Entry Arrangements for Mainland, Macao, Taiwan & Overseas Chinese Residents

Arrangements for Entry to the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region (HKSAR) from the Mainland China

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Preamble
  1. Article 22(4) of the Basic Law of the HKSAR stipulates that, for entry into the HKSAR, people from other parts of China must apply for approval. The provisions of this Article, in accordance with the Interpretation by the Standing Committee of the National People’s Congress in 1999, mean that Mainland residents who wish to enter Hong Kong for whatever reason, must apply to the relevant authorities of their residential districts for approval in accordance with the relevant national laws and administrative regulations, and must hold valid documents issued by the relevant authorities.
Settlement
  1. Mainland residents who wish to settle in Hong Kong must apply for One-way Permits (OWPs) from the Public Security Bureau Offices where their household registrations are kept.
  2. The process and issue of OWPs are administered by Mainland authorities in accordance with Mainland laws, policies and regulations. There is a daily OWP quota of 150 places. According to the laws and regulations of the Mainland, Mainland authorities announced that Mainland residents under one of the following situations may apply for OWP to settle in Hong Kong:
    1. His/her spouse is settled in Hong Kong; may bring along children aged under 18.
    2. He/she is aged above 18 and under 60 and needs to come to Hong Kong to take care of his/her parents settled in Hong Kong both of whom are aged above 60 and have no children in Hong Kong.
    3. He/she is aged above 60 and has no children in the Mainland, and has to depend on his/her children aged above 18 settled in Hong Kong.
    4. He/she is aged under 18 and has to depend on his/her parents settled in Hong Kong.
    5. He/she is a child of a Hong Kong permanent resident and holds a Certificate of Entitlement.
Official Visits
  1. Mainland officials and personnel who wish to enter Hong Kong for visit are required to obtain an Exit-entry Permit for Travelling to and from Hong Kong and Macao for official purposes and an appropriate endorsement relating to the purpose of entry at the Hong Kong and Macao Affairs Office.
Private Visits

Visit relatives

  1. Mainland residents who wish to visit their relatives in Hong Kong are required to obtain an “Exit-entry Permit for Travelling to and from Hong Kong and Macao” (EEP) with an “endorsement for visiting relatives (Tanqin)” from the relevant Public Security Bureau Office.

Group tours

  1. Mainland residents who wish to come here for sightseeing may join group tours organized by designated Mainland tour companies. Group tour members need to obtain an EEP and an “endorsement for group visit (Tuandui Luyou)” issued by the Public Security Bureau Office. As group tour visitors, they must arrive and depart together as a group.

Individual visits

  1. Mainland residents from Guangdong Province and 28 cities, including Shanghai, Beijing, Nanjing, Suzhou, Wuxi, Hangzhou, Ningbo, Taizhou, Fuzhou, Xiamen, Quanzhou, Tianjin, Chongqing, Chengdu, Jinan, Shenyang, Dalian, Nanchang, Changsha, Nanning, Haikou, Guiyang, Kunming, Shijiazhuang, Zhengzhou, Changchun, Hefei and Wuhan who wish to come here for sightseeing purpose in individual capacity are required to obtain an EEP and an “endorsement for individual visit (Geren Luyou)” from the relevant Public Security Bureau Office.

Business visits

  1. Mainland residents who wish to make business trips to Hong Kong in their private capacity are required to obtain an EEP and an “endorsement for business visit (Shangwu)” from the relevant Public Security Bureau Office. (Click here for "Notice to Mainland Residents holding Business Visit Endorsement")

Other purposes of visit

  1. Mainland residents who wish to enter Hong Kong as a visitor for other purposes such as treating an illness, attending a funeral or participating in proceedings, etc are required to obtain an EEP and an “endorsement for other purposes (Qita)” from the relevant Public Security Bureau Office.

Side Trips

  1. Under current arrangements, Mainland residents who wish to visit Hong Kong are required to obtain an EEP and an appropriate exit endorsement from the relevant Public Security Bureau Office. In general, a Mainland resident who is in possession of a valid EEP bearing a valid exit endorsement may be landed in Hong Kong as a visitor, with a limit of stay in accordance with the exit endorsement, provided that normal immigration requirements are met. The number of journeys to Hong Kong will be stated in the exit endorsement, i.e. single-journey, double-journey or multiple-journey.
  2. To facilitate those EEP holders who may take side trips to neighbouring places (e.g. Macao Note 1 or the high seas) and return to the Mainland via Hong Kong, the Immigration Department has implemented the following procedures:

    1. If an EEP holder travelling with a single-journey or double-journey exit endorsement enters Hong Kong again after a side trip before the expiry of the limit of stay previously imposed, he/she will be given permission to land with the same limit of stay as that given in the previous trip, provided that normal immigration requirements are met (e.g. if the limit of stay previously imposed is until 8 May and the EEP holder enters Hong Kong again on 4 May, he/she may be landed until 8 May).
    2. If an EEP holder travelling with a single-journey or double-journey exit endorsement enters Hong Kong again after a side trip on the last day of the limit of stay previously imposed, he/she will be given permission to land for one more day to facilitate his/her return trip to the Mainland, provided that normal immigration requirements are met (taking the above example, if the EEP holder enters Hong Kong again on 8 May, he/she may be landed until 9 May).
    3. If an EEP holder travelling with a multiple exit endorsement (except the multiple-journey (one trip per week) exit endorsement for Individual Visit valid for 1 year (abbreviated as “one-trip-per-week” exit endorsement) and the "Tanqin" exit endorsement valid for three months) enters Hong Kong again after a side trip, he/she will be given permission to land with the limit of stay as specified on the multiple exit endorsement, provided that normal immigration requirements are met.
    4. If an EEP holder travelling with a one-trip-per-week exit endorsement enters Hong Kong again after a side trip, provided that normal immigration requirements are met, he/she will be given permission to land Note 2 :
      1. with the same limit of stay as that given in the previous trip if he/she returns to Hong Kong before the expiry of the limit of stay previously imposed and within the same week (calculating from Monday to Sunday) of his/her last arrival;
      2. with the limit of stay as specified on the exit endorsement if he/she returns to Hong Kong not within the same week (calculating from Monday to Sunday) of his/her last arrival.
  3. A journey to Hong Kong specified on the exit endorsement will be treated as completed when the EEP holder returns to the Mainland.

    Note 1:
    With effect from 1 September 2008, Mainland residents travelling on EEP without an exit endorsement for Macao will not be permitted to enter Macao from Hong Kong by the Macao authorities.


    Note 2:
    With effect from 12 January 2016.

Transit
  1. Holders of People’s Republic of China (PRC) passports who are in transit through Hong Kong to and from another country or territory may be granted a stay of seven days on each landing without the prior need to obtain an entry permit provided that normal immigration requirements are met, including possession of valid entry facilities for the destination and confirmed onward booking for the overseas journey.
  2. If a Mainland resident is in possession of both valid EEP and PRC passport, he/she may, upon his/her entry into Hong Kong and in accordance with his/her purpose of visit, produce his/her EEP or PRC passport (except arriving from Macao and via Hong Kong to the Mainland) for entry into Hong Kong.
Employment in Hong Kong

State employees

  1. State employees who come to work for state-owned or joint-venture enterprises/organisations in Hong Kong should obtain an employment endorsement through the Hong Kong and Macao Affairs Office or designated Foreign Affairs Offices in provinces and cities.

Imported workers

  1. For Mainland residents wishing to come to work in Hong Kong under the Supplementary Labour Scheme, applications must be submitted through employers granted with the approval-in-principle to import workers to the Immigration Department. Direct applications by candidates are not accepted. Candidates and their employers should complete application form ID 1001A and ID 1001B respectively. For detailed information, please refer to the pamphlet "How to apply under Supplementary Labour Scheme" published by the Labour Department and the "Guidebook for Entry for Employment as Imported Workers in Hong Kong" [ID(C) 1002 (Chinese version) or ID(E) 1002 (English version)] published by the Immigration Department.

Admission Scheme for Mainland Talents and Professionals

  1. Mainland residents (the candidates) who possess special skills, knowledge or experience of value to and not readily available in the HKSAR may apply to come to work in Hong Kong under the Admission Scheme for Mainland Talents and Professionals (the Scheme). Candidates should complete application form ID 990A. The employing companies should complete application form ID 990B. Applications must be submitted by the candidates' employers who should be registered companies in Hong Kong. Direct applications by the candidates will not be accepted. Mainland residents visiting Hong Kong may not request to prolong their limit of stay on grounds of having submitted applications under the Scheme. The Immigration Department will issue employment entry permits which should be collected by the employers in Hong Kong for onward transmission to successful candidates. Candidates should apply for an EEP and the relevant exit endorsement from the Public Security Bureau Office where their household registrations are kept. For detailed information on the Scheme, please refer to the “Guidebook for Entry for Employment as Professionals in Hong Kong” [ID(C) 991 (Chinese version) or ID(E) 991 (English version)].

Immigration Arrangements for Non-local Graduates

  1. Mainland residents who are/were non-local students Note 2 and have obtained an undergraduate or higher qualification in a full-time and locally-accredited local programme Note 3 in Hong Kong may apply to stay/return and work in Hong Kong under the Immigration Arrangements for Non-local Graduates. Applicants who submit applications within six months after the date of their graduation (i.e. the date shown on their graduation certificates) are classified as non-local fresh graduates and those who submit applications after six months of the date of their graduation are classified as returning non-local graduates. All applicants should complete application form ID 990A . The employers of those returning non-local graduates should complete application form ID 990B . For detailed information on the arrangement, please refer to the “Guidebook for Entry for Employment as Professionals in Hong Kong” [ID(C) 991 (Chinese version) or ID(E) 991 (English version)].

    Note 2:
    Non-local students refer to persons entering the HKSAR for the purpose of education with a student visa / entry permit issued by the Director of Immigration.

    Note 3:
    Local programmes refer to those programmes leading to degrees awarded by local degree-awarding institutions whereas non-local programmes refer to those programmes leading to degrees awarded solely by non-local institutions, irrespective of whether the programmes are jointly run by local and non-local institutions.
Training in Hong Kong
  1. Mainland residents who are employees or business associates of multinational firms or well-established companies based in Hong Kong may apply to enter Hong Kong for short-term training not exceeding 12 months.
  2. Mainland residents who receive training for official purpose should obtain the training exit endorsement through the Hong Kong and Macao Affairs Office. Those who come for training in their private capacity should send completed application forms ID 992A and ID 992B directly by post or through their sponsors in Hong Kong to the Immigration Department. The Immigration Department will send the training entry permit label to the applicants directly or through their sponsors in Hong Kong. Applicants should present the entry permit label and the required documents to the relevant Public Security Bureau Office to apply for an EEP and the training endorsement. For detailed information, please refer to the “Guidebook for Entry for Training in Hong Kong” [ID(C) 993 (Chinese version) or ID(E) 993 (English version)].
  3. Applications for entry permits should be sent to the following address:

    Receipt and Despatch Sub-Unit,
    Hong Kong Immigration Department,
    2/F, Immigration Tower,
    7 Gloucester Road,
    Wan Chai, Hong Kong.
Study in Hong Kong
  1. Mainland residents may apply to take up:

    1. studies in full-time locally-accredited post-secondary local programmes Note 4 ;
    2. studies in part-time locally-accredited taught post-graduate local programmes Note 5 ;
    3. exchange in full-time locally-accredited local programmes at sub-degree level for not more than six months or exchange in full-time locally-accredited local programmes at undergraduate or above level for not more than one year; or
    4. full-time short-term studies, subject to the following conditions:
      1. the programme concerned is offered by Hong Kong higher education institutions with degree-awarding powers (excluding their continuing and professional education arms); and
      2. the cumulative duration of short-term studies taken up by any student should not exceed 180 days within any 12-month period.
    5. secondary school level short-term exchange programmes approved by the Education Bureau of not more than two weeks, if accompanied by Mainland teachers.

Note 4:
The agreement between the Mainland and Hong Kong on mutual recognition of degree awards in higher education is not applicable to sub-degree qualifications (i.e. associate degree and higher diploma). Mainland students may come to attend sub-degree level local programmes in Hong Kong since there is no restriction in the Mainland prohibiting them to pursue further studies at education institutions outside the Mainland on a personal basis.

Note 5:
The programmes to be taken up by Mainland students must be offered by the University Grants Committee (UGC)-funded institutions.

  1. Applicants and their local sponsors should complete application forms ID 995A and ID 995B respectively. Applications must be submitted to the Immigration Department through the education institution (the sponsor) granting the acceptance. Entry permit labels are to be collected by the sponsors in Hong Kong for onward transmission to the applicants. Applicants should apply for an EEP and the relevant exit endorsement from the Public Security Bureau Office where their household registrations are kept. Upon the student's termination of study, the education institution involved should notify the Immigration Department in writing (“Notification of Termination of Studies”) within seven working days from the date of termination. For detailed information, please refer to the “Guidebook for Entry for Study in Hong Kong” [ID(C) 996 (Chinese version) or ID(E) 996 (English version)].
Residence in Hong Kong

Quality Migrant Admission Scheme

  1. Highly skilled or talented Mainland residents who wish to apply for residence in Hong Kong may apply under the Quality Migrant Admission Scheme (the Scheme). Applicants should complete application form ID(C) 981 (Chinese version) or ID(E) 981 (English version). For detailed information on the Scheme, please refer to the “Guidance Notes on Quality Migrant Admission Scheme” [ID(C) 982 (Chinese version) or ID(E) 982 (English version)].

Residence as Dependants

  1. For sponsors who have been admitted into Hong Kong to take up employment (as a professional, for investment to establish/join in business, or for training) or studies (in a full-time undergraduate or post-graduate local programme in a local degree-awarding institution) or as entrants under the Capital Investment Entrant Scheme Note 6, the Quality Migrant Admission Scheme or the Admission Scheme for the Second Generation of Chinese Hong Kong Permanent Residents, their spouse and unmarried dependent children under the age of 18 may apply for entry for residence in Hong Kong as dependants. Under the existing policy, while dependants whose sponsors have been admitted into Hong Kong for study may take up studies in Hong Kong, they are prohibited from taking up employment in Hong Kong unless they have obtained prior permission from the Director of Immigration.

    Note 6:
    With effect from 15 January 2015, the Capital Investment Entrant Scheme has been suspended until further notice.

  1. Dependants and their local sponsors should complete application form ID997. For detailed information, please refer to the “Guidebook for Entry for Residence as Dependants in Hong Kong” [ID(C) 998 (Chinese version) or ID(E) 998 (English version)].

    Note:
    The existing entry application forms, i.e. Application for Entry for Employment as Professionals in Hong Kong (ID 990A), Application for Entry for Training in Hong Kong (ID 992A), Application for Entry for Study in Hong Kong (ID 995A), Application for Entry for Investment as Entrepreneurs in Hong Kong (ID 999A) and Application for Entry under the Admission Scheme for the Second Generation of Chinese Hong Kong Permanent Residents (ID 1017) have built in the accompanying dependant’s application. The sponsor may include his/her accompanying dependant’s application for entry for residence when completing the aforesaid entry application forms, and the accompanying dependant will not be required to complete application form (ID 997) separately.

Holders of foreign passports in the Mainland
  1. Passport holders of about 170 countries or regions may visit (including transit) Hong Kong without a visa/entry permit in accordance with the respective type of travel documents they hold, provided that normal immigration requirements are met. Reference should be made to the pamphlet “Do you need a visa for the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region of the People's Republic of China” (ID 290). The pamphlet also lists out holders of passports who need to obtain a visa/entry permit before they can come for visit or transit.
  2. Holders of foreign passports who are living in the Mainland may apply to enter Hong Kong for employment, training, study or residence. All applications will be considered under the existing immigration policy and individual merits of the case.
  3. Application forms and details of application procedures can be obtained from the Immigration Department Headquarters, Immigration Branch Offices, Overseas Chinese Diplomatic and Consular Missions and HKSAR Government offices outside Hong Kong. The forms can also be downloaded from the Immigration Department's website at www.immd.gov.hk.
  4. Holders of foreign passports who are living in the Mainland may submit appropriate application forms relating to the purpose of entry to Hong Kong (other than entry under the Immigration Arrangements for Non-local Graduates, Capital Investment Entrant Scheme Note 6, Quality Migrant Admission Scheme or Admission Scheme for the Second Generation of Chinese Hong Kong Permanent Residents) together with the relevant supporting documents to the Immigration Division of the Beijing Office. Applicants are required to produce their valid travel documents to the Immigration Division of the Beijing Office so that a visa/entry permit could be issued if the application is approved. The address of the Beijing Office is :

    No. 71, Di'anmen Xidajie, 
    Xicheng District, Beijing 100009,
    People's Republic of China.

  5. For holders of foreign passports who are living outside Beijing in other provinces/cities of Mainland China, they may send completed application forms by post directly to the Immigration Department to the address in paragraph 21 or through their sponsors in Hong Kong.
Fees
  1. Please refer to items 2 and 7 of the fee leaflet (ID 912) for the prescribed fee for a visa/entry permit issued by the Immigration Department. Payment of fees should be made by the sponsor in Hong Kong at the time of collecting the visa/entry permit. If the applicant does not have a sponsor in Hong Kong to pay the fee, he/she should send in the fee with the application in the form of a cashier order or bank draft in Hong Kong currency. The cashier order or bank draft should be one from a bank which has a connected bank in Hong Kong and made payable to “The Government of the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region”.
  2. For the visa/entry permit fee in RMB charged by the Immigration Division of the Beijing Office, please visit the website of the Beijing Office at www.bjo.gov.hk/en/about_hk/visa.html. Payment of fees should be made by the applicant at the time of collecting the visa/entry permit. Fees should be paid in cash or by “cheque for bank transfer purpose”. The cheque should be issued by a bank located in Beijing and made payable to “The Office of the Government of the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region in Beijing”.
Processing time
  1. It normally takes four to six weeks upon receipt of all necessary documents to process a visa/entry permit application. An acknowledgement will be sent upon receipt of the application by the Immigration Department.
  2. For those applications submitted to the Immigration Division of the Beijing office, it normally takes three working days to process a visit/transit visa/entry permit application. For other visa/entry permit applications, the normal processing time is four to six weeks upon receipt of all necessary documents. An acknowledgement will be issued upon receipt of the application by the Immigration Division of the Beijing Office.
Enquiries
  1. For more information, please contact the Immigration Division of the Beijing Office by phone at (8610) 6657 2880 extension 033 or by fax at (8610) 6657 2823 , or the Immigration Department by enquiry hotline at (852) 2824 6111, by fax at (852) 2877 7711, by email to enquiry@immd.gov.hk, or visit the Immigration Department’s website at www.immd.gov.hk.

Visit/Transit Arrangements to Hong Kong for Macao Residents

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The visit/transit visa/entry permit requirements for Macao residents are as follows:

  • The following categories of Macao permanent residents may visit Hong Kong entry permit-free for a period of not exceeding 180 days:

    1. Eligible Macao permanent residents holding valid Macao smart permanent identity card; or
    2. Holders of Visit Permit for Residents of Macao SAR to HKSAR together with proof of Macao permanent resident status.
  • Holders of Visit Permit for Residents of Macao SAR to HKSAR who are Macao non-permanent residents or unable to produce proof of their Macao permanent resident status during arrival clearance may visit Hong Kong entry permit-free for up to 30 days on each landing.
  • Holders of Macao SAR passports and holders of Macao SAR Travel Permits may transit Hong Kong for a stay up to 7 days entry permit-free to another country or region or from another country or region back to the Macao SAR provided that usual immigration requirements are met, including possession of valid entry facilities for the destination and confirmed onward booking for the overseas journey.
  • Visa/entry permit is not required for a visit not exceeding 90 days for holders of Portuguese national passports.

For entry to work, study, establish or join in any business, take up residence or to stay in the HKSAR as a visitor longer than the allowed visa/entry permit-free period, Macao residents will require visas/entry permits.

Arrangements for Entry to the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region (HKSAR) for Overseas Chinese and Chinese residents of Taiwan

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Introduction
  1. The following gives a general account of the immigration requirements for overseas Chinese or Chinese residents of Taiwan coming to Hong Kong for visit, transit, taking up employment, joining in or establishing a business, training, study and residence.
Holders of People's Republic of China (PRC) passports
  1. PRC passport holders living overseas wishing to enter Hong Kong for visit, employment, training, study or residence should apply for an appropriate entry permit. Please refer to paragraphs 18-22 for application procedures.
Transit
  1. PRC passport holders who are in transit through Hong Kong to and from another country or territory may be granted a stay of seven days on each landing without the prior need to obtain an entry permit provided that normal immigration requirements are met, including possession of valid entry facilities for the destination and confirmed onward booking for the overseas journey.
Visit
  1. PRC passport holders should apply for an entry permit for social and business visits to Hong Kong.
Employment

General Employment Policy – Employment as Professionals or Investment as Entrepreneurs

  1. PRC passport holders living overseas who have obtained overseas permanent residence and wish to come to work in Hong Kong can apply for entry under the General Employment Policy. PRC passport holders who do not have permanent residence overseas but are presently residing overseas may also apply for an entry permit under the General Employment Policy to work in Hong Kong if they have been living overseas for at least one year immediately before an application is submitted. The policy governing entry for employment includes, inter alia, that they must possess special skills or knowledge of value to and not readily available in Hong Kong. For entry for investment (to establish/join in business), applicants should also be in a position to make substantial contribution to the economy of Hong Kong, or are establishing or joining in a start-up business supported by a government-backed programme with a rigorous vetting and selection process.

Immigration Arrangements for Non-local Graduates

  1. PRC passport holders who are/were non-local students Note 1 and have obtained an undergraduate or higher qualification in a full-time and locally-accredited local programme Note 2 in Hong Kong may apply to stay/return and work in Hong Kong under the Immigration Arrangements for Non-local Graduates if they have obtained overseas permanent residence; or have been residing overseas for at least one year immediately before the submission of an application and the application is submitted from overseas. Applicants who submit an application to the Immigration Department within six months after the date of their graduation (i.e. the date shown on the graduation certificate) are not required to have secured an offer of employment upon application.

    Note 1:
    Non-local students refer to persons entering the HKSAR for the purpose of education with a student visa/entry permit issued by the Director of Immigration.

    Note 2:
    Local programmes refer to those programmes leading to degrees awarded by local degree-awarding institutions whereas non-local programmes refer to those programmes leading to degrees awarded solely by non-local institutions, irrespective of whether the programmes are jointly run by local and non-local institutions.
Training
  1. PRC passport holders who are employees or business associates sponsored by multinational firms or well-established companies in Hong Kong may apply to enter Hong Kong for short-term training not exceeding 12 months.
Study
  1. PRC passport holders who have obtained overseas permanent residence may apply to study in registered private educational institutions and recognised tertiary institutions in Hong Kong.
Residence

Quality Migrant Admission Scheme

  1. PRC passport holders who have obtained permanent residence in an overseas country; or have been residing overseas for at least one year immediately before the submission of an application and the application is submitted from overseas, may apply for residence in Hong Kong under the Quality Migrant Admission Scheme. The Scheme is a quota-based entrant scheme that seeks to attract highly skilled or talented persons to settle in Hong Kong. Successful applicants are not required to have secured an offer of local employment before their entry to Hong Kong for settlement.

Capital Investment Entrant Scheme

Important Message:

The Government has announced that the Capital Investment Entrant Scheme would be suspended with effect from 15 January 2015 until further notice. The Immigration Department will continue to process applications received on or before 14 January 2015, whether already approved (including approval-in-principle and formal approval) or still being processed. For details and FAQs, please click here.

    1. PRC passport holders who have obtained permanent residence in an overseas country may apply for residence in Hong Kong under the Capital Investment Entrant Scheme. The objective of the Scheme is to facilitate the entry for residence by capital investment entrants (the entrant), i.e. persons who make capital investment in Hong Kong but would not be engaged in the running of any business here. The entrant is allowed to make his choice of investments amongst permissible assets without the need to establish or join in a business.

Residence as Dependants

    1. PRC passport holders living overseas who have obtained permanent residence in an overseas country may apply for entry as dependants. PRC passport holders who have resided overseas for not less than one year may apply for entry as dependants to join sponsors who have resided overseas for not less than one year and been admitted to take up employment or as entrants under the Quality Migrant Admission Scheme in Hong Kong.
    2. For a sponsor who is a Hong Kong permanent resident or a resident who is not subject to a limit of stay (i.e. a resident with the right to land or on unconditional stay), the following dependants may apply to join him/her for residence in Hong Kong:
      1. his/her spouse;
      2. his/her unmarried dependent children under the age of 18; and
      3. his/her parents aged 60 or above.
    3. For a sponsor who has been admitted into Hong Kong to take up employment (as a professional, for investment to establish/join in business, or for training) or studies (in a full-time undergraduate or post-graduate local programme in a local degree-awarding institution) or as an entrant under the Capital Investment Entrant Scheme Note 3 , the Quality Migrant Admission Scheme or the Admission Scheme for the Second Generation of Chinese Hong Kong Permanent Residents, the following dependants may apply to join him/her for residence in Hong Kong:
      1. his/her spouse; and
      2. his/her unmarried dependent children under the age of 18.

      Under the existing policy, while dependants whose sponsors have been admitted into Hong Kong for study may take up studies in Hong Kong, they are prohibited from taking up employment in Hong Kong unless they have obtained prior permission from the Director of Immigration.

      Note 3:
      With effect from 15 January 2015, the Capital Investment Entrant Scheme has been suspended until further notice.
Residents of Taiwan
  1. Chinese residents of Taiwan living overseas who wish to enter Hong Kong for transit, visit, employment, training, study, residence as dependants or as entrants under the Capital Investment Entrant Scheme Note 3 or the Quality Migrant Admission Scheme should apply for an appropriate entry permit. Please refer to paragraphs 18-22 for application procedures.
  2. Chinese residents of Taiwan currently in Taiwan should apply for an entry permit relating to their purpose of entry. For those who wish to visit Hong Kong, they may apply for pre-arrival registration to visit Hong Kong through the GovHK website (www.gov.hk/par) free of charge, provided they were born in Taiwan (or born outside Taiwan but have been admitted to Hong Kong as Taiwan residents before) and are not in possession of any travel document issued by other authorities outside Taiwan (except the “Mainland Travel Permit for Taiwan Residents”, commonly known as "Tai Bao Zheng”, and an entry permit issued by the Immigration Department). Please refer to the “Guidance Notes on Pre-arrival Registration for Taiwan Residents” ID(C) 1016 (Chinese version) or ID(E) 1016 (English version) for details.
  3. Taiwan residents holding a valid "Mainland Travel Permit for Taiwan Residents" may enter Hong Kong as a visitor and stay for up to 30 days irrespective of whether they are transitting through Hong Kong to/from the Mainland or coming to Hong Kong for visit, provided normal immigration requirements are met. They may also apply for a single entry permit or a multiple entry permit through the authorised airlines, provided that they are not in possession of any travel document issued by other authorities outside Taiwan (except the “Mainland Travel Permit for Taiwan Residents”, and an entry permit issued by the Immigration Department), but they must hold a travel document valid for at least six months for re-entry to Taiwan. Please refer to paragraphs 18-22 for application procedures.
  4. For entry other than the purpose of visit, applicants may submit their applications by sending the completed application forms together with the required documents to the Immigration Department through their sponsors (by post or in person) in Hong Kong.
Application Procedures

Application Forms and Guidebooks

  1. Applicants should complete the appropriate application forms according to their entry purpose. For details, please refer to Annex.
Fees
  1. Please refer to item 7 of the fee leaflet (ID 912) for the prescribed fee for an entry permit. For overseas applications submitted to the Immigration Department directly, payment of fees should be made by the sponsor in Hong Kong at the time of collecting the entry permit. If the applicant does not have a sponsor in Hong Kong to pay the fee, he / she should send in the fee with the application in the form of a cashier order or bank draft in Hong Kong currency. The cashier order or bank draft should be one from a bank which has a connected bank in Hong Kong and made payable to 'The Government of the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region'.
  2. For Chinese residents of Taiwan currently in Taiwan, please refer to items 7, 8 and 9 of the fee leaflet (ID 912) for the corresponding prescribed fee for a single entry permit, a multiple entry permit with one-year validity and a multiple entry permit with three-year validity. The authorised airlines may levy a charge for handling the applications and the charges may vary among airlines.
Additional Information
  1. It normally takes four weeks to process an overseas entry permit application and two working days for a multiple entry permit submitted through authorised airlines in Taiwan. An acknowledgement will be sent upon receipt of the application by the Immigration Department if the application is submitted to the Immigration Department directly.
  2. For more information, please contact the Immigration Department by enquiry hotline at (852) 2824 6111, by fax at (852) 2877 7711, by e-mail to enquiry@immd.gov.hk, or visit the Immigration Department’s website at www.immd.gov.hk.
Annex
Entry purposeApplication formGuidebook
Visit/Transit For Taiwan residents currently in Taiwan -
  • ID 78D (single entry permit) or
  • ID78H (multiple entry permit)
“Guidance Notes” in respective application forms
For PRC passport holders and Taiwan residents currently living overseas -
Employment as Professionals
Training
Investment as Entrepreneurs
Study
Residence as Dependants
Employment as Imported Workers
Capital Investment Entrant Scheme
Quality Migrant Admission Scheme

Note:

The existing entry application forms, i.e. Application for Entry for Employment as Professionals in Hong Kong (ID 990A), Application for Entry for Training in Hong Kong (ID 992A), Application for Entry for Study in Hong Kong (ID 995A), and Application for Entry for Investment as Entrepreneurs in Hong Kong (ID 999A) have built in the accompanying dependant's application. The sponsor may include his/her accompanying dependant's application for entry for residence when completing the aforesaid entry application forms, and the accompanying dependant will not be required to complete application form (ID 997) separately.