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Visa and Immigration Procedures to Hong Kong
Most travelers are required to have a valid visa to enter Hong Kong and must prove that they have adequate funds to cover the expenses for the duration of their stay in Hong Kong. All visitors to Hong Kong are advised to apply for a visa before booking an air ticket. To attain a visa, the Application for Visit / Transit in Hong Kong and other relevant supporting documents are required. It is mandatory to check with the Embassy of Hong Kong in your home country to ensure the correct procedures for application.
Things/Items Allowed into Hong Kong
Any passengers aged 18 and above are allowed to bring without customs duty:
- 1 liter of alcoholic liquor with an alcoholic strength above 30% at a temperature of 20°C;
- 19 cigarettes, 1 cigar, 25 grams of cigars or 25 grams of other manufactured tobacco.
Rules apply to all passengers regardless of their classifications of air tickets or visas.
Things/Items Forbidden out of Hong Kong
・ Dangerous drugs
・ Endangered species
Things/Items Forbidden into Hong Kong
・ Dangerous drugs
・ Endangered species
Voice of Travelers to Hong Kong
Nice Trip in a Great Country
I had a great time walking along the streets in Hong Kong, it has become one of my favorite travel destinations. As Hong Kong is famous for skyscrapers and city night life, it was very exciting. There are many other tourist locations that would not cost much to visit. I can honestly call Hong Kong a "Tropical Paradise". I stayed for 8 days at a hotel near Star Ferry. The room was nice with a great window view. I strongly recommend everyone to visit Hong Kong especially during summer for its great weather and beautiful beaches. Also, I suggest buying an air ticket from JAL just like I did.
Interesting History Museum
I went to the Hong Kong Museum, taking its audio tour and visiting numbers of events held there. The explanations of the history of Hong Kong in English was very informative. It covered many topics like military and political history with more than 200 of artifacts. The time was worth the ticket price. The access to the museum was easy as there was a cheap tour bus available. I'd love to visit the museum every time I go to Hong Kong.
I visited Ocean Park Hong Kong which I believe is way more exciting than Hong Kong Disneyland. It was very clouded, but it did not bother me at all. Ocean Park is a theme park, zoo and aquarium at the same time. Being one of the largest aquariums in the world, Ocean Park offers many fun rides such as Polar Adventure and Rainforest and animal displays like Giant Pandas. I encourage people to go there early to bargain for cheap tickets and to avoid traffic and waiting lines. Ocean Park Hong Kong was a wonderful experience.
Hong Kong Travel FAQs
Q. When is the best time to book an air ticket to Hong Kong?
A. If you want to enjoy a mild climate, from end of August until the end of January is recommended. If you want to enjoy Hong Kong's humid subtropical climate, from the middle of May until the middle of September would be nice.
Q. Where is the best place to stay?
A. You can find great hotels in the center of Hong Kong such as the harbor-front, Wan Chai, Causeway Bay and North Point on Hong Kong Island. Especially Yau Ma Tei and Mong Kok both in Kowloon area have numbers of resort hotels which are cheap. They are all close to major shopping areas and attractions.
Q. Is the local transportation system safe and easy to use?
A. MTR (subway), trains, buses and taxis are options. All transportation systems have English captions and English announcements. I highly recommend purchasing a tourist ticket as this particular ticket allows customers to use MTR and light rails without limit for a day.
Q. When do stores Hong Kong open and close?
A. Retail shops are usually open from 9 a.m to 7 p.m daily, especially in places like Causeway Bay and Tsim Sha Tsui. During peak tourist seasons, stores will have later closing hours.
Hong Kong - Direct Flights to Major Airports
Airports handling direct flights toHong Kong International Airport・ Tokyo International Airport
・ Frankfurt Airport
・ Vancouver International Airport
・ Dubai International Airport
・ Taiwan Taoyuan International Airport
・ Sydney Airport
・ Melbourne Airport
・ Abu Dhabi International Airport
Flight Routes to Hong Kong
Hong Kong International Airport ranks as the world's fifth largest airport. Air tickets for direct flights to Hong Kong International Airport are available from Tokyo, Frankfurt, Vancouver, Dubai, Taipei, Sydney, Melbourne, Abu Dhabi and Doha. Popular airlines operating in the airport are Cathay Pacific, American Airlines, Emirates and Finnair.