Safety and Security
There is an underlying global threat from terrorism. Attacks could be indiscriminate, including in places frequented by expatriates and foreign travellers. The Hong Kong and Macau governments have put in place extensive measures to combat terrorism including upgraded police capability, improved air travel security, improved border controls and upgraded emergency services response.
The incidence of violent crime is very low but some street crime and pick pocketing can occur as in any large urban area. Extra care should be taken in crowded areas in respect of passports, money and credit cards – stay vigilant in train stations and markets.
Reporting a crime
If you’re a victim of a crime while in Hong Kong or Macau report it to the local police immediately. You can also contact us at the Consulate General of Ireland if you require assistance.
For holders of an Irish driving licence who wish to drive in Hong Kong, you may do so on the strength of your valid Irish driving licence or international driving permit if you are a visitor to Hong Kong (visitors mean that you arrive in Hong Kong other than to take up residence for a period not exceeding 12 months).
For holders of an Irish driving licence who wish to drive in Macau and who are staying for less than a year - you must go to the police station to obtain an official paper to legalise your Irish licence.
Lost or stolen passport
If your passport is lost or stolen while in Hong Kong or Macau the Consulate in Hong Kong can - in emergency situations, issue an emergency travel document or temporary passport. You’ll need to submit a completed application, duly witnessed and with all supporting documents and the appropriate fee. Proof of identity and citizenship will be required, including an original or certified long-form birth certificate in all cases.
Wed, 29 Aug 2018 10:57:02 BST