Everything you’d wish to understand about the Philippine Travel Ban

Everything you’d wish to understand about the Philippine Travel Ban

Many Filipino domestic workers have disproved flying from and to Hong Kong since the novel coronavirus outbreak. The Philippine government has issued the provisional two-way ban since 4 February 2020. It’s said that visitors returning from China, including Hong Kong and Macau, won’t be allowed to enter the Philippines while Filipinos returning home are getting to be quarantined for 14 days. Filipinos also are banned from travelling to China. Due to this emerging situation, the flights between Hong Kong and Philippines are becoming lesser.

Here are some proposals for both Hong Kong employers and Filipino foreign domestic helpers, if you want to know more about how this travel ban might affect the use contracts.

Employers:

In response to the provisional travel ban by the Philippine Government, the Hong Kong Labour Department guideline consent for all foreign domestic workers’ contracts that expire on or before end of March  to be extended up to the end of May.

According to the standard employment contract (SEC), if employers shall extend the quantity of employment of their existing FDHs by one month, below are  important to know for application submission:

  1. Completed and Signed Visa/Extension of Stay form for Domestic Helper from Abroad (ID 988A) by the FDH;
  2. Latest Standard employment contract (407) (please send copy as long as applying by post) kept by the employer and thus the FDH with an amendment clause on extending the quantity of employment duly signed by both parties at the highest of page 4;
  3. A signed supporting letter from the employer stating the reason(s) for extending the number of employment;
  4. FDH’s travel document (please send copy as long as applying by post);
  5. Visa fee of $230

In addition, if employers shall extend the quantity of employment of their existing FDHs for quite one month, prior consent from the Commissioner for Labour is required.

Salary Arrangement

Based on the Hong Kong Labour Department, employers and their domestic helper can choose whether the salary can be provided. Employers can certainly still give their helpers salary. However, it’s legal to not provide it if the domestic helpers aren’t working during their stay unless the arrangement in such a situation has already been defined and laid out in the utilization contracts.

It is advised that employers should allow flexibility on this matter and can ask their domestic helper to achieve an agreement.

You may call the Labour Department for more information.

Tel: 2717 1771 / 2157 9537

Online inquiry:https://www.fdh.labour.gov.hk/en/contact_us.html



Filipino Domestic Helpers


What are you able to do if your flight back to the Philippines got cancelled and now you’re stranded in Hong Kong?

1. Request a refund from your airline

Check your airline or agent for a refund, rebook or reroute, counting on your needs.

The following table is that the updates (as of 17 February 2020) and get in touch with information of commonly used airlines connecting Hong Kong to the Philippines:

Air ServiceFlight reservation period  Cancellation and paybackRebooking/ AlternativesOther  Details
Cathay PacificFeb 4 –  Mar 31, 2020✓ ( waive on cancellation and payback fees)✓(fees will be waived on conditions) Special ticketing procedures for the Philippines: +852-2747-3333,  Manage Booking Online
Cathay DragonFeb 4 –  Mar 31, 2020✓ ( waive on cancellation and payback fees)✓(fees will be waived on conditions) Special ticketing procedures for the Philippines: +852-2747-3333,  Manage Booking Online
Philippine AirlinesFeb 10 –  Mar 28, 2020✓ ( waive on payback  fees)✓ ( waive on rebooking and alternative fees)Payback Policy:  +632-8855-8888
Cebu PacificFeb 7 –  Mar31, 2020✓( waive on any applicable fees)✓( waive on any applicable fees)Payback Policy: +852-397-33800, +632-8702-0888, +6332-230-8888
Hong Kong AirlinesLimited flights connecting between Hong Kong and Philippines from  Feb1,  to  Mar 29, 2020.  No details shown.✓(on conditions) Payback PolicyEmail: call.center@hkairlines.com Hotline: +852-3916-3666
AirAsia Applicable for affected flights until  Mar 31, 2020.✓ (full payback) No details shown. Payback Policy: Follow guidelines on the Refund Policy link. Or chat here.

2. Check substitute flights

If you’re determined to return to the Philippines, you ought to check the choice flights. As of 17 February 2020, there are still a couple of airlines operating flights between Manila and Hong Kong . You might find it on here. Any changes on the wing status are subjected to the corresponding airline latest announcement. It is recommended to get directly from the airline website rather than 3rd party travel agencies.

Remarks: the government also instructs all Filipino citizens and holders of permanent resident visas that a 14-day quarantine is important for those to return to the Philippines travelling from Hong Kong, China and Macau. See the details here.

3. Request  for a tourist visa

If you don’t’ have any luck in getting any flight options, attend the Immigration Tower ( 3/F, Counter 2 ) in Wan Chai to invite a tourist visa in Hong Kong with the following items:

– your flight information

– the written confirmation about your flight cancellation

– your passport

4. Look for accommodation

Once you’ve secured your tourist visa, you ought to ask your agency about boarding house space, or search for shelters.

If you’re unable to seek out a boarding space or need any assistance, you’ll seek help within the Overseas Workers Welfare Administration (OWWA) office.

Tel: 3483 0600

Emergency hotline: 6345 9324

Text: OneCircleOFW editorial

Photo Source: SCMP

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