Pre-arrival Registration for Indian Nationals to be implemented tomorrow

22 January 2017

Further to the earlier announcement on December 12, 2016, regarding the implementation of Pre-arrival Registration for Indian Nationals, the Immigration Department today (January 22) reminded nationals of India visiting Hong Kong that they will be required to successfully complete online pre-arrival registration from tomorrow (January 23).

Effective tomorrow, Indian nationals must apply for and successfully complete online pre-arrival registration before they can continue to enjoy the current 14-day visa-free visit or enter Hong Kong during transit (except in direct transit by air and not leaving the airport transit area), unless they belong to one of the categories of persons who may continue to come to Hong Kong visa-free without pre-arrival registration.

To apply for pre-arrival registration, an Indian national shall access the designated Pre-arrival Registration for Indian Nationals platform at the GovHK website (www.gov.hk/en/apps/immdindianparreg.htm). The platform has been open since December 19, 2016. Pre-arrival registration is free of charge. After inputting the required information, the computer system will process the registration and display the registration result instantly. Successful registrants are required to print on their own a Notification Slip for Pre-arrival Registration for Indian Nationals generated by the system on a sheet of blank A4 white paper. They are required to present a valid notification slip and the specific and valid Indian passport linked to the successful pre-arrival registration for the purposes of boarding a conveyance bound for Hong Kong and immigration clearance upon arrival.

Each pre-arrival registration for an Indian national will be valid for six months or until the expiry date of the Indian passport linked to it, whichever is earlier. Provided that normal immigration requirements are met, a registrant may, during the validity of a registration, make multiple visits to Hong Kong visa-free for a stay of up to 14 days on each visit.

In case pre-arrival registration is unsuccessful, Indian nationals shall apply to the Immigration Department directly for an entry visa if they intend to visit Hong Kong.

Details of the Pre-arrival Registration for Indian Nationals, including the categories of persons who are exempted from the requirement, can be found at the Immigration Department’s website
(www.immd.gov.hk/eng/services/visas/pre-arrival_registration_for_indian_nationals.html).