Our latest Travel Risk Summary for Hong Kong: October 2019

Hong Kong is currently experiencing a period of unrest linked to anti-government/anti-China protests. Since June, several of these have turned violent. There is the potential for more direct intervention by China to stop the protest movement. 

Besides the risk of unrest, Hong Kong is a generally safe destination. Petty crime such as pick pocketing and bag ­snatching are most notable concern, particularly on public transportation, in shopping markets and crowded streets. Violent crime, such as armed robberies, have occasionally been reported. There are no major concerns relating to kidnapping. Currently, terrorism is not a major concern, but could develop if the anti-government/China protest movement escalates. Medical facilities are widespread and are of a good standard.

Before you go:

  • Check your Passport: Make sure it’s valid for six months beyond your entry and with a minimum of one blank page.
  • Find out about visas: Some travellers require visas. Contact the embassy/consulate of China nearest to you.
  • Visit a clinic: Ideally go 4-8 weeks before your trip. Recommended vaccinations are hepatitis A, hepatitis B and typhoid. Hong Kong does not require a yellow fever vaccination, even if you are travelling from a yellow fever country.
  • Get travel insurance: Make sure your insurance covers all medical expenses, theft and flight disruptions.
  • Make arrangements: Prebook at least your first night’s accommodation in each area and arrange to be picked up at the airport by your hotel or a local contact.
  • Save information: Record the contact details of your nearest embassy or consulate, your insurance provider and your travel provider (including airlines and travel agents). Get certified copies of all important travel documents and keep these in a safe place separate from the originals.
  • Consider other factors: Find out as much as you can about Hong Kong so that you feel comfortable during your stay.

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