Protest At Hong Kong Airport Expected, UK Issues Travel Notice

by Chris Dong

Hong Kong has been in the midst of a series of pro-democracy protests as China tightens its grip around the special administrative region.

More recently, those protests have started becoming more violent with Triad gang members getting involved, likely sent from pro-Chinese interests. The masked gang members clashed with pro-democracy Hong Kong residents and innocent bystanders, leaving at least 45 people hospitalized.

Free stopover in Hong Kong on this fare. | Image by Chris Dong

While there is no travel advisories in place, it is a good idea to exercise extra caution when traveling in Hong Kong and give yourself extra travel time.

Now, one of those protest areas may be the Hong Kong Airport, at least for a short period. The UK has issued a notice that there may affect travelers.

…Reports that protests will take place in Hong Kong airport Terminal 1 arrivals hall on 26 July, between 1pm and midnight. Journeys to and from the airport could be affected. You should allow more time for your journey. If you have any queries about the situation, you should contact your airline”

Bottom Line

If you’re traveling to or through Hong Kong in the next day or two, give yourself extra time to transit the airport. While unlikely, there is a chance travel may be impacted.

As always in a big, vibrant city like HK, pay attention to your surroundings and don’t be in areas where there is a heightened risk of potentially violent activity. As long as you’re smart, you’ll be fine to visit one of the most amazing cities in the world.

Related: Review of Hong Kong Airlines Business Class, LAX-HKG

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mike murphy July 25, 2019 - 11:37 am

going to let people in without a valid ticket?

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