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In this month’s newsletter, we have prepared some updates on the new e-Visa and the latest quarantine and vaccination arrangements for domestic workers that you might find helpful. 

New e-Visa arrangement

The Immigration Department announced on December 22, 2021 the launch of the electronic visa application service and an “e-Visa” arrangement. This new service allows applicants to complete the entire process of visa application, including application submission, payment and “e-Visa” collection online without having to visit the Immigration office in person. This new e-Visa will eventually replace all sticker-type physical labels that are placed in the passport.

If your helper needs to apply for an entry visa/permit, extension of stay or change of status in Hong Kong, she can apply for an e-Visa online. Read our article on the new e-Visa arrangement here.

Remember to keep a record of your helper’s e-Visa and keep track of when to get a visa extension to avoid overstaying. We recommend starting the visa extension process 2 months prior to the current visa expiry date. If you need the Fair team to take this off your plate, then feel free to contact us for more details. 

Flight ban and latest quarantine arrangements:

With the rising spread of the Omnicron variant across the globe and the numbers rising in the Philippines, the Government announced the implementation of the place-specific flight suspension mechanism for the Philippines until 4 March 2022. 

The Government also announced that from February 5, the compulsory quarantine period for inbound travellers from overseas countries will be adjusted to 14 days in designated quarantine hotels (DQHs), to be followed by a 7-day self-monitoring period. Domestic helpers should undergo 7-day self-monitoring at the employer’s residence and will be subject to compulsory testing on the 16th and 19th day of arrival. From March 1, domestic workers can now undertake the 14-day compulsory quarantine at a DQH or designated quarantine facility (DQF) as with other inbound travellers from overseas places. 

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 14-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. The list of licensed hotels and guesthouses can be referred to at this link. Read more about travel and quarantine arrangements for workers coming from the Philippines and Indonesia in our Get Answers article here.

Vaccination Arrangements:

Vaccination records:  

Under the latest measure of the “vaccine bubble” introduced by the Hong Kong Government, starting from 24 February, all customers and visitors of religious venues, malls, supermarkets, wet markets and department stores, hair salons, all catering businesses, places of public entertainment, places of amusement, schools, certain government cultural and leisure facilities and public libraries will be required to present the LeaveHomeSafe contact-tracing app and valid vaccination proof to show they have received at least one dose of COVID-19 vaccine. 

You can remind your helper to scan and save their Hong Kong Vaccination Record QR code on the LeaveHomeSafe App, so they don’t need to bring the paper vaccination record with them.

If your helper received their vaccination outside of Hong Kong (from the recognized list of countries), she can declare their non-local COVID-19 vaccination record while conducting the “Health & Quarantine Information Declaration” via the online platform of the Department of Health here. Upon completion of the declaration, a vaccination record QR code for local use will be issued immediately. Then she can upload their vaccination record using the QR code on the LeaveHomeSafe App.

Third dose of COVID-19 vaccine:

People who have received two doses of the Sinovac or BioNTech vaccine with the second dose received six months ago can receive the third dose of COVID-19 vaccine. If your helper received the first and/or second dose of the vaccine outside Hong Kong, they cannot make an appointment for the third dose of the vaccine through the Hong Kong vaccination online system. They should bring the records for the first and second dose of the vaccination and go directly to the vaccination center for vaccination. Additionally, if the first and/or second dose of the vaccine received outside Hong Kong is not a Sinovac or BioNTech vaccine, then they should consult the medical staff on duty on the suitability of a third dose of COVID-19 vaccine. Read more about the COVID-19 vaccine programme in our Get Answers article.

This Month's Management Tip:

Hygiene Policy & Rest Day Arrangements during COVID-19

With continued concerns surrounding COVID-19, the Government urges domestic helpers to stay home during their rest day where possible in order to safeguard their personal health and reduce the risk of infection. We recommend you and your worker to discuss rest day arrangements. Also remember that employers must not compel their workers to work on a rest day even when they are taking their rest day at home. Domestic helpers are still entitled to their consecutive-24-hour rest day each week. Discuss solutions that work for everyone and help everyone feel comfortable. 

When it comes to hygiene, you and your helper may have very different habits and practices. So we recommend that you set clear hygiene guidelines for your helper to follow so that there is no confusion. If your helper is going out on her day off, remind her to limit gatherings to no more than 2 people, to not share food when meeting with friends, to avoid social activities whenever possible and wear a face mask at all times. 

See more guidance here:

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