Is it allowed to wear a bulletproof vest and a bulletproof helmet in Hong Kong. I mean in areas like the Airport (including beyond security, immigration etc.), roads, general public areas?

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    Why on earth would you want to try such a thing on an airport? It’s a recipe for detention. – Hanky Panky Mar 6 '19 at 13:29
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    @ChrisH What class of people typically wear bullet proof vests and helmets inside secure areas of airports? – Peter M Mar 6 '19 at 13:45
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    @DuraiArasan If your friend has concerns about death threats inside the secure area of an airport, then your friend has way more issues than simple death threats. – Peter M Mar 6 '19 at 13:58
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    @DuraiArasan If your friend's life is in danger, they need to be talking to a professional security consultant, not getting you to ask random people on the internet about the legality of bullet-proof vests. Furthermore, if travelling to Hong Kong will put their life in danger, the answer is quite simple: don't go to Hong Kong. Nothing they could possibly want to do there is more important than their own life. – David Richerby Mar 6 '19 at 15:39
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    I'm voting to close this question because it is too serious a subject for the advice of random people on the internet to be appropriate. – David Richerby Mar 6 '19 at 15:41

I decided to dig into this for the curiosity aspect and discovered Why are bulletproof vests illegal in many countries?

Which led me to the wikipedia article Bulletproof vest which has a specific entry for legality in Hong Kong which states:

Under Schedule C (item ML13) of Cap. 60G Import and Export (Strategic Commodities) Regulations, "armoured or protective equipment, constructions and components" are not regulated "when accompanying their user for the user’s own personal protection"

So according to random links on the internet it appears that your friend can bring such items into Hong Kong for their personal use.

However as I stated in my comment above, if your friend is this paranoid about personal safety then there are way more things going on than can be answered here. Your friend needs to consult with a business that provides personal protection.

Note that this does not mean such items are legal in the country that your friend is departing from. I also just saw Hong Kong photographer arrested over bulletproof vest allowed to leave Thailand, still faces charges

A Thai court on Monday said a Hong Kong photographer detained for carrying a bullet proof jacket and helmet was free to leave the country, although he still could face five years in jail on a weapons charge.


Both items are classified as weapons under Thai law and Kwan was charged with breaching the country’s Arms Control Act.

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  • @DuraiArasan,if you think this is helpful you can accept the answer. – Willeke Mar 6 '19 at 16:24
  • The article you quote only says it is legal to carry them. That does not mean it is legal to wear them. – DJClayworth Mar 6 '19 at 18:13

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