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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 Mar. 06, 2019 -
Questions & Answers on Hong Kong Visa Policy
Asked by BOBBYTANGHKG | Mar. 18, 2019 20:42Reply
China Passport from singapore transit in hong kong to USA with USA visa
China Passport from singapore transit in hong kong to USA with USA visa
transit within 6 hours remain in HONG KONG Airport terminal 1 transit area
Asked by Quyet Nguyen Doan from VIETNAM | Mar. 17, 2019 01:36Reply
Transit visa to Hong Kong International Airport.
I have a conference in Guangzhou, China for a week and will fly back next April 2019 from Hongkong International Airport to Berlin. Do I need a Hong Kong entry permit to get to the Hong Kong international Airport? Is it better to take train or flight from Guangzhou to Hong Kong? I heard that if i take a ferry from Shenzhen Shekou to Hong Kong Airport, is it not needed a Hong kong visa. Please help me to clarify it. Thank you very much!
Answers (1)
Answered by Alexander | Mar. 18, 2019 18:16

Yes, you need to apply for a visa for HK before your trip.
Asked by Manpreet Kaur from INDIA | Mar. 15, 2019 00:44Reply
Do I require visa to travel to HK from India.
If yes how can i apply for my daughter who will be travelling alone from India.
Answers (1)
Answered by John Doe | Mar. 17, 2019 17:46

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.
This is from the same page where you posted your question.
Asked by Kamini Naidoo from SOUTH AFRICA | Mar. 12, 2019 03:27Reply
Do I require a VISA for a short transit in HK?
Hi there,

I'm traveling from South Africa to Vietnam with a short layover in Hong Kong (2 hours) in 4 weeks, will I require a VISA for entry into HK?
Thank you.
Answers (2)
Answered by Ashley from HUNGARY | Mar. 12, 2019 18:52

You don't need a visa for the transit in HK.
Answered by Kamini from SOUTH AFRICA | Mar. 14, 2019 03:41

Thank you very much!
Asked by motay from NEPAL | Mar. 01, 2019 18:17Reply
Do i need a visa for a quick transit?
Ill be flying to singapore from seattle in about 3 weeks time. My flight is gonna stop in hongkong for an hour before heading to singapore. Do i need entry permit for that? Im not even gona be exitting the plane. Please help me here.
Answers (5)
Answered by John Doe | Mar. 02, 2019 08:06

Yes, you need a visa or will be refused boarding. Nepalis need visas even when in direct transit and not leaving the plane.
Answered by motay from NEPAL | Mar. 04, 2019 16:35

thanks for tht info, appreciate it
Answered by motay from NEPAL | Mar. 05, 2019 16:00

So should i do then? I read somewhere in one of the posts below that its impossible to get a hk visa in less than a month. Ive got only 3 weeks before i fly.
Answered by John Doe | Mar. 06, 2019 15:12

You can
1) fax your document to HK Immigration before mailing them (instructions are on the immigration department's website) in which case the visa is likely to be processed and shipped in 3 weeks, or
2) have someone you know in HK to submit the application and retrieve the visa sticker and get it to you, or
3) change your flights so they don't stop in HK (e.g., reroute to Mainland China or Taiwan instead).
If you decide to apply for a visa, then make sure you have the visa sticker inside your passport before you check-in for your flight.
Answered by Motay from NEPAL | Mar. 07, 2019 10:32

I guess Im gonna change my flight to avoid the visa hassles. Thnks a lot for the info. Cheers
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