Flight and Transfers
Direct flights from Gatwick to Hong Kong International Airport take approximately 12 hours.
British Citizens travelling to Hong Kong require a full British passport. Please check up to date visa requirements with the Foreign Office.
The official languages are Cantonese and English. In practice, everyone speaks Cantonese while English is common as a second language, but far from universal. The younger the person, the more likely they are to speak at least reasonable English. However, the fact that English is an official language means government offices are required to have English-speaking staff on duty.
Hong Kong has an extensive underground Mass Transit Railway (MTR) and it’s generally the quickest and easiest way to get around. There are also dependable systems of buses, trams and taxis. Renting a car is a bad idea unless your idea of a great time is relentless gridlock traffic jams, aggressive drivers and gold-dust parking spaces.
While it is known colloquially as the Hong Kong Dollar, the Yuen is the official currency.
220V/50Hz British standard plug
Vaccination and Health
Check with your GP or visit a specialist travel clinic for up-to-date information regarding travel to Hong Kong.