25 -28 August 2023 Hong Kong

What you should know before travelling to Hong Kong?
Hong Kong is a vibrant city to explore and it’s easy to get around. Check out the following tips to prepare for your trip and fully enjoy this bustling metropolis.

Hong Kong is a key aviation hub serviced by more than 120 airlines that provide connections to major cities throughout the world. Your gateway to the city is the 24-hour Hong Kong International Airport, which is consistently ranked among the best airports in the world. It’s visa-free for many countries, Please contact the Immigration Department for further details.

Many visitors transit in Hong Kong or arrive here after visiting other countries. Due to the variations in legislations of different countries, some items which may be considered legal at other points of embarkation or disembarkation can be considered illegal in Hong Kong. Details on the types of items that are illegal in Hong Kong, as well as some further tips on safety and security at the airport, can be found here. Learn more about dutiable commodities and the latest duty-free concessions.

Transportation in Hong Kong is efficient and affordable with multiple options for getting around this easily navigable city.

Airport Express
The MTR’s high-speed Airport Express takes approximately 24 minutes to reach Hong Kong Island and is the fastest way to get between the city and the airport. Both Kowloon and Hong Kong stations provide free in-town check-in services for major airlines. Please contact your airline for further information.

Taxis are readily available from the taxi pick-up area in front of the airport’s Arrivals Hall. If you’re travelling to Hong Kong Island or Kowloon you’ll need to catch a red taxi. If you’re headed for the New Territories you’ll need a green taxi, and those going to Lantau Island will require a blue taxi. All taxis in Hong Kong are able to take passengers to and from the airport. Fares are metered and detailed information about charges are clearly displayed inside each cab.

Hong Kong’s weather is pleasant most of the time and doesn’t experience extremes, as its sub-tropical. It does get quite humid in summer (June to August) it is hot, and mostly sunny, with occasional showers and thunderstorms. Average Temperature: 26°C - 32°C. You can find detailed information about current and seasonal weather and 7 days weather forecast on the Hong Kong Observatory website.

Legal tender is the Hong Kong Dollar (HKD). 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 HKD1, HKD2, HKD5, nickel and bronze for HKD10. Notes issued by HSBC and Standard Chartered Bank have denominations of HKD10, HKD20, HKD50, HKD100, HKD500 and HKD1000. The Bank of China issues all of the denominations except HKD10.

Since the mid-1980s, the value of the Hong Kong dollar has been pegged at HKD7.8 to the US dollar, and consequent rates of exchange to other currencies. However, the market rate exchange to the US dollar fluctuates marginally. Banks and money changers charge commission. Similarly, commissions are payable in hotels and major retail outlets which provide exchange facilities for their customers.

ATMs and currency exchange offices are common throughout the city. Hong Kong is a banking mecca; credit cards and electronic payments are accepted in many locations. The local travel card, the Octopus, is also accepted in many places such as convenience stores, restaurants and public transportation as an easy way to pay.

Depending on where you’re coming from, you’ll likely need an electrical adaptor. Hong Kong uses the UK-style plug, which is three-pronged. Double-check the electrical voltage, as Hong Kong’s may differ from your home country.

You can easily stay connected during your trip to Hong Kong using a prepaid Discover Hong Kong Tourist SIM Card. Just insert and go — no subscription charges, no hassle!
Choose a prepaid package* to cater to your needs:
  • 5-Day Pass: HK$88/3GB
  • 8-Day Pass: HK$118/8GB
Get it upon arrival!
You can get the Discover Hong Kong Tourist SIM Card at any 1O1O Center in town, more than 1,000 7-Eleven, Circle K or VanGO convenience stores, csl or HKT shops, and the Hong Kong Tourism Board’s Kowloon Visitor Centre at the Star Ferry Concourse in Tsim Sha Tsui.

* The day pass comes in the form of a 3-in-1 SIM card, suitable for phones that require micro, mini and nano SIMs, and is rechargeable for up to 180 days to make longer stays more convenient.

In emergency situations, you can contact the local police, ambulance service, fire department and other emergency services by calling 999.
Useful numbers
  • Emergency services (police, fire, ambulance) - 999
  • Police Hotline - +852 2527 7177
  • Travel Industry Council of Hong Kong - +852 2807 0707
  • Consumer Council - +852 2929 2222
  • Hong Kong Tourism Board Visitor Hotline - +852 2508 1234
  • Hong Kong International Airport - +852 2181 8888
  • Customs and Excise Department 24-Hour Hotline - +852 2815 7711
  • Hong Kong Immigration Department - +852 2824 6111
  • Hongkong Post - +852 2921 2222
  • Department of Health - +852 2961 8989
  • Hong Kong Observatory (for weather information) - +852 1878 200
  • Telephone directory enquiries - +852 1081

Smoking is prohibited in all indoor public places in Hong Kong, including Hong Kong Convention & Exhibition Centre, restaurants, bars, malls and karaoke venues. The smoking ban is also implemented on public transport carriers, within public transport facilities, and in both the indoor and outdoor areas of some premises, including public beaches and swimming pools, escalators, and etc.

Any person smoking or carrying a lighted cigarette (including electronic cigarette), cigar, or pipe in a designated no-smoking area will be liable to a fixed penalty of HK$1,500.