The Agriculture, Fisheries & Conservation Department today announced that it will continue to provide free COVID-19 testing for all Hong Kong mobile fishermen and their deckhands on board vessels operating in Mainland waters.


It explained that another round of the testing services will be provided on August 26.


All Hong Kong mobile fishermen and deckhands hired on board their fishing vessels or fisheries ancillary vessels operating in Mainland waters are eligible for the services.


Distribution and collection of the sample bottles for deep throat saliva tests will be conducted at Aberdeen Wholesale Fish Market and Cheung Sha Wan Wholesale Fish Market.


Bottles will be distributed from 9am to 12.30pm on August 26, and collected between 9am and 12.30pm the next day. Fishermen and deckhands who will take the tests should collect bottles and application forms in person.


Mobile fishermen should bring along their Hong Kong identity cards, Mainland Travel Permits for Hong Kong and Macao Residents and the fishing permit/ancillary vessel permit. Either a copy or electronic file is acceptable.


Mainland deckhands should bring along their identity cards and deckhand permits issued by Mainland authorities and the vessel owner’s confirmation letter.


Application forms and confirmation letters can be downloaded online. Sample bottles should be returned together with completed forms.


The department said arrangements for further COVID-19 testing services will continue until further notice, with bottles distributed every Wednesday and collected every Thursday.


Call 2150 7095 or 2150 7099 for enquiries.