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Hong Kong to allow vaccinated FDHs to come in

02 August 2021

 By The SUN

Law says the first to be allowed back are FDHs who have been vaccinated in HK

The government has announced that foreign domestic helpers who were vaccinated in Hong Kong and are stuck in their home countries because of the flight ban on places designated as extremely high risk will be allowed to return and assume their work here.

This was announced today by Labour Secretary Law Chi-kwong at a press conference led by Chief Executive Carrie Lam.


Law, however, did not mention any date as to when the first batch of FDHs from countries like the Philippines and Indonesia will take place. 

The only other category of FDHs he mentioned that could qualify for the partial lifting of the ban are those who have finished their two-year contracts and would like to take a home leave after completing their vaccination here.

But he said these workers are still being encouraged to remain in Hong Kong by giving them further visa extensions, given the uncertainties caused by the pandemic.

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He did not mention the thousands of FDHs who have been issued work visas but have been unable to leave since the imposition of the flight ban. For the Philippines, the suspension has been in effect since Apr 20 and for Indonesia, since Jun 25.

But he said that those who were vaccinated outside of Hong Kong will still have to wait until after their vaccination records can be validated with their home countries.


“We will still discuss with the consulates general – of the Philippines and Indonesia - to see how we can confirm with their governments the authenticity of their vaccination records,” said Law.


He also said all qualified FDHs who will enter Hong Kong will still have to undergo 21 days of compulsory quarantine at one or two designated hotels.

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Law said that the full details of the plan to allow FDHs back into Hong Kong will be relayed to interested parties, including employment agencies, as soon as the Labour Department has worked them out.

He added that as of yesterday, 222,911 FDHs have received the first dose of vaccine, accounting for 61% percent of all FDHs in the city.

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