Incoming FWDs can undergo self-monitoring at the employer’s residence or a licensed hotel and guesthouse

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Arrival area of Hong Kong International airport at Chek Lap Kok

The Hong Kong government announced on Jan. 27 that starting Feb. 5, the compulsory quarantine period for inbound foreign domestic workers from overseas places will now be 14 days in a designated quarantine facility and seven days self-monitoring period in the employer’s residence or a hotel and guesthouse.

Labour Department said that those FDWs completing the 14-day compulsory quarantine at a DQF should undergo self-monitoring at the residence of their employers and will be subject to compulsory testing.

“We understand that some employers may wish to arrange FDHs to complete self-monitoring at licensed hotels or guesthouses due to considerations of the family situation or household environment, etc. “ said the spokesman from LD

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The government will allow domestic workers to undergo self-monitoring at licensed hotels or guesthouses. These licensed hotels or guesthouses must not be serving as a quarantine hotel or facility to prevent cross-infection from people undergoing the 14-day quarantine.

The authorities clarified that it is not necessary to make an application to the Labour Department as long as the arrangement is mutually agreed upon by the employer and the domestic worker.

Upon the departure from a DQHs or DQFs, the foreign domestic worker should undergo compulsory testing on the 16th and 19th days of arrival in Hong Kong following the CTN or the compulsory testing notice.

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