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COVID-19 Quarantine arrangements for domestic helpers arriving to Hong Kong from the Philippines and Indonesia

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What are the Boarding & Quarantine requirements for domestic helpers arriving from the Philippines and Indonesia?

Boarding requirements:

Please FIRST read boarding and entry requirements carefully in this article: Can domestic helpers from the Philippines and Indonesia travel to Hong Kong? 

  1. Has not stayed for more than two hours in the 14-day Period in any place that is on the “List of Specified Places with Flight Suspension” and
  2. Fully vaccinated and hold a recognised vaccination record; and
  3. Present negative result proof of a PCR-based nucleic acid test for COVID-19 within 48 hours*; and
  4. Present confirmation of room reservation in a designated quarantine hotel for not less than 3 nights starting from the day of arrival at Hong Kong
  5. Complete the online electronic health declaration of the Department of Health (DH) and obtain a QR code before boarding their flights to Hong Kong (can be completed within 72 hours before their flight).

Quarantine requirements:

  1. Undergo compulsory quarantine for 3 days in a designated quarantine hotel (meaning 3 nights and 4 days hotel booking)
  2. Followed by 4 days of home medical surveillance (either at employer’s residence, at a hotel or at a licensed hotel or guesthouse)
  3. Compulsory testing on the 1st, 2nd, 4th, 6th and 9th day of arrival at Hong Kong; and
  4. Conduct daily rapid antigen tests (RATs) until the 10th day of arrival; and
  5. Compulsory testing on the 4th, 6th and 9th day of arrival at Hong Kong (must be conducted at a Community Testing Centre)

Hotel Quarantine Arrangements
Before you confirm the hotel reservation, please check with your agency to confirm if there is flight availability on the preferred date and whether the overseas partner agency will be able to arrange the pre-departure covid test within 48 hours. Your helper would also need to fulfill all of  the following requirements

  • Holds a valid employment entry visa 
  • Holds a valid medical certificate 
  • Filipino Workers – Holds an Overseas Employment Certificate (OEC), Indonesian workers- Hold a KTKLN ID Card
  • Be fully vaccinated (14 days after all doses are administered) with one of the Hong Kong’s government recognised vaccines 
  • Has a valid vaccination record recognized by the Hong Kong government
  • Has a 3-night reservation for the compulsory quarantine in Hong Kong 
  • Obtains a negative covid test result 48 hours prior to flight to Hong Kong

 

Health Declaration System

All inbound travellers are required to submit a health declaration form before boarding their flight to Hong Kong (within 3 days before scheduled arrival time into Hong Kong). Travellers must submit the form online. After submitting the online form, the system will generate a QR code. Please save the QR code and show it to the ground staff upon boarding the flight and also to the border control point staff upon entering Hong Kong. The QR code is valid for 96 hours for arrival via Hong Kong International Airport (For arrival via land control points, the QR code is valid for 24 hours).

If travellers have problems with the online form (e.g.no applicable mobile device), they can ask for assistance from staff of the Department of Health upon arrival in Hong Kong.

COVID-19 Testing at the airport:

All persons arriving at the Hong Kong International Airport from overseas places will be required to undergo a polymerase chain reaction (PCR) nucleic acid test as well as an Rapid Antigen Test (RAT) with professional specimen collection at the same time upon arrival under the “test-and-hold” arrangement at the Temporary Specimen Collection Centre (TSCC) at the airport.

If the RAT result of the relevant person is negative, he/she can then proceed with immigration procedures, and upon the instruction of the staff on site be transferred by designated transport to DQHs where he/she will wait for the PCR test result and undergo compulsory quarantine. If the result of the PCR test is also negative, the relevant quarantined person can continue his or her compulsory quarantine in DQHs.

If any result of an RAT or nucleic acid test during “test-and-hold” arrangement or quarantine is positive and the relevant inbound person is classified as a confirmed case, he/she will be transferred to a community isolation facility hotel (CIF hotel) for isolation (if no obvious symptoms and does not need any medical support). For those requiring medical treatment, they will be transferred to a public hospital facility for treatment and monitoring.

NOTE: Testing is the first step upon arrival and you can only proceed with immigration procedures and collect their checked-in baggage after completing relevant testing procedures. More here.

Read more: What happens if a domestic helper tests positive for COVID-19?

Testing During Hotel Quarantine 

You will need to conduct daily rapid antigen tests (RATs) during hotel quarantine period and until the 10th day of arrival in Hong Kong. There will also be a PCR-based nucleic acid test conducted on the first and second day. If the results on the PCR Test conducted on the third day are negative, they can be discharged from 3-day compulsory quarantine hotel at 9am the next morning and complete the remainder of the isolation at home/employer’s residence.

Post-Quarantine: 3-Day Home Medical Surveillance Period 

Upon completion of the 3-day compulsory quarantine at a DQH, domestic helpers should undergo 4-day home medical surveillance at the employer’s residence or at a licensed hotel or guesthouse (not designated quarantine hotel). Upon departure from the DQHs, domestic workers should undergo compulsory testing on the 4th, 6th and 9th day of arrival at Hong Kong in accordance with the compulsory testing notice. The compulsory PCR-based nucleic acid test must be completed at a community testing centre (CTC) or a mobile testing station (MTS), or arrange a self-paid test by professional swab sampling at a local medical institution recognised by the Government. Domestic helpers must also conduct daily rapid antigen tests (RATs) until the 10th day of arrival.

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.  

During the medical surveillance period, workers can work at their employers’ residence and can go out or take public transport 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, or places that require using the “Leave Home Safe” app residents use to show their vaccination status for entry to most public premises, such as restaurants and bars.

4th, 6th and 9th Day Compulsory Testing

Upon departure from the DQHs, domestic workers should undergo compulsory testing on the 4th, 6th and 9th of arrival at Hong Kong in accordance with the compulsory testing notice. This can be conducted at a community testing centre (CTC) or a mobile testing station (MTS), or arrange a self-paid test by professional swab sampling at a local medical institution recognised by the Government. 

Since this is compulsory, they are exempted to pay the test fee of HK$240. They are suggested to bring along their documents, including HKID, and any other documents to show their quarantine status. They will also be required to conduct daily RAT until the 10th day of their arrival in Hong Kong.

Advisory to Employers

  • The Labour Department has issued an advisory on the responsibilities for employers to bear the cost of the test and the cost of food and accommodation while the domestic helper they hired are in the 3-day quarantine. Employers applying to the Immigration Department (ImmD) to employ domestic helpers will be required to sign an undertaking to the Government, indicating that they will comply with the relevant specifications and bear the relevant costs (info.gov.hk, 11 Dec 2020)
  • Also see: FAQ on domestic helper’s salary while on unable to work due to COVID-19 Quarantine

Resources

  • Centre for Health Protection Hotline: 2125 1122 (8 am to 12 midnight)
  • Home Affairs Department Hotline: 2835 1473 (24 hours)
  • HK Government website on Coronavirus: www.coronavirus.com.hk

If you begin to experience any symptoms of the COVID-19,  call the CHP Hotline.

Can domestic helpers quarantine in hotels beyond the compulsory quarantine period or voluntarily before joining a new family?

According to the Labour Department’s response to our phone enquiry, domestic helpers cannot extend their hotel stay beyond the compulsory hotel quarantine period required by the HK government. Nor can domestic helpers who are processed locally do a voluntary hotel quarantine after their new visa has been picked up. This is because these two scenarios would violate the live-in requirement for domestic helpers.

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Last updated on August 10th, 2022
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