Plan Early

Give yourself about 4 weeks to plan. The further you plan ahead, the more likely it is that you’ll be able to locate and book the right Hong Kong-based professional for your deposition.

Depo Venue

Depositions in Hong Kong can take place at the venue of your choosing, whether that be a hotel room, law firm office, conference room, or videoconferencing facility.

Local Court Reporters

We have local court reporters in Hong Kong, which means little to no travel costs for you.

Visa Requirements

U.S. passport holders may enter Hong Kong for up to 90 days for tourist or business purposes without a visa.

Hague Evidence Convention

Hong Kong is a member of the Hague Evidence Convention. Find out more about the Taking of Evidence Abroad in Civil or Commercial Matters.

Useful Links

U.S. State Department
Taking Voluntary Depositions of Willing Witnesses
Blog article
Depositions in Hong Kong
U.S. Consulate General
Hong Kong

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Video tips

Let our experts walk you through the process of setting up a deposition in Hong Kong.

How to set up a deposition in Hong Kong

Kimberlee Castro, Global Deposition Expert with Optima Juris, gives a few tips on how to set-up a U.S. deposition in Hong Kong.

How to swear in a witness abroad

Ian Hardy, President of Optima Juris, discusses essential tips and know-how to correctly administer the oath during an international deposition.

Case Study: Hong Kong

Live From Hong Kong

Challenge
Attorneys who don't have enough time to fly need to depose two witnesses in Hong Kong. Oh, and the witnesses only speaks Mandarin!
Solution
We scheduled our Hong Kong-based court reporter, videographer, and interpreter, along with a videoconference facility from our worldwide network. The attorneys participated via videolink from the States and the depositions were a success.

Expert info, tips & advice

Sharing our over 17 years of international deposition experience with you.

International Deposition Tips: Depos in Hong Kong

Kimberlee Castro, Director of Scheduling and Global Deposition Expert, shares her helpful tips and knowledge on setting up a U.S. deposition in Hong Kong. If you need to organize a deposition in Hong Kong, you will want to hear what Kimberlee has to say.

Taking Voluntary Depositions of Willing Witnesses in Hong Kong

Optima Juris covers depositions and arbitrations in Hong Kong all the time! In this article, please find the latest official info on taking depos in Hong Kong, taken from the U.S. Department of State website.

Infographic: 5 Tips for Swearing In a Witness Abroad

Have a witness you need to depose in a foreign country? Wondering how you can administer the oath correctly? There are a number of possible solutions available for swearing in a witness outside of the U.S. Our quick and easy infographic provides some practical suggestions based on our extensive experience scheduling depositions abroad.

Essential international travel information for Hong Kong

Currency

Hong Kong uses the Hong Kong Dollar. For more information on currency conversions visit XE. Before you leave, notify your bank, credit card company, or other financial institutions that you are going overseas. Avoid carrying cash and consider using traveler's checks or major credit cards instead (but make sure they are accepted at your destination before departing on your trip).

Weather

For the latest weather information in cities throughout Hong Kong visit weather.com.

General tipping

Tipping, for the most part, is not required in Hong Kong. Most dining establishments add a 10% service charge onto your bill, although more restaurants are cropping up with "no service charge" policies. This is usually stated at the bottom of the menu or of your bill.

Holidays & observances

Imagine your reaction if your deposition had to be rescheduled because of a major local holiday when everything was closed. Don’t let that happen to your depo. You can see a complete list of holidays in Hong Kong here: timeanddate.com/holidays/hong-kong/.

Health

Check with your physician to see which shots are required and/or recommended for your trip to Hong Kong. You can check online resources like the U.S. Department of State Hong Kong country page or contact the China Embassy or Consulate for current entry requirements. The World Health Organization (WHO) can provide their recommendations for vaccinations and other travel health precautions for your trip abroad.

Major airports

Chek Lap Kok, Hong Kong, Chek Lap Kok International Airport, HKG

Shenzhen, China, Shenzhen Bao'an International Airport, SZX

Macau, China, Macau International Airport, MFM

Huizhou, China, Huizhou Airport, HUZ

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