Further protests are ongoing today in Hong Kong, as the city marked the anniversary of its handover to China in 1997. Large sections of the centre of the city have been closed for a planned pro-democracy march. It is now early evening, and the marchers are continuing to work their way along the route.

Police have responded with tear gas and pepper spray, and some clashes have been reported. Further protests are very possible in the coming days – monitor the media and social media, and avoid crowds where possible.

Travel advice

If you are in Hong Kong or will be heading there soon, please consider the following –

  • Avoid demonstrations and large crowds. Be aware violence could occur without warning.
  • Review your travel risk management plan, so you know what to do in an emergency.
  • Make sure you have the contact information of your travel insurance company and your local embassy stored in a secure offline location.
  • Monitor local media. If you are using Twitter to search, add the term ‘filter:verified’ to the search bar to see results from verified accounts only.
  • If possible, set aside some supplies of food and bottled water.
  • Keep your devices charged.
  • Check in with friends and family.
  • If something does happen, contact the local embassy as soon as it is safe to do so

Here is health advice from the International News Safety Institute on how to protect yourself from tear gas.

Official travel advice

From the UK Foreign and Commonwealth Office

Latest update: Summary – Large numbers of people are expected to participate in the annual march on 1 July, starting in Victoria Park at 2.30pm; if you’re in and around areas where demonstrations are taking place, follow the advice of local authorities and move away quickly to a safe place if there are signs of disorder

from Travel Advice Summary, which can be found at: https://www.gov.uk/foreign-travel-advice/hong-kong

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