You want to settle in the world’s second-largest economy but dread a change of scenery? Bet on Hong Kong. This semi-autonomous entity owned by China has its own government, financial system (capitalist), currency and its own customs. It is one of the most important financial centres on the planet and a major commercial hub. Being very cosmopolitan, it is one of the Asian destinations preferred by expatriates. However, whatever the reasons for coming to Hong Kong, expat health insurance or international travel insurance for you and family voting is paramount. If you want to go as part of a Working Holiday Program, consider taking out PVT insurance. In this way you can prevent financial, health and legal risks that would occur unexpectedly. In addition, choose contracts whose guarantees cover repatriation, hospital costs, civil liability and other emergency medical expenses.
- Political regime: Special Administrative Region of the People’s Republic of China
- Capital: Hong Kong
- Area: 1,104 sq km
- Population: 7.466 million
- Languages spoken: Chinese (mainly Cantonese; Mandarin), English
- Currency: Hong Kong Dollar (HKD)
Visas Hong Kong
French tourists are not subject to a visa requirement for a stay of three months or less. The tourist visa, intended for entry, does not allow you to study or work. The work visa must be requested before arrival in Hong Kong.
Vaccines and health in Hong Kong
Compulsory vaccines and certificates
Make sure you are up to date with your Hepatitis A vaccination. This is part of the French vaccine calendar and required for a stay in Hong Kong.
Recommended vaccines and certificates
Depending on the way you stay, your doctor may also recommend the following vaccines: hepatitis B, Japanese encephalitis, rabies, typhoid.
The Pasteur Institute in Hong Kong regularly publishes information on the health status of the country and on ongoing epidemics.
In Hong Kong, the common diseases are the same as in China: amoebiasis, bites of spiders, snakes, fish and scorpions, ascaris, bilharziosis, dengue, Japanese encephalitis, hepatitis A and B, leishmaniasis, sexualdiseases communicable diseases, meningitis, malaria B in the south of the country, polio, rabies, AIDS, tetanus, tuberculosis, typhoid.
Protect yourself from insect bites, and follow the usual hygiene rules. Go out covered and do screenings for unprotected sex.
Health and repatriation insurance in Hong Kong
Why take international health insurance when travelling or living in Hong Kong? Simply because health care costs quickly reach very high sums when travelling. In addition, the repatriation guarantee is an essential criterion. In the event of a serious accident it is sometimes necessary to carry out a medicalized repatriation to the nearest medical centre or to the country of residence. Depending on where you are at the time of the accident, and depending on the medical prognosis, it may be necessary to charter a helicopter or a medicalized aircraft.
Mondassur supports you in your choice of international health insurance by helping you compare the different offers on the market. Depending on your profile, we will be able to offer you different travel, international student and expatriate insurance packages.