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Hong Kong: Ongoing Protests

Protests in Hong Kong are ongoing and can be unpredictable. Reports indicate that protets are likely to continue in the vicinity of the Hong Kong International Airport and its access routes on Satuday 14 September and in the main business areas of Hong Kong Island on Sunday 15 September.

Locations of gatherings may be unpredictable and change at short notice. Acts of violence have occurred between police and demonstrators across Hong Kong, including at the International Airport. As crowd control measures, police have used tear gas, rubber bullets, and pepper spray. Injuries have occurred.

Tourist areas have been affected and there have been disruptions to public transport as a result of demonstrations, including the cancellation of flights earlier last month. Access controls are being enforced at the airport.  Check your flight status on the Hong Kong International Airport website or contact your airline for further information, and allow more time for travel to the airport and check-in. There are also media reports of increased screening of digital devices at mainland border crossings.

New Zealanders in Hong Kong are advised to avoid all protests and demonstrations, as even those intended to be peaceful have the potential to turn violent with little or no warning. If you find yourself in an area affected by demonstrations or violence you should move away to a safe place. Monitor local media for developments and comply with any instructions and restrictions issued by the local authorities.

We encourage all New Zealanders living in or travelling to Hong Kong to register on SafeTravel. SafeTravel is New Zealand's official registration facility for New Zealanders living and travelling overseas. When you register with us, we're able to relay important information about local developments and account for your safety and well-being as part of New Zealand's consular response to emergencies offshore. Registration is free, the process is easy to follow and all New Zealand citizens and their families are entitled to sign up.

New Zealanders in Hong Kong requiring consular assistance can contact the New Zealand Consulate-General in Hong Kong on +852 2525 5044, or at

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