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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. 10, 2018 -
Questions & Answers on Hong Kong Visa Policy
Asked by Naganathan from INDIA | Dec. 09, 2018 09:26Reply
I have chinese business visa I visit in Hong Kong each day
Hai i have 60days stay in chinese business M there. So i go entry visiting Hong Kong same day return in china how to tell me please argent....
Answers (3)
Answered by John Doe | Dec. 09, 2018 16:56

You must apply for the PAR on HK government's website.
Answered by Naganathan from INDIAN | Dec. 10, 2018 08:20

What PAR please about the details
Answered by Roger | Dec. 10, 2018 17:04

It is the pre-arrival registration. You need to Google up that page from HK immigration department and fill out the form. If it's successful you will get an option to print the PAR slip with a printer. If not it will direct you to the appropriate page for entry visa application.
Asked by May from PHILIPPINES | Dec. 08, 2018 07:11Reply
Pre-arrival authorization
HI!! We are coming from Dubai going to Hongkong for tourism for 4 days & 1day to Macau.
My question is, is my Husband Pre-arrival authorization still be valid if 1day will go sightseeing in Macau & go back to Hongkong since our flight return to UAE is from Hongkong?
Answers (2)
Answered by May from PHILIPPINES | Dec. 08, 2018 07:12

still note my husband is Indian national
Answered by John Doe | Dec. 09, 2018 08:37

PAR is good for multiple entries during its validity period.
Asked by anthony from PHILIPPINES | Dec. 07, 2018 16:49Reply
honkong to shenzen then sheng zen to honkong
hello can i travel manila to honkong then same day after arrival a car will fetch me to sheng zen then staying there in a hotel for 7 days then car will fetch me back to hongkong then i will stay for 2 days in hong kong then fly back to manila.

im holding a phil pass port, i have already have a china visa for the january 2019 travel, my worry is in hongkong i know its free to go there be stamped for few days but im exiting on the same day i will arrive at the airport to shengzen via a car then i will go back to hongkong after 7 days from china mainland after 7 days at staythere for 2 dyas before flying out to manila .

will hong kong be a problem . thks
Answers (1)
Answered by John Doe | Dec. 09, 2018 08:39

It won't as long as you clearly explain this to the immigration officer if asked.
Asked by Izaz Ahmad from PAKISTAN | Dec. 07, 2018 06:23Reply
I have China visit Visa and I want to go hk
how can I get entry permit for HK and what's the requirements I'm Pakistani Pakistani passport holder
Answers (1)
Answered by Edwin from GERMANY | Dec. 09, 2018 18:37

If you go there for tourism purpose, you might need to provide copy of passport, the application form affixed with a passport-style photo, proof of your financial support, transportation and accommodation arrangement, and your travel plan.
Asked by Thu Pham from VIETNAM | Dec. 06, 2018 01:22Reply
I am working in Shenzheng and now I want to go to Hongkong one day for meeting.
I hold Vietnamese passport.
Do I need to apply Hongkong visa or just get it at landing?
And how to apply it?
Answers (1)
Answered by Shea from FINLAND | Dec. 06, 2018 17:22

You need to apply for it. First, you need to provide copy of passport, the application form affixed with a passport-style photo, proof of your financial support, transportation and accommodation arrangement, and your travel plan as well as others. Next, submit the application to the liaison office of HK government in Shenzhen to apply for HK visit visa.
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