Visiting to Hong Kong is easy
The majority of visitors from about 170 countries and territories are granted a visa upon arrival at Hong Kong thus they may not need to apply it in advance.
Hong Kong government, politically known as government of the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region (HKSAR), welcome visitors worldwide and travelers are easy to be admitted as a visitor to Hong Kong. You will be informed the activity permitted under visitor status and applying for an extension to your visitor visa.
For frequent visitors that are traveling to Hong Kong on the business purposes, they can apply for extra power to their visitor visa to gain speedy access to Hong Kong.
Condition to stay as visitor
The visitor with visiting VISA / Entry Permit to HKSAR must not take part in the activities as follows:
- take up any employment in Hong Kong whether paid or unpaid;
- receive any work or employment related training;
- not become a student at a school, university or other educational institution;
Visitors has obtain to Employment VISA prior to visiting Hong Kong for employment-related purposes and Study VISA after enrolled into local qualified educational institutions.
For business-related visiting to Hong Kong, the holder of visiting VISA / Entry Permit can take part in the activities as follows:
“Visitors” may generally be allow to the activities in Hong Kong as follows:
- 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 – i.e. retailing is strictly prohibited), settling compensation or other civil proceedings;
- participating in product orientation; and
- attending short-term seminars or other business meetings.
Who can apply for?
Generally speaking, every visitor to Hong Kong must have a valid passport that will not expire not less than one month after the period of their intended stay in Hong Kong. For people of statelessness, the identity documents issued to stateless persons must not expire within not less than two months after their period of intended stay.
As Hong Kong is well-known for its international free port for businesses, citizens of about 170 qualified countries do not even need a visa to access Hong Kong for leisure, social and business, they are allowed to stay for periods from 7 to 180 days depending on nationality. To check if your nationality is eligible for a Visa-free visiting to Hong Kong, you can contact the Chinese Consulates General in your country, their contact can be found in here. Further supporting information can be found on the Hong Kong Immigration Department. If your nationality is not a Visa-free country, please apply for Visa at your nearest Chinese diplomatic and consular mission.
The above information is valid only for “bona fide visitors” to Hong Kong.
Here is a list of Hong Kong Visa-free countries (updated on February 1, Hong Kong).
|National of foreign country (territory)/
Type of travel document
|Visa free period for visit not exceeding|
|2.||ALBANIA (holders of Albanian biometric passports only)||14 Days|
|3.||ALBANIA (holders of Albanian non-biometric passports)||–|
|8.||ANTIGUA & BARBUDA||90 Days|
|25.||BOSNIA AND HERZEGOVINA||14 Days|
|28.||BRITAIN (British citizens)||180 Days|
|29.||BRITAIN (British Overseas Territories citizens, British Overseas
citizens, British subjects and British Protected persons)
|30.||BRITISH ANTARCTIC TERRITORY||90 Days|
|31.||BRITISH INDIAN OCEAN TERRITORY||90 Days|
|32.||BRITISH VIRGIN ISLANDS||90 Days|
|33.||BRUNEI DARUSSALAM||90 Days|
|35.||BURKINA FASO||14 Days|
|40.||CAPE VERDE (REPUBLIC OF)||30 Days|
|41.||CAYMAN ISLANDS||90 Days|
|42.||CENTRAL AFRICAN REPUBLIC||–|
|47.||CONGO (DEMOCRATIC REPUBLIC OF)||–|
|48.||CONGO (REPUBLIC OF)||–|
|49.||COSTA RICA||30 Days|
|50.||Costa Rican Provisional passports||–|
|51.||“Documento de Identidad Y Viaje” issued by Costa Rican Government||–|
|52.||COTE D’IVOIRE (REPUBLIC OF)||–|
|55.||CYPRUS (REPUBLIC OF)||90 Days|
|56.||CZECH REPUBLIC||90 Days|
|59.||DOMINICA (COMMONWEALTH OF)||90 Days|
|60.||DOMINICAN REPUBLIC||30 Days|
|63.||EL SALVADOR||30 Days|
|64.||EQUATORIAL GUINEA||14 Days|
|68.||FALKLAND ISLANDS & DEPENDENCIES||90 Days|
|69.||FAROE ISLANDS||90 Days|
|94.||IRELAND (REPUBLIC OF)||90 Days|
|103.||KOREA (DEMOCRATIC PEOPLE’S REPUBLIC OF)||–|
|104.||KOREA (REPUBLIC OF)||90 Days|
|123.||MARSHALL ISLANDS (REPUBLIC OF)||14 Days|
|127.||MICRONESIA (FEDERATED STATES OF)||14 Days|
|128.||MOLDOVA (REPUBLIC OF)||–|
|131.||MONTENEGRO ( REPUBLIC OF )||14 Days|
|140.||NEW ZEALAND||90 Days|
|148.||PALESTINE (STATES OF)||–|
|150.||PAPUA NEW GUINEA||90 Days|
|153.||Special Peruvian passports||–|
|155.||PITCAIRN, HENDERSON, DUCIE & OENO ISLANDS||90 Days|
|160.||RUSSIAN FEDERATION||14 Days|
|163.||SAN MARINO||90 Days|
|164.||SAO TOME AND PRINCIPE||14 Days|
|165.||SAUDI ARABIA||30 Days|
|167.||SERBIA (REPUBLIC OF) (holders of Serbian biometric passports
|168.||SERBIA (REPUBLIC OF) (holders of Serbian non-biometric passports
or Serbian passports issued by the Coordination Directorate
|172.||SLOVAK REPUBLIC||90 Days|
|176.||SOUTH AFRICA||30 Days|
|180.||ST. HELENA||90 Days|
|181.||ST. HELENA DEPENDENCIES (ASCENSION, TRISTAN DA CUNHA)||90 Days|
|182.||ST. KITTS – NEVIS ANGUILLA||90 Days|
|183.||ST. LUCIA||90 Days|
|184.||ST. VINCENT AND THE GRENADINES||90 Days|
|194.||THE SOUTH GEORGIA AND THE SOUTH SANDWICH ISLANDS||90 Days|
|195.||THE SOVEREIGN BASE AREAS OF AKROTIRI AND DHEKELIA||90 Days|
|198.||Tongan National passports||–|
|199.||Tongan Protected Persons passports||–|
|200.||TRINIDAD & TOBAGO||90 Days|
|204.||TURKS AND CAICOS ISLANDS||90 Days|
|206.||TUVALU (with national status stated as ‘I-TUVALU’)||–|
|219.||UNITED ARAB EMIRATES||30 Days|
|211.||Uruguay passports issued under Decree 289/90||–|
|213.||US TRUST TERRITORY OF PACIFIC ISLANDS (holders of US Trust
Territory passports only)
|216.||VATICAN CITY||14 Days|
|217.||Vatican Service passports||–|
|220.||YEMEN (REPUBLIC OF)||–|
|223.||All ‘stateless’ travel document holders||–|
|224.||Nationals of other foreign countries do not require visas
for a visit
Application of VISA via local sponsor
In case your visit requires a VISA, apart from proceeding to the nearest Chinese diplomatic and consular missions and apply for it from there, you may proceed to a local sponsor to shorten the processing time in some case.
A local sponsor must be either a valid Hong Kong company with valid Business Registration or a Hong Kong resident with valid Hong Kong identity card.
Entry assessment to visitors
For visitors to Hong Kong applying visiting Visa or just landed in Hong Kong at the border, you are advised be prepared for questions from the officers regarding the following:
- Tourism / Social visitor
- Return tickets to your home country
- Place of accommodation in Hong Kong
- A route or proposed route of your visit
- Companions of your visit
- Reasonably sufficient funds for staying in Hong Kong
- Business visitor (in addition to above items):
- Place of residence and office outside Hong Kong in your home country
- Your intended period of stay in Hong Kong
- Wages sourced from Hong Kong during your business visit to Hong Kong
- Financial proof to your stay in Hong Kong
- Business related planning about your stay in Hong Kong.
Extension of Visitor VISA
Once the visitors has landed in Hong Kong with valid permit or VISA, the visitors can apply for the first extension before the expiry date of its existing permit.
The application of first extension is usually not difficult to obtain approval when the visitor retain the statue of bona fide visitor to Hong Kong. The officer exterminate and may interview with applicant during the application.
The visitor must prepare a written letter to justifying the sound reasons for staying in Hong Kong and be present to officer with those application form. The reasons stated should be sound like realistic with reasonable proof.
Theoretically, unlimited number of extension can be granted by Hong Kong government to a visitor. In practices, most of the visitors can only get approved for their first extension. The application of further extension requires strong and solid supporting from third parties such as a local business body as well as the local person to show the importance of your present in Hong Kong is beneficial to Hong Kong society (e.g. to increase the tax income to Hong Kong government). The procedure of application to further extension is the same as that of first extension.
Refusal and Appeal
No appeal is available for all of the rejected VISA application.
The visitor VISA and permit of a visitor can be removed by Hong Kong government without any notice at any moment.
Shuttle between Hong Kong
By the law, a visitor is able to make shuttle trip between Hong Kong and Macau (Macau SAR) or Shenzhen (the nearest city in Mainland China) where both regions are adjacent to Hong Kong and stay at these cities for a short period, and immediately re-enter hong Kong as visitor again for a new permit of stay in Hong Kong.
However, the re-entering visitor may alert the immigration officers in Hong Kong since they may not pass the entry assessment and get rejected to entry.
Hong Kong government offers Travel Pass providing simplified immigration procedures for frequent business visitors who hold valid passports and are eligible to come to Hong Kong without a visa or entry permit for their visit.
Who can apply for?
The visitors must fulfill the circumstances as follows:
- with genuine business need to visit Hong Kong frequently, and
- previously visited Hong Kong on not less than 3 occasions (not include shuttle visiting to Mainland China or Macau) in the 12 months prior to the application, or
- your visits could bring substantial benefits to Hong Kong and the Immigration Department is satisfied with your proposal.
Using Hong Kong residents’ counters and e-Channel service for simplified immigration clearance are the major benefit of Travel Pass holders procedures.
e-Channel Service for Frequent Visitors
Frequent visitor to Hong Kong (including Travel Pass holders) can applied for using computerized self-service e-Channels to enjoy quick and easy immigration clearance in the border where e-Channels are available.
Who can apply for?
- Holder of a valid visit visa;
- Holder of one of the following documents:
- HKSAR Travel Pass;
- APEC Business Travel Card bearing “HKG” on its back
- Hong Kong International Airport Frequent Visitor Card
- Frequent Flyer Programme membership card issued by qualified airlines
- Holding valid travel document which is not required to have entry visa / permit for entering Hong Kong SAR;
- Have made visits to the Hong Kong SAR by air via the Hong Kong International Airport for no less than 3 times in the past 12 months immediately before enrollment for the e-Channel service
- No adverse record in the Hong Kong SAR
Where are the e-Channel services available at?
Successfully enrolled visitors can use the Frequent Visitor e-Channels at the following control points.
- Hong Kong International Airport
- Lo Wu
- Lok Ma Chau Spur Line
- Shenzhen Bay
- Macau Ferry Terminal
- China Ferry Terminal
- Kai Tak Cruise Terminal
- Man Kam To