Protest activity is ongoing in Hong Kong and there continues to be a risk of violent confrontation.
'Flash mob' demonstrations take place with little or no warning, and have resulted in violence and vandalism. Expect road closures, transport disruptions and heightened police action, including the use of tear gas.
Protest locations on Hong Kong Island continue to include the main commercial districts, including Causeway Bay, Central, Admiralty and Wan Chai Protests may also occur in Kowloon (including Mongkok) the New Territories and around universities. New Zealanders who find themselves in an area where protests are taking place should avoid areas where protestors are gathered, move away quickly to a safe place and follow the advice of the authorities. Locations of gatherings can be unpredictable and change at short notice.
Acts of violence continue to occur between police and demonstrators across Hong Kong. Recent protests have seen the use of Molotov cocktails, and Hong Kong Police have reported the controlled explosions of improvised explosive devices and the seizure of materials for explosives. As crowd control measures, police have used tear gas, rubber bullets, live ammunition, pepper spray and water cannons. Injuries have occurred.
Tourist areas have been affected and road closures and other transport disruptions occur at short notice. Some Mass Transit Railway (MTR) metro stations have been closed entirely for short periods – including in major tourist areas - due to damage caused by the protests, and the MTR system as a whole has recently been closing earlier at night. The Airport Express, shopping centres and businesses may close or suspend services at short notice. Check the MTR website and local media for updates. Access controls are also being enforced at the airport. Check your flight status on the Hong Kong International Airport website or contact your airline for further information, and allow more time for travel to the airport and check-in.
New Zealanders in Hong Kong are advised to avoid all protests and demonstrations, as even those intended to be peaceful have the potential to turn violent with little or no warning. If you find yourself in an area affected by demonstrations or violence you should move away to a safe place. Monitor local media for developments and comply with any instructions and restrictions issued by the local authorities. Our level of advice has not changed: we continue to advise that New Zealanders exercise increased caution in Hong Kong due to civil unrest.
We encourage all New Zealanders living in or travelling to Hong Kong to register with SafeTravel. SafeTravel is the official registration facility for New Zealanders both travelling or living overseas. When New Zealanders register with us, we're able to relay important information about local developments and account for their safety and well-being as part of New Zealand’s consular response to emergencies offshore.
New Zealanders in Hong Kong requiring consular assistance can contact the New Zealand Consulate-General in Hong Kong on +852 2525 5044, or at firstname.lastname@example.org. Read our full travel advisory here.
For more information on what our advice levels mean, see our About Our Advisories page.
Reviewed:17 Dec 2019, 11:49
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