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Article by
Dani Reiter
Updated
November 15th, 2019

Demonstration Alert Updated For Hong Kong

Hong Kong SAR of China demonstration and travel advisories updated by the US Department of State

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The U.S. Consulate General Hong Kong and Macau updated its Demonstration Alert for the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region (SAR) of the People's Republic of China on November 2, 2019.

This U.S. Embassy Alert said ‘protests are likely to disrupt transportation across Hong Kong. MTR stations can be closed and other transportation options can be canceled on short notice. 

Over the past several weeks, some MTR stations have been closed for extended periods of time and the MTR network has closed earlier than usual.’

‘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.’

Furthermore, ‘any protests that take place without a permit are considered illegal,’ concluded this U.S. Embassy Alert.

Separately, the Canadian government’s Travel Advisory for Hong Kong, last updated on October 2nd, says ‘expect road closures and disruptions to traffic and transportation in affected areas.’

‘During recent protests, bus routes, MTR stations, the Hong Kong-Macao Ferry Terminal, the Airport Express, and Hong Kong International Airport have temporarily suspended operations, sometimes without warning.’

And, ‘Hong Kong International Airport has implemented restrictions on access to its terminal buildings. Only passengers with valid air tickets or boarding passes are allowed to enter the terminal buildings. Arriving passengers are greeted at designated points outside of the main terminal.’

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This is important news since 65 million people visited Hong Kong during 2018.

Hong Kong is a Special Administrative Region of China and currently has a population near 7.4 million people. Hong Kong is located near the eastern side of the Pearl River estuary in southern China, east of Macau. 

The US Department of State said in an updated Level 2 Travel Advisory on October 7, 2019, visitors to Hong Kong should ‘Exercise Increased Caution’ due to civil unrest. 

If you decide to travel to Hong Kong, please take the following actions:

  • Monitor local transportation sites and apps like MTR Mobile or CitybusNWFB, and check the Hong Kong International Airport website for updates.
  • Exercise caution if you are in the vicinity of large gatherings, and avoid protests.
  • Follow the instructions of local authorities, including movement restrictions related to any ongoing police action.
  • Enroll in the Smart Traveler Enrollment Program.
  • Have a contingency plan for emergency situations, such as this Traveler’s Checklist.
  • US citizens needing assistance can contact the U.S. Consulate General Hong Kong & Macau, which is located at 26 Garden Road, Central, Hong Kong.

Regarding health risks when visiting Hong Kong, the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) suggested on July 18, 2019, that visitors are current with certain vaccines, such as Routine Vaccines and the measles-mumps-rubella (MMR) vaccine. Hong Kong is included in the CDC’s Global Measles Outbreak Notice, which was issued in June 2019.

Pre-departure vaccination services, travel medications, and related counseling appointments can be scheduled with certain pharmacies in the USA.

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