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Living in Hong Kong guide

Find out all you need to know to relocate and live in Hong Kong with the expat guide

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Generalities

General information
  • Hong Kong is one of China's two special administrative regions, divided into three zones, namely the Southern Island, Kowloon and New Territories.

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Formalities

Visas, passports and entry requirements
  • If you wish to get married in Hong Kong, you first have to notify the Civil Status Office. You are also required to register your marriage after your marriage certificate is issued.

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  • To travel to Hong Kong, you have to apply for a visa unless you come from a country whose citizens are exempted from the visa requirement. Check requirements with your embassy.

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Visas

Work visas, work permits, working holiday visas and residence permits
  • Different types of visas are available in Hong Kong. You can choose among the professional visa, student visa, internship visa and residence permit. Working Holiday Visa is also available.

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Work

Labour market, how to find a job
  • Hong Kong is mainland China's most prosperous city. Its economy is mainly driven by the tertiary sector, supported by an open labor market.

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  • Setting up a business in Hong Kong has almost become a trend for foreigner as it is not a difficult task, consisting of only three main steps.

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  • Hong Kong is a very popular destination for foreign students and young professionals looking for internship opportunities abroad.

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  • The Working Holiday Visa (WHV) is available for young students and professionals wishing to stay for a year in Hong Kong.

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  • Hong Kong, one of China's largest cities, enjoys a thriving economy. It offers many business opportunities to expatriates in the fields of financial services, tourism, trade, exports, etc.

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Accommodation

How to rent a house or an apartment, leases and rental agreements
  • Hong Kong's real estate market has been experiencing a real boom since 2010. Hence, foreigners are keener on buying property there.

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  • Various types of accommodation are available in Hong Kong's different neighborhoods. Expatriates are also authorized to purchase a real estate property in this Chinese city.

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Study

Student visa, University registration
  • Hong Kong hosts several types of higher education institutions, including post-secondary schools, universities, vocational schools, etc.

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Health care

Public and private health systems
  • Hong Kong is deemed to have one of the world's best health care systems, although it represents considerable expenses.

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Bank

Open and manage a bank account
  • If you are working in Hong Kong, opening a local bank account will almost be essential. Procedures are rather simple, but a deposit will be required.

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Tax

Tax system, income tax
  • Local taxes in Hong Kong apply both to individuals and companies. In fact, different types of taxes are deducted from revenue.

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Transports

Train, bus, plane, car rental
  • You do not really need a car to move around Hong Kong thanks to a developed public transport network including the bus, tram, train, ferry, etc.

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Driver's licence

Driving requirements
  • You are allowed to drive in Hong Kong provided you have a valid driver's license. You therefore have to request for a local driver's license.

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Removal

moving, formalities and useful tips
  • Relocating to Hong Kong requires appropriate planning. It is better to hire removal experts who will take care of all related formalities on your behalf.

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Communications

Phone line, internet provider, post office
  • Hong Kong has a very developed telecommunications system whereby you will have no trouble in making phone calls and accessing to Internet.

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Leisure

Sports, leisure and cultural activities
  • After a tiring working week, there are various ways to relax in Hong Kong: cultural events, sports, places of interest, festivals and shows, etc.

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  • Besides shopping, walks and cultural events, there are several other ways to keep yourself busy in Hong Kong, namely sports activities.

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  • To be allowed to travel to Hong Kong with your pet, you have to request for a special import permit from local authorities.

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  • Hong Kong inhabitants' lifestyle is a bright mixture of modernism with ancient traditions and customs which you can discover during your stay.

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