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Can you leave the airport when waiting for a connection???

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1. Posted by LucyLou29 (Budding Member 15 posts) 7y

Hi,

Random question - my flights back to the UK from NZ in December are stopping over in Hong Kong, and there's a 10 hour wait until the connecting flight back to Heathrow. Do you know if I could leave the airport to have a look round Hong Kong, or not??

Thought this might be a nice opportunity to have a look around for a few hours, and I see there's a train from the airport in to town but can't find any info anywhere about whether you can leave the airport and then check in again! Would I have to get my rucksack back and lug this around with me??

Thanks for any help!

Lucy

2. Posted by Sam I Am (Admin 5588 posts) 7y

This is normally not a big problem, you just need to make sure you have enough time to do what you want to do and get back :) In Singapore they used to have (they might still actually have it, just not 100% sure) the option to do a really cheap bus tour from the airport around the city. It was a 3 hour affair I believe.

The airport express train in HK is excellent (you can actually check in, including your luggage(!), at the train station for some airlines; yay!!) so you should have more than enough time to get into the city and look around. If you've checked your bag all the way through to home, you won't be able to pick it up, but you can just leave the airport with your carry on; no problem at all! I'd also try and check myself on all the way through in NZ already, which means you'll already have your boarding pass, giving you a little extra slack in the schedule. Then when you get back to the airport, you just go through security check like always and you're good to go :)

3. Posted by Sander (Moderator 4808 posts) 7y

If it's a connecting flight, your luggage should just be checked through, and you should already have a boarding pass (received in New Zealand). So that means that you don't need to "check in" again or anything in Hong Kong - only need to go through security and passport control - make certain you do allow yourself plenty of time for that. (And get a "visitor visa" or somesuch when you arrive in order to go outside; this is a very common thing to do, and there's plenty of people who're just stopping over for a few hours, so that shouldn't be any problem at all.)

(Even if your luggage wouldn't be checked through you could still use luggage storage at the airport rather than needing to carry it around with you all day.)

4. Posted by LucyLou29 (Budding Member 15 posts) 7y

Brilliant thanks both of you! I am getting even more excited about going away now, and great that I will be able to see a bit of Hong Kong as a bonus!
Lucy x

5. Posted by BedouinLeo (Inactive 698 posts) 7y

All you have to do is go through passport control and you'll be out of the arrivals area and into the new country en-route.
Please remember that if you are en-route and need a visa for the connecting country, then you won't be allowed out the 'in transit' area without obtaining one, unless that country has exceptions for a few hours stay over (already mentioned by Sander). Your luggage should be checked straight through, so enjoy, if you can escape for a few hours.
Hong Kong is an incredible place, although avoid the food markets unless you enjoy seeing live animals hanging on hooks and screaming.

6. Posted by bwiiian (Travel Guru 768 posts) 7y

Quoting BedouinLeo

Please remember that if you are en-route and need a visa for the connecting country, then you won't be allowed out the 'in transit' area without obtaining one

LucyLou, I presume you are from the UK so no visa is needed.

7. Posted by BedouinLeo (Inactive 698 posts) 7y

Quoting bwiiian

LucyLou, I presume you are from the UK so no visa is needed.

Of course citizens from the UK don't need visas for Hong Kong for a stay of less than 6 months.
I didn't assume LucyLou29 was a UK (or European) citizen, just because they live in the UK.
Is it the case that if next to someone's name in Travellerspoint forums it states UK, that they 'have to be' a citizen of that country? I haven't got it next to my name at all and haven't ever posted my nationality.

[ Edit: Edited on 17-Sep-2009, at 11:06 by BedouinLeo ]

8. Posted by t_maia (Travel Guru 3289 posts) 7y

Is it the case that if next to someone's name in Travellerspoint forums it states UK, that they 'have to be' a citizen of that country?

Nope, the country next to the name is the country of residency. But members can state their citizenships on their profile.

I haven't got it next to my name at all and haven't ever posted my nationality.

Please consider updating your profile with this info. :) And while you are at it it would be cool if you would give some info on yourself in your profile. It is always nice to know who you are chatting with.

[ Edit: Edited on 17-Sep-2009, at 16:16 by t_maia ]

9. Posted by BedouinLeo (Inactive 698 posts) 7y

Quoting t_maia

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Please consider updating your profile with this info. :) And while you are at it it would be cool if you would give some info on yourself in your profile. It is always nice to know who you are chatting with.

I would prefer not to give out any information on myself, except through the forums and posts regarding my experiences and giving advice, just yet. Nobody has informed me that it is a rule I have to.
No disrespect whatsoever, but I prefer to chat about travels and other things (in 'Off Topic' and 'General Talk'), rather than who I am and where I am etc., if you don't mind. Thank you.

[ Edit: Edited on 20-Sep-2009, at 10:43 by BedouinLeo ]

10. Posted by fabyomama (Respected Member 560 posts) 7y

Quoting BedouinLeo

...I would prefer not to give out any information on myself, except through the forums and posts regarding my experiences and giving advice, just yet ... I prefer to chat about travels and other things (in 'Off Topic' and 'General Talk'), rather than who I am and where I am etc., if you don't mind. Thank you.

There's always private mail if there was a need to share, though I tend to agree with the above.