Additional designated quarantine facilities for quarantine of foreign domestic helpers
The Labour Department (LD) today (January 27) announced that O'Hotel and iclub Ma Tau Wai Hotel will, starting from February 6 and March 1 respectively, be added as designated quarantine facilities (DQFs) providing an additional 491 rooms in total for quarantine of foreign domestic helpers (FDHs) coming to work in Hong Kong. The total number of rooms of DQFs will be increased to 2779. As for the Courtyard by Marriott Hong Kong Sha Tin, which currently provides 500 rooms for quarantine of FDHs, the number of rooms provided will remain unchanged but the fee will be adjusted starting from March 8.
Employers of FDHs and employment agencies (EAs) can, starting from the specified date and time tabulated below, reserve a room through the online booking system of the hotels concerned. Details are provided below:
|Designated quarantine facility ||Date and time of opening of online booking system||First |
|Room rate |
(full price inclusive of three meals)
|O'Hotel ||February 4 (10am) |
|February 6 ||$650|
|iclub Ma Tau Wai Hotel||February 9 (10am) |
|Courtyard by Marriott Hong Kong Sha Tin||February 14 (10am) |
|-||Stay before March 8: $650 |
Stay on and after March 8: $850
The LD spokesman said, "The Government understands the need of local families for FDHs. However, the local epidemic situation is evolving rapidly, and the Government must vigilantly uphold the policy of guarding against importation of cases. The Government will consider whether more DQFs can be provided having regard to the global and local epidemic situation. The hotels will adjust the number of rooms open for reservation each day having regard to the overall booking situation."
Employers and EAs must register using the real name as shown on the valid passport of the residing FDHs. Rooms reserved are not transferrable. Reservation applications made under the name of another person or party will not be processed. When making the room reservation, the FDH's passport copy, a valid employment visa and a recognised vaccination record must be made available. The reservation process is completed upon issuance of a booking confirmation by the hotel. FDHs will need to provide the above documents for verification when they check into the facility.
Employers and EAs should check the flight information and allow sufficient time for preparing the documents required and completing the procedures when arranging for their FDHs to come to Hong Kong. Payment will be refunded to the person making the reservation if a change or cancellation of room booking is required because an FDH has tested positive for COVID-19 before arrival in Hong Kong, or because of a change or cancellation of flights by the airline or a lockdown in the place of origin, provided that relevant supporting documents are submitted in advance. An FDH who does not have a booking confirmation by a DQF will not be allowed to board a flight for Hong Kong or may be denied entry into Hong Kong upon arrival.
The above arrangement for quarantine at DQFs is applicable to FDHs who have stayed in a Group A specified place and have been fully vaccinated in regions where Hong Kong has reached a recognition agreement arrangement on their vaccination records (the currently applicable regions include Bangladesh, Cambodia, India, Indonesia, Malaysia, Nepal, Pakistan, the Philippines and Sri Lanka, etc). For the full list of applicable regions, please visit: www.coronavirus.gov.hk/pdf/places_of_issuance_recognised_vaccination_records.pdf. A list of DQFs is in the Annex.
As for FDHs who have received full vaccination in Hong Kong and places of stringent regulatory authorities designated by the World Health Organization (including Thailand), they may undergo compulsory quarantine at a general designated quarantine hotel or a DQF.
The dedicated FDH Portal (www.fdh.labour.gov.hk) set up by the LD provides information and useful links relating to the quarantine arrangements of FDHs. For enquiries, please contact the LD through its 24-hour hotline at 27171771 (manned by 1823) or by email to email@example.com.
Ends/Thursday, January 27, 2022