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Can my domestic helper come on holiday with me?

Technically, yes. However, there are a number of things you should do before you take a domestic helper on holiday with you:

Step 1: Apply for the correct visa

Make sure that you check with the immigration authorities of the country you’re going to. You should ask about the type of visa that domestic helpers need. A lot of countries have specific short-term visas for domestic helpers who are travelling with their employers. If you don’t get the appropriate visa, domestic helpers can be arrested for violating immigration law by working whilst travelling.

Step 2: Pay the right salary

When travelling abroad with a domestic helper, keep in mind that you are required to pay the minimum wage of the country you are traveling to, not the minimum wage in Hong Kong.

Step 3: Check your insurance policies

You should also check your Employee Compensation Insurance and medical insurance policies to make sure that the domestic helper will be covered wherever you are going.

Step 4: Inform your employment agency

This may seem strange, but you are strongly advised to inform your employment agency when you go abroad with your domestic helper. Your agency has a duty of care to the domestic helper throughout the duration of the contract and should be informed if she leaves Hong Kong with you. The agency will then inform the relevant Consulate.

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Last updated on August 7th, 2019
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