On this page, you will find the information you need to easily make your way through Hong Kong International Airport to your destination.
Arrival and departure terminal maps and other information for navigating through Hong Kong International Airport.
On the 5th floor of Terminal 1, there are Immigration booths, the baggage claim area, and Customs. Immigration can be reached from the arrival gates on foot, or by going to the 3rd floor and using the APM (Automated People Mover). The APM is convenient for those going between the Immigration Area and Gates 33-80. (Note: There are also moving walkways on the fifth and sixth floors). Passengers using the APM should go down from Block W1 to the 3rd floor, take the APM, and then come back up to Block E1 on the 5th floor.
On the 5th floor, there are also currency exchange booths, bus stops, taxi stands, a passageway to the train station, and the ferry transfer desk. If connecting to a ferry, go from Block E2 to the dedicated APM stop on the 1st floor to go to SkyPier, the ferry terminal. Please see the Special Guidance tab of this page for more details on the ferry.
Please present your passport and entry card. Your passport will be returned to you with a departure card.
To prevent the wrong luggage from being picked up, an airport staff may ask you to check for the luggage tag information at the luggage claim area.
Departing passengers should first go to the 7th floor of Terminal 1. This includes those arriving at the dedicated Airport Express stop for departing passengers on the 6th floor.
On the 7th floor, there are ANA check-in and ticketing counters, South/North Immigration booths (please note that South is closed after midnight), and security checkpoints as well as currency exchange booths, an information counter, bus stops, taxi stands, the Royal Orchid Lounge, the Plaza Premium Lounge, and the United Club Lounge.
After going through Immigration and security on the 7th floor, proceed to the 6th floor.
After reaching the 6th floor, proceed to your boarding gate on foot, or by using the APM (Automated People Mover) on the 3rd floor. On the 6th floor, there are currency exchange booths, information counters, and the SilverKris Lounge. Get details on the airport lounges.
Please prepare the passport, the appropriate half of the Immigration card and boarding pass.
After Security Check, please go to the boarding gate.
On September 27th, 2019 (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.
Official Languages: Mandarin Chinese, English
Currency: Hong Kong dollar (HKD)
Time Zone: UTC +8 (HKT)
Whether you’re connecting at the airport or will be exploring what this beautiful city has to offer, you’ll find all the helpful tips you need to know on this page—including the current exchange rate, climate information and more. For detailed country information, please visit the embassy’s website.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 unit of currency is the Hong Kong dollar (HK$) and cent (¢). HK$1 is 100¢, approx. JPY14 (as of September 4, 2019). 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.
Each type of banknote issued from 2010 to 2012.
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.
Hong Kong has a deep-rooted custom of tipping that is a holdover from the British culture.
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.
Most plugs are Type BF
Plugs come in several shapes. Sometimes hotels have this kind of adapter available
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.
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.
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.
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.
Dates of holidays change depending on the year. These are the dates for 2020.
The official language is English and Chinese (Cantonese and Mandarin Chinese).
Below are guidelines for general business hours, which differ by shop, department store, restaurant, etc.
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.
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.
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.
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.
A uniform fine of HK$1500 is imposed for littering, spitting, and hawking phlegm in public places.
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 September 2009. 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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As mentioned above, you can use the Ferry Transfer Service and make the transit to Mainland China without having to go through Immigration control and custom clearance in Hong Kong.
Ferry Transfer Service makes it possible to travel to the cities in Pearl River Delta without passing through Immigration and Customs in Hong Kong. Currently, these are the routes are in service to/from Macau: Shenzhen Shekou, Shenzhen FuYong, Dongguan Humen, Zhongshan, Zhuhai, Nansha, Taipa and Guangzhou Lianhuashan.
Passengers who wish to use ferries should go directly to "Ferry connecting counter."
Ferry check-in and baggage procedure:
Boarding the shuttle train (APM) to SkyPier:
Boarding the ferry:
For ferry schedules, please see the Hong Kong International Airport website.
Note: The entrance for the shuttle train (APM) for SkyPier is located before Immigration area. Once you pass through Hong Kong Immigration, your ferry ticket will be invalid. ANA is not responsible for any change on ferry operation or its schedule.
Check-in for flights to Japan is available at Shenzhen (Shekou/FuYong), Macau, Taipa, Dongguan Humen, Zhongshan and Guangzhou Lianhuashan Ferry Terminal.
Check-in for ANA flight via Hong Kong International Airport is completed along with your ferry check-in procedure.
Conditions of acceptance:
Flight connection time:
Terms and conditions:
Check-in for ANA flight is accepted at SkyPier.
Conditions of acceptance:
Flight connection time: