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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.
 

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”.


 

 

 

 

 

   
Entry requirement to Hong Kong from the US

Before boarding the flight, travelers from the US are required to present test report, in English or Chinese, showing a negative COVID-19 nucleic acid test administered within 72 hours of the scheduled time of departure. They are required to present documentary proof in English to show that the laboratory or healthcare institution is recognized/ approved/ ISO15189 accredited. Recognized laboratories in the US may be located via: https://qcor.cms.gov/main.jsp (please click on “CLIA Laboratory Lookup” in the left-hand column) or on the website of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention: https://www.cdc.gov/clia/LabSearch.html and print out the relevant record from the database. A relevant letter issued by the New York State Department of Health is attached for reference. Starting from December 22, 2020, all travelers arriving in Hong Kong from countries outside China are required to undergo 14-day compulsory quarantine at a designated quarantine hotel. They will have to take designated transport to travel from the airport to the designated quarantine hotels. Please note that until further notice, only Hong Kong residents will be permitted to enter Hong Kong. The relevant specifications will remain effective until further notice. Details here.

Entry requirement to Hong Kong from the US
   
Hong Kong's latest response to COVID-19

Get timely information on how Hong Kong is dealing with the COVID-19 pandemic, including quarantine arrangements, social distancing measures, public safety, public health and other issues. Details here.

Hong Kong's latest response to COVID-19
   
Experience Hong Kong’s arts and culture scene from the comfort of your home

Through a newly created webpage, we hope to bring you some of Hong Kong’s best and diverse arts and cultural programs for you to enjoy from the comfort of your home. We will showcase Hong Kong's vibrant arts and cultural scene though webinar discussions, performances, art exhibitions and many other collaborations. Details here.

Experience Hong Kong’s arts and culture scene from the comfort of your home
   
Government strongly opposes US report

Jan 15, 2021 - The Hong Kong SAR Government today strongly objects to the US Congressional-Executive Commission on China’s newly released 2020 annual report. In a statement, the Hong Kong SAR Government said safeguarding national security through legislation is in line with international practice. Contrary to the erroneous allegations that the Law of the People's Republic of China on Safeguarding National Security in the Hong Kong SAR undermines the "one country, two systems" framework, the country has the right to legislate for this matter under “one country, two systems". Every country has laws and duty to safeguard its national security and sovereignty. The allegation that the offenses under the National Security Law are vaguely defined is simply untrue. The National Security Law clearly stipulates four types of offenses endangering national security and the penalties. Law-abiding people, including Hong Kong residents and overseas tourists/investors, will not unwittingly violate the law. At the same time, the National Security Law contains specific provisions upholding Hong Kong people’s rights and freedoms under the Basic Law as well as the relevant provisions of international covenants on human rights as applied to Hong Kong. Details here.

Government strongly opposes US report
   
WTO trade dispute request explained

Jan 14, 2021 - The Hong Kong SAR Government today requested the World Trade Organization (WTO) to establish a panel to consider a dispute with respect to the US' new requirement on origin marking for Hong Kong products. Secretary for Commerce & Economic Development Edward Yau also wrote to the US Trade Representative to inform the US that the Hong Kong SAR has taken further action against the US under the WTO mechanism. “The US' unilateral and irresponsible attempt to weaken Hong Kong's status as a separate customs territory, which is conferred by the Basic Law, is highly inappropriate," Mr Yau said. “Such a move also confuses the market and undermines the rules-based multilateral trading system. Hong Kong's special status is a basic principle under ‘one country, two systems’, and the Hong Kong SAR Government will do its utmost to safeguard it. The Hong Kong SAR Government requested on October 30, 2020, consultations with the US under the WTO Dispute Settlement Mechanism. However, the US' response is disappointing. It is necessary for us to take further action against the US in accordance with the mechanism to defend Hong Kong's interests.” Mr Yau emphasized that Hong Kong’s special status has been widely recognized and respected by the international community and the city’s economic and trade status is on par with that of other WTO members. He added the “Made in Hong Kong” marking on Hong Kong products has been accepted internationally for many years. This not only conforms to Hong Kong's status as a separate customs territory and complies with WTO rules, but also provides consumers with clear and accurate information on product origin. Details here.

WTO trade dispute request explained
   
Vaccination plan set for Feb

Jan 13, 2021 - Secretary for Food & Health Prof Sophia Chan said that members of the public can get vaccinated through the government vaccination programs free of charge from February. Prof Chan told lawmakers today that the Hong Kong SAR Government’s goal is to provide vaccines for the majority of the population within this year. Taking into consideration experts' views, the government will vaccinate priority groups first, including groups which have higher risks of coming into contact with the COVID-19 virus, groups which have greater mortality rates after contracting the disease, and groups which may easily transmit the virus to others, the vulnerable or weak if infected. Prof Chan said the government is reviewing other target groups which may need to receive vaccination early due to their work nature or other needs, including those who are particularly crucial to Hong Kong's infrastructure and operations. Details here.

Vaccination plan set for Feb
   
Objection to proposed WTO modifications

Jan 11, 2021 - As one of the 21 Parties to the revised Agreement on Government Procurement of the World Trade Organization (WTO GPA), Hong Kong notified the WTO Committee on Government Procurement (GP Committee) of its objection to the modification proposed by the US to its commitments under the Agreement. “Hong Kong considers that the US’s proposed modification amounts to a withdrawal of its coverage commitment from the WTO GPA and will result in a reduced list of products being subject to the WTO GPA rules, thereby affecting the business opportunities of Hong Kong suppliers to the US government procurement market. Hong Kong is also concerned that it may affect the balance of rights and obligations among Parties under the WTO GPA,” a Hong Kong SAR Government spokesman said. Details here.

Objection to proposed WTO modifications
   
Independent judiciary crucial

Jan 11, 2021 - Speaking at the Ceremonial Opening of the Legal Year 2021 today, Chief Justice Andrew Cheung pointed out that judicial independence means the Judiciary, the courts and the judges, when discharging their judicial functions, must not be subject to improper extraneous pressure or influence. Attempts to exert undue pressure on judges by means such as threats of violence or doxxing are as futile as they are reprehensible. The appropriate way to question a court’s decision is by means of appeal or review. He said people must have faith in Hong Kong common law system and allow the appeals process to run its course. He also explained that there are built-in features in Hong Kong’s judicial system that ensure that the Judiciary and judges are accountable to the public for their works. Details here.

Independent judiciary crucial
   
Judicial independence guaranteed

Jan 11, 2021 - Secretary for Justice Teresa Cheng said that the holding of the opening of the legal year at the Court of Final Appeal, with its live broadcast to the public, is testimony to Hong Kong’s strong legal traditions and the resilience and tenacity of the legal community. Speaking at the Ceremonial Opening of the Legal Year 2021 today, Ms Cheng reiterated that the Basic Law guarantees judicial independence, free from any interference. She also highlighted the various initiatives taken by the Department of Justice, including the development of LawTech and facilitating the studies of pertinent legal issues stemming from the increasing use of emerging technology. Details here.

Judicial independence guaranteed
   
New Chief Justice takes office

Jan 11, 2021 - The new Chief Justice of the Court of Final Appeal, Andrew Cheung, was sworn in at Government House today. Mr Cheung said that he would endeavor to maintain the independence and impartiality of the Judiciary and safeguard the rule of law. Congratulating Mr Cheung on his assumption of office, the Chief Executive Carrie Lam pledged her continued support for the Judiciary. “The rule of law is the cornerstone of Hong Kong’s success, and judicial independence is the linchpin in upholding the rule of law,” Mrs Lam said, adding that Hong Kong’s courts, as stipulated by the Basic Law, shall exercise judicial power independently, free from any interference. Mrs Lam is confident that under Mr Cheung’s leadership, the Judiciary will continue to be a bulwark of the “one country, two systems” policy and Hong Kong’s judges will continue to safeguard the law and administer justice without fear or favor. Details here.

New Chief Justice takes office
   

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