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Q1: Do I need a visa/entry permit for visiting Hong Kong?

Nationals of about 170 countries and territories may visit Hong Kong without a visa/entry permit for a period ranging from 7 days to 180 days. For more information on visa/entry permit requirements for visitors to the HKSAR, you may refer to the "Visit Visa / Entry Permit Requirements for the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region" webpage or the pamphlet "Do you need a visa for the HKSAR?" (ID290).

Q2: If I need to obtain a visa/entry permit for visiting Hong Kong, how can I submit my application?

Completed Application for Entry for Visit/Transit in Hong Kong (ID 1003A and ID 1003B) may be submitted together with the relevant supporting documents to the Receipt and Despatch Unit, Immigration Department, 2/F, Immigration Tower, 7 Gloucester Road, Wan Chai, Hong Kong, either by post or through a local sponsor.

To shorten 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 and properly completed visa/entry permit application form. Applications submitted by e-mail will not be accepted.

Alternatively, applicants may also submit their visa applications through the Chinese diplomatic and consular missions nearest to their place of residence, where application forms are obtainable. Holders of foreign passports who are living in the Mainland of China may submit the applications to the Immigration Division of the Office of the Government of the HKSAR in Beijing (Beijing Office).

Q3: 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

Q4: Who can enjoy the right of abode in the HKSAR?

According to paragraph 2(a) to (f) of Schedule 1 to the Immigration Ordinance, which came into operation on 1 July 1997, you are a permanent resident of, and can enjoy the right of abode in, the HKSAR if you fall into one of the following categories:

(a)   

A Chinese citizen born in Hong Kong before or after the establishment of the HKSAR.

(b)

A Chinese citizen who has ordinarily resided in Hong Kong for a continuous period of not less than 7 years before or after the establishment of the HKSAR.

(c)

A person of Chinese nationality born outside Hong Kong before or after the establishment of the HKSAR to a parent who, at the time of birth of that person, was a Chinese citizen falling within category (a) or (b).

(d)

A person not of Chinese nationality who has entered Hong Kong with a valid travel document, has ordinarily resided in Hong Kong for a continuous period of not less than 7 years and has taken Hong Kong as his or her place of permanent residence before or after the establishment of the HKSAR.

(e)

A person under 21 years of age born in Hong Kong to a parent who is a permanent resident of the HKSAR in category (d) before or after the establishment of the HKSAR if at the time of his or her birth, or at any later time before he or she attains 21 years of age, one parent has the right of abode in Hong Kong.

(f)

A person other than those residents in categories (a) to (e), who, before the establishment of the HKSAR, had the right of abode in Hong Kong only.

Q5: Where and when can a visitor submit application for extension of stay?

Generally speaking, visitors must depart Hong Kong before the expiry of their limit of stay. If there is a special/urgent need to stay longer, visitors may make an extension of stay application within 7 days before their limit of stay expires. Applications will be considered on its own merits. Non-Mainland visitors may make the applications to the Extension Section on 5/F, Immigration Tower, 7 Gloucester Road, Wan Chai, Hong Kong or any Immigration Branch Offices (except Hong Kong Island Travel Documents Issuing Office). Mainland visitors should only make the applications to the Extension Section.

Q6: What are the restrictions on deployment of a foreign domestic helper (FDH)?

An FDH is admitted into Hong Kong for full-time, live-in employment with a specific employer to perform domestic duties at the employer's residence specified in the Standard Employment Contract (the Contract) (ID407). It is provided in Clause 4(a) of the Contract that an FDH should only perform domestic duties for the employer specified in the Contract. The employer should not require or allow the FDH to carry out any non-domestic work. It is also stated in Clause 4(b) that the FDH should not take up any other employment, including part-time domestic duties, with any other person. The employer should not require or allow the FDH to carry out any work for any other person. Clause 4(c) of the Contract stipulates that Clauses 4(a) and (b) will form part of the conditions of stay to be imposed on the FDH by the Immigration Department upon the FDH' s admission to work in Hong Kong. A breach of Clauses 4(a) and (b) will render the helper and/or any aider and abettor liable to criminal prosecution.

Q7: How to give a Notice of Intended Marriage ("the notice")?

If you intend to register your marriage in Hong Kong, you need to give the notice in advance to the Registrar. You can use the online service to make an appointment if you choose to give the notice to a marriage registry in person. The website is:

http://www.gov.hk/en/residents/immigration/bdmreg/marriage/bookgivingmarriage.htm

You can also make an appointment for giving of notice through the 24-hour telephone booking system (telephone number: 3102 3883).

If you have successfully made an appointment for giving the notice at the marriage registry, either one of the marrying parties have to attend the selected marriage registry/office in person to give the notice as scheduled. You have to produce the Hong Kong identity cards / travel documents / identification documents of both marrying parties. The fee is HK$305.

Q8: How can I change the personal particulars that appear on my identity card?

If you need to change the personal particulars on your card, you should complete the application form (ROP73) and send it by post to the following address with copies of supporting documents. 

Registration of Persons General and Statistics Unit
12/F, Immigration Tower
7 Gloucester Road
Wan Chai, Hong Kong

Form ROP 73: Application for Amendment of Registered Particulars of Hong Kong Identity Card

Besides, you may submit the application form by email at eto_rop@immd.gov.hk

Upon receipt of your application, the Registration of Persons Office will ask you to attend an interview to produce the originals of your supporting documents. If the application is approved, arrangements will be made to replace your identity card at a fee of HK$460. 

Q9: I intend to apply for a statement of my travel records in Hong Kong. How can I make such application?

Application for the statement of travel records can be submitted by post with a duly completed application form (ID 697), supporting documents and the prescribed fee (in crossed cheque, bank draft or cashier order) to the Records Centre, Immigration Department, Immigration Tower, 7 Gloucester Road, Wan Chai, Hong Kong. No cash should be sent along with the application. You may download the application form, Mailing Label and the self-addressed Acknowledgment Card through the following link.

http://www.immd.gov.hk/eng/forms/forms/id697.html

Please read the Notes for guidance at the back of the application form before you complete the form.

Underpaid mail items will not be accepted by the Immigration Department.  For proper delivery of your mail items, please ensure your mail items bear sufficient postage with return address before posting. (Details)

Q10: Where can I have my visa transferred to a new travel document?

Visitors or Hong Kong non-permanent residents who have renewed their travel documents can apply for a transfer of endorsement so that their current immigration status in Hong Kong is indicated on the new travel document. Until this has been done, it is advisable to carry both old and new travel documents for departure and arrival clearance at Hong Kong immigration control points.

Depending on the applicant’s current immigration status, application may be made to appropriate section below:

Status Address of Handling Section
  • Foreign domestic helpers
Foreign Domestic Helpers Section
3/F, Immigration Tower,
7 Gloucester Road, Wan Chai,
Hong Kong
  • Imported workers admitted under Supplementary Labour Scheme
  • Mainland residents admitted as students and their dependants
  • Entrants admitted under Admission Scheme for Mainland Talents and Professionals and their dependants
  • Entrants admitted under Immigration Arrangements for Non-local Graduates and their dependants
  • Mainland residents admitted for training and their dependants
  • Entrants admitted under Quality Migrant Admission Scheme and their dependants
Quality Migrants and Mainland Residents Section
6/F, Immigration Tower,
7 Gloucester Road, Wan Chai,
Hong Kong
  • Entrants admitted under Capital Investment Entrant Scheme and their dependants
Other Visas and Permits Section
7/F, Immigration Tower,
7 Gloucester Road, Wan Chai,
Hong Kong
  • Entrants admitted under Admission Scheme for the Second Generation of Chinese Hong Kong Permanent Residents and their dependants
Extension Section
5/F, Immigration Tower, 7 Gloucester Road, Wan Chai, Hong Kong
  • Entrants admitted under General Employment Policy and their dependants
  • Entrepreneurs and their dependants
  • Non-Mainland Students and their dependants
  • Dependants of Hong Kong permanent residents
  • Dependants of Hong Kong residents not subject to a limit of stay
Extension Section 5/F, Immigration Tower, 7 Gloucester Road, Wan Chai, Hong Kong

or

any Immigration Branch Offices (except Hong Kong Island Travel Documents Issuing Office)
  • Mainland visitors
Extension Section
5/F, Immigration Tower,
7 Gloucester Road, Wan Chai,
Hong Kong
  • Non-Mainland visitors
Extension Section
5/F, Immigration Tower,
7 Gloucester Road, Wan Chai,
Hong Kong

or

any Immigration Branch Offices (except Hong Kong Island Travel Documents Issuing Office)

The address and opening hours of the respective offices are available here

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