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Hong Kong Travel Advice



The British Foreign & Commonwealth Office issued the following travel advice on August 17, 2019.
    In recent weeks, several large-scale political demonstrations have taken place on Hong Kong Island, in Kowloon and various suburbs in the New Territories. Unauthorized protests have become more frequent and widespread, affecting many areas across Hong Kong, including some areas popular with tourists on Hong Kong Island, in Kowloon and on Lantau Island (where Hong Kong International Airport is located). Clashes have taken place between police and protesters following otherwise peaceful protest activities. These have involved significant violence. Reports indicate protests are likely to continue.
    Demonstrations may lead to sections of the city being closed off and significant disruption to transport. In recent protests, bus routes, MTR stations, the Airport Express and the Hong Kong Macao Ferry Terminal have temporarily suspended operations without warning.
    Protests took place inside Hong Kong International Airport from 9 to 13 August, which has led to cancellations of flights and disruption to check-in services. Violent clashes between some protesters and the police took part in the terminal buildings on 13 August. There is a chance of further (potentially unannounced) protests taking place in the airport. Passengers should therefore check their flight status and the latest information on the Hong Kong International Airport website before travelling to their airport. Passengers affected by recent disruption should contact their airlines for the latest information and for alternative flight arrangements. Hundreds of flights were cancelled at Hong Kong International Airport on Monday 12 and Tuesday 13 August, which could have a knock on effect on flight availability in and out of Hong Kong.
    You should be prepared that the situation around protests and public gatherings could change quickly, with the potential for significant violence. If you are in and around areas where demonstrations are taking place, you should remain vigilant, follow the advice of local authorities and move away quickly to a safe place if there are signs of disorder.
    Some protests may not have received authorization from the police. Unauthorized protests have become more frequent and widespread, affecting many areas across Hong Kong, including some areas popular with tourists on Hong Kong Island and in Kowloon. Compared to authorized protests, unauthorized protests are met by a more rapid and more severe police response. Recent unauthorized protests have attracted heavy use of tear gas, including in built up and residential areas. You should therefore exercise vigilance in the vicinity of unauthorized protests.
    Activities related to protests have spilled over into large public spaces, including shopping centers, housing estates and metro (“MTR”) stations, on the margins of recent protest routes. Protests can deviate from planned routes and there is the possibility of injuries among those accidentally caught up in events. Demonstrations may lead to sections of the city being closed off and strikes by public transport workers will significantly disrupt services. In recent protests, bus routes, MTR stations, the Airport Express and the Hong Kong Macao Ferry Terminal have temporarily suspended operations without warning.
    Take out comprehensive travel and medical insurance before you travel.

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