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China - Hong Kong / Macau

If you’re travelling to Hong Kong S.A.R or Macau S.A.R., our travel advice and updates give you practical tips and useful information.

Faigh árachas taistil agus liachta

Faigh árachas taistil cuimsitheach i gcónaí a chlúdóidh gach costas liachta thar lear, aslonnú liachta san áireamh, sula dtéann tú ag taisteal. Ní féidir linn íoc as aon chostais éigeandála a d’fhéadfadh a bheith ort ar do thuras. Mar sin, d’fhéadfadh árachas taistil go leor leor airgid a shábháil duit, má bhíonn fadhbanna agat. Ná déan dearmad na coinníollacha i do pholasaí a léamh agus a chinntiú go gclúdaíonn sé gach rud atá beartaithe agat a dhéanamh.

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Overview

If you are planning a trip to Hong Kong S.A.R. or Macau S.A.R. we advise you to take a high degree of caution.

If you have recently moved to Hong Kong, you may wish to meet with other Irish people who are part of a local organisation or business network who can provide you with general advice, information and guidance. Please see the following for further information: https://www.dfa.ie/irish-consulate/hong-kong/our-services/new-to-hong-kong/

Latest Travel Alert

Super Typhoon Mangkhut is making its way towards South China and is scheduled to reach Guangdong on September 16th.  Mangkhut will bring torrential rain, thunderstorms and wind speeds 250km per hour.  Typhoon Mangkhut has been categorised as between a Category 4 and 5 Hurricane.

According to the Chinese authorities, Mangkhut is scheduled to hit Zhongshan, Zhuhai, Guangzhou, Hong Kong, Macau and surrounding areas. The cities of Macau, Hong Kong, Zhuhai and Zhongshan may face the greatest threat being closest to the centre of the typhoon.

Irish citizens in China are advised to stay away from the affected areas. If you are located in the affected areas follow the advice of the local authorities and stay indoors when the appropriate warnings have been signalled by the authorities. Keep in contact with your family and friends in Ireland with updates about your safety and whereabouts.

Monitor the media to stay up to date with developments. Avoid any non-essential travel and remain well away from the sea during the typhoon. If you require consular assistance, please contact the Irish Embassy in Beijing (+ 86 10 853 16200) or the Irish Consulates General located in Hong Kong (+852 2535 0700) and Shanghai (+86 21 604 04360).

Political Situation

Hong Kong and Macau are generally stable societies. On occasion, however, there have been some demonstrations and civil unrest. Please exercise caution if in the proximity of a demonstration and take all reasonable precautions for your physical safety and against petty crime in such circumstances.

Our tips for safe travels

  • Purchase comprehensive travel insurance which covers all your intended activities
  • Ensure you have sufficient money to support yourself, and the capacity to access emergency funds if needed
  • Add an alert for your destination within the Travelwise App.
  • Register your details with us so that we can contact you quickly in an emergency, such as a natural disaster or a family emergency
  • Follow us on twitter @dfatravelwise for the latest travel updates
  • Read our Topical 'Know Before You Go' guide
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Safety and Security

Terrorism

There is an underlying global threat from terrorism. Attacks could be indiscriminate, including in places frequented by expatriates and foreign travellers. The Hong Kong and Macau governments have put in place extensive measures to combat terrorism including upgraded police capability, improved air travel security, improved border controls and upgraded emergency services response.

Crime

The incidence of violent crime is very low but some street crime and pick pocketing can occur as in any large urban area. Extra care should be taken in crowded areas in respect of passports, money and credit cards – stay vigilant in train stations and markets.

Reporting a crime

If you’re a victim of a crime while in Hong Kong or Macau report it to the local police immediately. You can also contact us at the Consulate General of Ireland if you require assistance.

Driving

For holders of an Irish driving licence who wish to drive in Hong Kong, you may do so on the strength of your valid Irish driving licence or international driving permit if you are a visitor to Hong Kong (visitors mean that you arrive in Hong Kong other than to take up residence for a period not exceeding 12 months).

For holders of an Irish driving licence who wish to drive in Macau and who are staying for less than a year - you must go to the police station to obtain an official paper to legalise your Irish licence.

Lost or stolen passport

If your passport is lost or stolen while in Hong Kong or Macau the Consulate in Hong Kong can - in emergency situations, issue an emergency travel document or temporary passport. You’ll need to submit a completed application, duly witnessed and with all supporting documents and the appropriate fee. Proof of identity and citizenship will be required, including an original or certified long-form birth certificate in all cases.

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Local Laws and Customs

Security restricted articles

Hong Kong and Macau have strict laws regarding the import and/or possession of any type of weapon and items that may resemble weapons, including replicas, antiques, toys and fashion accessories. The laws apply to individuals in Hong Kong and Macau and those transiting Hong Kong and Macau airports, and apply to hand luggage, checked luggage and luggage in transit. Please see the website of the Civil Aviation Department for further information http://www.cad.gov.hk/english/for_travellers.html

Illegal drugs

The Hong Kong and Macau administrations have a zero tolerance policy against illegal drug use. Possession of illegal drugs can lead to heavy fines and imprisonment. Penalties also exist for being in possession of sleeping tablets or prescription medication without a prescription.

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Natural Disasters and Climate

Hong Kong and Macau have a sub-tropical climate with distinct seasons. The only predictable weather events that could have a significant impact on your travel plans are typhoons. Typhoon season begins in May and ends in November. When a typhoon is approaching, warnings are broadcast on television and radio. Please see the following link for the Hong Kong Observatory in relation to the various weather signals and warnings http://www.hko.gov.hk/textonly/v2/explain/intro.htm and http://www.smg.gov.mo/smg/e_index.htm for Macau Observatory.

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Additional Information

Entry requirements (visa/passport)

To enter Hong Kong and Macau you must possess a passport that is valid for at least one month beyond the date of your intended stay, adequate funds to cover your stay and evidence of onward/return transportation. Many neighboring areas require that your passport is valid for at least six months before they will allow you to enter, so if you plan on regional travel beyond Hong Kong, make sure that your passport is valid for at least six months beyond the date you plan to enter such areas.  You do not need a visa for tourist visits of up to 90 days.

Health

Health services in Hong Kong and Macau are of a high standard. Before you travel, you should, however, visit a doctor or the Tropical Medical Bureau to check what vaccinations are required. You should also have comprehensive medical insurance before you travel to Hong Kong, as treatment and medication can be extremely expensive.

For up-to-date information in relation to public health alerts please visit the website of Hong Kong S.A.R. Centre for Health Protection http://www.chp.gov.hk/en/

Air quality

Hong Kong S.A.R. can experience high levels of air pollution. We advise all Irish visitors and residents to monitor the updates and advisories from the Air Quality Health Index http://www.epd-asg.gov.hk/en.html