Visiting Hong Kong

Time Zone

Hong Kong Time is the time in Hong Kong, observed at UTC+08:00 all year round.


Hong Kong has a sub-tropical climate with seasonal changes. In early December, the temperature normally ranges from 17.9oC to 24.1oC. Please visit the website of Hong Kong Observatory for weather forecast and other details.

Visa Requirement

Visit Visa / Entry Permit Requirements for the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region – Immigration Department of the HKSAR

Hong Kong International Airport

Hong Kong International Airport

Airport Shuttle Bus Service

Complimentary Airport Express Shuttle Bus Service

Public Transportation

Getting around – Hong Kong Tourism Board

Currency and credit card

The Hong Kong dollar (HK$) is the unit of currency used in Hong Kong. One US Dollar is about HK$7.80. Most foreign currencies and traveler’s cheques can be changed at banks, hotels and moneychangers.

The most commonly used international credit cards in Hong Kong are VISA, MasterCard and American Express.

Banks and Automatic Teller Machines (ATM)

Automatic Teller Machines (ATMs) can be found almost everywhere and provide 24-hour cash withdrawal (HK$).


Hong-Kong-plug-socketThe standard voltage in Hong Kong is 220 volts AC/50 cycles. The plug/ socket system in Hong Kong is a 3-rectangular-pin type.


International direct dialing, internet and e-mail facilities are easily accessible in Hong Kong. Most of the mobile telephone systems used around the globe operate in Hong Kong.

Wi-Fi Internet access (Wi-Fi) at Hong Kong International Airport

Access Wi-Fi.HK via HKU

Sales Tax

There is no value added tax (VAT), goods and services tax (GST) or any other sales tax in Hong Kong.


Most major restaurants add a 10% service charge, but you are still expected to leave a tip of between 5-10%, depending on how well you feel you have been treated. Taxi drivers tend to round up the fare to the nearest dollar and if not, will appreciate a little extra. Bellboys, porters and washroom attendants will also expect a small tip.

Discover Hong Kong

Official Travel Guide from the Hong Kong Tourism Board