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Visit Visa / Entry Permit Requirements for the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region

General

This chapter sets out the visa or entry permit requirements of the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region (HKSAR) of the People's Republic of China. It cannot be taken as a full statement of the law governing immigration.

Even where all immigration requirements set out in this chapter are met, travellers should not assume that they can gain automatic entry. The HKSAR immigration authorities have the right to refuse any person permission to land except those in Part I of this chapter.

If you need advice on individual cases, please address your enquiries to :

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If you have a close connection with the HKSAR by birth or long period of residence in the Region, you may not require a visa or entry permit. Please read Part Iof this chapter.

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If Part I does not apply to you, you will need a visa or entry permit to work, study, establish or join in any business or to take up residence in the HKSAR. However, you may not need a visa or entry permit for visit, depending on your nationality / type of travel document you hold. Please read Part IIof this chapter.

 

PART I

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No visa or entry permit is required for any purpose if you hold any of the following travel documents:

  • Hong Kong Special Administrative Region Passport,
  • British National (Overseas) Passport,
  • Hong Kong Certificate of Identity,
  • Hong Kong Re-entry permit (for entry from the Mainland of China and the Macao Special Administrative Region only),
  • Hong Kong Seaman's Identity Book,
  • Hong Kong Document of Identity for Visa Purposes provided that the document is valid or the holder's limit of stay in Hong Kong has not expired.
  • Travel documents bearing one of the following endorsements:
    • "Holder's eligibility for Hong Kong permanent identity card verified."
    • "The holder of this travel document has the right to land in Hong Kong. (Section 2AAA, Immigration Ordinance, Cap. 115, Laws of Hong Kong)"
  • Hong Kong Permanent Identity Card.
 

PART II

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Unless Part I applies to you, you require a visa or entry permit to work, study, establish or join in any business or to take up residence in the HKSAR. Otherwise, you are taking the risk of being refused admission on arrival.

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Visitors are required to have adequate funds to cover the duration of their stay without working and, unless in transit to the Mainland of China or the Macao Special Administrative Region, to hold onward or return tickets. If you want to stay longer than the visa free period allowed, you must apply for a visa or entry permit before travelling to the HKSAR.

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Visitors are not allowed by law to take up employment (paid or unpaid), to establish or join in any business, or to enter school as a student, nor, except in the most unusual circumstances, are visitors allowed to change their immigration status after arrival.

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You may apply for the appropriate visa or entry permit from the nearest Chinese diplomatic and consular mission.

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As an alternative, you may also submit your visa or entry permit application to the HKSAR Immigration Department either directly by post or through a local sponsor. To shorten the processing time, application forms and supporting documents can be sent by fax to (852) 2824 1133 in the first instance. However, the original copy of the duly completed application form and the photographs required should be sent immediately to the HKSAR Immigration Department by air mail. A visa/entry permit will be issued only on receipt of an original, properly completed visa/entry permit application form.

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If you are a Chinese resident of Taiwan, you should submit your application for an entry permit through one of the authorised airlines.

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There are separate information leaflets regarding the arrangements for entry in respect of residents of the Mainland of China (ID 894A) and for overseas Chinese and Chinese residents of Taiwan (ID 895A). You can also obtain information here for entry to Hong Kong from the Mainland of China. Information on arrangements for entry to Hong Kong SAR for overseas Chinese and Chinese residents of Taiwan can be obtained here

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Persons who need a visa or entry permit for visit (or purposes other than a visit) should obtain the appropriate visa or entry permit before travelling to the HKSAR.

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HKSAR visa requirements for the following foreign countries / territories:

  Nationality of foreign country (Territory)/ Type of Travel Document Visa free period for visit not exceeding Always require VISA, except in direct transit by air and when the person does not leave the airport transit area
1. AFGHANISTAN - Visa Required
2. ALBANIA (holders of Albanian biometric passports only) 14 Days -
3. ALBANIA (holders of Albanian non-biometric passports) - Visa Required
4. ALGERIA 14 Days -
5. ANDORRA 90 Days -
6. ANGOLA (please see remarks) - Visa Required^
7. ANGUILLA 90 Days -
8. ANTIGUA & BARBUDA 90 Days -
9. ARGENTINA 90 Days -
10. ARMENIA (please see remarks) - Visa Required#
11. AUSTRALIA 90 Days -
12. AUSTRIA 90 Days -
13. AZERBAIJAN (please see remarks) - Visa Required#
14. BAHAMAS 90 Days -
15. BAHRAIN 30 Days -
16. BANGLADESH (please see remarks) - Visa Required^
17. BARBADOS 90 Days -
18. BELARUS (please see remarks) - Visa Required#
19. BELGIUM 90 Days -
20. BELIZE 90 Days -
21. BENIN 14 Days -
22. BERMUDA 90 Days -
23. BHUTAN 14 Days -
24. BOLIVIA 30 Days -
25. BOSNIA AND HERZEGOVINA 14 Days -
26. BOTSWANA 90 Days -
27. BRAZIL 90 Days -
28. BRITAIN (British citizens) 180 Days -
29. BRITAIN (British Overseas Territories citizens, British Overseas citizens, British subjects and British Protected persons) 90 Days -
30. BRITISH ANTARCTIC TERRITORY 90 Days -
31. BRITISH INDIAN OCEAN TERRITORY 90 Days -
32. BRITISH VIRGIN ISLANDS 90 Days -
33. BRUNEI DARUSSALAM 90 Days -
34. BULGARIA 90 Days -
35. BURKINA FASO 14 Days -
36. BURUNDI (please see remarks) - Visa Required^
37. CAMBODIA (please see remarks) - Visa Required#
38. CAMEROON (please see remarks) - Visa Required^
39. CANADA 90 Days -
40. CAPE VERDE (REPUBLIC OF) 30 Days -
41. CAYMAN ISLANDS 90 Days -
42. CENTRAL AFRICAN REPUBLIC (please see remarks) - Visa Required*
43. CHAD 14 Days -
44. CHILE 90 Days -
45. COLOMBIA 90 Days -
46. COMOROS 14 Days -
47. CONGO (DEMOCRATIC REPUBLIC OF) (Formerly known as Zaire) (please see remarks) - Visa Required*
48. CONGO (REPUBLIC OF) (please see remarks) - Visa Required^
49. COSTA RICA 30 Days -
50. Costa Rican Provisional passports - Visa Required
51. "Documento de Identidad Y Viaje" issued by Costa Rican Government - Visa Required
52. COTE D'IVOIRE (REPUBLIC OF) (please see remarks) - Visa Required*
53. CROATIA 90 Days -
54. CUBA - Visa Required
55. CYPRUS (REPUBLIC OF) 90 Days -
56. CZECH REPUBLIC 90 Days -
57. DENMARK 90 Days -
58. DJIBOUTI 14 Days -
59. DOMINICA (COMMONWEALTH OF) 90 Days -
60. DOMINICAN REPUBLIC 30 Days -
61. ECUADOR 90 Days -
62. EGYPT 90 Days -
63. EL SALVADOR 30 Days -
64. EQUATORIAL GUINEA 14 Days -
65. ERITREA (please see remarks) - Visa Required*
66. ESTONIA 90 Days -
67. ETHIOPIA (please see remarks) - Visa Required^
68. FALKLAND ISLANDS & DEPENDENCIES 90 Days -
69. FAROE ISLANDS 90 Days -
70. FIJI 90 Days -
71. FINLAND 90 Days -
72. FRANCE 90 Days -
73. GABON 14 Days -
74. GAMBIA 90 Days -
75. GEORGIA - Visa Required
76. GERMANY 90 Days -
77. GHANA (please see remarks) - Visa Required^
78. GIBRALTAR 90 Days -
79. GREECE 90 Days -
80. GREENLAND 90 Days -
81. GRENADA 90 Days -
82. GUATEMALA 30 Days -
83. GUINEA 14 Days -
84. GUINEA-BISSAU (please see remarks) - Visa Required*
85. GUYANA 90 Days -
86. HAITI 14 Days -
87. HONDURAS 30 Days -
88. HUNGARY 90 Days -
89. ICELAND 90 Days -
90. INDIA 14 Days -
91. INDONESIA 30 Days -
92. IRAN - Visa Required
93. IRAQ (please see remarks) - Visa Required*
94. IRELAND (REPUBLIC OF) 90 Days -
95. ISRAEL 90 Days -
96. ITALY 90 Days -
97. JAMAICA 90 Days -
98. JAPAN 90 Days -
99. JORDAN 30 Days -
100. KAZAKHSTAN 14 Days -
101. KENYA 90 Days -
102. KIRIBATI 90 Days -
103. KOREA (DEMOCRATIC PEOPLE'S REPUBLIC OF) - Visa Required
104. KOREA (REPUBLIC OF) 90 Days -
105. KUWAIT 30 Days -
106. KYRGYZSTAN (please see remarks) - Visa Required#
107. LAOS (please see remarks) - Visa Required#
108. LATVIA 90 Days -
109. LEBANON - Visa Required
110. LESOTHO 14 Days -
111. LIBERIA (please see remarks) - Visa Required*
112. LIBYA - Visa Required
113. LIECHTENSTEIN 90 Days -
114. LITHUANIA 90 Days -
115. LUXEMBOURG 90 Days -
116. MACEDONIA 14 Days -
117. MADAGASCAR 14 Days -
118. MALAWI 90 Days -
119. MALAYSIA 90 Days -
120. MALDIVES 90 Days -
121. MALI 14 Days -
122. MALTA 90 Days -
123. MARSHALL ISLANDS (REPUBLIC OF) 14 Days -
124. MAURITANIA 14 Days -
125. MAURITIUS 90 Days -
126. MEXICO 90 Days -
127. MICRONESIA (FEDERATED STATES OF) 14 Days -
128. MOLDOVA (REPUBLIC OF) (please see remarks) - Visa Required#
129. MONACO 90 Days -
130. MONGOLIA 14 Days -
131. MONTENEGRO ( REPUBLIC OF ) 14 Days -
132. MONTSERRAT 90 Days -
133. MOROCCO 30 Days -
134. MOZAMBIQUE 14 Days -
135. MYANMAR (please see remarks) - Visa Required#
136. NAMIBIA 90 Days -
137. NAURU 90 Days -
138. NEPAL (please see remarks) - Visa Required*
139. NETHERLANDS 90 Days -
140. NEW ZEALAND 90 Days -
141. NICARAGUA - Visa Required
142. NIGER 14 Days -
143. NIGERIA - Visa Required
144. NORWAY 90 Days -
145. OMAN 30 Days -
146. PAKISTAN (please see remarks) - Visa Required^
147. PALAU 14 Days -
148. PALESTINE (STATES OF) - Visa Required
149. PANAMA - Visa Required
150. PAPUA NEW GUINEA 90 Days -
151. PARAGUAY 30 Days -
152. PERU 30 Days -
153. Special Peruvian passports - Visa Required
154. PHILIPPINES 14 Days -
155. PITCAIRN, HENDERSON, DUCIE & OENO ISLANDS 90 Days -
156. POLAND 90 Days -
157. PORTUGAL 90 Days -
158. QATAR 30 Days -
159. ROMANIA 90 Days -
160. RUSSIAN FEDERATION 14 Days -
161. RWANDA 14 Days -
162. SAMOA 30 Days -
163. SAN MARINO 90 Days -
164. SAO TOME AND PRINCIPE 14 Days -
165. SAUDI ARABIA 30 Days -
166. SENEGAL - Visa Required
167. SERBIA (REPUBLIC OF) (holders of Serbian biometric passports only) 14 Days -
168. SERBIA (REPUBLIC OF) (holders of Serbian non-biometric passports or Serbian passports issued by the Coordination Directorate in Belgrade) - Visa Required
169. SEYCHELLES 90 Days -
170. SIERRA LEONE (please see remarks) - Visa Required*
171. SINGAPORE 90 Days -
172. SLOVAK REPUBLIC 90 Days -
173. SLOVENIA 90 Days -
174. SOLOMON ISLANDS - Visa Required
175. SOMALIA (please see remarks) - Visa Required*
176. SOUTH AFRICA 30 Days -
177. SOUTH SUDAN - Visa Required
178. SPAIN 90 Days -
179. SRI LANKA (please see remarks) - Visa Required^
180. ST. HELENA 90 Days -
181. ST. HELENA DEPENDENCIES (ASCENSION, TRISTAN DA CUNHA) 90 Days -
182. ST. KITTS - NEVIS ANGUILLA 90 Days -
183. ST. LUCIA 90 Days -
184. ST. VINCENT AND THE GRENADINES 90 Days -
185. SUDAN - Visa Required
186. SURINAME 14 Days -
187. SWAZILAND 90 Days -
188. SWEDEN 90 Days -
189. SWITZERLAND 90 Days -
190. SYRIA - Visa Required
191. TAJIKISTAN (please see remarks) - Visa Required#
192. TANZANIA 90 Days -
193. THAILAND 30 Days -
194. THE SOUTH GEORGIA AND THE SOUTH SANDWICH ISLANDS 90 Days -
195. THE SOVEREIGN BASE AREAS OF AKROTIRI AND DHEKELIA 90 Days -
196. TOGO (please see remarks) - Visa Required^
197. TONGA 90 Days -
198. Tongan National passports - Visa Required
199. Tongan Protected Persons passports - Visa Required
200. TRINIDAD & TOBAGO 90 Days -
201. TUNISIA 30 Days -
202. TURKEY 90 Days -
203. TURKMENISTAN (please see remarks) - Visa Required#
204. TURKS AND CAICOS ISLANDS 90 Days -
205. TUVALU 90 Days -
206. TUVALU (with national status stated as 'I-TUVALU') - Visa Required
207. UGANDA 30 Days -
208. UKRAINE 14 Days -
219. UNITED ARAB EMIRATES 30 Days -
210. URUGUAY 90 Days -
211. Uruguay passports issued under Decree 289/90 - Visa Required
212. U.S.A. 90 Days -
213. US TRUST TERRITORY OF PACIFIC ISLANDS (holders of US Trust Territory passports only) 14 Days -
214. UZBEKISTAN (please see remarks) - Visa Required#
215. VANUATU 90 Days -
216. VATICAN CITY 14 Days -
217. Vatican Service passports - Visa Required
218. VENEZUELA 90 Days -
219. VIETNAM - Visa Required
220. YEMEN (REPUBLIC OF) 30 Days -
221. ZAMBIA 90 Days -
222. ZIMBABWE 90 Days -
223. All 'stateless' travel document holders - Visa Required
224. Nationals of other foreign countries do not require visas for a visit 7 Days -

Remarks:

  • * All nationals are required to hold a valid visa for the HKSAR for whatever purpose (including those who are in transit and remain on the airside).

  • ^ All nationals (except holders of Diplomatic and Official passports) are required to hold a valid visa for the HKSAR for whatever purpose (including those who are in transit and remain on the airside). Holders of Diplomatic and Official passport may visit the HKSAR visa-free for a stay not exceeding 14 days.

    # Holders of Diplomatic and Official passport may visit the HKSAR visa-free for a stay not exceeding 14 days.

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The information in this chapter on visa or entry permit requirements for visitors to the HKSAR is updated in July 2014. There may be subsequent changes.