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The official currency is the Hong Kong dollar (HK$)
Card acceptance is widespread with chip & pin and contactless however a number of shops will not accept Mastercard so be aware and bring cash or an alternative means of payment for the time being. Your payments may need to be put through as either credit or debit depending on the terminal. You may be asked to sign your name after the transaction is processed.
Make sure that you ask to be charged in HKD rather than them converting and performing the transaction using GBP.
ATMs are generally plentiful and fee-free from Citibank, Hang Seng Bank, BEA, BOCHK or the more wide-spread HSBC. There have been reports of cards being declined however enabling the magstripe from the app every 24 hours should solve the problem.
Payment and withdrawal limits
All Monzo cards have some payment and withdrawal limits. To check yours before you leave, go to your Profile section of the app and tap on Limits.
Crowdsourced merchant data
Data will most likely be scant so please try and contribute relevant feedback about transactions
The Octopus Card may be handy within the city for public transportation as credit/debit cards are not accepted. The card also works at a variety of shops so could be a handy back-up just in case Monzo isn’t being accepted! You will need to pay cash to purchase & top up an Octopus Card.
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