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Advice for Outbound Travellers

During the Journey


  • Take heed of the weather of your destinations and wear suitable clothing accordingly.



  • When travelling in places where the hygienic condition is poor, consume only cooked food, and bottled or tinned beverages.
  • Bring with you medicine that you usually take. Chronic patients should always carry their medical records with them.



  • Look out for the emergency exits and fire escape routes in your hotel. Check if the windows can be opened and locate the fire extinguishers.
  • In case of fire, avoid inhaling any smoke. Seal the door gaps and cover your face with wet towels. Wet your clothes to prevent them from catching fire. Do not use elevators.
  • Put your room key in the same place every night so that you can reach for it even in darkness.
  • Carry as little cash as possible and do not wear precious watches or jewellery.
  • Make sure that all doors and windows are securely locked before going to bed or going out.



  • Abide by the local laws.
  • Follow instructions of your tour escort and tour guide when taking part in group activities; do not leave the tour group.
  • Bring with you a map, the address and telephone numbers of your hotel, and the telephone numbers for local emergency services when you go out on your own. Find out the fare and the time needed for travelling, and take notice of any recognisable sign near your hotel before going out alone.
  • Evaluate your physical conditions before taking part in any high risk activities. Follow strictly all safety guidelines, e.g. wear a life-saving jacket, fasten the safety-belt, and wear suitable or specified clothing, etc.
  • Check all safety measures and life-saving devices. If you have any doubt, ask for clarification and re-consider whether or not to take part in the activity.
  • Pay heed to advice and warnings, e.g. do not roam around and feed animals in safari parks.
  • When travelling in places with a high crime rate, do not go out alone and be alert all the time.



  • Do not carry or keep anything for strangers, including newly acquainted tour members, to prevent being cheated into smuggling and prosecuted as a result.
  • Keep valuables in your hand luggage.
  • Put the tour label, your name and contact numbers on your luggage so that it can be returned to you in case it is lost and found.
  • In case you lose your luggage, notify the relevant organisation (e.g. the hotel or the airline) as soon as possible. Contact the police and obtain a police report to document the loss. If the luggage cannot be found, keep the police report as support for claims from the relevant organisation and the insurance company, if insurance has been taken out.
  • Pay attention when buying wildlife products as souvenirs abroad since the import, export or re-export of endangered species and their products is subject to licensing control. Commonly encountered examples include ivory, tortoises, orchids and cacti. For details, visit the website of the Agriculture, Fisheries and Conservation Department or call 1823 Call Centre.