Last updated: 22 Apr 2018

Hong Kong

About

The Special Administration Region of Hong Kong is situated at the mouth of the Pearl River Delta on the southwestern coast of China.

Hong Kong Island with its financial hub known as Central is the vibrant heartbeat of the region. Its towering skyscrapers and neon light night spectacular accentuate the capitalist (and often hedonistic) pursuits of its inhabitants, many of them expats.

Statue Square is now a must-see, on account of its dazzling ensemble of modernist buildings. The headquarters building of the Hong Kong and Shanghai Banking Corporation (HSBC) forms the south side of the square and just to the east of it is I M Pei's Bank of China Tower.

After dark, it just gets better. The view of Hong Kong's glittering lights from the Peak by night is unforgettable, particularly at 20h00 when the nightly Symphony of Lights laser and music show invigorates the towers of Central and Kowloon's Tsim Sha Tsui.
Official Name: Hong Kong Special Administrative Region
Capital:  Hong Kong (HKG)
Currency:  Hong Kong Dollar (HKD). This is also legal tender in Macau. 
Language:  Cantonese and English. Mandarin is widely spoken. 
Dialling code from SA:  + 852
Time Zones: UTC / GMT +8 (6 hours ahead of South Africa)
Public Holidays 2018:  Jan 1; Feb 16, 17, 19; Mar 30, 31; Apr 2, 5; May 1, 22; Jun 18; Jul 1, 2; Sep 25; Oct 1, 17; Dec 25, 26
Side of the Road: Left
Best Time to Go: October – December 
Best for: Religious Sites, Disneyland
Plugs: 220 volts AC, 50Hz. British-style square three-pin plugs are used
Drinking Water: Mains water in hotels and towns is safe to drink.
Health: 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. There are adequate and well-equipped medical facilities, however visitors are required to pay for these services. Comprehensive health insurance is recommended.
Customs: When introducing yourself, the family name is given first. Littering and public hygiene laws are taken very seriously. Avoid causing someone to “lose face” by insulting them or contradicting them in public. Hierarchical values are practiced. 
Local Offences / Laws: Smoking is prohibited in public areas and hefty fines are charged for non-compliance. Fines are also charged for littering. Eating and drinking is not allowed on public transport. The Hong Kong Government has advised that carrying stunning devices is prohibited by law and if travellers are found carrying these, they will be fined up to HKD$100,000 and could be imprisoned for up to 14 years.

Duty Free: The following goods may be imported into Hong Kong by travellers over 18 years of age without incurring customs duty:
• 19 cigarettes or 1 cigar or 25g of tobacco.
• 1L of alcohol over 30% volume. No customs duty is payable on wine or spirits with less than 30% alcohol content.
Prohibited Imports: Prohibited and restricted imports include psychotropic drugs, narcotics, controlled chemicals, antibiotics (except an acceptable amount for personal use accompanied by a doctor’s prescription), arms, ammunition, fireworks, strategic commodities, rough diamonds, protected animals, plants, endangered species, radio transmitting equipment, game, meat and poultry.
Prohibited Exports: Prohibited and restricted exports include psychotropic drugs, narcotics, controlled chemicals, antibiotics (except an acceptable amount for personal use accompanied by a doctor’s prescription), arms, ammunition, fireworks, strategic commodities, rough diamonds, protected animals, plants, endangered species, radio transmitting equipment, game, meat, poultry and powdered formula milk.

Issuing Authorities

a) Embassy of the People’s Republic of China
225 Athlone Street, Arcadia, 0083
Tel: (012) 431-6500/6532 (consular)
Fax: (012) 430-7620
P O Box 95764 Waterkloof 0145, Pretoria
Web: http://za.china-embassy.org/eng/
E-mail:nflssf@163.com

b) Chinese Consulate
25 Rhodes Drive, Newlands, 7700
Tel: (021) 674-0592 / 674-0594
Fax: (021) 674-0589
E-mail: chinaconsul_ct_za@mfa.gov.cn
Web: http://capetown.china-consulate.org

c) Chinese Consulate-General
45 Stirling Crescent, Durban North
Tel: (031) 563-4534 Fax: (031) 563-4827
Tel: (031) 563-4986 (visas)
E-mail: chinaconsul_db_za@mfa.gov.cn
Web: http://durban.china-consulate.org

d) Chinese Consulate
25 Cleveland Road, Sandton
Tel: (011) 8832186 Fax: (011) 883-5274
E-mail: chinaconsul_jb_za@mfa.gov.cn

Visa Requirements

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SA Representative

SA Consulate-General
19/F Central Plaza, Room 1906-8
18 Harbour Road, Wanchai, Hong Kong
Tel: (00852) 3926 4300
E-mail: sacghk4@netvigator.com (consular)

Travel Health

Compulsory:  None
Recommended Travel Vaccines:  Hepatitis A & B, Japanese Encephalitis (Not available in SA), Tetanus, Polio