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Local customs and prohibited items

We have a list of the prohibited and controlled items in Hong Kong, be sure to have a look so you don't get caught out.

Posted on

9 March 2014

Last updated on 11 December 2017
Local customs and prohibited items

ProhibitedImportation or exportation of any prohibited or controlled items into or out of the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region (HKSAR) is governed by laws.

The commonly found prohibited or controlled items are:

  • Dangerous drugs

  • Psychotropic substances

  • Controlled chemicals

  • Antibiotics

  • Arms

  • Ammunition

  • Fireworks

  • Strategic commodities

  • Rough diamonds

  • Animals

  • Plants

  • Endangered species

  • Telecommunication equipment

  • Game

  • Meat

  • Poultry

  • Powdered formula

Passengers are liable to prosecution if these items are brought into or out of HKSAR without a valid licence or permit. These items will also be seized and confiscated.

The penalty for passengers carrying prohibited or controlled items depends on the respective legislation governing its importation and exportation.

For more information please visit the Hong Kong Customs & Excise Department website>>