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Good news! Starting from 12 August, the compulsory hotel quarantine period will be shortened to 3 days (Day 0-3), followed by 4 days (Day 4-7) of home medical surveillance. 

There will be compulsory PCR testing on Day 0 at the airport, Day 2 in the hotel and Day 4, 6, 9 as well as daily rapid antigen tests (RATs) until the 10th day of arrival. If the results on the PCR Test conducted on the third day are negative, domestic workers can be discharged from the 3-night compulsory quarantine hotel at 9am the next morning and complete the remainder of the isolation at their employer’s residence. 

Reminder that your helper needs to conduct a mandatory PCR test on Day 4, 6 & 9 at a Community Testing Center. It’s important to comply with the compulsory testing requirements to avoid the legal consequences and penalties. Read more about this here

During the medical surveillance period, workers can work at their employers' residence and can go out 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. 

Employers may choose to arrange for their helpers to stay at licensed hotels or guesthouses that are not designated quarantine hotels to complete the 4-day medical surveillance period and subsequent 3 day self-monitoring period. Click here for the list of licensed hotels and guesthouses. 

If you have already made a 7 day quarantine hotel booking for your worker, you do not need to cancel the booking. You can use the original booking to check out of the hotel on the third day and refunds will be processed by the hotel for the remaining 4 unused nights.

Latest arrival requirements: people arriving into Hong Kong are required to fill out a Health & Quarantine Declaration form prior to boarding the flight. Your helper can complete the form as early as 3 days before their scheduled arrival time into Hong Kong and present the green health declaration QR code upon arrival. Make sure your helper has their vaccination records and hotel booking confirmation ready before filling out the declaration form.  

About New Vaccine Pass function

The Government announced on August 8 the addition of the Red Code and Amber Code into the Vaccine Pass to differentiate persons with higher risk of infection. Starting from August 9, confirmed cases will be categorised as persons with a Red Code, and inbound persons from overseas places will be categorised as persons with an Amber Code. Their Vaccine Pass QR codes will be displayed in red or amber accordingly. Under the Amber Code, you can conduct daily essential activities of lower risks, such as taking transport, going to work, entering supermarkets and markets, etc. When the medical surveillance period of inbound persons ends, the Leave Home Safe application will automatically revert the Amber Code to a Blue Code.

As with everything, COVID-19 is making things a bit more complicated, so it’s best to plan ahead. See the Estimated Timeline tables below. Read more here.

Can domestic helpers receive cash instead of unused annual leave days?

Annual Leave are paid holidays that employees are entitled to under Employment Ordinance and the employer is not responsible for the travel expenses if the domestic helper chooses to travel.

Many domestic helpers have had to delay annual leave holidays due to the COVID-19 situations. We are receiving questions on whether these can be settled in cash since travel challenges continue. There are only times that domestic helpers may do so. Read more: Can domestic helpers receive cash for the unused annual leave?

Reminder that the 12th of September (the second day following the Chinese Mid-Autumn Festival) is a statutory holiday. Employers are required by law to give all statutory holidays off. If a statutory holiday falls on a domestic helper’s rest day, she must be given that day off and the following day. Read more about statutory holidays here.

Whether your helper has a lot of experience taking care of a baby or it's their first time looking after a baby, it’s a good idea to help improve their knowledge as it relates to infant and toddler caretaking. This summer is the best time to learn these important baby care skills. Find out what courses are available for domestic helpers here.

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