Hong Kong adjusts travel alert for Israel to amber

     In view of the latest situation in Israel, the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region Government today (September 23) adjusted the Outbound Travel Alert (OTA) for Israel from red to amber.

     A Government spokesman said, "Hong Kong residents intending to visit Israel or those who are already there should exercise caution, attend to personal safety, avoid protests and large gatherings of people, and monitor local announcements on the latest situation. Residents should also avoid all travel to Gaza and nearby areas as well as areas along the border with Syria and Lebanon."

     The Security Bureau will continue to closely monitor the situation and issue updates through the media and the OTA webpage (www.sb.gov.hk/eng/ota).

     Hong Kong residents in Israel who need assistance may call the 24-hour hotline of the Assistance to Hong Kong Residents Unit (AHU) of the Immigration Department at (852)1868 or contact the Chinese Embassy in Israel at the 24-hour duty phone number: (972) 528391282.

     In addition, Hong Kong residents are encouraged to use the online Registration of Outbound Travel Information (ROTI) service (www.gov.hk/roti) to register their contact details and itinerary when outside Hong Kong. The information provided allows the AHU of the Immigration Department to disseminate practical information to them through appropriate means, including SMS on mobile phones, on a timely basis when necessary.

Ends/Tuesday, September 23, 2014
Issued at HKT 15:00