6 February 2015
The Immigration Department announced today (February 6) that nationals of the Republic of the Gambia would require a visa to enter Hong Kong for whatever purpose (including those who remain on the airside in transit) from February 12.
At present, nationals of the Republic of the Gambia may visit Hong Kong visa-free for a stay of up to 90 days.
"Hong Kong has all along adopted an open visa policy, under which nationals of about 170 countries and territories may visit Hong Kong visa-free for periods ranging from seven to 180 days. With a view to ensuring a proper balance between the facilitation of genuine visitors and the need to safeguard the integrity of immigration control, the visa policy is subject to constant review and changes will be introduced if circumstances so warrant," an Immigration Department spokesman said.
Hong Kong Special Administrative Region (HKSAR) passport holders currently require a visa to enter the Republic of the Gambia. The spokesman reminded HKSAR passport holders to check with the Gambian authorities on the latest visa requirements before visiting the Republic of the Gambia.