17 November 2019
Since June this year, we’ve been asked this question multiple times by our clients. As you are aware, over the last few months, protesters have taken to Hong Kong’s streets, blocking roads and demonstrating against the government’s attempt to pass an extradition bill. While the bill itself was officially withdrawn in October, protesters continue to rally for democratic freedom.
Some of the more intense protests, have seen protesters practising with powerful archery longbows in recent days. This week, a police officer in Hong Kong was struck in the leg with an arrow as another day of violent clashes erupted between pro-democracy protesters who blocked a major road tunnel under the city’s harbour and occupied The Hong Kong Polytechnic University campus.
Most countries have issued travel advisories recommending increased caution. According to locals, numbers of travellers are down, however, many are still visiting. The airport is functioning (with airlines operating reduced services to Hong Kong), and so is the MTR – The Hong Kong subway system. The MTR has an informative website that is updated regularly with alerts, station closings, and rerouting info. Although, in some extreme situations, the entire system may be shut down.
On the ground, most of the intense protests were in Tsim Sha Tsui, Sham Shui Po, Wan Chai, Kwai Chung with demonstrations in downtown Hong Kong (source).
Panoptic Solutions have teams in Hong Kong providing support to clients who are working and travelling through the country. If you need to visit Hong Kong, we can provide secure transportation, venues advances and close protection to families and clients travelling through volatile areas in the region.