Hong Kong Time is eight hours ahead of Coordinated Universal Time (UTC +8).
Hong Kong has a sub-tropical climate with seasonal changes. In December, average temperature ranges from 15°C to 20°C. Please visit the Hong Kong Observatory website for weather forecast before deciding what to pack.
English and Cantonese are the official languages of Hong Kong. Most street signs, menus, tourist and government publications are usually bilingual in both English and Chinese. Most taxi drivers, salespersons, tourism industry employees are able to communicate in English.
Visa and Passport Requirements
Visitors to Hong Kong must have valid passports. People of most countries do not require a visa to enter Hong Kong for tourism and can stay for periods varying from 7 to 180 days, depending on their nationalities. Participants can check with the Chinese embassy in your country and the Department of the Government of the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region of the People's Republic of China for details.
As of 1 March 2023, the majority of COVID-19 measures including mandatory mask-wearing has been lifted by the Hong Kong Government. Please visit www.coronavirus.gov.hk to learn more about the latest conditions imposed on inbound travellers and the latest developments about COVID-19 in Hong Kong.
Hong Kong International Airport
Currency and Credit Card
Local SIM cards can be purchased round-the-clock at convenience stores. Participants may also consider buying a local SIM card at the Arrivals Hall of the Hong Kong International Airport upon landing. International Direct Dial (IDD) service to most countries and regions of the world is available at most hotels for a fee.
Smoking is prohibited in all indoor public places in Hong Kong, including restaurants, bars and malls. Any person smoking or carrying a lighted cigarette, cigar, or pipe in a no-smoking area will be liable to a fixed penalty of HKD 1,500.
There is no sales tax on goods and services in Hong Kong.
Getting Around Hong Kong
For the most up-to-date tourist information, please visit the website of the Hong Kong Tourism Board at www.discoverhongkong.com.