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HKSAR Passport

Q1: Am I eligible for a HKSAR Passport?

You are eligible to apply for a HKSAR Passport if you are a Chinese citizen, have the Right of Abode (ROA) in the HKSAR and are holding a valid Hong Kong permanent identity card (PIC).

Q2: Am I a Chinese citizen?

You are a "Chinese citizen" if you have Chinese nationality under the Chinese Nationality Law as elaborated in " the interpretation of Chinese Nationality Law when applying in the HKSAR" passed by the Standing Committee of the National People's Congress of the Chinese Government on 15 May 1996. In general, you may have Chinese nationality if you are a Hong Kong resident of Chinese descent and born in Hong Kong or other parts of China, notwithstanding that you hold, or have held Hong Kong British Dependent Territories Citizen passport, British National (Overseas) passport; or any other foreign passport.

Q3: I am a person partly of Chinese blood and holding a valid Hong Kong permanent identity card. Am I qualified for a HKSAR Passport?

Article 4 of the Nationality Law of the People's Republic of China states that any person born in China whose parents are Chinese nationals or one of whose parents is a Chinese national shall have Chinese nationality.

Article 5 of the same Nationality Law states that any person born abroad whose parents are both Chinese nationals or one of whose parents is a Chinese national shall have Chinese nationality. But a person whose parents are both Chinese nationals and have both settled abroad, or one of whose parents is a Chinese national and has settled abroad, and who has acquired foreign nationality at birth shall not have Chinese nationality.

It follows that each case has to be considered individually, taking into account the provisions of the Nationality Law mentioned above.

Q6: I am a Chinese national holding a valid Hong Kong permanent identity card and a foreign passport. Can I apply for a HKSAR Passport?

If you have returned to settle in Hong Kong and have not declared a change of nationality to the Hong Kong Immigration Department, you remain a Chinese national and are eligible for a HKSAR Passport.

(Please note that "settled", in relation to a person's claim to the right of abode in the HKSAR, means ordinarily resident in Hong Kong and is not subject to any restriction on the period of stay in Hong Kong.)

More about right of abode in the HKSAR
More about Chinese nationality

Q7: If I remain a Chinese national, can I keep my foreign passport when I obtain a HKSAR Passport?

Yes, you can keep and travel on your foreign passport, which will be regarded in Hong Kong and other parts of China as a travel document only.

More about right of abode in the HKSAR
More about Chinese nationality

Q8: How long does it take to get a HKSAR Passport?

The HKSAR Immigration Department pledges to complete the process of an application in 10 working days after receiving all necessary documents, application fee and photograph and in 14 working days for children aged under 11 not holding a Hong Kong permanent identity card (Working days denote Monday to Friday excluding General Holidays). In general, you can obtain the new passport on the next working day after the completion of the application process by the Immigration Department. For applications not submitted in person (e.g. via drop-in-box), an extra 2 to 3 working days may be required for handling formalities. The processing time may be longer for passport application due to loss, damage or change of personal particulars. Whether this pledge can be met will also depend on the circumstances of individual applications and the number of applications received at a particular time. If you have any travel plans, please apply early.

Q9: Can I ask to include my child in my HKSAR Passport?

No. The passport will contain only the personal particulars of the passport holder. An application should be made for your child for his own HKSAR Passport.

Q10: What are the features of the HKSAR Passport?

The features of the HKSAR Passport are :

  • The passport is in machine readable format that will facilitate the holder's immigration clearance at foreign immigration control points equipped with machine reading facilities.
  • The passport will contain only the personal particulars of the holder. Children of any age should hold their own passport.
  • To tie in with the international trend, the passport is embedded with a contactless chip storing the photo and data which are displayed on the data page.
  • The passport is normally valid for 10 years unless otherwise specified; passport for children under 16 years of age is normally valid for 5 years.
  • The passport states that the holder has the right to return to HKSAR.
  • The passport is valid for all countries.
Q11: How to apply for a HKSAR Passport?

A person who is a Chinese citizen holding a valid permanent identity card of the HKSAR and has the right of abode (ROA) in the HKSAR is eligible to apply for a HKSAR Passport.

You can submit your HKSAR passport application from Hong Kong or overseas.

Please see the following links for the required documents, fee and photograph to be enclosed:

Local application
Overseas application

Q12: Why do I need to make an appointment booking for collection of my new HKSAR passport?

By using the appointment booking service, you can shorten the queuing time at Immigration offices for collecting your new HKSAR passport.

Q13: When can I use this appointment booking service?

You can make an appointment booking starting from the day following the date of issue of the Collection Notice. You can choose a suitable time slot from Monday to Saturday at the chosen collection office. The service is free of charge and group booking for a maximum of four applicants with same collection office shown on their Collection Notices is available.

Q14: My child was born in Hong Kong and he is a Chinese National has yet registered for a HK birth certificate. Can I make an appointment for applying HKSAR passport for my child, if I am not a Hong Kong resident ?

Yes. You can make the appointment booking both for birth registration and passport application by inputting your travel document number and your child’s date of birth which must match with the birth return record from the hospital.  For HKSAR passport or Re-entry Permit application, the child must show the Hong Kong Birth Certificate if he was born in Hong Kong.  In this regard, please make an appointment for submitting the HKSAR passport/Re-entry Permit application at least 1 hour after the appointment for birth registration, including the time for traveling, whichever is longer.  For example, if you have booked an appointment at Kowloon Birth Registration Office at 0900 hours for birth registration, please make an appointment at 1100 hours at Immigration Office – East Kowloon for submitting the application for HKSAR passport.

Q15: Can I make the appointment booking for applying HKSAR passport and Re-entry Permit for my child at the same time?

Yes. You can make no more than 4 applications in each appointment booking, For example, you can make the appointment booking both for applying HKSAR passport and Re-entry Permit for two children at the same time, making a total number of 4 applications. Please note that ONLY Immigration Branch Offices accept applications for Re-entry Permit.

Q16: How can I apply for amendment to my personal particulars in the passport?

You are required to submit your application in person at the Travel Documents and Nationality (Application) Section or one of the Immigration Branch Offices. Upon application, besides the relevant supporting doucments (e.g. deed poll), you also have to produce your existing HKSAR passport. As the personal particulars in the passport should be identical to those shown on the Hong Kong permanent identity card, you are required to apply for amedment to the registered particulars at the Registration of Persons Office before submitting the application for amendment to the personal particulars in the passport.

Should the application be approved, the HKSAR Immigration Department will issue a new passport with amended personal particulars to you and the passport will be of the same validity with your existing passport. The application fee is HK$84. Or, you may apply for a new passport with 10-year or 5-year validity (depending on the age of applicant). The application fee for a passport with 10-year validity is HK$370 (32 pages) / HK$460 (48 pages) and 5-year validity is HK$185 (32 pages) / HK$230 (48 pages).

Q17: How can I apply for replacement of HKSAR passport due to loss?

If you have lost your HKSAR passport, you should report the loss to the Immigration Department.

You should complete the application form (ID 645) and submit your replacement application in person at any one of the Immigration Offices that handles travel document applications. You may book an appointment through the telephone booking system at (852) 2598 0888 or online www.gov.hk/tdbooking

Immigration Offices for travel document applications

Online appointment booking for applying travel documents

How to apply for the HKSAR travel documents

Q18: What should I do if I lost my HKSAR passport while travelling abroad?

If you lost your HKSAR passport while travelling abroad, you should immediately report the loss to the local police and request a copy of the police report.  With the documentary proof of the loss, you may contact the Chinese diplomatic and consular mission in that country and request for replacement of travel document.  You may also contact the Assistance to Hong Kong Residents Unit of the Immigration Department through the 24-hour hotline (852) 1868 for assistance.  The Immigration Department will provide you with information and assistance regarding the processing of travel document.

 Chinese Diplomatic and Consular Missions

Guide to Consular Protection and Services Outside Chinese Territory

Q19: I was born in the Mainland and my child was born overseas, how to fill in the "Place of Birth" column on the passport application form?

If you were born in the Mainland, you should provide the name of the province, municipality or autonomous region (e.g. Guangdong or Shanghai) at which you were born at the "Place of Birth" column. Your passport will show the name of province, municipality or autonomous region you reported. Whilst your child was born overseas, you should provide the country name (e.g. Canada or Thailand) at which your child was born but the name of province or municipality is not required. Your child's passport will only show the name of country he was born.

Q20: Where can I get the application forms for the HKSAR Passport?

Application forms and Notes for Guidance are available at all Immigration Branch Offices, district offices and post offices. You may also obtain the application forms by post. Please call (852) 2824 6111 or fax. to (852) 2877 7711 or make your request through email : enquiry@immd.gov.hk

If you are residing overseas, application forms and Notes for Guidance can also be obtained from the Chinese Diplomatic and Consular Missions or the HKSAR Immigration Department.

Q21: Children under 11 years of age are not required to hold identity cards. How can they apply for a HKSAR Passport?

For eligible children under 11 years of age who are not holding PICs, their applications for PICs must be submitted together with their applications for HKSAR Passports. The application form must be signed by a parent or legal guardian. The PIC will be issued together with the HKSAR Passport. For details, please see ID(E)842A "Notes of Guidance for HKSAR Passport application" and ROP(E)149 "Notes for Guidance on Application for a Hong Kong Permanent Identity Card for a Child under 11 years of age in connection with Application for Hong Kong Special Administrative Region Passport".

Q22: I have a valid visa in my existing HKSAR Passport that is due for replacement. Can I retain my existing passort upon collection of my new passport?

When you collect your new passport, you should produce your existing passport for cancellation. The cancelled passport will be returned to you.

In case of need, you may upon application for replacement of HKSAR passport, also apply to cross link your existing passport with your new passport. Cross linking of HKSAR Passports means making an endorsement on both the previous and new passports to the effect that the previous passport bears a visa which is still in force. The previous passport will not be physically linked to the new passport but will be returned to you after the endorsement is made. If you wish to apply for cross linking of passports, you have to meet all the following conditions:

(a)  your existing passport is still valid on the date of printing the cross link endorsement;

(b)  your existing passport contains a valid visa, a residence permit or entry permit; and

(c)  your existing passport has at least one blank page for making an endorsement about the cross linking of passports.

To apply for cross linking of passports, you have to complete the application form ID879, pay a fee of HK$170 and return your existing passport for cross link application. Please note that all cross link applications have to be submitted in person or by proxy. Applications submitted by post, drop-in, online or via self-service kiosks are not accepted.  In general, the processing of HKSAR passport takes 10 working days to complete. Any application for cross linking of passports should be made simultaneously when you apply for replacement of passport in order not to cause delay in the processing of passport.

Application for cross linking of HKSAR Passports (Form ID 879)

Q23: Do I have the rights to apply for HKSAR travel documents on behalf of my child aged under 16 or to give consent to my child aged over 16 but under 18 on his/her HKSAR travel document application?

There are relevant provisions in the Guardianship of Minors Ordinance (“the Ordinance”), Chapter 13, Laws of Hong Kong. According to Section 3(1)(b) of the Ordinance on the custody and upbringing of a minor, a mother shall have the same rights and authority as the law allows to a father, and the rights and authority of mother and father shall be equal and be exercisable by either without the other. If the applicant is an illegitimate child, according to Section 3(1)(c) of the Ordinance –

  1. a mother shall have the same rights and authority as she would have by virtue of Section 3(1)(b) of the Ordinance if the minor were legitimate;
  2. a father shall only have such rights and authority, if any, as may have been ordered by a court on an application brought by the father under Section 3(1)(d) of the Ordinance.
Q24: Do I have the rights to apply for HKSAR travel documents on behalf of my child aged under 16 or to give consent to my child aged over 16 but under 18 on his/her HKSAR travel document application if I am in the process of a divorce? Can I make a request to the Immigration Department directly to prohibit my spouse from applying for HKSAR travel documents on behalf of my child or giving consent to my child’s HKSAR travel document application?

Regarding persons who are in the process of a divorce, unless there is any order from the Court, the legitimate father or mother of a minor has the same rights to apply for HKSAR travel documents on behalf of the minor aged under 16 or to give consent to the minor aged over 16 but under 18 on his/her HKSAR travel document application in accordance with Section 3(1)(b) of the Guardianship of Minors Ordinance, Chapter 13, Laws of Hong Kong. Without an order from the court, the Immigration Department cannot act on a unilateral request from either parent to prohibit the other parent from applying for HKSAR travel documents on behalf of his/her child or giving consent to his/her child’s HKSAR travel document application.

HKSAR Re-entry Permit

Q1: Am I eligible for an HKSAR Re-entry Permit?

The HKSAR Re-entry Permits are issued to the following Hong Kong residents for travel to the Mainland and Macao Special Administrative Region:

  • Chinese citizens who have either acquired the right of abode or been granted unconditional stay in Hong Kong; or
  • persons not of Chinese nationality who have been granted unconditional stay in Hong Kong but cannot obtain national passports or travel documents of any other countries or regions.
Q2: Do I need to apply for HKSAR Re-entry Permit for travel to/from the Mainland or the Macao SAR?

When passing through Hong Kong immigration control points to or from the Mainland or the Macao SAR, a Hong Kong resident does not need a Hong Kong SAR Re-entry Permit if he can produce the following documents:

(a) For Hong Kong residents aged 11 or above:

a valid Hong Kong Permanent Identity Card issued locally, or a Hong Kong Identity Card bearing ‘*’, ‘***’ or ‘R’ symbol; or

(b) For minors aged below 11:

a valid Hong Kong Permanent Identity Card issued locally and a valid Hong Kong SAR passport.

Important Notes:

  1. For entering or departing the Mainland, the traveller should observe the documentation requirements of the Mainland authorities (e.g. Home Visit Permit);
  2. For entering or departing the Macao SAR, Hong Kong Permanent Resident aged below 11 and does not hold any valid Hong Kong SAR Re-entry Permit shall have to produce his Hong Kong Permanent Identity Card, and a valid Hong Kong SAR passport for identification purpose.
Q3: How many types of HKSAR Re-entry Permits are issued?

There are two types of HKSAR Re-entry Permits :

  • the single Re-entry Permit (valid for 6 months for one journey)
  • the multiple Re-entry Permit (valid for 5 years for multiple journeys)
Q4: Where should I submit the application?

Application for the HKSAR Re-entry Permit should be submitted in person at one of the Immigration Branch Offices.

List of Immigration Branch Offices for travel document applications

Q5: How can I make an appointment for submitting the application for the HKSAR Re-entry Permit at the Immigration Branch Office?

You may make an appointment online or through the 24-hour telephone booking system at 2598 0888 to apply for the HKSAR Re-entry Permit.

Online booking for travel document applications

Q6: What are the photograph requirements for the HKSAR Re-entry Permit application?

One recent photograph is required for the application. The photograph should be taken in full face, without a hat. The size should be smaller than 55 X 45 mm and larger than 50 X 40 mm. The background should be plain and of a light colour. Self-service photographic kiosks are provided in all Immigration Branch Offices.

Q7: What are the payment methods for the application fee?

The application fee is payable at the time of application. Payment can either be made by EPS, in cash, or by cheque. The crossed cheque should be payable to "The Government of the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region". Post-dated cheques are not accepted.

Application fees

Q8: Do I need to submit the Form for Countersignature (Form ID 641) upon application for the HKSAR Re-entry Permit for my child who is under the age of 11?

The Form for Countersignature (Form ID 641) is only required if you cannot produce the latest school document bearing the child's photograph authenticated by the school (e.g. student's handbook or school record card bearing the child's name, date of birth and photograph) or other evidence of identity.

Form for Countersignature (Form ID 641)

Q9: Who can act as the counter-signatory and does he need to attend the Immigration Branch Office in person for submission of an HKSAR Re-entry Permit application?

Any person (except the parent or guardian of the child) who is aged 18 or above and knows the child can act as the counter-signatory. The counter-signatory is not required to attend the Immigration Branch Office in person. But you have to produce a completed Form for Countersignature (Form ID 641) together with a photocopy of the counter-signatory's Hong Kong identity card or valid travel document bearing his / her signature.

Form for Countersignature (Form ID 641)

Q10: What is the processing time for the HKSAR Re-entry Permit application?

If all required supporting documents are provided upon submission of application in person, the HKSAR Re-entry Permit application can normally be processed and issued to the applicant on the same day. If your previous Re-entry Permit is lost, damaged, defaced or is not available, you have to complete Form ID 645. The processing time may be longer.

More about supporting documents required for application for HKSAR Re-entry Permit

Details of previous Hong Kong travel document which has been lost / damaged / defaced / is not available (Form ID 645)

Q11: Do I have the rights to apply for HKSAR travel documents on behalf of my child aged under 16 or to give consent to my child aged over 16 but under 18 on his/her HKSAR travel document application?

There are relevant provisions in the Guardianship of Minors Ordinance (“the Ordinance”), Chapter 13, Laws of Hong Kong. According to Section 3(1)(b) of the Ordinance on the custody and upbringing of a minor, a mother shall have the same rights and authority as the law allows to a father, and the rights and authority of mother and father shall be equal and be exercisable by either without the other. If the applicant is an illegitimate child, according to Section 3(1)(c) of the Ordinance –

  1. a mother shall have the same rights and authority as she would have by virtue of Section 3(1)(b) of the Ordinance if the minor were legitimate;
  2. a father shall only have such rights and authority, if any, as may have been ordered by a court on an application brought by the father under Section 3(1)(d) of the Ordinance.
Q12: Do I have the rights to apply for HKSAR travel documents on behalf of my child aged under 16 or to give consent to my child aged over 16 but under 18 on his/her HKSAR travel document application if I am in the process of a divorce? Can I make a request to the Immigration Department directly to prohibit my spouse from applying for HKSAR travel documents on behalf of my child or giving consent to my child’s HKSAR travel document application?

Regarding persons who are in the process of a divorce, unless there is any order from the Court, the legitimate father or mother of a minor has the same rights to apply for HKSAR travel documents on behalf of the minor aged under 16 or to give consent to the minor aged over 16 but under 18 on his/her HKSAR travel document application in accordance with Section 3(1)(b) of the Guardianship of Minors Ordinance, Chapter 13, Laws of Hong Kong. Without an order from the court, the Immigration Department cannot act on a unilateral request from either parent to prohibit the other parent from applying for HKSAR travel documents on behalf of his/her child or giving consent to his/her child’s HKSAR travel document application.

HKSAR Document of Identity for Visa Purposes

Q1: Am I eligible for a HKSAR Document of Identity for Visa Purposes?

HKSAR Document of Identity for Visa Purposes are issued to the following Hong Kong residents:

  • Persons who are on limit of stay in the HKSAR and are unable to obtain a national passport or a travel document of any other country or territory.
  • Persons who are on unconditional stay but do not have the right of abode in the HKSAR, and are unable to obtain a national passport or a travel document of any other country or territory.
  • Persons not of Chinese nationality who have the right of abode in the HKSAR and hold a permanent identity card of the Region, but are unable to obtain a national passport or a travel document of any other country or territory.
Q2: How many types of HKSAR Document of Identity for Visa Purposes are issued ?

There are two types of HKSAR Document of Identity for Visa Purposes, which are valid for 7 years:

  • Standard size 44 pages
  • Jumbo size 92 pages
Q3: I am a new arrival holding One-way Chinese Exit Permit to Hong Kong. Can I submit an application for HKSAR Document of Identity for Visa Purposes when I have my first registration of Hong Kong identity card?

Yes, if you are aged 11 or above, you can submit the application for HKSAR Document of Identity for Visa Purposes in person at the Registration of Persons - Kowloon Office upon first registration of a Hong Kong identity card. Please bring along the required supporting documents upon submission of application.

Q5: What are the photograph requirements for the application for HKSAR Document of Identity for Visa Purposes?

One recent colour photograph in white background is required for the application (photograph requirements). An application with substandard photograph will not be processed and will be returned to the applicant. Self-service photographic kiosks are provided in all Immigration Branch Offices.

Photograph requirements for HKSAR travel documents
Immigration Branch Offices for travel document applications

Q6: How can I pay the application fee?

For applications submitted in person, you can pay the application fee by EPS, in cash or by crossed cheque payable to "The Government of the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region". For applications submitted by post or via a drop-in box, please enclose a crossed cheque. Post-dated cheques will not be accepted.

Fees for the HKSAR Doc/I

Q7: What is the processing time for the application for HKSAR Document of Identity for Visa Purposes?

Normally, the application process will be completed in 10 working days (working days denote Monday to Friday excluding General Holidays) provided that all necessary documents, fee and photograph are received. For applications submitted by post or via drop-in box, an extra 2 to 3 working days may be required for handling formalities. If your previous HKSAR Document of Identity for Visa Purposes is lost, damaged, defaced or is not available, you have to complete form ID645 and should submit the application in person. The processing time may be longer.

Local application for the HKSAR Doc/I
Details of previous Hong Kong Travel Document which has been lost/damaged/is not available (Form ID 645)

Q8: How can I make an appointment to collect my new Document of Identity for Visa Purposes?

Please make an appointment to collect the Doc/I in advance through the Internet ( www.gov.hk/tdbooking ) or by phone (2598 0888).

Q9: When can I use this appointment booking service?

You can make an appointment booking starting from the day following the date of issue of the Collection Notice. You can choose a suitable time slot from Monday to Saturday at the chosen collection office. The service is free of charge and group booking for a maximum of four applicants with same collection office shown on their Collection Notices is available.

Q10: How can I apply for replacement of HKSAR Document of Identity for Visa Purposes due to loss?

If you have lost your HKSAR Document of Identity for Visa Purposes (Doc/I), you should report the loss to the Immigration Department.

You should complete the application form (ID 645) and submit your replacement application in person at any one of the Immigration Offices for travel document applications [except the Travel Documents and Nationality (Application) Section]. You may book an appointment through the telephone booking system at
(852) 2598 0888 or online www.gov.hk/tdbooking.

Immigration Offices for travel document applications

Online appointment booking for applying travel documents

How to apply for the HKSAR travel documents

Q11: What should I do if I lost my HKSAR Document of Identity for Visa Purposes while travelling abroad?

If you lost your HKSAR Document of Identity for Visa Purposes while travelling abroad, you should immediately report the loss to the local police and request a copy of the police report. With the documentary proof of the loss, you may contact the Chinese diplomatic and consular mission in that country and request for replacement of travel document. You may also contact the Assistance to Hong Kong Residents Unit of the Immigration Department through the 24-hour hotline (852) 1868 for assistance. The Immigration Department will provide you with information and assistance regarding the processing of travel document.

Chinese Diplomatic and Consular Missions

Guide to Consular Protection and Services Outside Chinese Territory

Q12: Do I have the rights to apply for HKSAR travel documents on behalf of my child aged under 16 or to give consent to my child aged over 16 but under 18 on his/her HKSAR travel document application?

There are relevant provisions in the Guardianship of Minors Ordinance (“the Ordinance”), Chapter 13, Laws of Hong Kong. According to Section 3(1)(b) of the Ordinance on the custody and upbringing of a minor, a mother shall have the same rights and authority as the law allows to a father, and the rights and authority of mother and father shall be equal and be exercisable by either without the other. If the applicant is an illegitimate child, according to Section 3(1)(c) of the Ordinance –

  1. a mother shall have the same rights and authority as she would have by virtue of Section 3(1)(b) of the Ordinance if the minor were legitimate;
  2. a father shall only have such rights and authority, if any, as may have been ordered by a court on an application brought by the father under Section 3(1)(d) of the Ordinance.
Q13: Do I have the rights to apply for HKSAR travel documents on behalf of my child aged under 16 or to give consent to my child aged over 16 but under 18 on his/her HKSAR travel document application if I am in the process of a divorce? Can I make a request to the Immigration Department directly to prohibit my spouse from applying for HKSAR travel documents on behalf of my child or giving consent to my child’s HKSAR travel document application?

Regarding persons who are in the process of a divorce, unless there is any order from the Court, the legitimate father or mother of a minor has the same rights to apply for HKSAR travel documents on behalf of the minor aged under 16 or to give consent to the minor aged over 16 but under 18 on his/her HKSAR travel document application in accordance with Section 3(1)(b) of the Guardianship of Minors Ordinance, Chapter 13, Laws of Hong Kong. Without an order from the court, the Immigration Department cannot act on a unilateral request from either parent to prohibit the other parent from applying for HKSAR travel documents on behalf of his/her child or giving consent to his/her child’s HKSAR travel document application.

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