Chinese lanterns in Hong Kong
Hong Kong
Hong Kong at sunset
Hong Kong skyline

Useful facts for your holiday to Hong Kong

Flight and Transfers

Direct flights from Dublin to Hong Kong International Airport take approximately 13 hours.

Visa Requirements

Irish passport holders can stay visa-free for 90 days. Please check up to date requirements with the Department of Foreign Affairs or the Embassy.

Language

The official languages are Cantonese and English. In practice, everyone speaks Cantonese while English is common as a second language, but far from universal. The younger the person, the more likely they are to speak at least reasonable English. However, the fact that English is an official language means government offices are required to have English-speaking staff on duty.

Transportation

Hong Kong has an extensive underground Mass Transit Railway (MTR) and it’s generally the quickest and easiest way to get around. There are also dependable systems of buses, trams and taxis. Renting a car is a bad idea unless your idea of a great time is relentless gridlock traffic jams, aggressive drivers and gold-dust parking spaces.

Currency

While it is known colloquially as the Hong Kong Dollar, the Yuen is the official currency.

Electricity

220V/50Hz British standard plug

Vaccination and Health

Check with your GP or visit a specialist travel clinic for up-to-date information regarding travel to Hong Kong.

Dialling Code

+852

Time Difference

UTC/GMT +8

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