1. Filings

Please refer to the relevant sections in the Cayman Islands, BVI and Bermuda.

2. can searches be conducted?

Please refer to the relevant sections in the Cayman Islands, BVI and Bermuda.

3. Certificates of good standing – if and how these are being conducted

Please refer to the relevant sections in the Cayman Islands, BVI and Bermuda.

4. Other searches – how are these being conducted?

Please refer to the relevant sections in the Cayman Islands, BVI and Bermuda.

5. Court positioN 

Having regard to the latest public health situation, the judiciary of Hong Kong (HK) has fully resumed court business in an incremental manner, whereby the services of registries and accounts offices at various levels of court, and other offices that provide services to court users and the public, have resumed as normal. Court proceedings have fully resumed.

The Judiciary will continue to put in place appropriate social distancing and crowd management measures, including making a greater use of the “LeaveHomeSafe” mobile app (the “App”) as part of the entry requirement of court premises, requiring all persons who enter the Judiciary premises to use the App. Those who fail to do so will be asked to have their names, contact numbers and the dates and times of their visits recorded.

The judiciary will continue to maintain other preventive measures, including mandatory body temperature checks, requiring all people to wear surgical masks at all times unless otherwise directed by judges or judicial officers. Parties, legal representatives and court users who have fever or high body temperature, are subject to any quarantine requirement, medical surveillance or compulsory testing while waiting for test results, or who are preliminarily tested positive or tested positive for COVID-19, are not allowed to enter judiciary premises, and should apply to the court as soon as practicable for permission of absence, or inform the court with reasons for absence as appropriate.

6. travel restrictions – updated

Confirmed COVID-19 Cases

As of 11am (HK time) on 6 April 2021, the number of confirmed cases of Covid-19 in Hong Kong is 11,595, with 140 newly confirmed cases reported in the past 14 days.

Travel to Hong Kong

All non-Hong Kong residents coming from overseas countries and regions by plane will be denied entry to Hong Kong, while non-Hong Kong residents coming from the Mainland China, Macau and Taiwan will be denied entry if they have been to any overseas countries and regions in the past 14 days. All asymptomatic inbound travellers arriving at the HK International Airport must wait for Covid-19 test results at a designated location.

The Government has imposed certain conditions on inbound travellers who have visited specified places, as follows:

  1. Group A specified places (Extremely high-risk) – Brazil, Ireland, South Africa and the United Kingdom
  • Persons applicable: Persons who have stayed in the specified places on the day of boarding/arrival at Hong Kong or during the 21 days before that day (the relevant period)
  • Boarding requirement:

a. Have not stayed in the relevant specified places for more than two hours during the 21-day relevant period ;

b. Present a negative result proof of a nucleic acid test for Covid-19 conducted within 72 hours before the scheduled time of departure of the aircraft (see Notes below); and

c. Present confirmation in English or Chinese of room reservation in a designated quarantine hotel in Hong Kong for not less than 21 nights starting on the day of the arrival of the relevant traveller in Hong Kong.

  • Quarantine requirement: Undergo compulsory quarantine for 21 days in a designated quarantine hotel

2.  Group B specified places (Very high-risk) – Bangladesh, Belgium, Canada, Ecuador, Ethiopia, France, Germany, India, Indonesia, Kazakhstan, Nepal, Pakistan, the Philippines, Romania, Russia, Switzerland, Turkey, Ukraine, the United Arab Emirates, and the United States of America

  • Persons applicable: Persons who have stayed in the specified places during the 21-day relevant period
  • Boarding requirement:

a. Present a negative result proof of a nucleic acid test for Covid-19 conducted within 72 hours before the scheduled time of departure of the aircraft (see Notes below); and

b. Present confirmation in English or Chinese of room reservation in a designated quarantine hotel in Hong Kong for not less than 21 nights starting on the day of the arrival of the relevant traveller in Hong Kong.

  • Quarantine requirement: Undergo compulsory quarantine for 21 days in a designated quarantine hotel

3.   Group C specified places (Medium to high-risk) – All places except China (including the Mainland, Hong Kong, Macao and Taiwan) which are not specified places of Group A or Group B

  • Persons applicable: Persons who have stayed in the specified places during the 21-day relevant period
  • Boarding requirement:
    • Present confirmation in English or Chinese of room reservation in a designated quarantine hotel in Hong Kong for not less than 21 nights starting on the day of the arrival of the relevant traveller in Hong Kong.
  • Quarantine requirement: Undergo compulsory quarantine for 21 days in a designated quarantine hotel

4. Group D specified places (Low-risk) – Australia, New Zealand and Singapore (with effect from 9 April 2021)

  • Persons applicable: Persons who have stayed in the specified places during the 21-day relevant period
  • Boarding requirement:
    • Present confirmation of room reservation in a designated quarantine hotel
  • Quarantine requirement:
    • Undergo compulsory quarantine for 14 days in a designated quarantine hotel
    • Self-monitoring in the subsequent 7 days
    • Compulsory testing on the 19th day of arrival at Hong Kong

Thus people who have stayed in the United Kingdom, South Africa, Brazil or Ireland for more than two hours on the day of boarding or during the 21 days before that day are not allowed to board flights for Hong Kong, except that for the United Kingdom, with the drop in number of newly confirmed cases and over one-third of the population having received at least the first vaccine dose, the Government has arranged for passengers of the designated flights, being CX2252 flights, departing London to Hong Kong on 21 April 2021 and 28 April 2021 at 9:10 am not being subject to the restriction on boarding for Hong Kong, who upon arrival will be arranged to undergo the 21-day compulsory quarantine in a specified quarantine facility. The airline will open the ticketing reservation system on 8 April 2021, and travellers successfully booking a ticket will be redirected to the reservation system of the specified hotel to book their rooms.

All inbound air travellers who fly into Hong Kong are required to have their samples collected by medical professionals at the Hong Kong International Airport. After testing, they must take the designated transport to the designated hotels for quarantine.

On 15 March 2021, the Government announced that it will maintain the measure to restrict people who have stayed in the extremely high-risk specified places from boarding flights for Hong Kong, and the 21-day compulsory quarantine requirement for people arriving in Hong Kong who have stayed in places outside China will also continue.

Travel Bubble

The Government is proposing to the Singaporean government that it would like all Hong Kong travellers to be fully vaccinated for Covid-19 before engaging in the travel bubble between Hong Kong and Singapore.

7. Other Temporary Regulatory Measures – updated

The following measures are now in effect, subject to extension:

  • catering premises must stop selling or supplying food or drink for consumption on their premises from 10pm to 4.59am the subsequent day
  • no more than four people may be seated together at one table within any catering premises, and the number of customers must not exceed 50% of the normal seating capacity, on the basis that people entering the premises would have to scan the QR code with their downloaded the App; and the Government departments have fully resumed normal public services.
  • the number of people participating in banquets in catering premises is limited to 20
  • bars or pubs will continue to be closed
  • certain scheduled premises under the relevant regulation, including amusement game centres, fitness centres, places of amusement and public entertainment, beauty parlors, massage establishments and sports premises, can be opened with certain restrictions. Party rooms and karaoke establishments will continue to be closed
  • for clubhouses and hotels or guesthouses, managers must comply with the relevant restrictions
  • the prohibition on group gatherings of more than two people in public places and the mandatory mask-wearing requirement will continue.

The Government has announced that the social distancing measures currently in place will be extended until 28 April 2021. Public and private swimming pools have reopened subject to compliance with various infection control measures, which include that people must wear a mask at all times except when they are swimming, and having a shower or doing warm-up exercises with adequate distance or effective partition between people, while public beaches will reopen in phases. The total number of people allowed in cinemas, theme parks and performance venues have been increased from 50% to 75% of the respective premises’ capacity. Kindergartens, primary and secondary schools can arrange for more students to return to campuses on a half-day basis after their Easter holidays, with the number of students capped at two-thirds of the total.

The Government also plans to adjust the social distancing measures for restaurants based on staff and customers having been vaccinated against Covid-19 and patrons using LeaveHomeSafe mobile application, pending discussion with the relevant trades.

Compulsory Virus Testing

The Government currently has the power to impose requirements on an individual who needs to undergo compulsory virus testing, to limit the movement of people into and out of certain premises under specified circumstances. Registered medical practitioners may, by a written direction, require symptomatic patients to undergo Covid-19 testing, within 2 days after the date of issue of such direction. Those who fail to comply with the direction are liable to a fine of HKD5,000 and would be served with a compulsory testing order. If they fail to comply with the order, they will be liable to a HKD25,000 fine and six-month’ imprisonment.

Members of the public can now download their electronic testing record through the Covid-19 Electronic Testing Record System after receiving negative test results from the test services provided by the Department of Health, the Hospital Authority and community testing centres. The Electronic Vaccination Record will be added to the system later.

The Government has made restriction-testing declarations to require people within certain specified restricted areas in Hong Kong to stay in their premises and undergo compulsory testing for Covid-19 in accordance with its arrangement.

The Government has introduced new testing requirements that cover residential buildings and workplaces aim to identify Covid-19 cases before they form transmission chains in the community, whereby all residents have to get tested if an infection, whether traceable or not, is found in their building, or if the virus is detected in the building’s sewage samples, and workplaces will be subject to the mandatory testing order if two infection cases are detected there. The Government has also announced that in addition to close contacts of confirmed cases, household members living with any of such close contacts in the same residential unit on the date of commencement of quarantine or during the 14 days before that day, will be required to undergo compulsory Covid-19 testing within two days of becoming aware that close contact has been placed under quarantine.

Vaccine for COVID-19 – updated

People aged 30 and above, as well as domestic helpers and students aged 16 or above studying outside Hong Kong, can now make a booking online to receive COVID-19 vaccines.

Sinovac and BioNTech vaccines are currently provided free of charge under the COVID-19 Vaccination Programme. The Government announced that another vaccine developed by AstraZeneca in collaboration with Oxford University is expected to arrive in Hong Kong later, and a plan for purchasing a fourth vaccine has been approved by the Legislative Council.

A vaccination card will be received for record after the jab, which can be uploaded to the Electronic Health Record Sharing System.

HK Companies Registry

The HK Companies Registry is currently running under normal public services while continuing to implement targeted social distancing and infection control measures. All people entering the public service halls and offices of the HK Companies Registry are required to use the “LeaveHomeSafe” mobile app to scan the QR code of the public service halls or offices concerned before entry.

BVI Financial Services Commission

There have not been changes to BVI VIRGGIN’s services offered to HK-based users. Users may continue using services such as reserving company names, requesting for certificates of good standing and conducting company searches.

The Asia Representative Office of the BVI Financial Services Commission in Hong Kong is open. Collection of certificates normally retrievable from Hong Kong office may be collected from the Registry of Corporate Affairs in the BVI on request.

8. Implications for economic substance compliance and residency

Please refer to the relevant sections in the Cayman Islands, BVI and Bermuda.

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