Fast Facts: Hong Kong

Below are some of the most common questions from our travelers.

Do I need a passport? What is required for entry?

U.S. citizens must have a passport which is valid for at least one month after your return date, though we strongly recommend it be valid for at least six months after your return date.

U.S. passport holders do not need a visa to enter Hong Kong for stays up to 90 days. However, a visa is required for entry to all other areas of China. See the U.S. Dept. of State website for more information.

Booked on one of our packages with Scheduled Dates? If you do not hold a U.S. passport, you are responsible for obtaining any necessary visas and meeting all entry requirements. If a visa is required, we recommend using a fee-based visa service, such as our preferred provider VisaHQ.

More information about passports & visas.

What is the weather like?

Hong Kong’s subtropical climate makes it fairly hot and humid year-round. Summer (June - September) is hot and humid with occasional showers and thunderstorms. This is the time of year when typhoons are most likely to occur, causing flooding and landslides. The temperature remains significantly cooler from October through February. Clear, sunny days make October-November the best time to visit.

Check out the current weather conditions in Hong Kong.

Are there any health precautions I should take?

According to the Center for Disease Control, there are no requirements for travel to Hong Kong, but immunization against polio, tetanus, typhoid and hepatitis are recommended. Be sure to take insect repellent!

A note on blood and transfusions: RH negative and type O bloods are not commonly stored in China. There have also been problems with HIV contaminated blood supplies.

Center for Disease Control
World Health Organization

What is the currency?

The Hong Kong dollar is an internationally recognized currency, separate from China's. Please review the current exchange rate for the Hong Kong dollar.

You will get the best exchange rates at banks which often charge commission which can differ depending whether you are exchanging cash or travelers checks.

ATMs are located all throughout Hong Kong most commonly outside of banks and in shopping complexes and malls. Many major foreign bank cards and credit cards are acceptable, though many banks impose a fee every time you use a card at another bank's ATM. This fee can be higher for international transactions.

Credit Cards are accepted almost everywhere in Hong Kong though many of the smaller shops will give better rates if you pay in cash with local currency. Just beware of hidden credit card fees for international transactions.

Are tips & service charges customary?

In most restaurants, a 10% service charge is added to the bill. If the service has been excellent, feel free to tip a little more. Taxi drivers don't expect to be tipped but it is the norm to leave any small change.

What are the best items to shop for?

Hong Kong is a well-known shopper’s paradise. From glitzy malls and upscale department stores to one-of-a-kind boutiques and charming street markets, Hong Kong offers a dazzling variety of goods. Shop for designer clothing, electronics, watches, jewelry, traditional Chinese handicrafts, leather goods and more. Top quality cosmetics are also a popular item to purchase in Hong Kong as they are duty free. Note that prices can vary greatly from store to store, so be sure to shop around.

What are the voltage requirements?

220 volts. Plugs A, I & G. You will need a voltage converter and plug adapter in order to use U.S. appliances. We recommend getting a universal adapter and converter kit before your tour to Hong Kong. View more information about electrical standards around the world.

Can I take my cell phone?

See our blog post on using your cell phone abroad.