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Hong Kong Visa Policy

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Hong Kong visa is not required for tourists from more than 160 countries. A stay ranging from 7 to 180 days is granted according to nationality. People from those Hong Kong visa free countries, however, need to get a HK visa if they intend to work, study, establish or join in a business there or if their tour is beyond the granted visa-free stay length. Also, other countries' citizens have to get a HK visa before leaving for HK as it's almost impossible to get it on arrival.

Although Hong Kong is a part of China, as a Special Administrative Region (SAR), it has its own entry regulations. This means the normal Chinese visa does not work for Hong Kong and vice versa.

Generally, Hong Kong is very open to foreigners who simply want to visit as a tourist to conduct business activities for an overseas business such as visiting clients and prospects, providing training, or attending trade fairs. Overall, the rules are essentially the same as under the British administration that preceded the SAR's return to Chinese control.

Always remember that all countries and Chinese SARs have the right to refuse entry to any person, whatever the regulations permit, and that even when you have a visa you can be denied entry at the border. Also, the information provided here is for people travelling on standard passports, not special ones like diplomatic or service passports, nor special or restricted passports.

Do I need a visa to visit Hong Kong?

Most tourists do not require a visa for a visit to HK. Please see the HK Visa Exemption for Foreign Countries/Areas. All visitors arriving at Immigration control points will be issued with landing slips in lieu of stamping on their passports/travel documents. Conditions and limit of stay in HK, as well as visitor’s personal information and arrival date will be included in the landing slip. Upon departure, no slip will be issued and the travel documents will not be stamped.

The most favored are British nationals who, provided they meet the basic criteria, may enter HK for 180 days without obtaining a visa in advance. USA citizens, Canadians, Australians, New Zealanders and most European nationals may enter for 90 days. Others are variously restricted to 30, 14, or 7 days, or in the case of a few countries will only be permitted to enter having previously obtained a visa. Most tourists can easily take the ferry from HK to Macau which has a policy similar to Hong Kong's and typically they will not normally require a Macau visa. They can exit Hong Kong and re-enter for another stay. There is usually no problem re-entering unless the immigration authorities feel you are breaking some rules such as being engaged in business. However, you may be allowed to visit for a longer duration by applying for a visa prior to travel - but it is at the discretion of the consular office whether to grant it or not.

 Note: From January 23, 2017, Indian nationals will need to make a success pre-arrival registration online before they can visit or transit and enter the HKSAR visa-free. Indians in direct transit by air and not leaving the airport transit area are not required to do so.

Basic Entry Requirements for All Foreign Visitors

• have a minimum validity on passport of 1 month beyond the intended stay, or the duration of the visa may be restricted so that there will be one month after the visa expiry
• properly complete the immigration card on arrival
• have a visa if your nationality is required to have one
• have onward or return travel arrangements
• have sufficient funds for your stay without working, based on Immigration's definition, not yours
• no serious criminal records and unlikely to be involved in crime, nor be considered a security risk

Most travelers, especially from western countries, are not checked for compliance with the last three but all travelers should allow for the possibility that immigration might choose to check you. You should also check with your airline's regulations as they may not allow you to fly if you do not meet the stated entry requirements.

Major Types of HK Visa

Tourist / Business / Transit / Employment and Investment / Training / Working holiday / Study / Residence as Dependants
 Where to Apply / Required Documents / Processing Time / Fees

Visitors are normally not permitted to change the type issued or move from a non-visa situation to obtaining one after arrival but of course it is easy to exit HK and apply for a Hong Kong Visa again.

There is full information on the HK Immigration Department webpage:
You can get all the forms and the guidelines from the website.

  Foreign Consulates in Hong Kong

- Last modified on Dec. 27, 2019 -
Questions & Answers on Hong Kong Visa Policy
Asked by alican from TURKEY | Jan. 21, 2020 08:36Reply
visa-free conditions
I can stay 3 months without a visa, ok. The question is that: If I leave Hong Kong for 1 day after three months' holiday -and then come back later, will I be entitled to stay again for 3 months? Thank you!
Answers (1)
Answered by John Doe | Jan. 21, 2020 15:18

Entering HK after a short period of absence when you have already stayed for months would potentially trigger additional questioning at the border, and immigration may accordingly shorten your duration of stay or refuse entry. You should prepare documentations to demonstrate that you haven't violated immigration law while in HK and have sufficient funds to support yourself for your stay. Immigration may also ask for an onward or return ticket.
Asked by Kristin from PHILIPPINES | Jan. 21, 2020 04:38Reply
Currently in hong kong and our visa is going to expire on the 24th.. can we exit on that day? In other countries, exiting on the exact day of expiry is already a violation
Answers (1)
Answered by John Doe | Jan. 21, 2020 15:22

Duration of stay starts from the day AFTER arrival and you need to depart on the day indicated on your immigration slip at the latest. If that's 24th then the day you need to leave is the 24th.
Asked by Jay Shavdia from UNITED KINGDOM | Jan. 21, 2020 02:07Reply
HK Business Travel from UK - for 4 days - VISA Required?
As part of a multi-leg trip over 10 days, I will be in Hong Kong for 4 days meeting people in the local office for the company I work at.

Would this require a Business VISA for HK?

Answers (1)
Answered by John Doe | Jan. 21, 2020 15:30

No. British citizens get 180 days of stay with virtually no questioning at the border. Legally speaking however you can't be engaging in anything that is considered employment (e.g., selling to the general public, supplying services for remuneration, etc.). Meeting for business, supervising projects, and concluding and negotiating contracts are allowed.
Asked by Annabelle from PHILIPPINES | Jan. 20, 2020 02:20Reply
I'm from Philippines, I have plan to travel hk as tourist for 5 day's, what kind of travel documents
Hello, I'm from Philippines.im planning to visit hk as tourist for 5 days this coming April 2020 with my two children and my fiance, we are in 4. And it's our first time to travel together in overseas. I just want to make sure that we are not in trouble when we arrive at the airport that's why I want to know in advance of what kind of travel documents do I need to provide to inter hk as a tourist for 5 days? I need to know that I can prepare it in advance. Plsss help me. Thank you.
Answers (1)
Answered by Nathan from AUSTRALIA | Jan. 20, 2020 18:17

As you don't need a visa, you just need to prepare your passport, return tickets and hotel bookings, and money to cover this trip.
Asked by Jessica from PHILIPPINES | Jan. 19, 2020 15:30Reply
I plan on traveling with my younger sister to Hong Kong
This is our first time to Hong Kong. I’m 20 years old and she’s 14. Are we gonna need any special requirements for that? Do you think we’re allowed to enter Hong Kong?
Answers (1)
Answered by Michelle from UNITED KINGDOM | Jan. 19, 2020 18:51

Yes, you may need to take a copy of your parents' passports and an authorization letter from them as your sister is a minor.
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