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Travel Alert: exercise caution in Hong Kong

Latest news from Hong Kong is that protests are expected to continue and ‘flash mob’ gatherings are unpredictable, so visitors are urged to exercise a high degree of caution.

There have been violent confrontations between police and protesters, with police using tear gas, rubber bullets, water canons and other crowd control measures. Tourist and residential areas have been affected, as well as Mass Transit Rail (MTR) stations and the international airport.

There is a high risk of fierce clashes between protestors and authorities, or criminally-linked individuals. The threat is greater at night, on weekends and public holidays, but at all times we strongly recommend you be alert and avoid large public gatherings.

The enhanced airport access controls continue to be enforced and further disruption to the airport and other transport links is possible. Allow more time to check-in.

There are also media reports of additional screening procedures by mainland border authorities of travellers to and from Hong Kong.

More information can be found on smartraveller.gov.au.