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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. All travelers arriving in Hong Kong from countries outside China are required to undergo 21-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
   
Hong Kong films to premiere in Chicago

Five films from emerging Hong Kong film directors will be featured at the upcoming Asian Pop-Up Cinema (APUC) Season 12 from March 15 - May 1. Kicking off the “Made in Hong Kong” series are two films that will be streamed online: Documentary “Keep Rolling”, directed by Lim-chung Man, which offers an up-close look at the life and works of acclaimed film director Ann Hui; and “Elisa’s Day”, the first feature film directed by Alan Fung. Three Hong Kong films will be shown at the drive-in in Lincoln Yards: the Centerpiece screening of “One Second Champion” by Sin-hang Chiu, “I Still Remember” by Lik Ho and the Closing Night quirky rom-com “Ready O/R Knot”, from first time director Anselm Chan. More information and ticketing information can be found here.

Hong Kong films to premiere in Chicago
   
Hong Kong talent to flourish in Belt-Road

Apr 16, 2021 - Hong Kong has much to look forward to in the Belt and Road Initiative, thanks to its "One Country, Two Systems" framework and deepening economic integration with the Mainland, said Chief Executive Carrie Lam. Delivering remarks at a forum today, Mrs Lam said the 14th Five-Year Plan supports the continuing enhancement of Hong Kong's status as an international hub for finance, trade and logistic; as a center for innovation and technology; and as an East-meets-West hub for art and cultural exchange. Hong Kong's singular advantages have placed it in the enviable role of facilitator and promoter between China and the countries of the Belt and Road, she said, adding that Hong Kong has the talent and the experience to flourish in the Belt and Road's continuing progress as well as in the Guangdong-Hong Kong-Macao Greater Bay Area. Details here.

Hong Kong talent to flourish in Belt-Road
   
Children's smart ID replacement set

Apr 16, 2021 - Children born in 2005 to 2007 or 2012 to 2018 and holding the old form of smart identity cards should apply for a new card from May 3 to Sep 18, the Immigration Department announced today. They should go to the Smart Identity Card Replacement Centres to replace their identity cards with their parents or legal guardians. Those born between 2012 and 2018 who have never held a permanent identity card in connection with their applications for a Hong Kong SAR passport are not required to participate in the Territory-wide Identity Card Replacement Exercise. Appointments can be made online, on the department’s mobile application or by calling the 24-hour hotline (+1-852-2121-1234). For citizens born in 1970, 1971 or 1972, their identity card replacement period will end on April 30. Residents who are absent from Hong Kong during their call-up period can apply within 30 days of their return to the city. Details here.

Children's smart ID replacement set
   
Vaccination program expanded

Apr 15, 2021 - Secretary for the Civil Service Patrick Nip today announced the COVID-19 Vaccination Programme will be expanded to cover people aged 16 to 29 and the community vaccination centers (CVCs) are expected to operate until the end of September. Mr Nip told reporters that the move was made after taking into account the supply of the vaccines and the programme's operation. The minimum age for receiving the BioNTech vaccine is 16 and that for receiving the Sinovac vaccine is 18. The planning for operating the CVCs until the end of September, takes into consideration the BioNTech vaccine supply and storage limitations as well as the vaccination rate. People wishing to receive the BioNTech vaccine have to get the first dose by the end of August to complete the vaccination of two doses by the end of September. The CVCs which administer the Sinovac vaccine are also expected to operate up to the end of September. As the Sinovac vaccine can be stored for a longer period, the Government will continue to provide Sinovac vaccination services through more than 1,600 private doctors participating in the program and the 18 general out-patient clinics of the HA. Details here.

Vaccination program expanded
   
Boarding, quarantine rules adjusted

Apr 14, 2021 - The Hong Kong SAR Government today announced that it will adjust boarding and quarantine arrangements for people arriving from overseas places, tightening commercial flight suspension mechanism to address the risk of importation of mutant strains of COVID-19 from very high-risk places and shortening the quarantine period for fully vaccinated people arriving from places overseas that are not considered high risk on the basis of the vaccine bubble. Regarding quarantine arrangements for fully vaccinated people, the Government will supplement new arrangements applicable to such individuals and shorten the compulsory quarantine period from 21 days to 14 days under the “vaccine bubble” concept. For low-risk specified places, such as Australia, New Zealand and Singapore, the compulsory quarantine period for fully vaccinated people will be shortened from 14 days to seven days. The Government will announce the adjusted arrangement and exact grouping of places after finalizing the details. Such arrangements will be gazetted in late April or early May. Details here.

Boarding, quarantine rules adjusted
   
Rules for vaccinated staff relaxed

Apr 14, 2021 - The Hong Kong SAR Government today announced its decision to maintain the current social distancing measures and specified that premises' staff who have completed a COVID-19 vaccination course will not be required to undergo regular testing. Noting that the COVID-19 Vaccination Programme has been smoothly implemented for a while, the Food and Health Bureau said some staff of the catering business premises or scheduled premises have completed the vaccination course, ie after 14 days following the administration of two vaccine doses for production of antibodies. In view of the protection brought by the vaccination, the relevant staff will not need to undergo regular testing starting from the 14th day upon completion of a COVID-19 vaccination course. These staff are advised to keep their records as a proof of vaccination. Such measures will take effect on Apr 15 until Apr 28. If the epidemic situation remains stable, starting from Apr 29, in line with the new direction in fighting the pandemic as announced by the Chief Executive earlier, the Government will adjust social distancing measures with a "vaccine bubble" as the basis. Details here.

Rules for vaccinated staff relaxed
   
Egypt listed as high risk

Apr 13, 2021 - The Hong Kong SAR Government announced today it will tighten the measures for travellers who have stayed in Egypt within 21 days before they board for Hong Kong. The Secretary for Food & Health will publish in the Gazette updated specifications made under the Prevention & Control of Disease (Regulation of Cross-boundary Conveyances & Travellers) Regulation (Cap 599H) to include Egypt under the high-risk Group B specified places. The relevant specifications will be effective from Apr 20 until further notice. People arriving in Hong Kong who have stayed in Group B specified places on the day of arrival or during the 21 days before that day are required to present before boarding proof of a nucleic acid test for COVID-19 negative result conducted within 72 hours before the aircraft's scheduled time of departure. They also have to present confirmation of a room reservation in a designated quarantine hotel in Hong Kong for not less than 21 nights starting on the day of the arrival. Details here.

Egypt listed as high risk
   
More BioNTech vaccines arrive

Apr 13, 2021 - The second shipment of about 300,000 doses of the BioNTech vaccine, filled and finished at another plant in Germany, arrived in Hong Kong this morning as arranged by Fosun Pharma. The first shipment of the same batch of the BioNTech vaccine arrived on Apr 2. Stringent checks and inspections on the vaccine were carried out to ensure that it complied with the product specifications and that the transportation process followed the relevant cold-chain requirements. The vaccine was placed in validated ultra-low temperature freezers to ensure its proper storage in accordance with the temperature specified by the drug manufacturer. Details here.

More BioNTech vaccines arrive
   
LegCo poll changes explained

Apr 13, 2021 - Chief Executive Carrie Lam today said 20 seats in the Legislative Council (LegCo) will be returned from 10 geographical constituencies under the new electoral system, when she unveiled the Improving Electoral System (Consolidated Amendments) Bill 2021 at a press conference this afternoon. According to the amended Annex I and Annex II to the Basic Law which were adopted by the National People's Congress Standing Committee, LegCo will consist of 40 members from the Election Committee constituency, 30 from the functional constituencies and 20 from the geographical constituencies. The 20 geographical constituency members will be returned by the double seats and single vote method from 10 geographical constituencies across the city, with five in the New Territories, three in Kowloon and two on Hong Kong Island. The seventh term LegCo elections will take place on Dec 19. Details here.

LegCo poll changes explained
   

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