After the Hong Kong government relaxed the travel ban on August 10, 3,000 Filipinos are expected to return to work in the island nation.
According to Labor Attaché Melchor Dizon, the number of overseas Filipino workers (OFWs) who would be permitted to travel to Hong Kong may exceed the number of individuals who were stuck during the travel ban.
3,000 OFWs Set to Return to Hong Kong After Travel Ban Ends
Even fully vaccinated workers in Hong Kong must undergo a 14-day quarantine, according to authorities, the Philippine National Agency reported.
Dizon urged OFWs in Hong Kong to be vaccinated and take advantage of the opportunity to receive cash and other benefits following immunization. Both immigrants and OFWs, he said, should get immunized.
Only around half of the country’s 220,000 OFWs have been immunized. To encourage citizens to get vaccinated, the government is offering cash incentives to migrant workers as well as residences and automobiles.
Hong Kong had fully vaccinated 2.5 million people, or 33 percent of its projected 7.5 million population, as of August 3. Authorities had stated that schools that reach a 70% immunization rate among students will be able to resume face-to-face classes in September.