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Hong Kong Health & Safety Advice

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Medical Services

Good medical facilities are available, and there are many Western-trained physicians in Hong Kong. Excellent dental care is also available. Prescription drugs are widely available. The emergency service response times for ambulances are good. To reach the emergency medical services dial 999.

Visitors will need to pay for all medical services in Hong Kong, so adequate health insurance is recommended.

Note that visitors entering Hong Kong are subject to temperature screening.

Food & Water

Tap water in Hong Kong is considered safe to drink, although bottled or boiled water is recommended. Vegetables, fruit, meat, poultry and seafood are considered safe for consumption.


Most visitors to Hong Kong don't experience any safety-related problems and there are no serious safety and security concerns for this country.

The crime rate in Hong Kong is relatively low, however some petty crime, such as pickpocketing and purse snatching, occasionally occurs, especially at the airport, on public transportation, in main tourist shopping areas, hotel lobbies, and crowded streets. Bags and other personal belongings should not be left unattended and travelers should exercise normal, common sense safety precautions at all times.

There have been cases of foreigners targeted in incidents of drink-spiking, often combined with theft or credit card fraud. Drinks should never be left unattended and extreme caution should be observed when drinks are prepared and served.

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