Emergency Message for U.S. Citizens: Media Reports of Violent Clashes in Mong Kok Area of Hong Kong

Local media reported on clashes between Hong Kong Police and vendors in the Mong Kok area throughout the early morning hours of February 9, starting a little after midnight. Traffic in the area was stopped and the MTR station was temporarily closed. Police and media reported some police and civilians were injured.

Given the Lunar New Year holiday and fireworks display on February 9, U.S. citizens ‎are advised to avoid Mong Kok until the situation is fully calmed. U.S. citizens are encouraged to monitor local media reports for updates.

If you require assistance, please contact the U.S. Consulate General in Hong Kong, located at 26 Garden Road, Hong Kong. The Consulate is open 8:30 to 12:30 and 1:30 to 5:30 on normal working days. You can call the American Citizen Services unit at 2841 2211 or e-mail them at ACSHK@state.gov. If you are a U.S. citizen in need of urgent assistance after hours, the emergency number for the U.S. Embassy/Consulate is 2523 9011.

We strongly recommend that U.S. citizens who travel to or reside in Hong Kong or Macau enroll in Smart Traveler Enrollment Program (STEP) in order to receive the most up-to-date security information. Enrolling makes it easier for the U.S. embassy or nearest U.S. consulate to contact you in an emergency. If you don’t have Internet access, enroll directly with the nearest U.S. embassy or consulate.

You may also obtain updated information on security conditions by calling 1-888-407-4747 toll-free in the United States and Canada or on a regular toll line at 1-202-501-4444 from other countries. You should regularly monitor the State Department’s website, where you can find current Travel Warnings, Travel Alerts, and the Worldwide Caution. Read the Country Specific Information for Hong Kong and for Macau. For additional information, refer to “Traveler’s Checklist” on the State Department’s website.

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Last modified: February 11, 2016