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Anti-epidemic meeting held

A meeting on the anti-epidemic work of the Mainland and Hong Kong was held today in Shenzhen.   It was hosted by Hong Kong & Macao Affairs Office of the State Council Deputy Director Huang Liuquan.   Chief Secretary John Lee led Hong Kong Special Administrative Region representatives to attend the meeting and exchange strategies with Mainland representatives on preventing and fighting COVID-19 as well as study the resumption of quarantine-free travel between the Mainland and Hong Kong.   Mr Huang noted that the office organised the meeting as the central government attaches great importance to the request by Chief Executive Carrie Lam on the resumption of quarantine-free travel with the Mainland.   Mr Lee thanked the central government for its support and care towards the Hong Kong SAR's efforts in preventing and fighting the virus, and for offering vital assistance on many occasions.   He also expressed gratitude to the office for arranging the meeting within a short

Vaccinated helpers can come to HK

Starting August 30, foreign domestic helpers who were fully vaccinated in Indonesia or the Philippines may come to work in Hong Kong from Group A specified places, the Government announced today.   The Government said it has concluded bilateral vaccination record recognition agreements with the two countries’ governments.    All helpers who were fully vaccinated in the two countries must present a vaccination record that has been affirmed by the relevant authorities of Indonesia and the Philippines and undergo compulsory quarantine in a designated quarantine facility after arriving.   When boarding for a flight to Hong Kong, these helpers must present a recognised vaccination record issued by the Indonesian or Philippine authorities. Records in other formats will not be accepted.   They must also present a valid employment visa issued by the Hong Kong Immigration Department.   Other necessary documents include a negative result proof of a polymerase chain reaction-based nucleic acid test for COVID-19 with the specimen collected within 72 hours before the flight’s scheduled departure time, and confirmation of a room reservation at a designated quarantine facility at least 21 nights starting from the arrival day.   One hotel with 409 rooms has been set up as a designated quarantine facility at this stage for these helpers. Reservation can be made from August 27.   The Government reminds employers and employment agencies that they should not book tickets for their helpers until they have successfully reserved rooms in the designated quarantine facility.   It also suggests that employers confirm the authenticity of their helpers’ vaccination records before booking airline tickets and rooms at the designated quarantine facility.       Enquiries can be made to the Labour Department hotline 2717 1771 or via email.
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