If you're going to Hong Kong:
Under the handover agreement reached by China and Britain in 1984, Hong Kong will function as a Special Administrative Region "with a high degree of autonomy" for the next 50 years. For the traveler, that means not much will change immediately about getting to Hong Kong.
- The Hong Kong dollar (HK$7.745 = US$1) will continue to be the currency of the Special Administrative Region.
- Entry into Hong Kong -- including from the rest of China -- will be regulated as it has been in the past, and China has authorized Hong Kong to issue its own passports.
- U.S. citizens do not need a visa for visits of up to one month in Hong Kong. Evidence of onward/return transportation (i.e. air or sea ticket) is required upon entry to Hong Kong.
- Irish, British and British Commonwealth citizens do not need a visa for visits of up to three months.
- U.S. citizens planning to travel on to China must have a valid visa. For information, contact the Embassy of the People's Republic of China in Washington, D.C. at (202) 328-2500.
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