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Instructions on applying Visa/Entry Permit for Hong Kong SAR
2015/01/20

Visa/Entry Permit for HKSAR

Important notice:

1. A new policy for Indian nationals visiting Hong Kong has been announced by Immigration Department of the Government of the Hong Kong Special Admintrative Region. The Pre-arrival Registration for Indian Nationals will be implemented from 23 January 2017. For detailed information please visit website http://www.immd.gov.hk/eng/services/visas/pre-arrival_registration_for_indian_nationals.html

2.  From 19th December 2016, the Chinese Consulate General in Kolkata will only accept applications from Indian diplomatic and official passport holders who intend to visit Hong Kong.

 

Part One: General Application Guidelines

1. The purpose

The purpose of entry should be for visiting family or for business. And the following business-related activities is approved: concluding contracts or submitting tenders; examining or supervising the installation/packaging of goods or equipment; participating in exhibitions or trade fairs (except selling goods or supplying services direct to the general public), settling compensation or other civil proceedings; participating in product orientation; and attending short-term seminars or other business meetings.

2. Documents Required

For visiting family:

Forms and Documents to be Submitted by the Applicants

1) Visa Application Form (to be completed by the applicant, you can download it in the Appendix);

2) Covering letter;

3) Photocopy of proof of relationship with the local sponsor (e.g. photocopy of sponsor's passport which shows parents and spouse's name, birth certificate, or marriage certificate );

4) Applicant's financial statement (e.g. bank statements, tax receipts, etc. and proof of employment (if any), e.g. employment contract, salary slips, etc.);

5) Photocopy of proof of transportation arrangement (e.g. flight itinerary);

6) Photocopy of applicant's passport.

Forms and Documents to be Submitted by the Sponsor

1) Visa Application Form (to be completed by the sponsor, you can download it in the Appendix);

2) Invitation letter;

3) Photocopy of the sponsor's Hong Kong identity card, or photocopy of sponsor's passport and stay label of Hong Kong in the passport(for non-permanent resident );

4) Sponsor's financial statement (e.g. bank statements, tax receipts, etc). And proof of employment (if any), e.g. employment contract, salary slips, etc.);

5) Proof of residence (e.g. lease agreements, electricity bills, etc.)

For business:

1) Application for entry for visa (to be completed by the applicant, you can download it in the Appendix);

2) Application for entry for visa (to be completed by the sponsor, you can download it in the Appendix);

3) Photocopy of Business Registration Certificate of the sponsor;

4) Invitation letter issued by the sponsor;

5) Covering letter,

6) Employment contract;

7) Applicant's financial statement (e.g. bank statements, tax receipts, salary slips, etc.);

8) Photocopy of proof of transportation arrangement (e.g. flight itinerary);

9) Photocopy of proof of hotel booking;

10) Photocopy of passport.

3. Processing Time, Visa Fees and Payment

Please refer to The Latest Pricelist for Chinese Visas, Notarizations & Attestations, Passports & Travel Documents (With effect from 9 September 2013)

4. Other Important Information

1) Please fill out the visa application form truthfully, completely and clearly. Any false, or incomplete statement or failure to write in a clear way may delay the processing of a visa application or result in the refusal of a visa.

2) Visa officials reserve the right to make decisions on a visa on a case-by-case basis.

3) The Chinese Embassy or the Consulate General reserves the right of interpretation in case of changes to the information above.

Part Two: Visiting Hong Kong with an Indian passport or a Third-Country Passport

1. An Indian passport holder may visit the HKSAR and stay for up to 14 days without visa for tourism purpose after successfully completing or "Pre-arrival Registration for Indian Nationals Process".

2. An Indian passport holder who intends to stay in Hong Kong for more than 14 days must apply for visa in advance. Please refer to Hong Kong Immigration Website.

3. For any further information on whether or not an Indian National or a third-country national is required to apply for visa and how to apply, please visit the website of the Immigration Department of the Government of the Hong Kong SAR: http://www.immd.gov.hk.

Part Three: Visiting Hong Kong with a Passport/Travel Document of the People's Republic of China

1. Transit through Hong Kong

1) A holder of a valid passport of the People's Republic of China who travels with a connecting ticket from overseas through Hong Kong to a third country/region may stay in Hong Kong for up to 7 days without a Hong Kong entry permit. If the final destination is China's mainland or Macao, no connecting ticket is required.

A holder of a valid passport of the People's Republic of China who travels with a connecting ticket and a valid visa or document of permanent residency of the destination country/region (e.g. work visa, student visa, permanent resident card) from China's mainland through Hong Kong to a third country/region may stay in Hong Kong for up to 7 days without a Hong Kong entry permit.

2) Travelers who plan to stay in Hong Kong for more than 7 days must apply for an entry permit. The Chinese Consulate General will issue a single-entry or double-entry permit valid for 3 months with a maximum duration of stay of 30 days each time.

2. Visiting Hong Kong

1) Chinese citizens going to Hong Kong for short visit (regardless of the passport type) must apply for a Hong Kong entry permit.

2) Visitors under any of the following circumstances must apply for a Hong Kong entry permit at the HKSAR Immigration department or to the Chinese Embassy or Consulates General regardless of the length of stay:

(1) The purpose of the trip is to get employment, give performances or hold exhibitions; or to reside permanently;

(2) The purpose of the trip is to study, or receive vocational education or industrial/business training;

(3) The visitor intends to work or reside permanently in Hong Kong.

Please visit the website of the HKSAR Immigration Department (http://www.immd.gov.hk/) for more information.

3. Visitors traveling with a Travel Document of the People's Republic of China to visit or transit though Hong Kong must apply for a Hong Kong entry permit.

Part Four: Hong Kong Residents Going to Hong Kong

No visa or entry permit is required for any holder of the following travel documents:

► Hong Kong Special Administrative Region Passport

►Hong Kong Permanent Identity Card

►Hong Kong Certificate of Identity (CI)

►Hong Kong Seaman's Identity Book (excluding seamen overstaying, temporary shore leave)

►British National (Overseas) Passport

Part Five: Macao Residents Visiting Hong Kong

1. The following permanent residents of Macao may visit Hong Kong without entry permit for a period up to 180 days:

1) Permanent residents of Macao holding valid permanent identity cards of Macao and in conformity with general entry regulations;

2) Holders of Visit Permit for Residents of Macao SAR to HKSAR and proof of permanent resident status in Macao.

2. Holders of Visit Permit for Residents of Macao SAR to HKSAR who are non-permanent residents of Macao may visit Hong Kong without entry permit for up to 30 days.

3. Holders of Macao SAR passports and holders of Macao SAR Travel Permits who travel between Macao SAR and another country/region may transit through Hong Kong for a stay of up to 7 days without entry permit, provided that the general entry regulations are met, including possession of valid visas or other entry documents for the destination and confirmed onward tickets.

4. Please visit the website of the HKSAR Immigration Department (http://www.immd.gov.hk) for more information.

Part Six: Taiwan Residents Visiting Hong Kong

1. Holders of valid "Mainland Travel Permit for Taiwan Residents" may enter Hong Kong as tourists and stay for up to 7 days without entry permit, provided the general entry regulations are met.

2. Taiwan residents who live in Taiwan should apply for entry permit issued by HKSAR Immigration Department through one of the authorized airline companies or agencies if they intend to visit or transit through Hong Kong and stay there for over 7 days.

3. Taiwan compatriots who live overseas should apply for a Travel Document of the People's Republic of China and a Hong Kong entry permit at the Chinese Embassy or Consulate General (see Travel Document for more information) if they intend to visit Hong Kong without "Mainland Travel Permit for Taiwan Residents". They should also apply for an entry permit which can be single-entry or double-entry valid for 3 months, or multiple-entry valid for one year with a duration of stay up to 14 days each time. Applicants applying for a multiple-entry permit valid for one year must submit proof of U.S. residency (e.g. permanent resident card).

If an applicant intends to stay for more than 14 days in Hong Kong, the application will be referred to the Immigration Department of the Government of the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region for processing,

Please visit the website of the HKSAR Immigration Department (http://www.immd.gov.hk) for more information.

Part Seven: Contact the HKSAR Immigration Department

Address: Immigration Tower, 7 Gloucester Road, Wan Chai, Hong Kong

Tel: (852) 2824 1212

Fax: (852) 2824 1133

Website: http://www.immd.gov.hk/

 

The Chinese Embassy or Consulates General reserve the right of interpretation in case of changes to the information above.

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