Application for HKSAR Passport

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Before Applying

Place of Application: In Hong Kong

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Eligibility

A person is eligible to apply for a Hong Kong Special Administrative Region (HKSAR) Passport if he/she is:

  • a Chinese citizen;
  • a permanent resident of the HKSAR; and
  • a holder of a valid Hong Kong permanent identity card.

Before submitting an application for a HKSAR Passport, the person concerned should read the definitions below to ascertain if he/she is a person of Chinese nationality and a permanent resident of the HKSAR.

In addition, if the person concerned is a permanent resident of the HKSAR but does not have a Hong Kong permanent identity card, he/she must apply for an identity card before applying for a HKSAR Passport. The parent/legal guardian of a child aged below 11 should submit the child’s Hong Kong permanent identity card application upon the child’s first application for HKSAR passport.

Application for Hong Kong identity card

Chinese National

A person is regarded as of Chinese nationality if he/she is a Hong Kong resident:

(a)   of Chinese descent who was born in Hong Kong or other parts of China; or

(b)   who fulfils the criteria of Chinese nationality in the Nationality Law of the People's Republic of China.

If the person concerned has declared a change of nationality and is no longer a Chinese national, he/she is not eligible for a HKSAR Passport.

Nationality Law of the People’s Republic of China

Explanations Concerning the Implementation of the Nationality Law of the People’s Republic of China in the HKSAR

More about Chinese nationality

Permanent Resident of the HKSAR

A person who is within one of the following categories is a permanent resident of the HKSAR:

(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 seven 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) above.

More about HKSAR permanent residents who enjoy right of abode in HKSAR

Processing Time

The Immigration Department pledges to complete the processing of applications in 10 working days after receiving all necessary documents, application fees and photographs, and in 14 working days for applications from children aged under 11 not holding a Hong Kong permanent identity card (working days denote Monday to Friday excluding General Holidays). In general, applicants can obtain the new passport on the next working day after the completion of the processing by the Immigration Department. For applications not submitted in person (e.g. via drop-in box), an extra two to three working days may be required. 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 applicants have any travel plans, they should apply early.

If applicants have an urgent need for obtaining a passport, they may approach any one of the immigration offices stating their reasons in writing and producing evidence to support their requests. The applicants may be required to collect the passport at the Travel Documents (Issue) Section at 4/F, Immigration Tower, 7 Gloucester Road, Wan Chai, Hong Kong. Generally, requests from pleasure trippers for urgent issue of a passport will not be entertained.

Accompanying Children

The passport contains only the personal particulars of the passport holder. Applicants should apply for a separate passport for each of their accompanying children.

Applying

Place of Application: In Hong Kong

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Means of Application

In person

The applicant is required to submit his/her application in person under the following circumstances:

  • his/her previous HKSAR passport has been damaged or defaced;
  • his/her passport has been lost or is otherwise not available; or
  • he/she needs to amend the personal particulars in the passport.

To shorten the queuing time, applicants should make an appointment booking through the Internet (www.gov.hk/tdbooking) or by phone (2598 0888) to submit their applications. Those 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

Self-service Kiosk

If the applicant is aged 18 or above, he/she can submit his/her application via the self-service kiosk at any one of the Immigration Offices that handle travel document applications. If the applicant was born in Hong Kong and aged 11 to 17, he/she can only submit his/her HKSAR passport application through the self-service kiosk at Travel Documents and Nationality (Application) Section of the Immigration Headquarters. However, the self-service kiosk cannot be used for replacement of a HKSAR passport which has been lost/damaged/defaced/is not available or for applications requiring amendment of personal particulars in the passport. In such cases, the applicant should apply in person at counter.

Details for submission of HKSAR passport applications via self-service kiosk

By post

Applicants can send their applications by post to:

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

Drop-in

During office hours, applicants can also put their applications (except for replacement of a passport which has been lost/damaged/defaced/is not available or amendment of personal particulars in a passport) in the drop-in boxes located at any one of the Immigration Offices that handle travel document applications.

Immigration offices for travel document applications

Online

Applicants can submit their applications online (except for replacement of a passport which has been lost/damaged/defaced/is not available or amendment of personal particulars in a passport) if they are:

  • eligible for a HKSAR Passport;
  • aged 11 or above ;
  • holder of a valid Hong Kong permanent identity card (PIC); and
  • able to collect their new passports in person at the selected Immigration Office; for children aged between 11 and 15 and unmarried persons aged 16 or 17, the consenting parent or legal guardian must accompany the child/applicant for collection of the passport in person so as to sign the application form.

Online application for HKSAR Passport

Application Forms

There are two types of forms for local applications. Applicants can download them, together with the guidance notes.

Local application form (Form ID 841) for persons aged 16 or above 

Local application form (Form ID 842) for children aged under 16 

For replacement of a passport which has been lost/damaged/defaced/is not available, applicants should complete an additional application form ID645.

For amendment of personal particulars in the passport, applicants should complete application form ID854.

Applicants can also obtain the application forms by:

  • calling (852) 2824 6111;
  • faxing a request to (852) 2877 7711;
  • sending an email to enquiry@immd.gov.hk; or
  • visiting any Immigration office, district office or post office in Hong Kong.

Applicants should complete the application forms 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.

Reminder for Form-filling

  • In completing the application form, applicants should choose the collection office code in the ‘Collection Means’ column. 
  • Applicants should state clearly their address and contact telephone number. 
  • If the applicant was born in the Mainland, he/she should provide province/municipality in the ‘Place of birth’ column. If the applicant was born overseas, he/she should provide name of the country.
Photograph Requirements

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

Photograph requirements for HKSAR Passport

If the application is made for a child who does not have a Hong Kong permanent identity card, an additional colour photograph identical to the one mentioned above should be submitted.

Supporting Documents

Applicants should bring along the original supporting documents when submitting the application in person. In case of postal or drop-in application, applicants should submit the application form, photograph and cheque together with photocopies of supporting documents on A4-size paper (i.e. 210 mm X 297 mm). Please note that the 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 permanent identity card.

Additional Requirements for Applicants Aged 16 or 17

(b) Consenting parent or legal guardian's Hong Kong identity card or valid travel document(s).

(c) Birth certificate to prove his/her relationship with the consenting parent, or a court order, if applicable, to prove that the consenting legal guardian concerned has custodial rights in respect of him/her.

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

Note: If the application is submitted by post or via drop-in box, the originals of the supporting documents should not be enclosed. Only photocopies of the documents listed above are required. The applicant should produce the originals of such documents together with his/her previous passport or Document of Identity for Visa Purposes for verification upon collection of his/her passport.

Application for Children Aged under 16

(a) The child's Hong Kong permanent identity card.

(b) Consenting parent or legal guardian's Hong Kong identity card or valid travel document(s).

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

Additional Requirements for Children Aged under 11

(d) School document (e.g. a Student's Handbook bearing the child's name, date of birth and photograph that should be certified by a chop of the school) or other evidence of identity is required. If evidence of identity is not available, a completed Form for Countersignature (ID641) together with a photocopy of the countersignatory's Hong Kong identity card or valid travel document(s) bearing the countersignatory's signature.

Form for Countersignature (ID 641) 

Additional Requirements for Children Aged under 11 Who do not Hold Hong Kong Permanent Identity Cards

(e) An additional photograph (two identical photographs should be submitted in total).

(f) An application form for a Hong Kong permanent identity card (ROP3), duly completed and signed by the parent or legal guardian of the child.

Form ROP3

(g) Documents in support of the child's right of abode in the HKSAR (such as a birth certificate with 'established' permanent resident status).

Additional documents or information may be required if necessary.

Note: If the application for the child is submitted by post or via drop-in box, the originals of the supporting documents [excluding items (e), (f) and Form for Countersignature (ID 641)] should not be enclosed. Only photocopies of the documents listed above are required. The parent or legal guardian should produce the originals of such documents together with the child's previous passport or Document of Identity for Visa Purposes for verification when collecting the child's passport.

Additional Requirements for First Time Application from Person born Outside Hong Kong/Mainland/Macao/Taiwan

If the applicant is born outside Hong Kong/Mainland/Macao/Taiwan, he/she should provide the following additional documents for establishing his/her Chinese citizenship:

  • Hong Kong identity card (if any);
  • Birth certificate/official census paper (bearing his/her names and his/her parents' names);
  • Current travel document(s)(showing his/her photo and personal particulars)/identification document(s)(if any);
  • Natural parent's/parents' Hong Kong permanent identity card(s) (if any);
  • Natural parent's/parents' travel document(s) showing any foreign residential status/ citizenship at the time of his/her birth;
  • Official document(s) issued by foreign competent authorities to confirm the residential status of him/her and his/her parents, including the date of acquiring the indefinite stay there; and/or
  • Official proof of his/her Chinese citizenship (if any).
Fee

For applications submitted in person, the application fee can be paid in cash, by EPS or by a crossed cheque payable to 'The Government of the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region'. For applications submitted through the Self-service Kiosk, the application fee must be paid by EPS. For applications submitted by post, a crossed cheque should be enclosed. Post-dated cheques will not be accepted.

For online applications, applicants must pay the application fee at the time of application by paying online through PPS or credit card (VISA and MasterCard only).

Fee

Important Notes

If the applicant is submitting the application in person, he/she should bring along the original supporting documents for verification.

If the applicant is sending the application by post or putting it into a drop-in box:

(a) He/She should send in the application form, photograph and cheque along with photocopies of the supporting documents. All photocopies submitted should be made on A4 size ( 210mm X 297mm ) paper and will not be returned.

(b) He/She should fill in the cheque as shown below. The cheque should be crossed, made payable to "The Government of the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region", properly dated and signed. Post-dated cheques are not accepted. No cash should be sent along with the application.

(c) 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.

After Applying

Place of Application: In Hong Kong

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Collection of Passport for Application Submitted Online

The applicant must collect the new passport in person at the selected Immigration Office by producing his/her permanent identity card and the originals of supporting documents (if any) submitted in the application for verification. The applicant must also sign the application form upon collection of the passport. For children aged between 11 and 15 and unmarried persons aged 16 or 17, the consenting parent or legal guardian must accompany the child/applicant for collection of the passport so as to sign the application form and make a declaration to confirm the correctness of information furnished through online application.

For replacement application, the previous passport should be produced for cancellation upon collection of the new one. If the applicant previously held a Document of Identity for Visa Purposes, it should also be produced for cancellation.

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 passport. 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 passport. The waiting time may be longer for applicants who have not made an appointment booking.

Online appointment booking for collection of HKSAR Passport

Collection of Passport for Application Submitted by Post or via Drop-In Box

For persons aged 16 or above

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

For replacement application, the previous passport should be produced for cancellation upon collection of the new one. If the applicant previously held a Document of Identity for Visa Purposes, it should also be produced for cancellation.

For children aged below 16

Upon receiving a passport 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 passport. The consenting parent or legal guardian should accompany the child to collect the passport and produce the original 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 passport. 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 must be the same as that signed on the application form. The representative must produce his/her identity document, the original valid identity document (e.g. Hong Kong identity card, passport or Re-entry Permit, etc.) of the consenting parent or legal guardian, and the original 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 passport.

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

For replacement application, the consenting parent/legal guardian or the authorised representative should produce the child’s previous passport for cancellation upon collection of the new passport. If the child previously held a Document of Identity for Visa Purposes, it should also be produced for cancellation.

Children who do not hold a Hong Kong permanent identity card will be issued the identity card together with the HKSAR Passport.

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 child's passport. 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 passport. The waiting time may be longer for applicants who have not made an appointment booking.

Online appointment booking for collection of HKSAR Passport

Collection of Passport for Application Submitted in Person or via Self-service Kiosk

For persons aged 16 or above

When the applicant submits an application in person or via the self-service kiosk, he/she will be given a Collection Notice or receipt indicating the date and office for the collection of the passport. The applicant may collect the passport in person or authorise a close relative or friend who is over 18 years of age as his/her representative to collect the new passport. 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 must be the same as that signed on the application form. The representative must produce his/her identity document and any other supporting document(s) 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 passport.

For replacement application, the previous passport should be produced for cancellation upon collection of the new one. If the applicant previously held a Document of Identity for Visa Purposes, it should also be produced for cancellation.

Authorisation form for collection of travel document (ID 678)

For children aged below 16

If the consenting parent or legal guardian of the child submits the application in person or via the self-service kiosk, he/she will be given a Collection Notice or receipt indicating the date and office for the collection of the child’s passport. The consenting parent or legal guardian (i.e. the one who has signed on the application form) should collect the child’s passport in person or authorise a close relative or friend who is over 18 years of age as the representative to collect the child’s passport. 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 must be the same as that signed on the application form. The representative must produce his/her identity document and any other supporting document(s) 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 passport. In case the child has not attended in person when submitting the application, he/she must attend in person upon collection of the passport.

Authorisation form for collection of travel document (ID 678)

For replacement application, the consenting parent/legal guardian or the authorised representative should produce the child’s previous passport for cancellation upon collection of the new one. If the child previously held a Document of Identity for Visa Purposes, it should also be produced for cancellation.

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 passport. 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 passport. The waiting time may be longer for applicants who have not made an appointment booking.

Online appointment booking for collection of HKSAR Passport

Before Applying

Place of Application: Outside Hong Kong

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Eligibility

A person is eligible to apply for a Hong Kong Special Administrative Region (HKSAR) Passport if he/she is:

  • a Chinese citizen;
  • a permanent resident of the HKSAR; and
  • a holder of a valid Hong Kong permanent identity card.

Before submitting an application for a HKSAR Passport, the person concerned should read the definitions below to ascertain if he/she is a person of Chinese nationality and a permanent resident of the HKSAR.

In addition, if the person concerned is a permanent resident of the HKSAR but does not have a valid Hong Kong permanent identity card, he/she must apply for an identity card together with the HKSAR passport application through the Chinese Diplomatic and Consular Mission.

Application for Hong Kong identity card

Chinese National

A person is regarded as of Chinese nationality if he/she is a Hong Kong resident:

(a)   of Chinese descent who was born in Hong Kong or other parts of China; or

(b)   who fulfils the criteria of Chinese nationality in the Nationality Law of the People's Republic of China.

If the person concerned has declared a change of nationality and is no longer a Chinese national, he/she is not eligible for a HKSAR Passport.

Nationality Law of the People’s Republic of China 

Explanations Concerning the Implementation of the Nationality Law of the People’s Republic of China in the HKSAR

More about Chinese nationality

Permanent Resident of the HKSAR

A person who is within one of the following categories is a permanent resident of the HKSAR:

(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 seven 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) above.

More about HKSAR permanent residents who enjoy right of abode in HKSAR

Processing Time

If the applicant has a valid Hong Kong permanent identity card, the processing time of his/her overseas passport application will normally take about four to six weeks upon receipt of all necessary documents, fee and photograph. It will take about six to eight weeks for processing a HKSAR passport application if the applicant does not have a valid Hong Kong permanent identity card. The time for forwarding the application and dispatching the prepared passport is excluded. 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 the applicant has an urgent need for obtaining a passport, he/she should state the request and the reason on the application form as "additional information", and seek advice from the nearest Chinese Diplomatic and Consular Missions. In case of emergency, for example, the applicant needs to return to Hong Kong immediately after he/she has lost his/her passport, he/she may approach the nearest Chinese Diplomatic and Consular Missions. He/She may also contact the Assistance to Hong Kong Residents Unit of the Immigration Department through the 24-hour hotline (852) 1868 for assistance.

Accompanying Children

The passport contains only the personal particulars of the passport holder. Applicants should apply for a separate passport for each of their accompanying children.

Frequently Asked Questions
  • 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.
  • Q4. I am a Chinese national holding a valid Hong Kong permanent identity card and a British National (Overseas) passport. Can I apply for a HKSAR Passport?
    Yes, you can apply for a HKSAR Passport.
  • Q5. Can I hold a British National (Overseas) passport and a HKSAR Passport at the same time?
    Yes.
  • 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
  • Q8. How long does it take to get a HKSAR Passport?
    If you have a valid Hong Kong Permanent identity card, the processing time of your overseas passport application will normally take about 4 to 6 weeks upon receipt of all necessary documents, fee and photograph. It will take about 6 to 8 weeks for processing a HKSAR passport application if you do not have a valid Hong Kong permanent identity card. The time for forwarding the application and dispatching the prepared passport is excluded. 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.
  • 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.

Applying

Place of Application: Outside Hong Kong

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Means of Application

In person or by post

Applicants should submit their applications through the nearest Chinese Diplomatic and Consular Missions, or mail their applications direct to the Immigration Department in Hong Kong. They should note that the latter option will require them to present the originals of the supporting documents and collect their passports in person at an Immigration Office in Hong Kong.

Chinese Diplomatic and Consular Missions

Online

Applicants can submit their applications online (except for replacement of a passport which has been lost/damaged/defaced/is not available or amendment of personal particulars in a passport) if they are:

  • eligible for a HKSAR Passport;
  • aged 11 or above ;
  • holder of a valid Hong Kong permanent identity card (PIC) ; and
  • able to return to Hong Kong to collect their new passports in person at the Travel Documents (Issue) Section, Immigration Headquarters; for children aged between 11 and 15 and unmarried persons aged 16 or 17, the consenting parent or legal guardian must accompany the child/applicant for collection of the passport in person so as to sign the application form.

Online application for HKSAR Passport

Application Forms

There are two types of forms for overseas applications. Applicants can download them, together with the guidance notes.

Overseas application form (Form ID 843) for persons aged 16 or above

Overseas application form (Form ID 844) for children aged under 16

Applicants should complete an additional application form for replacement of a passport which has been lost/damaged/defaced/is not available (ID645)

Applicants can also obtain these application forms from the Chinese Diplomatic and Consular Missions at their places of residence.

Applicants should complete the application forms 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.

Reminder for Form-filling

  • Applicants should state clearly their address and contact telephone number.
  • If the applicant was born in the Mainland, he/she should provide province/municipality in the 'Place of birth' column. If the applicant was born overseas, he/she should provide name of the country.
Photograph Requirements

Applicants must submit their applications with three recent colour photographs with white background that conform to the specifications as set out in the photograph requirements page accessible here.

Photograph requirements for HKSAR Passport

If the application is made for a child who does not have a Hong Kong permanent identity card, an additional colour photograph identical to those mentioned above should be submitted.

Supporting Documents

Applicants should bring along the original supporting documents if they are submitting their applications in person to the Chinese Diplomatic and Consular Mission. In case of postal application, applicants should submit the application form, photographs and cheque together with photocopies of supporting documents on A4-size paper (i.e. 210 mm X 297 mm). Please note that the 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 permanent identity card (For applicants who do not hold a Hong Kong permanent identity card or who hold an invalid Hong Kong permanent identity card, those aged 18 years or above should complete and sign the application form for a Hong Kong permanent identity card (ROP 143); and those under the age of 18 years should submit Form ROP 144, duly completed and signed by the parent or legal guardian).

Form ROP 143

Form ROP 144

(b) For first-time application for a passport, his/her previous Document of Identity for Visa Purposes, if any.

(c) For application for a replacement passport, his/her previous passport.

Additional Requirements for Applicants Aged 16 or 17

(d) Consenting parent or legal guardian's Hong Kong identity card or valid travel document(s).

(e) Birth certificate to prove his/her relationship with the consenting parent, or a court order, if applicable, to prove that the consenting legal guardian concerned has custodial rights in respect of him/her.

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

Note: If the application is submitted by post, the originals of the supporting documents should not be enclosed. Only photocopies of the documents listed above [excluding items (b) and (c)] are required. The applicant should produce the originals of such documents together with his/her previous passport or Document of Identity for Visa Purposes for verification upon collection of his/her passport.

Application for Children Aged under 16

(a) The child's Hong Kong permanent identity card (An applicant who does not hold a Hong Kong permanent identity card or who holds an invalid Hong Kong permanent identity card should submit Form ROP 144, duly completed and signed by the parent or legal guardian).

Form ROP 144

(b) Consenting parent or legal guardian's Hong Kong identity card or valid travel document(s).

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

(d) For first-time application for a passport, the child's previous Document of Identity for Visa Purposes, if any.

(e) For application for a replacement passport, the child's previous passport.

Additional Requirements for Children Aged under 11

(f) School document (e.g. a Student's Handbook bearing the child's name, date of birth and photograph that should be certified by a chop of the school) or other evidence of identity is required. If evidence of identity is not available, a completed Form for Countersignature (ID641) together with a photocopy of the countersignatory's Hong Kong identity card or valid travel document(s) bearing the countersignatory's signature.

Form for Countersignature (ID 641)

Additional Requirements for Children Aged under 11 Who do not Hold Hong Kong Permanent Identity Cards

(g) An additional photograph (four identical photographs should be submitted in total).

(h) An application form for a Hong Kong permanent identity card (ROP144), duly completed and signed by the parent or legal guardian of the child.

Form ROP144

(i) Documents in support of the child's right of abode in the HKSAR (such as a birth certificate with 'established' permanent resident status).

Additional documents or information may be required if necessary.

Note: If the application for the child is submitted by post, the originals of the supporting documents [excluding items (g), (h) and Form for Countersignature (ID 641)] should not be enclosed. Only photocopies of the documents listed above [excluding items (d) and (e)] are required. The parent or legal guardian should produce the originals of such documents together with the child's previous passport or Document of Identity for Visa Purposes for verification when collecting the child's passport.

Additional Requirements for First Time Application from Person born Outside Hong Kong/Mainland/Macao/Taiwan

If the applicant is born outside Hong Kong/Mainland/Macao/Taiwan, he/she should provide the following additional documents for establishing his/her Chinese citizenship:

  • Hong Kong identity card (if any);
  • Birth certificate/official census paper (bearing his/her names and his/her parents' names);
  • Current travel document(s)(showing his/her photo and personal particulars)/identification document(s)(if any);
  • Natural parent's/parents' Hong Kong permanent identity card(s) (if any);
  • Natural parent's/parents' travel document(s) showing any foreign residential status/ citizenship at the time of his/her birth;
  • Official document(s) issued by foreign competent authorities to confirm the residential status of him/her and his/her parents, including the date of acquiring the indefinite stay there; and/or
  • Official proof of his/her Chinese citizenship (if any).
Fee

Applicants should submit their applications with a completed fee payment form (ID 853) and a cheque or bank draft made payable to 'The Government of the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region' in Hong Kong or US dollars.

For applications submitted online, applicants must pay the application fee at the time of application by paying online through PPS or credit card (VISA and MasterCard only).

Fee payment form (Form ID 853) for HKSAR Passport

Fee

Important Notes

If the applicant is submitting the application in person to the Chinese Diplomatic and Consular Mission, he/she should bring along the original supporting documents for verification.

If the applicant is sending the application by post:

(a) He/She should send in the application form, photographs and cheque along with photocopies of the supporting documents. All photocopies submitted should be made on A4 size ( 210mm X 297mm ) paper and will not be returned.

(b) He/She should fill in the cheque as shown below. The cheque should be crossed, made payable to "The Government of the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region", properly dated and signed. Post-dated cheques are not accepted. No cash should be sent along with the application.

(c) 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.

Cheque Sample

Frequently Asked Questions
  • Q1. 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:
    Application for HKSAR Passport
  • Q2. 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
  • Q3. 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.

  • Q4. Where can I get the application forms for the HKSAR Passport?

    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.

  • Q5. 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)844A "Notes of Guidance for HKSAR Passport application" and ROP(E)144A "Notes for Guidance on Application for a Hong Kong Permanent Identity Card by a person under the age of 18 Resident Overseas”.

After Applying

Place of Application: Outside Hong Kong

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Collection of Passport for Application Submitted Online

The applicant must collect the new passport in person at the Travel Documents (Issue) Office, 4/F., Immigration Tower, Wan Chai, Hong Kong by producing his/her permanent identity card, the originals of supporting documents (if any) submitted in the application for verification. The applicant must also sign the application form upon collection of the passport. For children aged between 11 and 15 and unmarried persons aged 16 or 17, the consenting parent or legal guardian must accompany the child/applicant for collection of the passport so as to sign the application form and make a declaration to confirm the correctness of information furnished through online application.

For replacement application, the previous passport should be produced for cancellation upon collection of the new one. If the applicant previously held a Document of Identity for Visa Purposes, it should also be produced for cancellation.

On the collection day, the Collection Notice issued by the Hong Kong 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 passport. 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 passport. The waiting time will be longer for applicants who have not made an appointment booking.

Online appointment booking for collection of HKSAR Passport

Collection of Passport for Application Submitted through Chinese Diplomatic and Consular Missions

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

For replacement application, the previous passport should be produced for cancellation upon collection of the new one. If the applicant previously held a Document of Identity for Visa Purposes, it should also be produced for cancellation.

Collection of Passport for Application Submitted by Post from Overseas

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 collection of the passport. The applicant /child accompanied by the consenting parent or legal guardian should collect the passport 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 passport. 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 must be the same as that signed on the application form. The representative must produce his/her identity document, the original valid identity document (e.g. Hong Kong identity card, passport or Re-entry Permit, etc.) of the consenting parent or legal guardian and the original 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 passport.

Authorisation form for collection of travel document (ID 678)

For replacement application, the previous passport should be produced for cancellation upon collection of the new one. If the applicant previously held a Document of Identity for Visa Purposes, it should also be produced for cancellation.

On the collection day, the Collection Notice issued by Hong Kong 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 passport. 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 passport. The waiting time may be longer for applicants who have not made an appointment booking.

Online appointment booking for collection of HKSAR Passport

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