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Travel Information

 

Passport and Visa 

Visitors must hold a valid passport for entering Hong Kong. Hong Kong has a liberal visa policy, allowing visa-free entry to nationals of more than 170 countries and territories. For country-specific visa information, please visit https://www.immd.gov.hk/eng/services/visas/visit-transit/visit-visa-entry-permit.html

Delegates who need a visa for entering Hong Kong should check with the Chinese Embassy or Consulate in their home country or place of residence for the application procedures. 

Delegates will need another entry visa to China if they also wish to visit other cities in China. They should check with the Chinese Embassy or Consulate in their home country or place of residence for the application procedures. 

 

Getting around 

Hong Kong ‘s public transportation is reliable, efficient and inexpensive.  

  • Mass Transit Railway (MTR): MTR has a total of eleven lines that cover all major districts of Hong Kong. 

  • Bus: Bus routes cover almost all of Hong Kong. Buses are comfortable and usually air-conditioned. 

  • Minibus: Minibuses are small buses that carry up to 19 people. There are green and red minibuses. 

  • Taxi: Taxis are plentiful in Hong Kong. They are all metered and air-conditioned. There are three types of taxi, namely red, green and blue taxis, servicing different regions of the city of Hong Kong. 

Getting an Octopus card: The Octopus card is a stored-value electronic card that can be used for most public transportation and purchases in supermarkets, convenience stores, fast food restaurants etc. 

 

Language 

English and Chinese are the official languages in Hong Kong. While 88% of people speak Cantonese, both English and Putonghua are also widely spoken. Street signs, menus, publications for visitors are usually bilingual. 

 

Climate 

Hong Kong has subtropical climate.  

November is considered one of the best months of the year to visit Hong Kong. There are pleasant breezes and plenty of sunshine. Average temperature is around 19oC to 28oC.  

For most up-to-date weather information, please visit the website of the Hong Kong Observatory

 

Currency 

The Hong Kong Dollar (HKD) is the official currency of Hong Kong. Most major foreign currencies and traveller’s cheques can be exchanged at the airport, hotels, banks or exchange offices. 

For approximate exchange rates, you may visit http://www.xe.com/currencyconverter/.