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

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Visas, passports and entry requirements
  • If you wish to get married in Hong Kong, you first have to notify the Civil Status Office. You will need to register your marriage after it takes place.

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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.

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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 requiremen

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

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Labour market, how to find a job
  • Hong Kong, one of China's largest cities, enjoys a thriving economy. It offers many business and employment opportunities to expats.

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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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  • Setting up a business in Hong Kong is popular with expats due to the advantages it affords (such as its proximity to mainland China) and the simple process

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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. As the land is government-owned, expats can purchase a long-term leasehold.

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  • As Hong Kong is very densely populated, expats will find mostly apartments available. Accommodation is also quite expensive.

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Student visa, University registration
  • Hong Kong is home to several internationally-ranked universities, amongst other well-regarded institutions. Courses are offered in English.

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Health care

Public and private health systems
  • Hong Kong has a public healthcare system available to residents and non-permanent residents. Expats may also want to consider private health insurance.

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

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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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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 buses, trams, trains, ferries, etc..

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Driver's licence

Driving requirements
  • Expats from certain countries can use their driving licence in Hong Kong. You may also be able to apply for a licence there without taking a driving test.

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moving, formalities and useful tips
  • To be allowed to travel to Hong Kong with your pet, you will need to request a special import permit from local authorities.

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  • 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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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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Sports, leisure and cultural activities
  • Whatever your interests are, Hong Kong is sure to have activities to fill your leisure time, from sports to nightlife.

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

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