Pre Departure Guide
Hong Kong at a Glance
ABOUT THE COUNTRY
The bustling metropolis of Hong Kong is equal parts an urban wonder and historic icon. Bursting with energy and rich in cultural diversity, Hong Kong is an incredible destination for travellers in search of Asia’s best cities.
Population: 7.22 million People: Chinese (95% of population) & other groups (5%) Language: Cantonese and English Currency: Hong Kong Dollar Time Zone: UTC +8 International Dialing Code: +852
PASSPORT & VISA
Passport should be valid for six months from the date of entry into Hong Kong. Australian, United Kingdom, Canadian and United States passport holders do not require visas and can stay for a maximum of 90 days. Nationals not referred to above are advised to check with the nearest embassy for more detailed visa requirements.
The official currency in Hong Kong is the Hong Kong dollar. Major credit cards including American Express, Diners Club, MasterCard and Visa are widely accepted. ATMs are widely distributed throughout the city with English instructions, so cash withdrawal can be easily made. There is no GST charged in Hong Kong. Hotels and restaurants charge a 10% service fee.
PHONES & INTERNET SERVICES
Telephone connection is widely available. Hong Kong prepaid SIM cards are available for you to buy, however, you will need to unlock your phone to be able to use it. Mobile telephone companies offer different internet packages, which are available from monthly subscriptions to charges according to usage. Free WiFi access is available throughout Hong Kong, in hotels and at the airport. Emergency Number: 999 for Police, Fire and Ambulance service Mobile Networks: GSM 900, PCS 1800, CDMA and WCDMA operate in Hong Kong.
TRAFFIC & TRANSPORTATION
Taxis are a convenient way to get around and offer reasonable prices. Most taxi drivers can speak a little English. However, it is advisable to have tourist attractions written in Chinese characters. Tipping is not expected but you can always round up to the nearest dollar. Also, the MTR network is considerably developed with modern subway trains and light rails which offers great access to most parts of the city. Finally, if you want to enjoy great scenery outside the window in downtown Hong Kong Island, you are recommended to take a tram.
Hong Kong has a subtropical climate with four distinguishable seasons. Hong Kong’s weather is warm and humid with an average temperature of about 23°C (73°F) from February to April. Fog can reduce visibility leading to disrupted air traffic and ferry services. Hong Kong experiences occasional thunderstorms from May to August. The South-Southwest monsoon can bring heavy rain with heaviest rainfall during June and August. There are occasionally tropical cyclones between July and September which come from the South China Sea.
Hong Kong’s Average Temperature & Rainfall Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec
16 18 20 24 26 28 29 29 27 26 22 17 21 33 45 112 158 237 252 281 166 41 22 21
Health & Safety
HEALTH & WELLBEING
Hong Kong has developed a highly efficient public healthcare system with well recognized quality at affordable prices. Pharmacies are widely distributed throughout the city. You should consult your doctor or local travel clinic for more updated information and advice on travelling to Hong Kong before departure. If you have a medical condition or allergy, which requires particular attention, carry a doctor’s letter with you that describes the nature of the condition and treatment needed. We also recommend you pack a medical kit, including Paracetamol and a diarrhea remedy.