Hong Kong Visitor Information


Hong Kong is a bustling country where people are often in a hurry and use the phrase 'm goi' which translates to 'I should not (bother you)' in place of the more western phrases of 'excuse me' or 'thank you'. The fast-paced lifestyle means that most locals don't have time for formalities, however this expression is used to show politeness. Tea is a popular tradition in Hong Kong and thank the person who pours your tea, simply tap two or three fingers on the table. While dining in Hong Kong, you'll probably give chopsticks a try, however never place them vertically in a bowl or rice as this is interpreted as wishing death to those around you.


The Hong Kong dollar (HKD) is the official currency with the exchange rate fixed at 7.80 HKD to 1 USD, however some bank rates may fluctuate. Exchanging money is recommended at independent tourist shops rather than big banks as most don't charge a commission and offer a quicker and easier way to exchange money. ATMs are widely available in urban areas of Hong Kong with many retailers and hotels also accepting credit cards. Visitors should note that places may impose a surcharge and that travellers cheques are rarely accepted but are able to be changed at exchange booths.

Staying Connected

Although WiFi and broadband internet access is generally available from most hotels and resorts, there are still a number of internet cafes available in the major tourist areas. Most charge approximately $20-$30/hr. To charge your devices and use other personal electrical appliances, Hong Kong uses the British three-pin rectangular socket (220V/50Hz). Hong Kong's international dialling country code is 852. To make calls outside of Hong Kong use 0011 + country code + area code + local number. You will need to check the local area code where you are, however Hong Kong doesn't usually have any local area codes. Hong Kong's time zone is UTC/GMT +8 and this time difference should be kept in mind when attempting to dial out of Hong Kong.


Hong Kong's public transport system is excellent and offers a cheap and convenient way to get around. The iconic double-decker trams service the north coast and are a cheap and novel mode of transport in Hong Kong while the Mass Rapid Transit (MRT) is a rail network servicing the majority of Hong Kong's territory. Buses are also available in Hong Kong and although they are a cheap option, they renowned for being unreliable. Taxis are available everywhere in Hong Kong and are clean and efficient although are also a slightly more expensive way to get around compared to public transport. Taxis come in red, green or blue however tourists are advised to stick to the red taxis. These can take you anywhere in Hong Kong.

Visas & Immigration

Most people visiting Hong Kong are able to enter the country without a visa as long as they have a valid passport. Although there are approximately 30 nationalities who must have a visa to enter Hong Kong, this can be confirmed with immigration prior to departure. The length of your stay in Hong Kong depends on your country of origin, however most foreign visitors (particularly those who don't require a visa) are permitted to stay for 14-30 days, however there are also certain American and European citizens who are permitted to stay for as long as 90 days.