Travel Information – Hong Kong
Passport, Visa Regulations
Passports should be valid for at least six months after your planned departure date from Hong Kong. Nationals of most countries are not required to obtain visas for periods varying from seven days to 180 days, depending on nationality. Check with any Chinese embassy or consulate for the latest status. For more information about Visa requirements please refer to Visit Visa/ Entry Permit Requirements by clicking here.
Legal tender is the Hong Kong dollar (HK$). There are 100 cents in a dollar. Coins, issued by the government, are bronze-colored for 10 cents, 20 cents and 50 cents; silver-colored for HK$1, HK$2, and HK$5; nickel and bronze for HK$10. Notes issued by HSBC and Standard Chartered Bank have denominations of HK$10, HK$20, HK$50, HK$100, HK$500, and HK$1,000. The Bank of China issues all of the denominations except HK$10.
Hong Kong is a remarkably safe city day or night. Police officers patrol frequently and they are very helpful. The Hong Kong Government assures visitors they will receive the emergency care they require. For more details please click on the Hospital Authority's website. Vaccination certificates are usually not required. Check with your local embassy because requirements can change.
Value Added Taxes
No VAT or sales tax. Hotels will add a 10% service charge and a 3% government tax. Restaurants and bars will automatically add a 10% service charge.
Travel around Hong Kong
Public transportation via bus, ferry or train is efficient, relatively inexpensive and user-friendly. The system covers areas of Hong Kong with signs in English and Chinese.
Normal office hours are 9am-5pm on weekdays, and 9am-1pm on Saturdays. Major banks are open 9am-4:30pm on weekdays, and 9am-12:30pm on Saturdays. Closed on Sundays and public holidays.
220 volts AC, 50Hz. Some outlets in Hong Kong take plugs with three round prongs, while others use plugs with two square prongs.
Important telephone numbers
*If you're dialing from outside Hong Kong please add the area code (852).
999 Emergency Service (Police, Fire, Ambulance)
2527 7177 General Police Enquiries
1081 Directory Enquiries
10010 Collect Calls
10013 Overseas IDD and Card phone Enquiries
2508 1234 Hong Kong Tourism Board Visitor Hotline
2181 0000 Hong Kong International Airport, English (24 hours)
2929 2222 Consumer Council
2824 6111 Hong Kong Immigration Department (24 hours)
2961 8989 Department of Health
As one of the world's highest per capital users of cellular phones and radio pagers, Hong Kong thrives on efficient telecommunications. Local calls from public coin phones cost HK$1 for five minutes.
Telephone systems like GSM 900, PCS 1800 and CDMA operate in Hong Kong.
Mobile operators in Hong Kong also have roaming agreements with most overseas operators enabling visitors to use their own mobile phone when they come to Hong Kong. Before leaving home check with your network provider to make sure they have a roaming service to the various destinations you will be visiting and be sure to check pricing.
If for some reason you decide not to bring your mobile phone with you, you can always rent a mobile phone when you arrive in Hong Kong at the international airport. To make an international call in Hong Kong you must dial 001.