- Regulation 2(1) of the Immigration Regulations (Chapter 115A), Laws of Hong Kong, stipulates that permission given to a person to land in Hong Kong as a visitor shall be subject to the following conditions of stay:
- he shall not take any employment, whether paid or unpaid;
- he shall not establish or join in any business; and
- he shall not become a student at a school, university or other educational institution.
- Any person who contravenes a condition of stay in force in respect of him shall be guilty of an offence and shall be liable on conviction to a maximum fine of HK$50,000 and to imprisonment for 2 years under section 41 of the Immigration Ordinance (Chapter 115), Laws of Hong Kong.
- A person permitted to enter the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region (“HKSAR”) as a visitor may generally engage in the following business-related activities:
- concluding contracts or submitting tenders;
- examining or supervising the installation/packaging of goods or equipment;
- participating in exhibitions or trade fairs (except selling goods or supplying services direct to the general public, or constructing exhibition booths);
- settling compensation or other civil proceedings;
- participating in product orientation; and
- attending short-term seminars or other business meetings.
Speech(es) / presentation(s)
- Besides, a person permitted to enter the HKSAR as a visitor may also attend event(s) to deliver speech(es)/presentation(s) subject to the following conditions being met:
- he/she will not be remunerated for speaking/presenting at the event (other than provision of accommodation, passage, meals, etc. relating to the event, or the reimbursement of such expenses), unless he/she participates in sector-specific speaking engagements under the Pilot Scheme on Immigration Facilitation for Visitors Participating in Short-term Activities (“the Pilot Scheme for STV”) where remuneration is allowed for individual sectors as recommended by the subject Government Bureaux / Departments; and
- during each period of permitted stay, there is no maximum limit on the number of event(s), he/she can attend to deliver speech(es)/presentation(s) up to 14 consecutive calendar days, counting from the day when he/she starts to participate in such event(s).
“Pilot Scheme on Immigration Facilitation for Visitors Participating in Short-term Activities”
- The “Pilot Scheme on Immigration Facilitation for Visitors Participating in Short-term Activities in Designated Sectors” (“the Pilot Scheme for STV”), launched on 1 June 2022 (see here), aims to provide immigration facilitation to visitors invited/sponsored by authorised host organisations (“invitees”) for undertaking specified short-term activities in Hong Kong such that they will not need to apply for an employment visa / entry permit. For details of the Pilot Scheme for STV, please see here.
“Pilot Scheme on Facilitation for Persons Participating in Arbitral Proceedings in Hong Kong”
- The “Pilot Scheme on Facilitation for Persons Participating in Arbitral Proceedings in Hong Kong” (“the Pilot Scheme for Arbitral Proceedings”) (see here) aims at providing facilitation for eligible non-HKSAR residents to participate in arbitral proceedings in the HKSAR on a short-term basis as visitors. For details of the Pilot Scheme for Arbitral Proceedings, please see here.