Hong Kong: Tips for Trips and Study Abroad

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Please note: this information is from the U.S. Department of State Diplomatic Security. See the full flyer.

Be Aware. Be Smart. Be Safe.

Hong Kong has experienced over two months of protests - the largest protests the city has ever had. Groups sometimes as large as a million people have gathered to protest against what they feel is China's infringement on their local government and rights. Most of the protests have been peaceful, but some have turned confrontational or resulted in violent clashes. There have been times the protests and confrontations have spilled over into neighborhoods other than those where the police have permitted marches or rallies. These demonstrations, which can take place with little or no notice, are likely to continue.

Protests

  • Avoid areas with large gatherings.
  • Avoid wearing black or in any other way associating with the protesters.
  • Avoid passing through MTR stations that are near planned protest areas.
  • Keep track of protest activities by following the links below and monitoring local media.
  • See the Hong Kong Live Map

Tech

The Chinese government has publicly declared that it regularly monitors private email traffic and internet browsing. Remove personal and sensitive information from your devices before leaving your home country. If you bring personal technology, keep them in your possession at all times. Assume that the Chinese government has access to everything on every one of your devices, and use them accordingly. Because of the civil unrest, the Chinese government has focused extra attention on monitoring messaging apps and identifying students and young people who express opinions about the protests.

More Resources

Emergency Services: 999

U.S. Consulate General in Hong Kong
26 Garden Road, Central, Hong Kong
(852) 2523-9011
acshk@state.gov

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  1. Registration of trips outside the U.S.
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