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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 Mar. 06, 2019 -
Questions & Answers on Hong Kong Visa Application
Asked by arafat from BANGLADESH | Mar. 17, 2019 19:36Reply
if I applied for hongkong visa by post from south korea with bangladeshi passport.
then how to pay the visa fee?any account number or any other process?please let me know sir?
Asked by Anh Nguyen from VIETNAM | Mar. 17, 2019 07:09Reply
Do i need to apply for HK visa if i have New Zealand visa which is in valid period?
Asked by Aloys from CAMEROON | Mar. 10, 2019 19:18Reply
Hello, please give the address in Hangzhou city so I can go there thanks
Hello, I am a student studying in china from Cameroon and I wish to visit HongKong as a tourist for three days. I live in Hangzhou city but I dont know exactly where to apply for the visa. Do I need to go to HongKong embassy or others?
Answers (1)
Answered by Duncan | Mar. 10, 2019 19:38

Maybe you can go to Zhejiang Liaison Unit of HK immigration department for that.
Address: Room 743, 7/F, Tower A, China Resources Building, 1366 Qianjiang Road, Jianggan District, Hangzhou, China
Asked by Leila from KENYA | Mar. 09, 2019 16:19Reply
I was turned back one year ago
Hi am a Kenyan national I had been a frequent visitor to Hongkong with many entries,last year around this same time I was traveling with my child about 7 months but I was turned back at the airport...they told me I need to come to Hongkong with entry permit I cannot enjoy the free voa privilege for sometime...it’s been one year I wanna go to Hongkong so bad please any links on how I can get visa I’ll appreciate thanks
Answers (1)
Answered by Harper | Mar. 10, 2019 19:36

You can check the details from the official website of the China embassy in your country.
Asked by sweetness from SOUTH AFRICA | Mar. 08, 2019 10:45Reply
Hi im looking for the website to apply for hong kong visa online where can i find that?
i want to apply for a dependent Visa for my 4 year old son and a tourist l for my sister for 90 days and i currently have a work permit for 29 weeks, and we are South Africans and we need to be in Hong kong on the 17th march i have applied via consulate but the immigration hasn't replied regarding all the documents i have submitted. its been two weeks and a half now so i'm worried and i want apply online aswell so if anybody can help how do i go about that route?
Answers (1)
Answered by Isla from GREECE | Mar. 10, 2019 19:35

Hi, I think you cannot apply online. You are advised to check the official website of the HK immigration department for detailed information.
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