Warnings & Dangers
OVERALL RISK : LOW
Hong Kong is quite safe and a non-violent city. Travelers are often victims of petty crime, but this can be prevented by taking precautions.
PICKPOCKETS RISK : HIGH
Pickpockets and purse snatching are common in crowded places. We advise that you keep an eye on your belonging when you find yourself in busy and crowded areas.
MUGGING RISK : LOW
Most muggings happen because tourists are lured into situations without knowing what the criminal is saying.
SCAMS RISK : HIGH
Scams are a growing problem in Beijing. Travellers have reported being approached by people to talk and invite them to a teahouse where they later are forced to pay for everything. Unlicensed taxis and counterfeit currency are also common scams.
TRANSPORT & TAXIS RISK : MEDIUM
Be cautious when taking a taxi, especially at airports. Avoid unlicensed taxis, insist that the taxi driver use his/her meter, request a receipt, and ask your driver to remove the bags from the trunk before you get out of the taxi and before you pay.
NATURAL DISASTERS RISK : MEDIUM
Typhoons in the summer are common in Hong Kong. Although some typhoons do not touch land, the storms and winds can still cause major damages, flooding, and/or landslides. If you plan on being there between the months of July and August, make sure to monitor local and international weather updates from World Meteorological Organisation (WMO) and Hong Kong Observatory.
TERRORISM RISK : LOW
Terrorist attacks are likely like in any other city, but there is a low probability.
WOMEN TRAVELERS RISK : LOW
Hong Kong is a safe place to travel for female travellers, but it is always good to exercise precautions like you would in any other city.