Planning for Travel to Hong Kong
Entry Requirements for Hong Kong
To enter Hong Kong from the United States, it is recommended you have an original, signed passport that is valid for six months beyond your stay. Make sure there are at least two blank visa pages available for any necessary stamp(s).
Proof of onward/return travel is required to enter Hong Kong.
Hong Kong Visas
Neither a tourist visa nor a business visa is required for American visitors to enter Hong Kong.
Flying to Hong Kong
The following airport accepts international flights from North America:
- Hong Kong International Airport (HKG)
For updated travel alerts and information, please visit the U.S. Consulate of Hong Kong and Macau website.
You can also download the SmartTravel App for your smartphone created by the U.S. Department of State.
Staying in Hong Kong
Most depositions in Hong Kong take place in Central Hong Kong and Wan Chai as they are heavily dominated by businesses. Planet Depos can assist in reserving a room at one of our partner hotels.
Medical Information for Hong Kong
Generally, there are some modern medical facilities in Hong Kong, predominantly in the business district, which is very English-friendly. For a list of local speaking doctors, please contact the International Association for Medical Assistance to Travellers.
The currency used in Hong Kong is the Hong Kong Dollar (HKD). U.S. credit cards such as Visa, MasterCard, and American Express are accepted at most of the hotels, restaurants and retail shops in Hong Kong. However, smaller establishments may not accept them, which is why it’s also a good idea to carry a bit of cash. There are many ATMs around the city, and most accept U.S. debit cards. There are also currency exchange locations around Hong Kong. It is advisable to locate an exchange that is accredited.
For up-to-date information on the local conversion rate, please visit a reputable currency converter website such as OANDA, which also provides an app for smartphones.
Hong Kong is one of the few countries in Asia that has four distinct seasons. Winters are usually cool and dry, with average temperatures ranging between 61°-66°. The spring is sometimes unpredictable but can bring a lot of rain. The average temperature during the spring is often in the 70s. The summer months in Hong Kong are hot and extremely humid with temperatures in the high 80s. Autumn is the most pleasant as the temperature drops to the low 70s, offering a comfortable time for outdoor activity.
Voltage Information for Hong Kong
The voltage in Hong Kong is 220. For business travelers, the following items will require only a plug adapter, which allows the plug for your device to fit into electrical outlets in Hong Kong. These devices are dual voltage and are designed to automatically adjust the voltage from 110 to 220 (“dual voltage”).
- Cell phone chargers
- Stenographic machines (used by court reporters)
It is important not to confuse plug adapters with voltage. You cannot plug any 110-voltage equipment — even with a plug adapter on it – into a 220v outlet. You need either 110-220 (dual voltage) equipment or a transformer to convert from 110 to 220.
Bring Hong Kong plug adapters with you. If you should run short, ask your hotel or one of our Planet Depos team members in Hong Kong to provide you with some loaners.
Finally, if any of your plugs have a “ground” (a third prong on the plug), you will need a 3-2 prong adapter as well.
The above adapters are available for purchase at various electronic websites and stores.
Planet Depos Travel Tip: Buy extras adapters and keep them in your bag for backup!