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Travel Advice: Hong Kong

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Overview
Hong Kong

Where east meets west, Hong Kong's dual identity is reflected in its unique immigration laws and other requirements for international travellers. Here we run through some helpful things you’ll need to go before you go on your Hong Kong holiday.

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Visas
Hong Kong

British citizens can enter Hong Kong for up to 180 days without a visa. If you are not travelling on a British passport, speak to your Travel Butler or your local Chinese consulate or embassy.

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Inoculations
Hong Kong

No vaccinations or other medical certificates are required to enter Hong Kong, unless your flight originates in a country at risk of infections such as yellow fever. For more advice, talk to your Travel Butler.

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When to go
Hong Kong

Hong Kong's mild winters make it a popular escape over the Christmas and New Year period, especially with so many establishments getting into the spirit of the season. The humid summer that lasts from June to September is less popular, especially as the hot days are often accompanied by monsoons.

Spring (from March to May) and autumn (from October to December) offer the most comfortable climate, and this is when most major cultural events descend on the city. Hong Kong is at its busiest over Chinese New Year, when prices increase and most businesses shut down for several days, so this occasion is best avoided unless you're eager to see the festivities first hand.

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Currency
Hong Kong

Hong Kong uses the Hong Kong dollar, which is interchangeable with the Macau dollar if travelling in both regions.

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Electrical
Hong Kong

Hong Kong uses the same 3-pronged plugs as the UK, with voltage of 220V/50Hz, so you will not need a power adaptor to use your British electronics in Hong Kong

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Travel insurance
Hong Kong

Hong Kong is renowned as one of the safest cities in the world, but like any destination, petty crime and accidents still happen. Make sure you are protected by taking out travel insurance before you depart. Your expert can arrange this for you.

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What to pack
Hong Kong

Hong Kong's subtropical climate has several distinct seasons. If you are visiting during the monsoon season from June to August, waterproof clothing and a light jacket are essential. December and January are the coldest months, but you will most likely only need light layers. While Hong Kong is legendary for shopping, and you can buy most clothing after you arrive, Western travellers sometimes have difficulty finding items in larger sizes. Some essential items to pack include:

  • Passport
  • Hat, sunglasses and sun cream
  • Comfortable walking shoes
  • Light layers
  • Rainboat or fold-up umbrella

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