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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

Starting at 0.00 a.m., August 10, 2020, the relevant conditions for Hong Kong residents travelling from the US to Hong Kong have been simplified. Before boarding the flight, relevant travellers 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. The traveller is also 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://www.cms.gov/Regulations-and-Guidance/Legislation/CLIA/CLIA_Laboratory_Demographic_Information 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. The travellers are also required to show confirmation that they have booked a hotel for at least two weeks and will be quarantined at the hotel upon arrival. 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
   
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
   
Universal COVID-19 testing set

Aug 7, 2020 - Hong Kong will introduce a universal and voluntary COVID-19 testing program that is available free-of-charge to all Hong Kong citizens. The program, scheduled to be launched in two weeks' time, aims to identify infected persons early, particularly those who are asymptomatic. The personal information provided by members of the public who voluntarily participate in testing will be encrypted and stored in the servers of the Government's data centres.  They will not be transferred beyond the boundary of Hong Kong.  The testing services providers will only have access to the barcode of the specimen bottle for reporting the test result to the Hong Kong SAR Government.  They will not have access to the personal data of individual members of the public. The collection and use of any personal data for the purpose of above-mentioned testing shall comply with the provisions of the Personal Data (Privacy) Ordinance (Cap. 486). Details here.

Universal COVID-19 testing set
   
28 million masks distributed to the public

Aug 7, 2020 - The Hong Kong SAR Government has distributed about 28 million disposable adult masks to about 2.8 million residential addresses in Hong Kong in the past month, with each household receiving 10 masks. The masks distributed are the first batch procured by the Government under the Local Mask Production Subsidy Scheme, reflecting the Government's aim to share these masks with the public as part of city's collective fight against the virus. Details here.

28 million masks distributed to the public
   
Foreign currency reserves at US$450 billion

Aug 7, 2020 - Hong Kong's official foreign currency reserve assets amounted to US$450 billion as at the end of July 2020, compared with US$445.9 billion at end-June 2020. Including unsettled foreign exchange contracts, the foreign currency reserve assets of Hong Kong at the end of July 2020 amounted to US$449.9 billion, compared with US$444.8 billion at end-June 2020. The total foreign currency reserve assets of US$450.0 billion represent over six times the currency in circulation or about 46 per cent of Hong Kong dollar M3. Details here.

Foreign currency reserves at US$450 billion
   
Decision to delay poll explained

Aug 3, 2020 - The Hong Kong SAR Government said its decision to postpone the 2020 Legislative Council General Election on public health grounds is reasonable, legal and in the public interest, stressing that the health and well-being of all Hong Kong people is its overriding concern. “We are at a critical juncture in our current battle against COVID-19. If not handled resolutely, the current wave of infections could spiral out of control to overwhelm our public hospital system,” said a government spokesman. With the stringent social distancing measures in place, no meaningful electioneering activities could be conducted. Moreover, the strict boundary control measures make it virtually impossible for voters from the Mainland and overseas to return to cast their vote. “The decision to postpone the election is therefore to protect public health and to protect the voting rights of all registered voters,” the spokesman added. Details here.

Decision to delay poll explained
   
Social distancing measures extended

Aug 3, 2020 - Hong Kong’s existing social distancing measures, including the ban on gatherings of more than two people and mandatory mask-wearing in public places, will be extended until Aug 11. The Hong Kong SAR Government said it is necessary to extend relevant social distancing measures in view of the severe epidemic situation. Restaurants must cease to provide dine-in services from 6pm to 4.59am of the subsequent day. They may offer takeaway services and deliveries during the period. The number of customers at any catering premises at any one time must not exceed 50% of the normal seating capacity. Bars and pubs, and 13 types of scheduled premises should also remain closed. Details here.

Social distancing measures extended
   
Youde scholarships open

Aug 3, 2020 - Applications for overseas fellowships and scholarships by the Sir Edward Youde Memorial Fund Council for the 2021-22 academic year are open until Sep 18. The fellowships and scholarships encourage outstanding students to pursue further education in reputable institutions overseas. Candidates should have a strong sense of commitment to Hong Kong and be ready to contribute significantly to the community upon graduation. The fellowships are for studies leading to postgraduate degrees either by research or by coursework. The maximum value of a fellowship is US$38,461 per year, tenable for up to three years for a doctoral degree or two years for a master’s degree. The scholarships are for studies leading to undergraduate degrees with a maximum value of US$35,897 per year, tenable for up to three years. Details here.

Youde scholarships open
   
Support team welcomed

Aug 2, 2020 - Seven members of the Mainland nucleic acid test support team arrived in the city today to support the Hong Kong SAR Government’s anti-epidemic work in the face of the severe COVID-19 epidemic. The seven-member team will assist with the preparation for a temporary laboratory with a view to raising the virus testing capability considerably to meet the Government’s need to extend its community testing coverage. Details here.

Support team welcomed
   

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