Security Message for U.S. Citizens: Large Public Gatherings, Disruptions to Traffic/Transport

Date June 27, 2017

From Thursday, June 29, through Saturday, July 1, Hong Kong will be the venue for a number of events marking the twentieth anniversary of the establishment of the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region. The events include a large gathering and public procession to be held in or near Victoria Park on Saturday, July 1, and will likely affect traffic and transport patterns. As a general precaution, the Consulate recommends that American citizens avoid or exercise caution in the vicinity of any large gatherings, protests, or demonstrations. Maintain a high level of vigilance and take appropriate steps to enhance your personal security, i.e., review your personal security plans; remain aware of your surroundings, including local events; monitor local news stations for updates; and follow the instructions of local authorities.

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 nearest U.S. embassy or 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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