The Hong Kong Dollar (HK$) is the currency of Hong Kong. Most shops in Hong Kong accept major credit cards; however, at open-air markets, most vendors will only take cash. Only US Dollars and Hong Kong Dollars will be accepted as cash payment for any onsite registrations at the International Congress registration desk.
The official language of the MDS International Congress is English. While the majority of the Hong Kong’s population speak Chinese, English is actually the preferred language in the areas of government, business and tourism. All official signs and public transport announcements, as well as most menus, are in both English and Chinese.
Passports and Visas
For attendees requiring additional entry documentation, advance travel planning and early visa application are important as visa applications are subject to a great degree of scrutiny. It is strongly suggested that all attendees review the information in Part II of the following website and/or contact their local embassy to determine what, if any, travel documents they will need to travel to Hong Kong.
MDS is able to provide you with an Invitation Letter and any International Congress related documentation needed to assist in this process. Please note that MDS is unable to contact the Embassy on your behalf. It is the responsibility of each delegate to make the necessary arrangements related to this process. However, if the official handling your application needs further clarification, please have that person contact Sarah Smith at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Attention delegates from India: All Indian nationals are required to apply for and successfully complete pre-arrival registration (PAR) online before they can visit Hong Kong without a visa. Please click here for details of PAR.
It is recommended that all attendees take out a personal travel and health insurance policy for their trip to the International Congress in Hong Kong.
October is autumn in Hong Kong and many people regard this as the best time to visit. Average temperatures around this time range from 19º Celsius (66º Fahrenheit) to 28º Celsius (82º Fahrenheit).
Hong Kong is tax free – there is no sales tax, VAT, GST or any other tax added to prices in any type of business. Hotels and restaurants, however, have a 10% service charge on accommodation and food and beverage/catering costs.
At restaurants, a 10% service charge is almost always added to the total bill and there is no obligation to leave a tip in addition to this unless you want to. Some newer restaurants, especially western places, are foregoing the automatic charge, leaving it to the diner’s discretion so make sure to check your bill. Tipping a taxi driver is neither obligatory nor expected. At hotels, tipping the bellhop, valet or room service staff about HK$10 - 20 (about $1 - $2.50 USD) is typical and appreciated.
Hong Kong Convention and Exhibition Centre
1 Expo Drive, Wan Chai
The standard electrical voltage in Hong Kong is 220 volts AC, 50Hz. Most hotel bathrooms also have outlets for 100 volts, but if not, you will need a transformer for any appliance or electrical equipment. The majority of electrical outlets in Hong Kong take a three-pronged UK-style plug.