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Health and Safety
Upon your arrival at Hong Kong International Airport or at a boundary control point, automatic sensors will take your temperature. If it is considered high, you may be required to participate in a quick health check.
Vaccination certificates are usually not needed when travelling to Hong Kong, but please check with your local carrier because requirements may change.
Hong Kong tap water is soft in character and conforms to the World Health Organisation’s recommended guidelines for drinking-water quality. Mineral water, including major imported brands, is readily available from supermarkets and convenience stores.
You can find more health advice on the Department of Health website.
Hong Kong has world-class hospitals providing outstanding care. Visitors requiring accident and emergency services in the city’s public hospitals are charged a set fee of $990 per attendance, but will always be treated, even if they cannot pay immediately. For further details, please visit the Hospital Authority website. English is spoken by most public and private sector medical professionals.
Smoking is prohibited in all indoor public places in Hong Kong, including restaurants, bars, malls and karaoke venues. The smoking ban is also implemented on public transport carriers, within public transport facilities, and in both the indoor and outdoor areas of some premises, including public beaches and swimming pools, escalators, and inside the Hong Kong Wetland Park.
Any person smoking or carrying a lighted cigarette, cigar, or pipe in a designated no-smoking area will be liable to a fixed penalty of $1500. Please click here for further details and to download your copy of the Designated No Smoking Area Guide.
Hong Kong is a remarkably safe by day and night. Police officers frequently patrol many areas and are both professional and helpful.
Nonetheless, it would be unwise to let your guard drop completely anywhere in the world. And the fact that Hong Kong is so safe makes it all the more reason to guard against having your trip spoiled by the loss of your belongings:
- Keep your money, valuables and travel documents in a safe place, such as inside a hotel room safe.
- Watch out for your belongings when you are carrying them, especially when you are in a crowded place.
- Beware of people making dubious offers and attempts to distract you in order to steal your belongings.
- Be wary of people offering gambling or investment opportunities.
For more safety advice when visiting Hong Kong, please visit the Hong Kong Police Force website.
Please remember to observe the rules and regulations of public venues including tourist attractions and shopping malls.