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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 May. 02, 2019 -
Questions & Answers on Hong Kong Visa Application
Asked by Windy from VIETNAM | Aug. 15, 2019 00:12Reply
How to get back passport for another trip during visa application being processed

I am Vietnamese and processing Hong Kong visa application for a business trip from 13th to 15th Nov 2019.
During my visa application being processed, I have a business trip to France from 14th Oct to 2nd Nov 2019, therefore I will certainly need my passport.
Do I need to send my original passport to Hong Kong Immigration Department? If so, how can I get my passport back for my France trip on 14th Oct 2019 during the application processing time?
I would appreciate your advice. Thanks very much
Answers (1)
Answered by Ken from CANADA | Aug. 15, 2019 20:57

You could use the photocopy of your passport to apply for the Hong Kong visa.
Asked by Muhammad Ashfaq from PAKISTAN | Aug. 10, 2019 07:57Reply
I am pakistani national. the procedure from pakistan is comlicated becuase there is no embassy.
I am pakistani national. the procedure from pakistan is comlicated becuase there is no embassy. If i am on visit visa to dubai. can i apply from dubai for hong kong visa? if yes? how many days would be the processing time?
Answers (1)
Answered by Rolan from PAKISTAN | Aug. 13, 2019 01:50

Dear, actually you can still apply from Pakistan.

You may submit your application in person to Chinese visa application service center, and your application will be forwarded to the Immigration Department of HKSAR Government for processing. You may also submit your application directly to the Immigration Department of HKSAR Government by mailing your materials.

Processing time: If your application is forwarded to HK Immigration Department for processing, it would take one month or even longer to process visa application.
Asked by Avijit Das from INDIA | Aug. 02, 2019 10:10Reply
Apply for HK work visa
Indian passport holder, planning to work in Hong Kong for 6 months. Please suggest me the way to go. I have successfully applied for PAR and planning to arrive with that for 14 days. I can make multiple entries for 6 months. But I was looking for a more stable way to stay for 6 months where I don't have to leave the country every 14 days.
If I have to leave HK, can I visit Macau and come back in the same day ?
Answers (1)
Answered by Sari from PAKISTAN | Aug. 02, 2019 12:54

Sir can you information me but I apply Hong Kong visit visa how long processing time? But maybe I give handby paper in Hongkong office how long processing time apply visa and same day give and 2 to 3 days give visa? Thank you sir
Asked by Ure Ihekanandu from AUSTRALIA | Jul. 29, 2019 09:07Reply
Please how long does the transit visa last for
I'm a national of Nigeria. I'm currently in Australia with a study visa. I will be travelling to China in November through Hong Kong. Also, I will be travelling to Nigeria in December with a lay over in Hong Kong. I know I would have to get a transit visa for the trip. Please how long does the transit visa last for, as I would want to use the visa for the both trips. I don't want to request for a transit visa twice.
Thank you,
Answers (1)
Answered by Tina from USA | Jul. 30, 2019 18:56

Dear, transit visa usually lasts for 30 days of each stay. If you want to use it for two trips, you should apply for double entries transit type.
Asked by Rashi from PAKISTAN | Jul. 21, 2019 16:55Reply
Apply Hk visa from Guangzhou ?
Hi , i'm holding 2 years residence permit and living in guangzhou! want to visit HK! m Pakistan national ! can you please advise where can i apply? online or have to visit the embassy ?
Thank you
Answers (3)
Answered by Greta from USA | Jul. 23, 2019 00:59

Rachi, you can prepare the required documents and post the application to Hong Kong Immigration directly.
Answered by Sari from PAKISTAN | Jul. 23, 2019 14:54

Hongkong visit visa how many days and processing time apply visa
Answered by Greta from USA | Jul. 23, 2019 17:43

The process time usually takes 4 weeks.
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