Helpers' virus testing to continue

The Labour Department today announced that the free COVID-19 testing service for foreign domestic helpers waiting to join their new employers will continue from January 2 to February 6 2021.

It strongly encouraged helpers staying in boarding facilities while waiting to change employers to actively participate in the free testing to safeguard their health. If they need to stay in a boarding facility for an extended period of time, they may retake the test as appropriate, especially before joining the new employer.

Eligible foreign domestic helpers may collect and return specimen collection packs at the temporary distribution/collection point located at 1/F, Immigration Tower, 7 Gloucester Road in Wan Chai from January 2. No prior appointment is required.

The temporary distribution/collection point will open from 11am to 4pm from Monday to Saturday.

When distributing specimen collection packs, duty officers will ask the helpers for simple information, such as their Hong Kong identity card or passport number, the reference number and limit of stay as shown on the latest visa issued by the Immigration Department (ImmD), or the reference number or date of application for a visa or extension of stay as a visitor as shown on documents issued by the ImmD.

After collecting the specimen collection pack, the helpers are required to register their personal information at a government website.

They will be notified of a negative test result via SMS and positive cases will be referred to the Centre for Health Protection for follow-up.

For enquiries, call 2157 9537 or send an email to

Updated on 24 Dec, 2020

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