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Hong Kong demonstrations

Added 8th August - Updated 21st January 2020

Since June 2019, large-scale political demonstrations have taken place throughout the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region (SAR), including in areas popular with tourists. While a number of peaceful activities have taken place, many other protests have led to clashes between police and protesters involving significant violence.

The situation around protests and public gatherings can change quickly, with the potential for violence, especially during unauthorised protests. If you’re in an area where demonstrations are taking place, you should remain vigilant, follow the advice of local authorities and move away quickly to a safe place. Previous demonstrations have led to sections of the city being closed off and temporary suspension of public transport without warning.

Some Mass Transit Railway (MTR) metro stations, including in major tourist areas, have been closed due to damage caused by protests. You should check the MTR and Hong Kong Transport Department websites when planning travel around Hong Kong.

On 4 October 2019, the Hong Kong Government announced that in certain circumstances it may not be permitted for individuals to wear a “facial covering” which might prevent identification. 

Please also follow the travel advice of your Government: 




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STA Travel are monitoring this situation and updates will be added to this Travel Advice page.


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