Expat staff at many multinationals have been unable to travel home for two years amid Hong Kong’s strict entry restrictions, prompting some companies to subsidise the cost of their hotel quarantine upon return. Photo: K. Y. Cheng
Expat staff at many multinationals have been unable to travel home for two years amid Hong Kong’s strict entry restrictions, prompting some companies to subsidise the cost of their hotel quarantine upon return. Photo: K. Y. Cheng

Anxious to retain talent, Hong Kong multinationals cover quarantine costs of expatriate staff who travel to visit families

  • ‘Quarantine subsidies’ are a hefty financial burden for companies that rely on foreign employees
  • Covid-19 travel restrictions have stopped many foreign employees from returning home for two years

Topic |   Coronavirus pandemic
Expat staff at many multinationals have been unable to travel home for two years amid Hong Kong’s strict entry restrictions, prompting some companies to subsidise the cost of their hotel quarantine upon return. Photo: K. Y. Cheng
Expat staff at many multinationals have been unable to travel home for two years amid Hong Kong’s strict entry restrictions, prompting some companies to subsidise the cost of their hotel quarantine upon return. Photo: K. Y. Cheng

Corrected [8:37pm, 2 Jan, 2022]

  • [8:37pm, 2 Jan, 2022]

    This article has been updated to correct the number of restaurants operated by Black Sheep Restaurants and the number of employees expected to benefit from the travel subsidy scheme.

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