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Apply for Hong Kong Visa

Hong Kong grants a visa-free stay period ranging from 7 to 180 days for short-term tourists and businessmen from most countries. Foreigners who do not qualify for the Hong Kong Visa Waiver Concession need to apply for a visa before they go there.

Where to Submit the Application

Generally speaking, they can apply through the overseas Chinese embassy or consulate or directly submit the application documents to the Hong Kong Immigration Department for approval. However, for Nepali citizens, if it's the first time they are applying for a HK visa, they must apply via the embassy or consulate. In addition, foreigners living in Mainland China can apply at the Immigration Division of the HKSAR Office in Beijing. Foreign residents in Macau can also apply at the Office of the Commissioner of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of China.

 Address of HK Immigration Department:
Receipt and Dispatch Unit, Immigration Department,
2/F, Immigration Tower, 7 Gloucester Road, Wan Chai, Hong Kong
Tel: (852) 2824 6111
Fax: (852) 2877 7711
Email: enquiry@immd.gov.hk
Website: www.immd.gov.hk/eng/services/index.html

 Address of the Beijing Office:
No. 71, Di'anmen Xidajie, Xicheng District
Beijing 100009
Tel: (8610) 6657 2880

 Address of the Commissioner Office of PRC Foreign Affairs Ministry in Macau:
No. 992, Avenida do Dr. Rodrigo Rodrigues, Macau
Tel: (853) 7915116

Sponsor in Hong Kong

While it is not mandatory, if you have a sponsor it can help your application. A sponsor must be either a Hong Kong company or a resident at least 18 years old and acquainted with the applicant. Name the sponsor on the application and have the sponsor complete a sponsor form. Then the sponsor can go to the Immigration Department to submit your application.

Required Documents

 Documents to be submitted by the applicant
1. A duly completed Visa Application Form;
2. A recent photograph of the applicant affixed on the application form;
3. A photocopy of the applicant’s travel document;
4. A photocopy of the proof of financial status (e.g. bank statement, savings accounts passbooks, tax payment receipts, employment certificate, etc.);
5. Transportation arrangement copy (e.g. flight itinerary);
6. Proof of purpose of visit, such as:
• Leisure – Package Tour receipt, itinerary, etc.;
• Family visit – Photocopy of proof of relationship with the local sponsor in HK;
• Transit – Photocopy of the proposed visit in the next destination after visiting HK, itinerary, etc.;
• Business – An invitation letter issued by a local company or by the applicant’s employing company to prove his stay in HK;
• Study – Admission notice, sponsor letter, etc.;
• Employment – Labor contract, medical report, education background and work experience proof, etc.;
• Residence on dependant basis – HK identity card of family, kinship certificate, etc..

 Documents to be submitted by the sponsor (if any)
1. If the sponsor is a company
1) A sponsor application form
2) A photocopy of Business Registration Certificate

2. If the sponsor is an individual
1) A sponsor application form
2) A photocopy of the sponsor’s HK ID card
3) A photocopy of the sponsor’s travel document (for non-permanent resident of HK only)

Visa Fees

Apply From Normal Visa Transit Visa
HK Immigration Department HKD 190 HKD 100
Overseas Chinese Embassy/Consulate USD 30 (if the application is transferred to HK Immigration Department, there is an additional charge of USD 20 as communication fee)
Beijing Office CNY 158 CNY 83
Commissioner Office of PRC Foreign Affairs Ministry in Macau MOP 240 (if the application is transferred to HK side, there is an additional charge of MOP 150 as communication fee)

Processing Time

Allow four to six weeks for processing an application sent to HK Immigration Department. There is no express service available. If an application is directly handled by an overseas Chinese embassy/consulate, or the Beijing Office of HKSAR, or the Commissioner Office in Macau, it normally takes four working days to process the visa. In addition, rush service (second-day pickup) and express service (third-day pickup) are available. Of course, applicants must pay extra fees if they want to expedite the process.

 Note: Processing time starts from the day all necessary documents are submitted.

- Last modified on Jun. 08, 2020 -
Questions & Answers on Hong Kong Visa Application
Asked by Jessica from SINGAPORE | Jul. 05, 2020 19:58Reply
QMAS in Covid-19?
Hi there, I want to move to HK on a QMAS, has any one applied on their own or do you recommend using an agency? What is the turnaround during this time?
Answers (2)
Answered by Jessica from SINGAPORE | Jul. 05, 2020 19:59

Just to add - I am wanting to move after 7 years in Singapore. I am originally from the UK.
Answered by Mike from USA | Jul. 06, 2020 00:49

Jessica, I advise you to contact the HK Immigration Department because the current situation is special and it's hard to get a right answer online.
Asked by James from UNITED KINGDOM | Jun. 29, 2020 08:52Reply
Covid 19 delays
What is the current turnaround on dependent visa. My wife's application went in on late march understand services only resumed on may the 4th. However its been 9 weeks already are they being delayed anyone with an idea on turnaround. Immigration keep telling my employer that it's in progress online and over the phone really frustrating now.
Answers (1)
Answered by Leona from USA | Jul. 02, 2020 00:01

James, even your wife can get the visa now, she cannot enter China because of the ban. Therefore, just wait patiently.
Asked by Sunday from NIGERIA | Jun. 24, 2020 07:01Reply
Transit visa
Please what documents do I need to submit at Beijing when applying for HK transit visa.

I’m a foreigner, living in Shenyang.

Thanks in advance for feedbacks
Answers (1)
Answered by Jude from USA | Jun. 29, 2020 00:22

1. Properly and truthfully filled out Visa Application Form, to which one passport-size photo is attached.

2. Valid passport with blank pages and a photocopy of the data page.

3. Valid visa of the destination country (or region) and connecting flight tickets.
Asked by Ali Zaman from PAKISTAN | Jun. 19, 2020 03:54Reply
want to appear in IELTS UKVI test in HK, visa recommendations?
I am Pakistani passport holder having residential visa in Xi'an (X-visa) and want to appear in IELTS UKVI CB in Hongkong, since the test is halted in the mainland due to current epidemic COVID-19. So from where and how can i get the HK visa for the test only? thanks
Answers (1)
Answered by Phoebe from UNITED KINGDOM | Jun. 21, 2020 23:52

You can send your documents to the HK Immigration Department by post to apply for the visa.
Asked by Ishanka from SRI LANKA | Jun. 17, 2020 04:04Reply
Minimum amount of bank balance for S type VISA
I will start reading my PhD in Hong Kong this year. I have a 10-month-old daughter. As she needs to be taken care of by me I want to take her and my mother to Hong Kong with me. How much of money does HKSAR want me to save in my bank to request S type visa for them?
Answers (1)
Answered by Amanda from CHINA | Jun. 17, 2020 20:03

Actually, the S type is only for mainland China. You need to apply for a HK dependents visa for your daughter. The money amount is not regulated, but it should be enough to cover your expense in HK.
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