Apply for Hong Kong Visa
For short-term tourists and businessmen from most countries, Hong Kong grants them a visa-free stay period ranging from 7, 14, 30, 60, 90, to 180 days. Except people who qualify for the Hong Kong Visa Waiver Concession, other foreigners all need to apply for a visa before they go to there.
Where to Submit the Application
Take the completed forms, with any supporting documentation, a passport type photo, and the fee to apply through the overseas Chinese embassy or consulate or directly submit the application documents to Hong Kong Immigration Department for approval. However, for Nepali citizens, if it’s the first time they apply for HK visa, they have to apply via the embassy or consulate. In addition, for foreigners living in Mainland China, they can apply through the Immigration Division of the HKSAR Office in Beijing. Foreign residents in Macau can also apply from 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
Address of the Beijing Office:
No. 71, Di'anmen Xidajie, Xicheng District
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. Nominate 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.
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, t (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)
|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)|
All the applications sent to HK Immigration Department need four to six weeks for processing and no express service is provided. If an application can be directly handled by an overseas Chinese embassy/consulate, or the Beijing Office of HKSAR, or the Commissioner Office in Macau, it normally takes only four working days to process the visa. Besides, rush service (second-day pickup) and express service (third-day pickup) are available. Of course, applicants should pay extra service fees if they want to expedite the process.
Note: Processing time starts from the day all necessary documents are submitted.