OFWs bound for Hong Kong required to undergo Covid-19 ‘nucleic acid test’

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All returning Filipinos to Hong Kong are required to undergo Covid-19 ‘nucleic acid test’ 72 hours before they travel to the country starting July 25. 

Passengers from the Philippines going to Hong Kong are also mandated to book a hotel for 14 days for a mandatory quarantine to prevent the spread of the new coronavirus. 

Airline companies are also required to secure the following documents from the passengers:

-A certification from an accredited laboratory that contains the HKID or passport number of the passenger and a proof that the passenger has indeed undergone a SARS-CoV-2 nucleic acid test and negative for the virus. This should be done 72 hours before they travel back to Hong Kong. (Form A – Covering of Lab Report).

-A certification from the government that the laboratory or hospital where the test has been done is approved by them. (Form B). 

-Original copy of the result of the examination from the accredited laboratory that contains the passenger’s ID or passport number. 

-Proof of hotel booking with 14 days stay. 

This advisory does not cover transit passengers. 

Citing the Hong Kong Labor Department, the employer should shoulder the expenses on the test and hotel booking. 

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