Application for HKSAR Document of Identity for Visa Purposes

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Before Applying

Place of Application: In Hong Kong

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Introduction

Hong Kong residents who are not eligible for the HKSAR Passport may apply for the HKSAR Document of Identity for Visa Purposes (Doc/I), which can serve as their travel documents. The HKSAR Doc/I is valid for 7 years.

Make Travel Easier

The new HKSAR Electronic Document of Identity for Visa Purposes (e-Doc/I) introduced on 5 February 2007 is machine-readable to facilitate immigration clearance at foreign immigration control points that are equipped with machine-reading facilities. It is also embedded with a contactless chip that contains the holder’s personal data and photograph. It complies with the standard of the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO).

Eligibility

A person is eligible for a Doc/I if he/she meets one of the following requirements:

(a) he/she is on limit of stay in the HKSAR and is unable to obtain a national passport or a travel document of any other country or territory;

(b) he/she is on unconditional stay but does not have the right of abode in the HKSAR, and is unable to obtain a national passport or a travel document of any other country or territory; or

(c) he/she is not of Chinese nationality who has the right of abode in the HKSAR and holds a permanent identity card of the Region but is unable to obtain a national passport or a travel document of any other country or territory.

Processing Time

The Immigration Department pledges to complete the processing of local applications for HKSAR Doc/I in 10 working days (i.e. Monday to Friday, excluding General Holidays) after receiving all necessary documents, a photograph and the application fee. For applications submitted by post or via drop-in box, an extra 2 to 3 working days may be required. Whether this pledge can be met will also depend on the circumstances of the application and the number of applications received at a particular time. If applicants have any travel plans, please apply early.

Applying

Place of Application: In Hong Kong

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Means of Application

By post or through drop-in boxes

Applicants can send their applications by post using a self-addressed envelope (ID972) to:

Travel Document and Nationality (Application) Section
Immigration Department
4/F, Immigration Tower
7 Gloucester Road, Wan Chai
Hong Kong

During office hours, applicants can also deposit their applications into the drop-in boxes provided at any Immigration Branch Offices or the Travel Documents and Nationality (Application) Section.

If the applicant’s previous Doc/I has been lost, damaged or is not available, or he/she has to apply for an extension of stay at the same time, the application must be submitted in person at any one of the Immigration Branch Offices [except the Travel Documents and Nationality (Application) Section].

In person

If the applicant is aged 16 or above, he/she may submit his/her application in person at any one of the Immigration Branch Offices [except the Travel Documents and Nationality (Application) Section].

Children under the age of 16, accompanied by a parent or legal guardian, may submit their applications in person at any one of the Immigration Branch Offices [except the Travel Documents and Nationality (Application) Section].

New Arrivals Holding Exit Permits for Proceeding to Hong Kong and Macao SAR (also known as One-way Permits)

Applicants can submit their applications in person at the Registration of Persons - Kowloon Office (3/F, Cheung Sha Wan Government Offices, 303 Cheung Sha Wan Road, Kowloon) upon first registration for a Hong Kong identity card.

Children aged 11 or above but below 16 who hold One-way Permits can submit their applications in person accompanied by a parent or legal guardian when they first register for a Hong Kong identity card at the Registration of Persons - Kowloon Office.

Children under the age of 11 who have any travel plans can submit their applications in person accompanied by a parent or legal guardian at any one of the Immigration Branch Offices [except the Travel Documents and Nationality (Application) Section].

List of Immigration Branch Offices for travel document applications

To shorten your queuing time, please make an appointment booking through the Internet (www.gov.hk/tdbooking) or by phone (2598 0888) should be made to submit the application. Applicants who have not made an appointment booking will be served in accordance with the walk-in quota system on a first-come-first-served basis until the quota is full.

Online booking for travel document applications

Application Forms

There are two types of forms for local applications. Applicants can download the forms and the guidance notes through the following links.

Applicants can also obtain the application forms at any one of the Immigration Branch Offices. Applicants should complete the application form in block letters in black or blue ink. Applications for children under 16 years of age must be signed by a parent or legal guardian.

Photograph Requirements

Applicants must submit their applications with a recent colour photograph with white background that conforms to the specifications set out in the photograph requirements guidelines accessible below.

Photograph requirements for HKSAR travel documents

Supporting Documents

An application with insufficient supporting documents will not be processed and will be returned to the applicant. Additional documents or information may be required if necessary. Providing the correct supporting documents will facilitate the processing of the application.

When submitting the application in person, applicants should bring along the original supporting documents. In the case of postal or drop-in application, applicants should submit photocopies of supporting documents on A4-size paper (i.e. 210mm X 297mm) along with the application form, photograph and cheque. Please note that all photocopies will not be returned.

Application for Persons Aged 16 or Above

The applicant should provide the following documents together with the application:

(a) Hong Kong identity card;

(b) Documentary evidence of his/her legal residence in the HKSAR; and

(c) Existing Doc/I if he/she is applying for a replacement. If the applicant's previous Doc/I has been lost, damaged or is not available, he/she must complete Form ID 645 to explain the circumstances and apply in person for a replacement.

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

Additional Requirements for Applicants Aged 16 or 17

(d) Consenting parent or legal guardian to complete and sign section 6 of the application form (Form ID 437) to confirm his/her consent to the application;

(e) The Hong Kong identity card or valid travel document(s) of the consenting parent or legal guardian;

(f) Birth certificate to prove his/her relationship with the consenting parent, or a court order, if appropriate, to prove that the consenting legal guardian has custodial rights in respect of him/her; and

(g) If the applicant is married, only his/her marriage certificate is required. Parental or legal guardian's consent and items (d) to (f) are not required.

Note: If an applicant submits the application by post or via the drop-in box, he/she is required to provide the original form(s) and photocopies of the documents listed above. The originals of such documents together with the applicant’s previous Doc/I (if appropriate) must be produced upon collection of the new Doc/I.

Application for Children Aged under 16

The consenting parent or legal guardian should provide the following documents together with the child's application:

(a) The child's Hong Kong identity card (if appropriate);

(b) The Hong Kong identity card or valid travel document(s) of the consenting parent or legal guardian;

(c) Documentary evidence of the child's legal residence in the HKSAR;

(d) The child's birth certificate to prove the relationship between the consenting parent and the child, or a court order, if applicable, to prove that the legal guardian concerned has custodial rights in respect of the child; and

(e) The child’s existing Doc/I if he/she is applying for a replacement. If the previous Doc/I has been lost, damaged or is not available, the parent or legal guardian must write to explain the circumstances in Form ID 645 and apply in person for a replacement.

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

Additional Requirements for Children Aged under 11

(f) The latest school document bearing the child's photograph authenticated by the school (e.g. student handbook or school record card bearing the child’s name, date of birth and photograph) or other proofs of identity are required. If a proof of identity is not available, a completed Form for Countersignature (ID641) together with a photocopy of the Hong Kong identity card or valid travel document(s) bearing the countersignatory’s signature will be required.

Form for Countersignature (Form ID 641)

Note: If the child's application is submitted by post or via drop-in box, the consenting parent or legal guardian is required to provide the original form(s) and photocopies of the documents listed above. The originals of such documents together with the child's previous Doc/I (if appropriate) must be produced upon collection of the new Doc/I.

Fee

For applications submitted in person, applicants can pay the application fee in cash, by EPS or by crossed cheque payable to "The Government of the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region". If the applicant submits the application by post or through a drop-in box, a crossed cheque should be enclosed. Post-dated cheque will not be accepted.

Fee

After Applying

Place of Application: In Hong Kong

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Collection of HKSAR Document of Identity for Visa Purposes for Application Submitted by Post or via Drop-in Box

For persons aged 16 or above

Upon receiving a Doc/I application, the Immigration Department will mail the applicant a Collection Notice indicating the date and office for the collection of his/her Doc/I. The applicant must collect his/her Doc/I in person and bring along the originals of the supporting documents for verification.

For replacement application, the previous Doc/I should be produced for cancellation upon collection of the new one.

For children aged below 16

Upon receiving a Doc/I application from a child aged below 16, the Immigration Department will mail the consenting parent or legal guardian (i.e. the one who has signed on the application form) a Collection Notice indicating the date and office for collection of the child's Doc/I. The child, accompanied by the consenting parent or legal guardian, should collect the Doc/I in person and produce the originals of the supporting documents for verification. The consenting parent or legal guardian may authorise a close relative or friend who is over 18 years of age as the representative to accompany the child to collect the Doc/I. Authorisation must be provided in writing on the authorisation form (ID678), clearly stating the representative’s full name and identity document number. The signature on the authorisation form (ID678) must be the same as that signed on the application form. The representative must produce his/her identity document, the original valid identity document(s) (e.g. Hong Kong identity card, passport or Re-entry Permit, etc.) of the consenting parent or legal guardian and originals of the supporting documents for verification. Should the Immigration Department consider it necessary, the consenting parent or legal guardian may still be required to attend in person for collection of the Doc/I.

For replacement application, the consenting parent or legal guardian/authorised representative should produce the child's previous Doc/I for cancellation upon collection of the new one.

On the collection day, the Collection Notice issued by the Immigration Department should be presented at the Reception Counter or Self-service Tag Kiosk installed at the office for a tag for collecting the Doc/I. To shorten the queuing time, an appointment booking through the Internet (www.gov.hk/tdbooking) or by phone (2598 0888) should be made to collect the new Doc/I. The waiting time may be longer for applicants who have not made an appointment.

Collection of HKSAR Document of Identity for Visa Purposes for Application Submitted in Person

For persons aged 16 or above

When the applicant submits his/her application in person, he/she will be given a Collection Notice or receipt indicating the date and office for the collection of his/her Doc/I. The applicant may collect the Doc/I in person or authorise a close relative or friend who is over 18 years of age as his/her representative to collect the new Doc/I. Authorisation must be provided in writing on the authorisation form (ID678) clearly stating the representative’s full name and identity document number. The signature on the authorisation form (ID678) must be the same as that signed on the application form. The representative must produce his/her identity document and any other supporting documents as stated in the Collection Notice for verification. Should the Immigration Department consider it necessary, the applicant may still be required to attend in person for collection of the Doc/I.

For replacement application, the previous Doc/I should be produced for cancellation upon collection of the new one.

For children aged below 16

If the consenting parent or legal guardian of the child submits the application in person, he/she will be given a Collection Notice or receipt indicating the date and office for the collection of the child’s Doc/I. The consenting parent or legal guardian (i.e. the one who has signed on the application form) should collect the child’s Doc/I in person or authorise a close relative or friend who is over 18 years of age as the representative to collect the child’s Doc/I. Authorisation must be provided in writing on the authorisation form (ID678) clearly stating the representative’s full name and identity document number. The signature on the authorisation form (ID678) must be the same as that signed on the application form. The representative must produce his/her identity document and any other supporting documents as stated in the Collection Notice for verification. Should the Immigration Department consider it necessary, the consenting parent or legal guardian may still be required to attend in person for collection of the Doc/I. In case the child did not attend in person when submitting the application, he/she must attend in person upon collection of the Doc/I.

For replacement application, the consenting parent or legal guardian/authorised representative should produce the child's previous Doc/I for cancellation upon collection of the new one. On the collection day, the Collection Notice or receipt issued by the Immigration Department should be presented at the Reception Counter or used with the Self-service Tag Kiosk installed at the office to obtain a tag for collecting the Doc/I. To shorten the queuing time, an appointment booking through the Internet (www.gov.hk/tdbooking)or by phone (2598 0888) should be made to collect the new Doc/I. The waiting time may be longer for applicants who have not made an appointment booking.

Before Applying

Place of Application: Outside Hong Kong

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Introduction

Hong Kong residents who are not eligible for a HKSAR Passport may apply for a HKSAR Document of Identity for Visa Purposes (Doc/I), which can serve as their travel documents. The HKSAR Doc/I is valid for 7 years.

Make Travel Easier

The new HKSAR Electronic Document of Identity for Visa Purposes (e-Doc/I) introduced on 5 February 2007, is machine-readable to facilitate immigration clearance at foreign immigration control points that are equipped with machine-reading facilities. It is also embedded with a contactless chip that contains the holder’s personal data and photograph. It complies with the standard of the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO).

Eligibility

A person is eligible for a Doc/I if he/she meets one of the following requirements:

(a) he/she is on limit of stay in the HKSAR and is unable to obtain a national passport or a travel document of any other country or territory;

(b) he/she is on unconditional stay but does not have the right of abode in the HKSAR, and is unable to obtain a national passport or a travel document of any other country or territory; or

(c) he/she is not of Chinese nationality who has the right of abode in the HKSAR and holds a permanent identity card of the Region but is unable to obtain a national passport or a travel document of any other country or territory.

Processing Time

The processing of a Doc/I application submitted overseas will normally take 4 to 6 weeks after all necessary documents, the photograph and application fee have been received. This does not include the time for forwarding the application and dispatching the prepared Doc/I.

Frequently Asked Questions

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

Applying

Place of Application: Outside Hong Kong

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Means of Application

Through Chinese Diplomatic and Consular Missions

Applicants can submit their applications by post or in person to the nearest Chinese Diplomatic and Consular Missions. Applications will then be forwarded to the Travel Documents and Nationality (Application) Section of the Immigration Department of the HKSAR for processing. The Doc/Is will be sent back to the Chinese Diplomatic and Consular Missions for issue.

By post to the Immigration Department in Hong Kong

Alternatively, applicants can send their application by post to:

Travel Documents and Nationality (Application) Section
Hong Kong Immigration Department
4/F, Immigration Tower,
7 Gloucester Road,
Wan Chai,
Hong Kong

Please note that this option will require the applicants to present the originals of the supporting documents and collect their Doc/Is in person at the Travel Documents (Issue) Section of the Immigration Department of the HKSAR.

Application Forms

There are two types of forms for overseas Doc/I applications. Applicants can download the application forms and the guidance notes.

Applicants can also obtain these application forms from the Chinese Diplomatic and Consular Missions in their countries of residence or HKSAR Immigration Branch Offices.

List of Chinese Diplomatic and Consular Missions

List of Immigration Branch Offices for travel document applications

Applicants should complete the application form in block letters in black or blue ink. Applications for children aged under 16 must be signed by a parent or legal guardian.

Photograph Requirements

Applicants must submit their applications with three recent colour photographs with white backgrounds that conform to the specifications set out in the photograph requirements guidelines accessible below.

Photograph requirements for HKSAR travel documents

Supporting Documents

Applicants should provide photocopies of the supporting documents on A4-size paper (i.e. 210 mm X 297 mm). Please note that all photocopies will not be returned.

Moreover, they may be required to submit documentary evidence of their current overseas immigration status and that they are unable to obtain a national passport or a travel document of any other country or territory.

Application for Persons Aged 16 or Above

Along with the application form, photograph and payment, the applicant should include:

(a) A copy of his/her Hong Kong identity card (only the side with the personal particulars and photograph); and

(b) A copy of documentary evidence of his/her legal residence in the HKSAR. 

Additional Requirements for Applicants Aged 16 or 17

(c) The consenting parent or legal guardian should complete and sign section 6 of the application form (Form ID 437) to confirm his/her consent to the application;

(d) A copy of the consenting parent or legal guardian's Hong Kong identity card or valid travel document(s);

(e) A copy of the birth certificate to prove his/her relationship with the consenting parent, or a court order, if appropriate, to prove that the consenting legal guardian has custodial rights in respect of him/her; and

(f) If the applicant is married, only a copy of his/her marriage certificate is required. Parental or legal guardian's consent and items (c) to (e) are not required.

Note: The applicant should produce the originals of such documents together with his/her previous Doc/I (if appropriate) upon collection of the Doc/I. If the applicant’s previous Doc/I has been lost, damaged or is not available, he/she must write to explain the circumstances in Form ID645. An acknowledgement from the police authorities about the loss of the previous Doc/I should be produced.

Application for Children Aged under 16

Along with the child's application form, photograph and payment, the parent or legal guardian of the applicant should include:

(a) A copy of his/her child's Hong Kong identity card if appropriate (only the side with the personal particulars and photograph);

(b) A copy of the consenting parent or legal guardian's Hong Kong identity card or valid travel document(s);

(c) A copy of documentary evidence of his/her child's legal residence in the HKSAR; and

(d) A copy of the child's birth certificate to prove the relationship between the consenting parent and the child, or a court order, if appropriate, to prove that the consenting legal guardian has custodial rights in respect of the child

Additional Requirements for Children Aged under 11

(e) A copy of the latest school document bearing the child's photograph authenticated by the school (e.g. student handbook or school record card bearing the child’s name, date of birth and photograph) or any other proof of identity. If proof of identity is not available, a completed Form for Countersignature (ID641) together with a photocopy of the identity card or valid travel document(s) bearing the countersignatory’s signature will be required.

Form for Countersignature (Form ID 641)

Note: The parent or legal guardian should produce the original copies of such documents together with the child previous Doc/I upon collection of Doc/I. If the child's previous Doc/I has been lost, damaged or is not available, the parent or legal guardian must write to explain the circumstances in Form ID645. An acknowledgement from the police authorities about the loss of the previous Doc/I should be produced.

Fee

Applicants should submit their applications with a completed fee payment form (ID 856) and a crossed cheque or bank draft made payable to ”The Government of the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region“ in Hong Kong dollars or US dollars. Applicants should not send cash with their applications.

Fee payment form for HKSAR Doc/I (Form ID 856)

Fee

Frequently Asked Questions

Q1. What are the photograph requirements for the application for HKSAR Document of Identity for Visa Purposes?

You must submit your application with three recent colour photographs with white backgrounds that conform to the specifications set out in the photograph requirements guidelines accessible below.

Photograph requirements for HKSAR travel documents

Q2. How can I pay the application fee?

You should submit your application with a completed fee payment form (ID 856) and a crossed cheque or bank draft made payable to ”The Government of the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region“ in Hong Kong dollars or US dollars. Please do not send cash with your application.

Fee payment form (Form ID 856) for HKSAR Doc/I

Fees for HKSAR Doc/I

Q3. What is the processing time for the application for HKSAR Document of Identity for Visa Purposes?

The processing of your Doc/I application from overseas will normally take 4 to 6 weeks after all necessary documents, the photograph and application fee have been received. This does not include the time for forwarding the application and dispatching the prepared Doc/I.

Q4. 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

After Applying

Place of Application: Outside Hong Kong

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Collection of HKSAR Document of Identity for Visa Purposes

Submitted Through Chinese Diplomatic and Consular Missions

If an application is submitted through a Chinese Diplomatic and Consular Mission overseas, the Doc/I will be delivered to that Chinese Diplomatic and Consular Mission by double registered airmail or express dispatch service. The applicant/ consenting parent or legal guardian of the child applicant should collect the Doc/I as per the instructions of the Chinese Diplomatic and Consular Mission. The availability of mail service varies by country.

Chinese Diplomatic and Consular Missions

For replacement application, the previous Doc/I should be produced for cancellation upon collection of the new one.

Submitted Directly to the Immigration Department

If an application is submitted by mail to the Immigration Department from overseas, the Department will mail the applicant/consenting parent or legal guardian of the child a Collection Notice indicating the date and office for the collection of the Doc/I. The applicant/child accompanied by the consenting parent or legal guardian should collect the Doc/I in person at the Travel Documents (Issue) Office, 4/F., Immigration Tower, Wan Chai, Hong Kong and produce the originals of the supporting documents for verification. The consenting parent or legal guardian (i.e. the one who has signed on the application form) may authorise a close relative or friend who is over 18 years of age as the representative to accompany the child to collect the Doc/I. Authorisation must be provided in writing on the authorisation form (ID678), clearly stating the representative’s full name and identity document number. The signature on the authorisation form (ID678) must be the same as that signed on the application form. The representative must produce his/her identity document, the original valid identity document(s) (e.g. Hong Kong identity card, passport or Re-entry Permit, etc.) of the consenting parent or legal guardian and originals of the supporting documents for verification. Should the Immigration Department consider it necessary, the consenting parent or legal guardian may still be required to attend in person for collection of Doc/I.

Authorisation form for the collection of travel document (ID 678)

For replacement application, the previous Doc/I should be produced for cancellation upon collection of the new one.

On the collection day, the Collection Notice issued by the Immigration Department should be presented at the Reception Counter or used with the Self-service Tag Kiosk installed at the office to obtain a tag for collecting the Doc/I. To shorten the queuing time, an appointment booking through the Internet (www.gov.hk/tdbooking) or by phone (2598 0888) should be made to collect the new Doc/I. The waiting time will be longer for applicants who have not made an appointment booking.

Online Appointment Booking for Collection of HKSAR Passport or Document of Identity for Visa Purposes