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Hong Kong residents in the US who need assistance can contact Hong Kong Economic and Trade Office in New York at 212-752-3320 or email hketony@hketony.gov.hk.

For urgent assistance outside office hours, Hong Kong residents abroad can call the Assistance to Hong Kong Residents Unit 24-hour hotline at (852) 1868. In the event that Hong Kong residents who need assistance are not able to call the hotline due to the service settings of their telecommunication services operators or other reasons, they may try adding “0000” after entering “1868”.


 

 

 

 

 

   
Hong Kong Update for Travellers and Others

Get travel advice and stay on top of the latest developments in Hong Kong affecting the airport, public transport, public safety and other issues. Details here.

Updates on Latest Situation in Hong Kong
   
Public Health Response Plan Activated

Hong Kong health authorities continue to monitor developments regarding the emergence of an outbreak of respiratory illness caused by a novel coronavirus. A dedicated webpage has been set up to provide relevant information and health advice. Details here.

Public Health Response Plan Activated
   
Support for Hong Kong Community

The Hong Kong SAR Government has unveiled a series of economic relief measures to support individuals and businesses in Hong Kong affected by the COVID-19 outbreak. Details of the various measures to preserve the vitality of the economy, retain jobs and relieve people's financial burdens can be found here.

Support for Hong Kong Community
   
FinTech talent program set up

July 1, 2020 – The FinTech Anti-epidemic Scheme for Talent Development (FAST Scheme) will open for application on July 2. The Secretary for Financial Services and the Treasury Christopher Hui said that the program will create 1,000 new jobs and enrich and support the development of Hong Kong’s fintech talent pool. Each successful applicant will receive US$1,282 (HK$10,000) per month as a salary subsidy for a maximum of 12 months. The total funding involved may amount to US$15.3 million (HK$120 million).  Details here.

FinTech talent program set up
   
Research talent hub launched

July 1, 2020 – The Researcher Programme and the Postdoctoral Hub have been merged to become the Research Talent Hub, providing more flexibility for employers to engage and nurture more research talents. Each eligible company or organization can obtain funding support to engage up to four innovation and technology (I&T) talents with a bachelor's, master's or doctoral degree to conduct R&D work, with maximum monthly allowances for each degree at US$2,307 (HK$18,000), US$2,692 (HK$21,000) and US$4,102 (HK$32,000) respectively. The maximum engagement period for each research talent is three years in general. Details here.

Research talent hub launched
   
National security law explained

July 1, 2020 – Chief Executive Carrie Lam, in a press conference today, reiterated that the purpose of the national security legislation is not just to punish. It is also to deter people from committing such serious offenses as secession, subverting the state power and terrorist activities. Mrs Lam also reassured the media and the public that criticizing the national security law would not be considered a crime. "It is clearly stated in Article 4 that people of Hong Kong should be able to continue to enjoy the freedom of speech, freedom of press, of publication, protest, assembly and so on," she said. Also speaking at the press conference, Secretary for Justice Teresa Cheng emphasized that when handling national security law cases, all prosecutorial decisions will be based on facts and evidence. Details here.

National security law explained
   
"One country, two systems" optimized

July 1, 2020 – The enactment of the National Security Law in Hong Kong is a turning point to take Hong Kong out of the current impasse and to restore stability and order from the chaos, said Chief Executive Carrie Lam today at a reception to celebrate the 23rd anniversary of the establishment of the Hong Kong SAR. She said the law will neither undermine the high degree of autonomy, the judicial independence and the rule of law in Hong Kong, nor will it affect the legitimate rights and interests of Hong Kong people. Mrs Lam said the implementation of the National Anthem Ordinance and the National Security Law in Hong Kong signifies the fulfilment of the constitutional responsibility of the Hong Kong SAR to better the institution of "One Country, Two Systems".  While recognizing the challenges to lead Hong Kong out of the current political predicament and overcome the post-epidemic challenges, Mrs Lam urged the public to put aside differences and build a better future for Hong Kong. Details here.

"One country, two systems" optimized
   
Social distancing measures relaxed  

June 30, 2020 –  Hong Kong will further relax social distancing measures in relation catering businesses and scheduled premises, increasing the cap from 50% of the normal seating capacity to 80%. Limitations on group gatherings in public places will be maintained at 50 people. These new measures will come into effect on July 3 for a period of 14 days till July 16. This is part of the suppress and lift strategy adopted by the Hong Kong SAR Government in striking a balance between public health protection, economic impact, social acceptance and maintaining disease prevention measures while allowing for the gradual resumption of social and economic activities. Details here.

Social distancing measures relaxed
   
Security law’s passage welcomed

June 30, 2020 – The Hong Kong SAR Government welcomes the passage of the National Security Law by the Standing Committee of the National People's Congress (NPCSC), said Chief Executive Carrie Lam today. In a statement, Mrs Lam said the enactment of a national security law at the state level is both necessary and urgent in order to plug the loophole in national security in Hong Kong. The legislation is an important step to improve the "One Country, Two Systems" institutional system as well as restore stability in Hong Kong society as soon as possible. The Chief Executive pointed out that the National Security Law seeks to practically and effectively prevent, curb and punish four types of crimes seriously endangering national security, namely acts of secession, subversion of state power, terrorist activities, and collusion with foreign or external forces to endanger national security. It only targets an extremely small minority of offenders while the life and property as well as various legitimate basic rights and freedoms enjoyed by the overwhelming majority of citizens will be protected. Details here.

Security law’s passage welcomed
   
Hong Kong people's rights protected

June 30, 2020 – The national security legislation will not undermine "One Country, Two Systems" and Hong Kong's high degree of autonomy, said the Chief Executive Carrie Lam at the United Nations Human Rights Council meeting today. Mrs Lam said the law will have no retrospective effect and will not affect Hong Kong's renowned judicial independence. It will not affect legitimate rights and freedoms of individuals which are protected under the Basic Law and the relevant provisions of international covenants as applied to Hong Kong. She urged the international community to respect China’s right to safeguard national security and Hong Kong people's aspirations for stability and harmony. Details here.

Hong Kong people's rights protected
   

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