Security and health

The Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade’s Smartraveller site provides advice for business travellers and tourists going to Hong Kong. This is regularly updated, and should be checked before planning travel.

It is strongly recommended that Australian travellers take out comprehensive travel insurance that will cover any overseas medical costs, before their departure. They should confirm that their insurance covers them for the whole time they will be away and check what circumstances and activities are / are not included in their policy.

It is also recommended that Australian travellers consult Smartraveller to provide greater protection in case of an emergency.


Hong Kong is regarded as one of the safer travel destinations in the world and enjoys an ethnically and politically harmonious life. While generally safe, both business and tourist travellers should take precautions to secure their own safety.

Here are a few safety tips:

  • Use money belts and hold your bags firmly as pick-pockets can be active in some parts.
  • Stay alert and avoid ‘people crushes’ on public transport – including the Star Ferry to Kowloon.
  • Keep to well-lit, busy shopping streets and avoid isolated areas.

The importing of illegal drugs into Hong Kong is prohibited and severe penalties apply.


The standard of medical and dental services is generally high. Hong Kong has expensive health and medical costs by Australian standards, so health and travel insurance is essential and should be arranged before departure. Hong Kong has several good hospitals, but accommodation can sometimes be difficult to arrange.

Bottled water is cheap and widely available from convenience stores and supermarkets. For short business travel consuming only bottled water can reduce the possibility of illness.

Travellers who are on prescription medication should carry prescription documentation from Australia.