Local authorities today (Monday) began receiving applications from eligible domestic workers or potential domestic workers of Filipino nationality for exemption from entry restrictions through their employer or employment agency .
The trial program will also cover applications from foreign teaching or research staff with local shortages, management staff of educational institutions, as well as students admitted to a higher education institution.
The Health Bureau began accepting applications for exemption from entry restrictions for eligible non-resident workers and prospective non-resident workers from 10:00 a.m. this morning.
Currently, a platform for foreign domestic worker applications has been set up, with an application platform for teachers and students made available after coordination between the Education and Youth Bureau and the Labor Affairs Bureau.
To be eligible for the program, prospective domestic workers from the Philippines must aim to care for the elderly, young children and the sick and must have already obtained an entry permit for the purpose of domestic work.
The program aims to provide assistance in the care of people aged 65 or over, children aged 3 or under or sick people.
Applications should be submitted to the Bureau of Labor Affairs who will verify the applicant’s needs and provide a list of eligible employers for the Public Security Force.
Workers, their care recipients, and people living with care recipients must comply with COVID-19 vaccination requirements.
Individuals entering this program must still undergo 14 days of quarantine at a designated hotel, plus an additional 7 days of self-health management.
During the self-health management period, persons entering under this program must stay at a “self-health management hotel” – the Broadway Hotel being the only one currently available – or in a house with a separate bedroom.
After filling the basic information in the current system, the applicant can seek to obtain a placement quota in the medical observation hotel. Monday 10:00 a.m. to Wednesday 5:45 p.m.
Quotas are allocated on a first-come, first-served basis, with a validity of 4 weeks from the Monday following their allocation.
“For example, the quotas obtained between May 2 and May 4 are valid for border entry and placement under medical observation from May 9 to June 5,” the platform specifies.
The applicant cannot apply for another quota for the same foreign domestic worker before the current quota expires, and the worker or potential worker must enter Macau within the specified time.
The employer must pay for medical observation and medical treatment, if any, in the event that its employee or future employee is unable to pay for medical observation and medical treatment, if, for example, the employee tested positive after arriving in Macao.
Once the Entry Restriction Exemption Permit has been issued by the Health Bureau, the worker or potential worker must enter Macau within the specified time.
Health officials have previously said the trial program, in line with global pandemic prevention in Macao, may be halted if pandemic risks are believed to increase in the city.
Local lawmakers have previously called on authorities to further relax the requirements of the proposed entry pilot scheme, warning that the process of hiring a domestic helper remains too costly and complicated for local residents.