This page provides links to information on Covid-19 response measures in Hong Kong and Australia (where relevant). It is updated as soon as practicable with new announcements. For more information check out the "Useful Websites" listing below.
Employee Support Measures:
- An AustCham Hong Kong article describing measures companies are taking to support employees during the Covid-19 pandemic in Hong Kong.
Hong Kong Inbound Travel and Social Distancing Restrictions:
- 8 Aug 2022 Government announces adjustments to quarantine arrangements for inbound persons – these measures include changes to inbound arrivals and changes to social distancing restrictions from 12 Aug. See explanation of the changes here and here.
- Government announces enhanced Vaccine Pass function - the addition of the Red Code and Amber Code into the Vaccine Pass. See explanation of changes here.
- Hong Kong Flight Options for May - June 2022 (Cathay Pacific) - Here
- Hong Kong Government Covid-19 Website - https://www.coronavirus.gov.hk/eng/index.html
- Hong Kong Government Funding Support for Business (Anti-Epidemic Fund) - https://www.coronavirus.gov.hk/eng/anti-epidemic-fund.html
Australian Government Inbound Travel Requirements
- Australian Government Inbound Travel Requirements – Australia is open to vaccinated international travellers from 21 February 2022. Requirements for inbound arrivals can be found here
Hong Kong Government Business Support Measures
Temporary Unemployment Relief: Here
Schemes open for Application:
- Places of Amusement Licence Holders Subsidy Scheme under sixth-round of Anti-epidemic Fund to open for application - https://www.info.gov.hk/gia/general/202203/14/P2022031400184.htm
- Club-house Subsidy Scheme, Amusement Game Centres Subsidy Scheme and Mahjong/Tin Kau Licence Holder Subsidy Scheme to open for application - https://www.info.gov.hk/gia/general/202201/14/P2022011400579.htm
- Sports Premises Subsidy Scheme to open for applications on January 17 - https://www.info.gov.hk/gia/general/202201/14/P2022011400677.htm
EDB to provide one-off relief grant to affected sectors - https://www.info.gov.hk/gia/general/202201/18/P2022011800465.htm
- A one-off grant, ranging from $30,000 to $80,000, will be provided to each kindergarten (KG) and private day school. The additional expenditure is estimated to be $67.5 million, benefitting about 1,000 KGs and 185 private day schools.
- A one-off relief grant of $20,000 will be given to each private school offering non-formal curriculum (PSNFC), which has been registered under the Education Ordinance and is in operation on the issuance date of the circular memorandum. The additional expenditure is estimated to be $54 million, benefitting some 2,700 PSNFCs.
- One-off relief grants will be provided to the service suppliers or service providers as their businesses and incomes were affected by restrictions on face-to-face classes and on-campus school activities. The additional expenditure is estimated to be $216.9 million.
Latest relief measures of Arts and Culture Sector Subsidy Scheme under Anti-epidemic Fund - https://www.info.gov.hk/gia/general/202201/18/P2022011800279.htm
- To provide a one-off subsidy of $40,000 to each of the over 100 performing arts groups which are affected by the epidemic.
- To provide a one-off subsidy of $5,000 to each eligible individual arts practitioner and freelancer who had earlier benefited from the Arts and Culture Sector Subsidy Scheme. The number of beneficiaries is estimated to reach 6,000.
- To provide a one-off subsidy of $50,000 to each eligible company of the performing industry through the Performing Industry Association (Hong Kong) Limited. About 80 companies are expected to benefit from this measure.
- Pyrotechnics and Special Effects Operators Subsidy Scheme under sixth round of AEF completes disbursement.
Scheme on Relief Grants for Interest Class Instructors Hired by Organisations Subvented by the Social Welfare Department (Phase 4) to open for application from January 20 - https://www.info.gov.hk/gia/general/202201/18/P2022011800292.htm
- Open for applications from January 20 to March 31, 2022
SWD launches fourth round of Child Care Centre Special Grant - https://www.info.gov.hk/gia/general/202201/18/P2022011800297.htm
- Deadline for application is January 25, 2022
Subsidy Scheme for Beauty Parlours, Massage Establishments and Party Rooms 2022 application arrangements - https://www.info.gov.hk/gia/general/202201/19/P2022011900606.htm
- Open for applications from 9am on February 7 to 11.59pm on February 20, 2022
Financial support for cross-boundary passenger transport trade under fifth round of Anti-epidemic Fund - https://www.info.gov.hk/gia/general/202201/19/P2022011900481.htm
The Transport Department and the Marine Department will respectively issue notification letters to each of the eligible registered owners of cross-boundary coaches (CBCs) and cross-boundary hire cars (CBHCs) and the eligible cross-boundary ferry (CBF) operators on the details of the relevant subsidies.
- CBCs: To provide a one-off non-accountable subsidy of $30,000 per vehicle to the registered owner of each licensed CBC (including port shuttle buses). About 1 500 CBCs are expected to benefit;
- CBHCs: To provide a one-off non-accountable subsidy of $30,000 per vehicle to the registered owner of each licensed CBHC. About 600 CBHCs are expected to benefit; and
- CBFs: To provide a one-off non-accountable subsidy of $500,000 per ferry to the operator of each eligible CBF. About 80 CBFs are expected to benefit.
Subsidies for local and cross-boundary passenger transport trade under sixth round of Anti-epidemic Fund
- The deadline for application is June 30, 2022
Government provides financial assistance to PMQ tenants
- Rentals payable by PMQ's tenants will be reduced by 75 per cent.
Anti-epidemic Support Scheme for Environmental Hygiene and Security Staff in Property Management Sector under sixth round of Anti-epidemic Fund disbursing subsidies
- To provide a monthly allowance of $2,000 for five months (i.e. from February to June 2022) to the frontline PM workers engaged by PM companies or owners’ corporations / owners’ organisations to perform duties relating to environmental hygiene and security in private residential, composite (i.e. commercial cum residential), industrial and commercial (including shopping malls) building blocks.
Subsidies from Anti-epidemic Fund to local primary producers and fresh food wholesalers progressively disbursed and loan repayment deferral and interest waiver for Fisheries Development Loan Fund borrowers being rolled out smoothly
Support for the self-employed/freelance film practitioners under sixth round of AEF
- To provide a one-off financial assistance of $10,000 to each eligible applicant whose main occupation is a self-employed/freelance film practitioner.
- Self-employed/freelance film practitioners who have participated in the production of at least one Hong Kong film in the past two years, i.e. from April 2020 to March 2022 are eligible.
- Deadline for application is May 3, 2022
14 April 2022 | Navigating SME Support and Funding Opportunities in Hong Kong
- Elizabeth Fung, Political Assistant to Secretary for Commerce and Economic Development, Karen Fung, General Manager, InnoPreneur and FutureSkills at HKPC, and Yvonne So, Director, Corporate Communications and Marketing at HKTDC debriefed the programs available.
- Link to recording of the webinar can be found here.