Hong Kong

on March 31th, 2020 (JST) current information.
Furthermore, the details under "Visa" and "Passport" are for Japanese nationals.
This information is likely to change suddenly, so please contact the relevant official authority (e.g., embassy) for the latest information.

Immigration and Visa

Visa

Japanese citizens do not need a visa for entering Hong Kong to stay for up to ninety days. No visa is required to enter or leave the Chinese mainland either, for stays up to 15 days.

Passport

For stays of up to one month in Hong Kong, your passport must be valid for at least one month from the date of entry plus the number of days of your stay.

  • Visa, passport, and other information is subject to change without notice. Be sure to check with the Embassy, Consulate, or travel agency.

Quarantine

When visiting from Japan, it is prohibited to bring the following items into Hong Kong. These may be brought in to the country if you have an import license issued by a relevant organization.

  • a. All living animals (including poultry and insects)
  • b. Plant or plant pests or soil produced in any place other than China
  • c. Endangered plant or animal species (including some carcasses, specimens, or body parts)
  • d. Animal carcasses or products made from animal carcasses (e.g. furs, semen, blood)
  • e. Live meat (including wild animals and poultry) or eggs
  • f. Chilled or frozen meat or poultry
  • However, up to 15 kg may be brought in with a certificate from an official organization in the place of departure.

Customs

Bringing in e-cigarettes

E-cigarettes that contain nicotine in the ingredients are classified as pharmaceuticals in Hong Kong, and a pharmaceutical import permit is therefore needed to bring it in the country. When it is necessary to bring it into the country to treat a chronic illness, it can be brought in as long as you have a medical certificate from a doctor (in English). The medical certificate must state the name of the illness and the brand and required amount of e-cigarettes (e.g. dose schedule during your trip). As of November 2019, e-cigarettes that do not contain nicotine in the ingredients do not require an import permit or doctor’s medical certificate.

For bringing and possession of tax-free cigarettes

  • Tobacco: one type of tobacco among the following: 19 cigarettes, 1 cigar under 25g, and other tobacco up to 25g.
  • Liquor: 1 bottle (1L) containing over 30% alcohol. *An application is required in order to bring HK$ 120,000 or more in cash or other equivalent forms such as unsigned travelers checks or checks. Please note that omitting to report tax is a crime that could result in up to two years imprisonment and a fine of HK$ 2,000 to 10,000.

Time difference and Daylight Saving Time

Time difference

There is a 1-hour time difference between Japan and Hong Kong. 8:00 in Japan is 7:00 in Hong Kong. Daylight saving time is not observed.

Climate

Climate

Hong Kong has a subtropical climate. Summer is long with high temperature and humidity, but it does have a winter season. Typhoons have been growing stronger in recent years, and travelers are advised to be particularly careful during typhoon season from July to September.
The best tourist season is from autumn to early winter (October to December) when there are many mild, sunny days.

Temperatures in Hong Kong and Tokyo

Precipitation in Hong Kong and Tokyo.

The average maximum temperature in Tokyo and Hong Kong, The average minimum temperature in Tokyo and Hong Kong
Month The average maximum temperature in Tokyo The average mimimum temperature in Tokyo The average maximum temperature in Hong Kong The average mimimum temperature in Hong Kong
Jan.10℃2℃14℃12℃
Feb.10℃2℃15℃14℃
Mar.13℃5℃18℃16℃
Apr.18℃10℃23℃21℃
May23℃15℃27℃25℃
Jun.25℃18℃28℃27℃
Jul.28℃23℃30℃28℃
Aug.31℃24℃28℃27℃
Sep.27℃21℃27℃26℃
Oct.23℃15℃26℃24℃
Nov.17℃10℃22℃20℃
Dec.13℃5℃15℃14℃
The average precipitation in Tokyo and Hong Kong
Month The average precipitation in Tokyo The average precipitation in Hong Kong
Jan.50mm30mm
Feb.60mm50mm
Mar.110mm70mm
Apr.130mm160mm
May130mm310mm
Jun.160mm390mm
Jul.160mm320mm
Aug.150mm390mm
Sep.210mm300mm
Oct.160mm160mm
Nov.90mm40mm
Dec.40mm30mm

Currency and Exchange Rate, Tax, Currency exchange, Tip

Currency and Exchange Rate

Each type of banknote issued from 2010 to 2012.

The unit of currency is the Hong Kong dollar (HK$) and cent (¢). HK$1 is 100¢, approx. JPY13 (as of March 10, 2020). There are six denominations of banknotes: HK$1000, HK$500, HK$100, HK$50, HK$20, and HK$10. There are seven types of coins: HK$10, HK$5, HK$2, HK$1, 50¢, 20¢, and 10¢.
Note that there are numerous banknote designs since there are three issuing banks.

Tax

There is no consumption tax. A 10% service charge is added at restaurants other than local diners and fast food restaurants, and at hotels other than guesthouses and cheap hotels. The departure tax is HK$120, and the airport security tax is HK$ 45. Both are included in the ticket price. If a traveler departs Hong Kong within 24 hours, or departs via SkyPier, he or she can be refunded the departure tax. Although there is no customs duty for bringing items into Hong Kong, commodity tax is charged for bringing in alcohol or tobacco over a certain amount.

Tip

Hong Kong has a deep-rooted custom of tipping that is a holdover from the British culture.

  • Taxis: Tipping is not required.
  • Restaurants: At restaurants, a service charge of 10% over and above the meal charge is billed, so leaving the change as a tip is fine. Tipping is not required at cheap restaurants and fast food restaurants.
  • Hotels: Tip approx. HK$2 to HK$5 at restrooms and HK$10 to bellhops or for room service.

Voltage and plug

Voltage

Most plugs are Type BF
Plugs come in several shapes. Sometimes hotels have this kind of adapter available

Voltage is 220V with a cycle of 50Hz. Currently, plugs are all Type BF (3-prong type used in the UK), but there are still some old hotels, etc. that have Type B. Electric products made for use in Japan cannot be used as is. A transformer is necessary.

Video and DVD

Video and DVD

Video

The TV and video system (PAL) in Hong Kong differs from Japan and the United States (NTSC), so DVD or other media from Hong Kong cannot be played on ordinary video players in Japan.

DVD/Blue Ray

Do not forget to check the region code, which is 2 in Japan and 3 in Hong Kong. Unless a DVD is clearly marked with “All code,” it cannot be viewed in Japan. The region code for Blue Ray is the same in Hong Kong and Japan (A), so Blue Ray discs purchased in Hong Kong can be viewed in Japan.

Mail

Mail

Post Office Business Hours: Though it differs slightly by location, usually post offices are open from Mon. to Fri. 9:30 to 17:00 and until 13:00 on Sat., closed on Sun., holidays. Post offices in Central are open from Mon. to Sat. 8:00 to 18:00 and Sun., holidays. 12:00 to 17:00.

Postal Fees

Airmail to Japan costs HK$4.90 for a postcard or sealed letter up to 20g, and HK$7.40 for a sealed letter up to 30g and HK$9.40 for a sealed letter up to 40g and HK$11.30 for a sealed letter up to 50g. Parcels are HK$242 up to 1kg by surface mail, and HK$243 up to 0.5kg by air. Check the website of the Hongkong Post for more details.

Phone Call

How to phone

Telephoning Japan from Hong Kong

STEP1

Dial 001 (International telephone identification number)

STEP2

81 (Country Code, Japan)

STEP3

X X(Remove the first 0 for area codes)

STEP4

1234-5678 (Other parties telephone no.)

Telephoning Hong Kong from Japan

STEP1

International Telephone Company No.

  • 001 (KDDI)*1
  • 0033 (NTT Communications) *1
  • 0061 (SoftBank) *1
  • 005345 (au Mobile) *2
  • 009130 (NTT DoCoMo Mobile) *3
  • 0046 (SoftBank Mobile)*4
STEP2

010 (International Identification No.)

STEP3

852 (Country Code, Hong Kong)

STEP4

12345678 (Other parties telephone No.)

  • *1.Not required if you have an international registration with "My Line" or "My Line Plus". See URL My Line/My Line Plus(www.myline.org) for details.
  • *2.au does not require 005345.
  • *3.Pre-registration to World Wing is required for NTT DoCoMo. Does not require 009130.
  • *4.Call are possible without dialing 0046 from SoftBank.

Holiday / National holiday

Holiday / National holiday

Dates of holidays change depending on the year. These are the dates for 2020.

2020

  • January 1: First day of January
  • January 25 to 27: Lunar New Year
  • April 5: Ching Ming Festival
  • April 19: Good Friday (Easter)
  • April 20: The Day following Good Friday
  • April 22: Easter Monday
  • May 1: May day
  • May 13: Buddha's Birthday
  • June 7: Tuen Ng Festival (Dragon Boat)
  • July 1: Hong Kong Special Administration Region Establishment Day
  • September 14: The Mid-Autumn Festival
  • October 1: The National Day
  • October 7: The Chung Yeung Festival
  • December 25: Christmas Day
  • December 26: Boxing day

Language

Language

The official language is English and Chinese (Cantonese and Mandarin Chinese).

Business hours, etc

Business hours

Below are guidelines for general business hours, which differ by shop, department store, restaurant, etc.

Banks

Mon.–Fri. 9:00–16:30, Saturday hours vary by bank, but are usually until 1:00 p.m. (some banks are closed on Saturdays), closed on Sun. and holidays. Currency can be exchanged during business hours.

Stores

11:00 to 22:00. Convenience stores and some fast food restaurants are open 24 hours. Large shopping malls are open from around 10:00 to 22:00, and department stores are normally open until 22:00.

Restaurants

Open from around 11:00 to 23:00, but dim sum restaurants, rice porridge/noodle shops, and Cha Chaan Teng cafés are open from around 7:00. Many establishments are open all year round, excluding the lunar New Year. Note that many upscale restaurants close for around an hour between lunch and dinner.

Age Limit

In Hong Kong, the minimum age for purchasing tobacco and alcohol is 18. Also, persons under 18 are prohibited from being admitted to category 3 films (containing excessive violence, sexual depictions, etc.). Entrance to racetracks and the purchase of betting tickets, soccer pools, and the Mark Six lottery are only permitted for persons 18 and older.

Manners

A uniform fine of HK$1500 is imposed for littering, spitting, and hawking phlegm in public places.

Smoking

From January 2007, the scope of non-smoking areas was extended to all offices, public places, restaurants, bars, and karaoke rooms, and further extended to bus terminals. In addition, basically public markets (including eateries within markets), public restrooms, pools, gymnasiums, sports grounds, amphitheaters, museums, libraries, and the majority of parks are non-smoking (some parks and promenades have smoking areas). Some restaurants and bars have outdoor smoking areas, so be sure to check with staff. Smoking in non-smoking areas is subject to a uniform fine of HK$1500.

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