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Hong Kong residents in the US who need assistance can contact the Hong Kong Economic and Trade Office in Washington, DC by email at hketo@hketowashington.gov.hk or by phone at (202) 331-8947. 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”.
 

Hong Kong residents in the US who need assistance can contact the Hong Kong Economic and Trade Office in Washington, DC by email at hketo@hketowashington.gov.hk or by phone at (202) 331-8947. 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
   
Join Our Virtual Chinese New Year Celebration

While traditional in-person celebrations have been temporarily suspended due to COVID-19, we invite you to visit our dedicated platform Celebrating the Year of the Ox 2021 to mark the season with a selection of performances, explorations and cultural traditions.

Join Our Virtual Chinese New Year Celebration
   
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 plays key role in global supply chain

Apr 2, 2021 - Despite the challenges in the past year, Hong Kong continues to turn in an impressive performance in the logistics sector, playing a key role in the global supply chain. Addressing the Symposium on ASIA-USA Partnership Opportunities today, Director of HKETONY Candy Nip said Hong Kong, with its prime geographical location, institutional strengths and international connections, remains a robust international aviation and maritime center and a regional logistics hub. The city is set to benefit from regional growth opportunities in Asia along with developments in the Guangdong-Hong Kong-Macao Greater Bay Area. Ms Nip also highlighted the various initiatives implemented by the operators at Hong Kong’s airport and seaport in improving the efficiency and reliability in supply chain management. These included the use of GPS trackers, blockchain software, robotics and automated systems to provide real-time information that help move packages through the supply chain. Details here.

Hong Kong plays key role in global supply chain
   
Latest shipment of Comirnaty vaccine arrives in Hong Kong

Apr 2, 2021 - The shipment of about 300,000 doses of the Comirnaty vaccine manufactured by BioNTech, filled and finished at another plant in Germany, arrived in Hong Kong on April 2 afternoon. Soon after the arrival of the latest batch of the Comirnaty vaccine in Hong Kong, staff carried out stringent checking and inspection of the vaccine in accordance with established procedures to ensure that it complies with the product specifications and that the transportation process follows the relevant cold-chain requirements. The Government would put the vaccine in validated ultra-low temperature freezers to ensure its proper storage in accordance with the temperature specified by the drug manufacturer. Details here.

Latest shipment of Comirnaty vaccine arrives in Hong Kong
   
Government objects to US report

Apr 1, 2021 - The Hong Kong Special Administrative Region Government expressed strong objection to the remarks contained in the Hong Kong Policy Act Report issued by US State Department. In a statement, the Hong Kong SAR Government said the Hong Kong SAR is an inalienable part of the People’s Republic of China and a local administrative region that enjoys a high degree of autonomy under “one country, two systems”. It reiterates that national security is a matter within the purview of the central authorities and enacting laws on national security with extraterritorial effect is also squarely in line with international practice. The statement made it clear that the constitutional duty of judges, in the exercise of their judicial power, is to apply the law and nothing else. Such duty does not change when judges decide cases arising from or involving political controversies. Details here.

Government objects to US report
   
Inaugural joint event held

Mar 31, 2021 - With global economies on track to recovery, Hong Kong’s economy is forecast to grow by 3.5% to 5.5% in real terms in 2021, after a 6.1% contraction said Director of HKETONY Candy Nip, who gave an update on the latest developments in Hong Kong at a virtual networking and business spotlight event this evening. Participants also learned more about upcoming projects and potential business opportunities. This inaugural online event was co-organized by the Hong Kong Association of New York and the Hong Kong Association of Northern California. Details here.

Inaugural joint event held
   
BioNTech vaccination to resume

Apr 1, 2021 - BioNTech vaccination service in Hong Kong will resume on Apr 5. The service resumption follows an investigation into packaging defects of the vial caps of the vaccine batch supplied to Hong Kong which showed that the problem was only associated with vaccine packaging under transport conditions, while the production process and vaccine quality were found to be intact. Approximately 300,000 doses of the BioNTech vaccine produced in Germany and filled and finished at another plant in the country are expected to arrive in Hong Kong on Apr 2. People who have a booking to be vaccinated on or after Apr 5 can receive the jab at the community vaccination centers they selected at the time slot they had initially booked and need not make a fresh appointment. For those who made an appointment for their BioNTech vaccine second dose on or before Apr 4, the Hong Kong SAR Government will reserve a vaccination slot for them on a day between Apr 5 and 10. A new slot will also be reserved for people who booked an appointment for the first dose between March 24 and April 4. Details here.

BioNTech vaccination to resume
   
New inspection arrangements balanced

Mar 31, 2021 - The new inspection arrangements for the Companies Register has struck a reasonable balance between continuing to allow public access to the necessary personal information to ascertain the identity of directors and other major officers of companies, and protecting personal privacy, said the Financial Services & the Treasury Bureau in a statement today, in response to news reports on the implementation of the register’s inspection arrangements. Upon the new inspection regime’s implementation, all searchers, including the media, will continue to be able to access the information of directors on the register. Such information includes directors’ personal correspondence addresses and partial identification numbers (IDN). The availability of other information currently available for inspection on the register will not be hindered in any way. The new inspection arrangements are comparable to those adopted in other overseas common law jurisdictions. Details here.

New inspection arrangements balanced
   
Exchange Fund at US$587.4 billion

Mar 31, 2021 - Total assets of the Exchange Fund amounted to HK$4,581.8 billion (US$587.4 billion) as at February 28, 2021. This is HK$46.9 billion (US$6 billion) higher than that at the end of January 2021. Foreign currency assets increased by HK$43.8 billion (US$5.6 billion) and Hong Kong dollar assets increased by HK$3.1 billion (US$397 million). The Currency Board Account shows that the Monetary Base at the end of February 2021 was HK$2,117 billion (US$271.4 billion). Backing Assets remained unchanged at HK$2,324.6 billion (US$298 billion). Details here.

Exchange Fund at US$587.4 billion
   
Financial results for the 11 months ended February 28, 2021

Mar 31, 2021 - The Hong Kong Special Administrative Region Government announced today its financial results for the 11 months ended February 28, 2021. There was a surplus of HK$19.7 billion (US$2.5 billion) in the month of February. Expenditure for the 11-month period amounted to HK$723 billion (US$92.6 billion) and revenue HK$510.1 billion (US$65.3 billion), with the cumulative year-to-date deficit at HK$193.6 billion (US$24.8 billion) after receipt of net proceeds of HK$19.3 billion (US$2.4 billion) from issuance of green bonds under the Government Green Bond Programme (Green Bond). The fiscal reserves stood at HK$966.7 billion (US$123.9 billion). Details here.

Financial results for the 11 months ended February 28, 2021
   
Government opposes US report

Mar 31, 2021- The Hong Kong SAR Government today expressed strong opposition to the comments contained in the US State Department's 2020 Country Reports on Human Rights Practices relating to the Hong Kong SAR. The Government said human rights are fully protected by law in Hong Kong. The Basic Law, which serves as the constitutional document of the Hong Kong SAR, provides a constitutional guarantee for fundamental rights and freedoms, including the right to equality before the law, and is buttressed by the rule of law and an independent judiciary. Safeguarding human rights and freedoms is a constitutional duty of the Hong Kong SAR Government. It attaches the utmost importance to and is firmly committed to upholding human rights and various freedoms in Hong Kong. Details here.

Government opposes US repor
   
Social distancing measures maintained

Mar 29, 2021 - Social distancing measures currently in place in Hong Kong will be largely maintained until Apr 14, said Secretary for Food and Health Professor Sophia Chan today. While greatly relaxing the social distancing measures during the Easter holiday may lead to a rebound in infections, some low-risk activities will be resumed to give families a wider choice of activities for the Easter holiday, after careful risk assessment and considering expert advice. Public and private swimming pools can reopen from Apr 1 if they comply with various infection control measures. Public beaches will also reopen in phases. Capacity in cinemas, theme parks and performance venues will be increased from 50% to 75%. Details here.

Social distancing measures maintained
   

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