Note: Call 999 ONLY when you urgently need help from the police, fire or ambulance services.
Hong Kong has been consistently reputed as one of the safest metropolitan areas around the world in the past few decades. This achievement owes not only to good natural factors such as the absence of threat from large-scale natural disasters such as earthquakes, but also more importantly to the effort and efficiency of the civil security services. Compared to many million-strong cities which are criticised for their safety record and where local travel presents many dangers to visitors, Hong Kong is a city where safety is a top priority guaranteed by its trustworthy civil security services. In case of emergency or threats thereof, police stations, or police officers on patrol, may be found easily and are always willing to provide assistance. Emergency responses are also quick and emergency services are dispatched to the scene within a few minutes.
The Hong Kong Police Force is the world's second, and Asia's first, police agency to operate a modern policing system. With a long history and efficient management, today it is one of the most efficient and clean policing forces around the world. Because of them, Hong Kong has one of the lowest common crime-rates among cities with comparable populations worldwide. Emergency aid and rescue service in Hong Kong are at a world-class standard, with a service agreement which promises that an ambulance will arrive on the scene within 8 minutes of an emergency call; the Fire Service is also praised for its efficient and quality performance in responding to accidents and disasters.
Call 999 when you urgently need help from the police, fire or ambulance services. Hong Kong has a strict service control system, so once you call 999, the police should show up within 10 minutes in most cases, usually less. Give the Operator your contact details an tell them where you are and wait for further instructions. For non-emergency police assistance, call 2527-7177.
For any medical emergency call 999, or head to the nearest hospital accident and emergency unit (A&E) if possible. If you're suffering from any non-emergency illness or injury that is manageable, you may visit any related hospital department. Hospitals register casualty details and therefore possession of identification documents could save some time.
The nearest hospital to the conference venue is the Queen Elizabeth Hospital (often called QE or QEH), located within 5 minutes of driving distance (or 20 minute walking distance). A&E units are available in the hospital and operates 24/7. If you are living near the venue, you may visit this hospital for common illnesses depending on your health issue.
Hong Kong has consulates-general for more than 50 nations, some of which are the largest diplomatic missions in the region.
Only consulates-general are listed here, with some nations being represented by Honourary Consuls, as is the case with the Portuguese Republic, whose CG is located in Macau. Please refer to the information on the website of HK Government's Protocol Division.