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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
   
January retail sales fall 13.6%

Mar 3, 2021 - The value of total retail sales in January, provisionally estimated at HK$32.6 billion (US$4.1 billion), fell 13.6% year-on-year. After netting out the effect of price changes over the same period, the volume of total retail sales decreased 14.5% year-on-year. The Hong Kong SAR Government said retail sales continued to post a notable year-on-year decline in January amid the fourth wave of the local COVID-19 epidemic. Due to the difference in timing of the Lunar New Year, the figure for January was conceivably distorted and it would thus be more meaningful to examine the figures for January and February combined to assess the latest retail sales performance. Looking ahead, the business environment of the retail trade will still be difficult in the near term as the epidemic continues to pose a threat and inbound tourism remains frozen. Details here.

January retail sales fall 13.6%
   
Social distancing measures extended

Mar 3, 2021 - Social distancing measures currently in place will be maintained until Mar 17 as the COVID-19 epidemic situation in Hong Kong remains volatile, with silent transmission in the community still active, since the gradual and orderly relaxation of social distancing measures on Feb 18. Given the recent cluster in eateries, the Hong Kong SAR Government will require catering business premises to dedicate staff for clearing used utensils and cleaning and disinfecting used tables and partitions to reduce the relevant infection risk. If this arrangement is not practicable, staff carrying out the aforementioned duties must adopt hand hygiene measures before switching to perform other duties and as necessary during each round of cleaning duties. Bathhouses, party rooms, clubs or nightclubs, karaoke establishments, mahjong-tin kau premises and swimming pools will remain closed. Unless exempted, the prohibition on group gatherings of more than four people in public places will continue. The requirement for wearing a mask at all times when on public transport and in public places will also remain in effect. Details here.

Social distancing measures extended
   
Talent scheme eligibility widens

Mar 2, 2021 - The Innovation & Technology Commission today announced that the eligibility for the Research Talent Hub will be extended to enlarge the pool of innovation and technology talent in Hong Kong. Holders of a bachelor's or master's degree in a discipline related to science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) awarded by a well-recognized non-local institution will be included in the scheme. These institutions refer to the top 100 institutions for STEM-related subjects in the latest Quacquarelli Symonds World University Rankings, the Academic Ranking of World Universities and the Times Higher Education World University Rankings. The Research Talent Hub previously provided funding support for eligible companies or organizations to engage up to four graduates with a doctoral degree in STEM-related disciplines from a local university or a well-recognized non-local institution, or with a bachelor's or master's degree in a STEM-related discipline awarded by a local university to conduct research and development work. It provides maximum monthly allowances of HK$18,000 (US$2,307), HK$21,000 (US$2,692) or HK$32,000 (US$4,102) for research talents with a bachelor's, master's or doctoral degree. The maximum engagement period for each research talent is 36 months. Details here.

Talent scheme eligibility widens
   
Comirnaty jab bookings open Mar 3

Mar 1, 2021 - Starting Mar 3, Hong Kong citizens in the priority groups can make online bookings to receive the Comirnaty COVID-19 vaccine. They can make reservations to receive the vaccination during the Mar 10-30 period at seven community vaccination centers operated by the Hospital Authority. The Department of Health has started distributing the first batch of the Sinovac vaccine to private doctors and clinics participating in the COVID-19 Vaccination Programme today. These doctors and clinics are expected to start providing vaccination services to the public from Mar 2. People can choose and make an appointment to be vaccinated directly with a private doctor or clinic under the program, without going through the Government's online booking system. They must bring their identity document and proof of belonging to a priority group to their vaccination appointment. Details here.

Comirnaty jab bookings open Mar 3
Mar 1, 2021 - Starting Mar 3, Hong Kong citizens in the priority groups can make online bookings to receive the Comirnaty COVID-19 vaccine. They can make reservations to receive the vaccination during the Mar 10-30 period at seven community vaccination centers operated by the Hospital Authority. The Department of Health has started distributing the first batch of the Sinovac vaccine to private doctors and clinics participating in the COVID-19 Vaccination Programme today. These doctors and clinics are expected to start providing vaccination services to the public from Mar 2. People can choose and make an appointment to be vaccinated directly with a private doctor or clinic under the program, without going through the Government's online booking system. They must bring their identity document and proof of belonging to a priority group to their vaccination appointment. Details here.
   
Stability and order restored

Mar 1, 2021 - The implementation of the National Security Law makes no change to Hong Kong’s Basic Law, which confers Hong Kong’s independent judiciary, free from any interference along with the power of final adjudication in the Court of Final Appeal, said Secretary for Security John Lee at a side event webinar at the 46th session of the United Nations Human Rights Council today. “Hong Kong residents enjoy not just the same rights and freedoms that they have always been enjoying as enshrined in the Basic Law but also extra protection from national security threats which have rocked Hong Kong in the earlier long period of violence, chaos and harm to persons,” he said, adding that stability and order have been restored with the city is steadily proceeding on the path of recovery and potential growth. Mr Lee reiterated that in Hong Kong, no person is above the law regardless of status, wealth, political power or background. “The National Security Law is applied fairly. Enforcement actions and trials are based on facts and evidence. Judgments are made public with elaborate reasoning on decisions,” he said. Details here.

Stability and order restored
   
Comirnaty vaccine arrives in Hong Kong

Feb 27, 2021 - A total of 585,000 doses of the Comirnaty vaccine, jointly developed by Fosun Pharma and BioNTech, arrived in Hong Kong today. Secretary for the Civil Service Patrick Nip and Secretary for Food & Health Prof Sophia Chan inspected the vaccine’s arrival at the airport. Staff carried out stringent checks and inspections of the vaccine to ensure that it complies with the product specifications and that the transportation process follows the relevant cold-chain requirements. As the vaccine has to be stored in a freezer at a temperature of -70 degrees Celsius, the Government has placed them in a designated storage facility. As the Comirnaty vaccine has stringent requirements for cold-chain management and requires proper thawing procedures, the vaccine will be administered at community vaccination centers to ensure their quality and that the vaccination procedures adhere to requirements. The remaining doses of the first batch of 1 million doses ordered by Hong Kong SAR Government will be delivered to Hong Kong in early March. Details here.

Comirnaty vaccine arrives in Hong Kong
   
COVID-19 vaccination program starts

Feb 26, 2021 - The COVID-19 Vaccination Program was officially launched today, receiving an enthusiastic public response. People in the priority groups who made appointments received the Sinovac vaccine at five Community Vaccination Centres (CVCs) and 18 Hospital Authority (HA) general outpatient clinics. A total of about 6,000 people have received their first doses of the COVID-19 vaccine today, while a cumulative total of about 6,600 persons have been vaccinated since Feb 22. The Government has procured three vaccines from different technology platforms with a total of 22.5 million doses, which would be sufficient for vaccinating all the people in Hong Kong. "Getting vaccinated can not only protect oneself, but also family members and friends, and will help reduce the risk of a community outbreak. We call on the citizens in the five priority groups to get vaccinated early so that our economy and way of life could return to normal as soon as possible," a Government spokesman said. Details here.

COVID-19 vaccination program starts
   

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