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Solution for Hong Kong non permanent residents currently in a foreign country with expired or expiring HK visas but cannot return to Hong Kong due to the Coronavirus Pandemic
5 January 2021
Under normal circumstances, persons who are permitted to come to Hong Kong under the immigration policy/plan of the Hong Kong Immigration Department should apply for an extension of stay within 4 weeks before the expiration/expiry of their stay. The applicant must be in Hong Kong on the day of submission of the application and the day of receiving the visa label.
The Hong Kong Immigration Department announced that if a person (who is a Hong Kong non permanent resident) is outside Hong Kong due to the COVID-19 pandemic, and the period of stay of his/her Hong Kong visa is about to expire or has expired, Hong Kong non permanent residents can apply for an extension of stay to return to Hong Kong.
Due to the recent pandemic, people who are outside Hong Kong and their permitted stay in Hong Kong is to expire within 4 weeks, or those who have expired but not more than 12 months, and if they are unable to return to Hong Kong to submit an extension of stay application before their visa expires, they may submit the completed application form to the HK Immigration Department in accordance with their immigration policy/plan. They must attach alongside the supporting documents required for the application of extension of stay.
At the same time, a letter must be provided to explain the reasons for failing to return to Hong Kong in time alongside the application of the extension of stay.
Once the application is approved, the applicant will be issued an entry visa label. The applicant can return to Hong Kong within the validity period stated on the label.
This immigration policy does not apply to foreign domestic helpers or imported workers.
Quarantine Procedures when Entering through Hong Kong International Airport
Upon arrival at the HK International Airport, all inbound travelers (entering HK) are required to submit the health declaration result to the staffs of the Department of Health.
Inbound travellers can fill in and submit the Health & Quarantine Information Declaration form on mobile phones or mobile devices before boarding their flights.
After the submission of the online form, inbound travelers should download the result by clicking Save QR Code button, or capture the screen. This QR code is valid for the next 48 hours.
Inbounder travellers should wear a mask on board, and are required to undergo temperature screening upon arriving in Hong Kong.
Inbound travellers arriving in Hong Kong should approach the staffs of the Department of Health of HK immediately when they believe they may be developing respiratory symptoms.
Depending on the situation of the inbound travelers or passengers at the Hong Kong International Airport (except exempted persons), the Department of Health may issue quarantine orders and/or arrangements. A risk-based approach may be adopted to distribute passengers to appropriate quarantine premises (including home, hotels or other premises).
Persons (or inbound travelers) under compulsory quarantine must stay inside their corresponding quarantine premises (e.g. home and hotel room) at all times. Persons during the quarantine period must monitor their health progress by checking their body temperature twice daily and recording their health condition.
Shenzhen Bay and Hong Kong-Zhuhai-Macao Bridge Control Points (Latest Immigration News Updates on 24 July 2020)
Shenzhen Bay Control Point:
The operating hours for all passenger clearance services have been changed to 10am to 8pm daily.
The operating hours for cargo clearance remains unchanged (i.e. from 6.30 am to midnight daily).
Hong Kong-Zhuhai-Macao Bridge Control Point:
The operating hours of the Passenger Clearance Building have been changed to 10am to 8pm daily. This applies to all passengers crossing the boundary by cross-boundary coaches and shuttle buses.
The operating hours of the clearance for private cars/vehicles have been changed to 6am to 10pm daily.
The operating hours for cargo clearance remains operational for 24 hours daily.
Hong Kong Government Work Arrangement from Home Extends
The Hong Kong Government today (23 July 2020) announces that all government employees will continue to work from home until 2 August 2020. The exceptions are those HK government employees who are to provide emergency services and essential public services.
This is necessary because of the recent local epidemic situation which has become severe. The objective is to significantly reduce the flow of people and social contact in order to stop COVID-19 from further spreading in the HK local communities.
This reduction in public services may cause inconvenience to the public. The government hopes that the public will understand.
The HK government strongly advises Hong Kong employers of private companies to let their staffs/employees to work from home whenever possible, and this will definitely reduce the flow of people and social contact.
Let's work together to prevent further spread of the Coronavirus (COVID-19) in Hong Kong.
Updates on 13 July 2020
A male Senior Immigration Assistant who stationed at Control Support Section of the Hong Kong Immigration Department has been tested positive for COVID-19 (Coronavirus).
The officer is mainly responsible for providing supporting services at the 14th floor and 16th floor of the Wan Chai Immigration Tower. Both floors are not public floors and are not open to the public.
The officer last performed duties on July 10 and sought medical treatment at clinic, and was subsequently notified of the tested positive result.
The officer's workplace has immediately been arranged for thorough cleansing and to be fully sterilised with the guidelines of the CHP including all public facilities.
The officer has no recent travel history, and has been wearing mask when performing duties at work. The body temperature of this officer was normal, while he has followed relevant disease prevention measures at work.
The Centre for Health Protection (CHP) currently is investigating the cause of his infection, and who else he has been in close contact with.