Outbound Travel Alert  

The Outbound Travel Alert (OTA) System aims to help people better understand the risk or threat to personal safety in travelling to 85 countries that are the more popular travel destinations for Hong Kong residents (HKRs). When there are signs of threat in a place that may affect the personal safety of HKRs, the Security Bureau will assess and consider the need to issue an OTA taking into account factors such as the nature (e.g. whether it is targeted at travellers), level and duration of the threat.

OTA currently in force:

OTA Countries

(Click country below for supplementary information)
Severe threat
Severe threat
Avoid all travel Image File  Syria

Significant threat
Significant threat
Adjust travel plans

Avoid non-essential travel
Image File  Egypt

Image File  Lebanon

Image File  Pakistan (Updated: 16/3/2015)new

Signs of threat
Signs of threat
Monitor situation

Exercise caution
Image File  Bahrain

Image File  Bangladesh

Image File  India

Image File  Indonesia

Image File  Iran

Image File  Israel

Image File  Japan
      (Fukushima Prefecture)

Image File  Kenya

Image File  Malaysia

Image File  Myanmar

Image File  Nepal

Image File  Philippines

Image File  Russia

Image File  Thailand

Image File  Tunisia (Updated: 19/3/2015)new

Image File  Turkey

Image File  Vietnam

Important Notice from the Department of Health

Ebola Virus Disease Outbreak
    The Department of Health advises travellers to avoid unnecessary travel to Guinea, Liberia and Sierra Leone.

    For further details, please see
    Ebola Virus Disease related information (Updated: 27/3/2015)new

Other information:

Click on the following links for other information.



South Sudan


Yemen (Updated: 27/3/2015)new

Volcanic eruption in Japan related information

Middle East Respiratory Syndrome related information (Updated: 27/3/2015)new

Human Infection with Influenza A (H7N9) virus

For travel advices or related information on foreign countries, you may also visit the websites of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the People's Republic of China, or the databases compiled by the Australian, Canadian and the UK governments:

For information on travel to other parts of China, you may visit:

Other Useful Links:

Related Matters

1. Before travelling abroad, Individuals should understand clearly the arrangements of the outbound tour and the coverage of the insurance policy before entering into any contracts with or purchasing any products or services from the service providers or suppliers.

2. Employers and employees are encouraged to come up with prior work arrangements or understanding on the need for the latter to undertake business visits to a place where an OTA is in force. For details, please see Guide to Good People Management Practices of the Labour Department.

3. HKRs who are abroad should pay attention to their personal safety. Those who need assistance may call the 24-hour hotline (852) 1868 of the Immigration Department. For HKRs who are Chinese nationals, they may also contact the Chinese Embassy/Chinese Consulate-General in their destination. The telephone numbers and addresses of the Chinese Embassies/Chinese Consulates-General overseas can be obtained from the Immigration Department (Tel: (852) 2824 6111) or Website:

4. For health-related risks during outbound travel, please visit the relevant websites of the Department of Health (http://www.travelhealth.gov.hk/eindex.html).

Important Reminder

HKRs are encouraged to make reference to the OTA (if any) before travelling abroad or firming up their travel plans. It is however a personal decision whether a HKR chooses to continue the journey and travel abroad. The Government of the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region accepts no liability for any loss, damage or injury arising from any cause or related to the supply or use of the OTA or other information in this website.