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Entry Regulations

Visitors to Hong Kong must hold a valid passport. Passports should be valid for at least six months after your planned departure date from Hong Kong. Nationals of most countries are not required to obtain visas for periods varying from seven days to six months, depending on nationality. For instance, visitors from Europe and North America are not required to obtain visas for up to a period of 3 months (6 months for British citizens). Please visit the Hong Kong Immigration Department Visa and Entry Requirements to find out if you need a visa or Entry Permit, and how long you can stay in Hong Kong.

For visitors who are Mainland, Macau, Taiwan and overseas Chinese residents, please visit the web site of the Hong Kong Immigration Department for detailed visa requirements for Hong Kong.

General enquiries about visa applications can also be made to the Immigration Department of the Government of the HKSAR by fax at (852) 2877 7711 or (852) 2824 6111 or by email at enquiry@immd.gov.hk; or you can get further advice from your closest Chinese embassy or consulate.

Getting to HKUST

By Taxi: The fastest and easiest method to get to the University from the Airport is by taxi. Luggage fee may apply. The fare is about HK$300. Only CASH in Hong Kong dollars is accepted. (Approximate travel time: 45 minutes)

By Train: You can take the Airport Express Train (train schedule) from the Airport to Kowloon Station (~HK$90, click here for fee table) and change for a taxi (~HK$110-130) to the University (Approximate travel time: 70 minutes). Visitors may also take Airport Express Train from the Airport to Tsing Yi Station (~HK$60, click here for fee table) and change for MTR to the Diamond Hill MTR Station (~HK$11), then take Exit C2 at the Diamond Hill MTR Station and change for KMB bus 91 (~HK$7.4 to Clear Water Bay direction) or 91M (~HK$6.1 to Po Lam direction) at the bus terminal. Please tender exact change for public buses. (Approximate travel time: 80 minutes)

By Bus: Bus fares are paid upon boarding and vary according to distance and bus route. Exact change is required for most public transport. The Airport bus A29, (~HK$42 one-way to Po Lam direction) provided by CityBus will take you all the way from the Airport to the Po Lam MTR station. You can then take the KMB bus 91M (~HK$6 to Diamond Hill Station direction) at the bus terminal of Po Lam station (Exit B1 at the Po Lam station) to the University. (Approximate travel time: 90 minutes)

Airport Pick-Up: Conferees who would like to have airport pick up/drop off services may approach the "Commerical Service Counter" at the airport. For passengers with mobility difficulties or special needs, they may also click here for more transport options.

Travel Information

MTR (subway): MTR is the easiest way for visitors to get around Hong Kong. Single journey tickets can be purchased from vending machines at all MTR stations; or the Octopus card can be purchased at Customer Service Center of most MTR stations. The closest MTR stations to the University are Choi Hung and Hang Hau stations where "Octopus Card" can be purchased.

Octopus Card: Those who expect to take the MTR (subway) or public transport may consider buying an "Octopus card" at the Customer Service Center at any MTR station or Airport Express station. Octopus card is an electronic ticketing system that makes traveling in Hong Kong simple and hassle-free. You can simply pass the ticket gates with a simple "touch & go" of your Octopus card. The Octopus cards can be used on multiple modes of transportation: MTR (subway), Airport Express, railways, buses, ferries, trains, trams... etc, saving you the trouble of tendering for exact change. These cards can also be used on most public phones, vending machines, supermarkets, convenience stores, retail outlets as well as catering outlets at the conference site.

The "On-Loan Standard Octopus Card" with a refundable HK$50 deposit (subject to a refund handling fee of HK$9 if returned within 3 months of issue) is popular among tourists. It can be purchased at the Customer Service Centers at most MTR stations and at the Airport. Reloading of the card is also available at most convenience stores and supermarkets in town, as well as several catering outlets at the conference sites. For more details, please visit the Octopus Card Limited web site.

Airlines and Airports

  • Hong Kong International Airport (HKG)
    Hong Kong International Airport has its own internal rail network. An automated people mover transports arriving or departing passengers from the furthermost gates in about 70 seconds. This is complemented by over two kilometers of moving walkways or located inside the terminal building. Adjacent to the terminal is the ground transportation center where transfers to urban Hong Kong can be made via the Mass Transit Railway (MTR), Airport bus and taxis.

Helpful Links

For more information about the city and other accommodations visit the Hong Kong Tourist Association web page.
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