Immigration Department assists Hong Kong resident in Iran following regional unrest

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20th April 2024 – (Hong Kong) Amid escalating tensions between Israel and Iran, a Hong Kong resident in Iran has reached out to the Immigration Department seeking crucial flight information. The department promptly provided the necessary details and liaised with various diplomatic channels including the Ministry of Foreign Affairs in the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region, as well as the Chinese Embassies in Iran and Israel, to assess the situation comprehensively.

The Immigration Department has assured continued support and communication with the individual, offering guidance on travel and flight details. The case has been escalated to the Chinese Embassy in Iran for further follow-up.

The Security Bureau of Hong Kong has reiterated its red alert for travel to Iran and Israel, advising residents against non-essential travel to these areas due to the ongoing conflict. It has urged those in the region to stay vigilant and avoid places of demonstrations or large gatherings. The advisory specifically warns against travel to areas bordering Afghanistan, Iraq, and Pakistan, as well as the Sistan and Baluchestan province adjacent to Pakistan, considering the heightened risks.

Hong Kong citizens in need of assistance while abroad can contact the Immigration Department’s 24-hour hotline provided by the Assistance to Hong Kong Residents Unit. This service aims to offer timely aid and ensure the safety of Hong Kong nationals facing emergencies in foreign territories.