U.S. citizens should try to avoid areas of demonstrations should they occur and exercise caution if in the vicinity of any large gatherings as even peaceful demonstrations can turn confrontational. Hong Kong has a low crime rate. Even so, you should exercise caution when in congested areas and pay particular attention to personal belongings while in crowded areas and while traveling on public transportation. Violent crime, though rare, does occur.
Please note that stun guns (e.g., tasers), mace, pepper spray, and other self-protection weapons are banned in Hong Kong. Discovery of weapons of any kind during luggage screening — including transit passengers’ cabin and checked luggage — will be referred to the police for investigation, leading to arrest and detention. Other controlled items include counterfeit goods or illegally-produced copies of copyrighted items, ivory, narcotics, medications, television decoders requiring a subscription, animals and plants, meat and poultry, textiles, electronic cigarettes, and sensitive high technology or military products. A specific Hong Kong license is required to travel to or through Hong Kong with a firearm or other “dangerous good”. Specific information on obtaining a license for a weapon in Hong Kong can be found at: Arms Licensing. Please contact your airline well in advance of your travel for further information on acquiring the necessary license. A list of goods deemed “dangerous” by the Hong Kong government can be found at: Do not carry restricted items in Hong Kong. For more specific information, please also visit: Country Specific Information: Hong Kong.
Last modified: November 29, 2016