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Can a domestic helper travel with their employer?

Technically, yes. However, there are a number of things to know:

1. Apply for the correct visa

Make sure to 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. Without the appropriate visa, domestic helpers can be arrested for violating immigration law by working whilst travelling.

2. Pay the right salary

When travelling abroad, keep in mind that employers are required to pay the minimum wage of the country you are travelling to, not the minimum wage in Hong Kong.

3. Check insurance policies

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

4. Inform your employment agency

This may seem strange, but employers are strongly advised to inform their employment agency when going abroad with their 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 June 30th, 2021