Travel Advice for Hong Kong
Hong Kong

Time Zone GMT + 8
Country Code: 852
IDD: International direct dialling is available
Outgoing Code: 00
All services - 999 (subject to change)
Hong Kong Tourism Board, 9/11 Floor Citicorp Centre, 18 Whitfield Road, North Point, Hong Kong, Tel: +852 2807 6543, Fax: +852 2806 0303 Email: Website:
Valid passport required by all.
Visa requirements for all nationals are issued subject to duration of stay. Visitors are advised to check for current information.
Polio, Typhoid: Vaccination recommended.
Malaria : There may occasionally be a risk in rural areas.
& Drink
Water is considered drinkable, normal precautions should be observed with food.
Currency Hong Kong Dollar (HK$) = 100 cents.
All credit cards and travellers cheques are widely accepted. Pound sterling and US dollars are the preferred currency.
ATM availability: Over 1000 locations.
Cost of
Although Hong Kong is a tax haven, commodities and accommodation can be expensive. However, transport is cheap and some luxury items are often cheaper than in Europe.
Languages Chinese and English, Cantonese is most widely spoken.
Weather Winter: influenced by the North - Northeast monsoon. Summer: is influenced by the Southwest monsoon. Summers are very hot with the rainy season June - Aug. Spring and autumn are warm with occasional rain and cooler evenings. Winters can be cold.
Electricity 220 volts AC, 50.
Post Airmail to Europe takes 3- 5 days.
Transport RAIL: More expensive than the ferry, but quicker.
BUS: Services are often very crowded.
DOCUMENTATION: IDP is recommended but not legally required.
Hong Kong has reverted to Chinese rule as a Special Administrative Region of the People's Republic. Contact the Embassy or tourist office prior to travelling for up-to-date information on passport and visa requirements. British passport holders intending to visit mainland China should obtain a visa for China before departure. Visa's are NOT available to British passport holders at the border, attempting to travel to the border without a visa may lead to detention at the border. Within Hong Kong the usual social courtesies should be applied. When addressing a national of Hong Kong the family name comes first, for example: Wong Man Ying is Mr Wong. Casual dress is acceptable.