HONG KONG: ADJUSTMENT OF COVID-19 MEASURES

Mr. John Lee announced on 13th December 2022, Hong Kong will have an adjustment of measures to COVID-19. Starting from 14th December 2022, Hong Kong will no longer need to scan QR code via LeaveHomeSafe app to enter venues. Also, amber code system is going to cancel.

LeaveHomeSafe App

Started from 1st November 2021, people must scan LeaveHomeSafe App QR code when entering government venue. Finally, under the new adjustment on Covid-19 measures from 14th December, people is no need to scan QR code to enter the venues. Admittedly, vaccine pass is still be needed.

COVID-19 MEASURES

Health Code under the new Covid-19 Measures: Cancel Amber Code

Under the new adjustment, the LeaveHomeSafe app will only issue two different codes: Red and Blue. While red for those infected with Covid-19, and blue for general public. As the Amber Code is cancelled. then the international arrival is no longer travel restriction for 3 days. That is, arrivals are able to visit restaurants during the first 3 days of landing in Hong Kong. However, entering to Hong Kong is still need:

  • Vaccine Proof
  • RAT negative result before boarding
  • RAT rapid test for the first 5 days after arrival
  • PCR test on Day 2

For further information, please contact us.

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HONG KONG: ISOLATION & QUARANTINE NEW ARRANGMENT

Hong Kong has further eased its measures on 8 December 2022. The acts are following mainland’s major shift from zero-Covid policy.

Isolation – Orders

New measures allow residents and arrivals infected with Covid-19 can leave isolation on the 5th days, instead of the 7th. Moreover, they test negative for 2 days in a row by then.

Quarantine – Medical Surveillance Arrangement

Hong Kong no longer has Hotel Quarantine Policy, however, still 3 days Medical Surveillance. The arrivals have the amber code to restrict the travel and visit. Then, the Self-Monitoring period starts from Day 3 to Day 5, instead of Day 7. The arrivals need to upload their Rapid Antigen Test (RAT) results for the first 5 days. Also, undergo nucleic acid tests on Day 2 at a Community Testing Centre. That is, the self-monitoring period shortened to 5 days only.

ISOLATION & QUARANTINE
Quarantine Arrangement

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HONG KONG: HEALTH CODE SYSTEM / LEAVEHOMESAFE APP

Hong Kong launched a health code system to counter the spread of COVID-19 via leavehomesafe app. Health code on the one hand limited the travel inside Hong Kong. On the other hand, the health code system facilitates quarantine-free international travel. 

Hong Kong Health Code

Health Code Setup Before Departure

GREEN CODE

When you are going to Hong Kong, you have to report your health condition and vaccination records to the Hong Kong Health Declaration System. Also, you need to upload your 24 hours Rapid Antigen Test (RAT) negative result to the Health Department System before your boarding. Then the system will generate a Green Code. If your arrival via Hong Kong International Airport, the Green Code is  valid for 96 hours; While your arrival via Land Control Point, the code is valid for 24 hours.

You can present your Green Code at check-in verification at the airport or land control point. 

Upon Arrival

Amber Code

On the day of arrival at Hong Kong, you are under 3 days of Medical Surveillance. Then your Health Code will change to Amber.  

What you need to do during Amber Code Stage:
  1. Daily RATs, confirm negative results before leaving your residence;
  2. Login to the Medical Surveillance System to record RAT results and health status.
  3. Day 2: PCR nucleic acid test at the local community centre.
When to end your Medical Surveillance ?

The consecutively tested negative can complete medical surveillance with your Amber Code restrictions ending at 9am on Day 3.

Blue Code

From Day 3 to Day 7, you are under 5 days of Self-monitoring stage. And your Health Code will change to Blue. Blue code means you can visit anywhere if you are fulfilling vaccination requirements.

What you need to do during Self-monitoring Stage:
  1. Monitor health conditions and take body temperature twice daily.
  2. Daily RATs, confirmed negative results before leaving residence.
  3. Login to the Medical Surveillance System to record RAT results and health status.
  4. PCR nucleic acid tests on Day 4 & 6.

For further information, please contact us.

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HONG KONG HEALTH CODE: AMBER CODE

Amber health code is nothing to worry; Amber code doesn’t bother your daily life a lot. However, the major restriction is not allowing to enter the high-risk premises involving mask-off or group activities.

Hong Kong Government is lessening the Amber Health Code restrictions according to the epidemic situations.

Health Code

Why: Amber Code

The core idea of amber code is to protect the local citizens. As the new arrivals are no longer needed to undergo compulsory hotel quarantine. They are undergoing 3-day of medical surveillance. During the medical surveillance subject to amber code restrictions. While the infested person has red code, and general people have the blue code.

What are the restrictions with Amber Code?

Amber code holder are not allowed to enter high-risk premises involving mask-off or group activities. Also, the premises subject to “Active checking” of the Vaccine Pass. For example:

  • Bars or pubs
  • Bathhouses
  • Fitnesses centres
  • Public skating rinks
  • Cinemas
  • Performance Venues
  • Sport premises
  • Swimming pools
  • Residential care homes for the elderly, residential care homes for disabilities, schools and designated healthcare premises

In general, amber code holders are free to go to the banks, government departments, courts, clinics and hospitals. However, the government is adjusting the restriction according to the real situation every week.

Last but not the least, Hong Kong still requested to wear a surgical mask when you are going out no matter indoor or outdoor.

For further information, please contact us.

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HONG KONG: AMBER CODE RESTRICTION RELAXES

Hong Kong Government relaxed the social distancing measures and effected from 17th November, 2022. In fact, the measures will continue to resume normalcy in orderly manner. Thereby, some premises of the vaccine pass will change to “Passive Checking”. Once the premises changed to “Passive Checking”, then the Amber Code Holder can enter the premises without restriction.

What is “Active Checking” or “Passive Checking” premises?

“Active Checking” means the premises will need to actively check patrons’ vaccination records or exemption certificates upon their entry. While Passive Checking Premises, patrons just need to check in with their LeaveHomeSafe App. Hence, an Amber Code Holder can enter the “Passive Checking” Premises without restriction.

Amber Code holders can enter below Premises started from 17th November, 2022

  1. Amusement game centres;
  2. Places of amusement (including billiard establishments, public bowling-alleys and public skating rinks), but excluding the public skating rinks where patrons are allowed to exercise without a mask;
  3. Places of public entertainment (such as theme parks, museums), but cinemas and performance venues where patrons are allowed to eat and drink as well as catering premises in theme parks will still be subject to “active checking”;
  4. Club-houses (catering premises and other applicable scheduled premises therein will still be subject to “active checking”);
  5. Mahjong-tin kau premises;
  6. Event premises;
  7. Barber shops/hair salons; and
  8. Religious premises.

What are the premises that an Amber Holder cannot enter?

Amber Holders still cannot enter below Premises:

  • Catering premises
  • Bar/Pub
  • Bathhouse
  • Fitness Centre
  • Public skating rink (only for premises where customers/users are allowed not to wear masks during exercise)
  • Cinema/Performance venue (only for premises where the audience is allowed to consume food/drink)
  • Party room
  • Beauty parlour and Massage establishment
  • Club/Nightclub
  • Karaoke establishment
  • Sports premises
  • Swimming pool
  • Cruise ship (i.e. “Cruise-tonowhere”)

Hong Kong Government will continue to adjust social distancing measures. And prevent Hong Kong from backtracking along the path to normalcy due to any change of the epidemic. Hong Kong is ready to return to Global Stage.  

For further information, please contact us.

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Relocation of Inland Revenue Department Offices

IRD offices is going to move to the Inland Revenue Centre in Kowloon. The arrangement is scheduled by phases from late 2022 to early 2023. However, 4 offices will remain in Wanchai Revenue Tower:

  1. Computer Back Up (Accounts) Section;
  2. Estate Duty Office;
  3. Refund Section; and
  4. Tax Reservice Certificates Section

What are the actual relocation dates of each Inland Revenue Department?

The actual relocation dates of individual offices / sections will be announced in due course.

What can you do before visiting to the IRD office?

If you want to visit the IRD office in person, you better check with the IRD website www.ird.gov.hk for latest information.

For further information, please contact us.

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CHINA: 5+3 NEW QUARANTINE POLICY FOR TRAVELLERS

China’s National Health Commission (NHC) announced to reduce the mandatory quarantine period for foreign arrivals from 7 days to 5 days. And followed by 3 days of medical surveillance at home. So, we call it 5+3 quarantine policy.

Inbound arrivals still need to undergo 6 nucleic acid test (NAT) and prohibit to go outside during those 8 days quarantine period.

When should you undergo NAT:

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NAT Schedule

Ending the Practice of Cancelling International Flights

The International Travallers need to show 1 negative COVID test with 48 hours of boarding flight to China. While it needed 2 negative tests currently.

For further information, please contact us.

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NEW INSPECTION REGIME FOR PERSONAL DATA ARRANGEMENT

Under the Companies Registry, the Companies Ordinance (Cap. 622) (“CO”) provided for a new inspection regime for personal data on the Companies Register (“the Register”)

In the past, the general public supposed to have the right to access the Companies Registry information. For instance, the director’s usual address and full identification numbers, full identification numbers of company secretaries, And some other individuals (such as liquidators and provisional liquidators). Similar personal information were also open for public inspection.

The New Inspection Regime will run in three phases

Phase 1

From 23 August 2021, companies may first replace Usual Residential Addresses (URAs) of directors with their correspondence addresses. Also, full identification numbers (IDNs) of directors and company secretaries with their partial IDNs on their own registers for public inspection;

Phase 2

Starting from 24 October 2022, Protected Information on the Index of Directors on the Register will be replaced with correspondence addresses and partial IDNs for public inspection.  Protected Information contained in documents filed for registration after commencement of this phase will not be provided for public inspection.  Hence, “Specified persons” could apply to the Registry for access to Protected Information of directors and other persons personal data. There are 7 types of “Specified persons” who can apply to the Registry for disclose of Protected Information. These 7 types are:

a liquidator,

a trustee in bankruptcy,

a public officer or public body,

a scheduled person,

a solicitor or foreign lawyer,

a certified public accountant , as well as

a financial institution or DNFBP.

Phase 3

From 27 December 2023, data subjects could apply to the Registry for protecting from public inspection. The Protected Information contained in documents registered with the Registry (“Withheld Information”), and replace such information with their correspondence addresses and partial IDNs.  Nevertheless, “Specified persons” could apply to the Registry for access to Withheld Information of directors and other persons.

For further information, please contact us.

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COMPANIES REGISTRY – NEW INSPECTION REGIME PHASE 2

Further the new inspection regime for the Company Register. Phase 1 of a new inspection regime of the Companies Register under the Companies Ordinance (Cap. 622) commenced on 23 August 2021. Then Phase 2 will commence on 24th October 2022.

What will Phase 2 of the new inspection regime cover?

Under Phase 2 of the new inspection regime, usual residential addresses and full identification numbers (“Protected Information”) on the Index of Directors on the companies Register, will be replaced with correspondence addresses and partial identification numbers for public inspection. Thus, the public cannot assess for the protected information. However, the “Specified persons” could apply to the Companies Registry for access to Protected Information of directors and other persons.

What is the protected information?

  1. Director’s usual residential address
  2. Full identification numbers

What is the replacement of the protected information?

  1. Directors can use corresponding addresses instead of usual residential addresses;
  2. Full Identity or Passport will only show first part

Who are the “Specified persons”?

The Registrar allows to disclose the protected information to the “Specified persons”.

The “specified persons” include –

  • data subject;
  • a person who is authorized in writing by a data subject to obtain the information;
  • a member of the company;
  • a liquidator;
  • a trustee in bankruptcy;
  • a public officer or public body;
  • a person specified in the Schedule to the Regulation;
  • a solicitor or foreign lawyer who practises law in a law firm;
  • a certified public accountant (practising);
  • a financial institution or designated non-financial businesses and professions.

For further information, please contact us.

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