding for a flight to Hong Kong.

The spokesman said, "Given that the global COVID-19 pandemic remains severe, the resumption of admission of FDHs to Hong Kong should be implemented in a gradual and orderly manner.

"As such, we will provide one hotel as a DQF (with a total of 409 rooms) at this stage for the use of FDHs who were fully vaccinated in Indonesia or the Philippines and have fulfilled the other requirements as mentioned above.

"Depending on demand and developments of the pandemic, the Government plans to gradually increase the number of DQF rooms in the future. The DQF will be open for use on August 30. Employers and employment agencies (EAs) can reserve rooms through email to the hotel from August 27 onwards.

"The hotel will adjust the number of rooms open for reservation each day having regard to the overall booking situation. The hotel will confirm with the persons making the reservation individually and arrange for them to complete the relevant procedures upon receipt of their bookings.

"During room booking, the DQF will ask the person making the reservation to provide the FDH's passport copy, valid employment visa and recognised vaccination record to verify the identity of the FDH and confirm the authenticity of the vaccination record. FDHs will also need to provide the above documents for verification when they check into the facility."

The Government reminds employers and EAs that they should not book tickets for their FDHs until they have successfully reserved rooms in a DQF. This is to avoid FDHs not being able to check into a DQF after arriving in Hong Kong.

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