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Health care

Vaccinations

Vaccination needed receipt required
Eat Drink
malaria 3
Typhoid & Polio 2
cholera 1
yellow fever no

Overview

The hotels have a list of licensed doctors. The medical and dental care is first class. Travel health insurance that includes Hong Kong is recommended. Check directoryaah for more information.

Notes vaccinations

[1] A certificate of vaccination against cholera is not an entry requirement, but there is a small risk of infection. Since the effectiveness of the vaccination is disputed, it is advisable to seek medical advice in good time before you travel. To protect oneself, one should practice careful drinking water and food hygiene. Vaccination is only recommended in rare cases. [2] Vaccination against poliomyelitis is recommended for all travelers. [3] A malaria risk of the less dangerous form cannot be completely ruled out in the north of Hong Kong outside of the urban area. Medical malaria prophylaxis is not recommended for the city of Hong Kong.

Food and drink

Outside the urban area, the hygienic conditions are sometimes unsatisfactory. Stomach and intestinal upsets can occur, especially if the usual rules of hygiene with regard to eating and drinking are not observed. Tap water should not be drunk. Hotels also provide bottled water for their guests. Milk is pasteurized and dairy products are safe, as are local meats, vegetables and seafood. Vegetables should be boiled and fruits should be peeled.

Other risks

The standard vaccinations for children and adults recommended by the Robert Koch Institute (including against tetanus, diphtheria, pertussis (whooping cough), mumps, measles, rubella, pneumococci and influenza) should be refreshed before the trip if necessary. Dengue fever, transmitted by mosquitoes, is rare. An effective insect repellent is still recommended. Hepatitis A and hepatitis B occur. A hepatitis A vaccination is generally recommended. Vaccination against hepatitis B should be given during longer stays and close contact with the local population, as well as for children and young people in general. There is a risk of contagion for Japanese encephalitis, isolated cases have been registered. For longer stays, vaccinations against Japanese encephalitis should be considered. High humidity, strong temperature fluctuations in autumn and winter, the sometimes considerable air pollution and the use of air conditioning often cause colds in newcomers. Eye irritation can also occur. There are isolated cases of infection with mite-borne Tsutsugamushi fever during hikes in the surrounding hills. Protection is offered by skin-covering clothes and insect repellents. the sometimes considerable air pollution and the use of air conditioning units often cause colds in newcomers. Eye irritation can also occur. There are isolated cases of infection with mite-borne Tsutsugamushi fever during hikes in the surrounding hills. Protection is offered by skin-covering clothes and insect repellents. the sometimes considerable air pollution and the use of air conditioning units often cause colds in newcomers. Eye irritation can also occur. There are isolated cases of infection with mite-borne Tsutsugamushi fever during hikes in the surrounding hills. Protection is offered by skin-covering clothes and insect repellents.

Money

Currency

1 Hong Kong dollar = 100 cents. Currency code: HK$, HKD (ISO code). Banknotes are in denominations of HK$1000, 500, 100, 50, 20 and 10, coins are in denominations of HK$10, 5, 2 and 1 and 50, 20 and 10 cents.

Credit cards

American Express, Diners Club, Mastercard and Visa are accepted in many places. Details from the issuer of the relevant credit card. Automatic teller machines (ATM) are almost everywhere and some HSBC “Electronic Money” machines allow 24-hour cash withdrawals in Hong Kong dollars for VISA and Mastercard holders. With the American Express card, the Jetco ATMs can be used to withdraw Hong Kong dollars.

ATMs

Bank cards With the credit card and pin number, money can be withdrawn from ATMs. The Girocard (formerly ec card) with the Cirrus, Plus or Maestro symbol is accepted worldwide. It can be used at ATMs with the Cirrus, Plus or Maestro symbol. To be on the safe side, travelers should always have an alternative source of money such as cash. Further information from banks and credit institutes. Attention: Travelers who want to pay with their bank customer card abroad and withdraw money should find out from their bank about the possibility of using their card before starting their journey.

Travelers cheques

Traveller’s checks are no longer available in Germany and Switzerland and are hardly available in Austria. Travelers checks are accepted at some bureaux de change in Hong Kong.

Bank opening hours

Mon-Fri 09.00-16.30, Sat 09.00-12.30. Some banks are also open later.

Foreign exchange regulations

No restrictions on importing foreign currency, but cash equivalents of HK$120,000 or more must be declared.

Currency Exchange

Foreign currencies can be exchanged in banks, hotels and exchange offices. Banks usually offer the best exchange rates.

Currencies

Code Symbol Exchange rates (no guarantee)
HKD HK$ 1 EUR = 8.08 HK$
1 CHF = 9.63 HK$
1 USD = 7.77 HK$

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