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Visiting Hong Kong

A unique blend of East and West, Hong Kong is one of Asia’s top tourist destinations. From glistening skyscrapers, high-end shopping malls to bustling street markets and traditional Chinese temples; from colourful festivals, diverse museums to verdant countryside, sandy beaches and pristine hiking paths, Hong Kong is not only a food paradise but a city of contrasts and colour. We are also a Muslim-friendly destination, with numerous renowned mosques and a wide variety of Halal-certified restaurants. For Muslim-friendly facilities in Hong Kong, please click here.

The Hong Kong Tourism Board provides you with travel tips, from entry information, hotel accommodation to trip planner and hot deals. Check out its website, Facebook, Instagram,Twitter and YouTube. Please also follow our LinkedIn, Facebook and Instagram for an array of quintessential Hong Kong experiences and happenings. Stay tuned to Hong Kong’s Calendar of Major Events, Trade Development Council's trade fairs, Invest Hong Kong’s business seminars and HK Tourism Board's highlights here.

All visitors to Hong Kong must have a passport that is valid for at least six months, counting from the date of departure for Hong Kong. Nationals of about 170 countries and territories may visit Hong Kong visa-free for a period ranging from 7 to 180 days. Please note that our office does not handle visa applications, nor are we involved in the vetting process of visa applications. All applications are processed by Hong Kong’s Immigration Department directly. We encourage you to use its convenient online portal to submit applications. Our office’s jurisdiction covers Singapore, Vietnam, Laos and India. If you are living in a place other than these 4 countries, please contact the relevant Economic and Trade Office covering your city here.

Check the following table for the travel documents you need:

Singapore passport holders Can stay in Hong Kong visa-free for no more than 90 days. Please also read note 2.
Vietnamese and Laos passport holders Need to apply for a “visit/transit” visa (See note 1 for the online application portal). Please also read note 2 for the permissible activities. Effective from 25 October 2023, Vietnamese nationals meeting certain criteria may apply for multiple-journey visit visa valid up to 24 months for a stay of no more than 14 days for each journey. For details, please read FAQ16 here.
Indian passport holders With an Indian passport valid for at least 6 months (counting from date of departure for Hong Kong), and intending to stay in Hong Kong for no more than 14 days, you can apply for pre-arrival registration (PAR) via this online portal of Hong Kong’s Immigration Department. Once PAR is approved, it is valid for six months. See FAQ23. If you have applied for PAR before and wish to check its validity, please use this online enquiry service.

For any questions on PAR, we urge you to read this FAQ first. You may watch this video to better understand the online application process. Please also read note 2 for the permissible activities.

For enquiries related to PAR, please call (852) 2824 6111, or email to: ind_par@immd.gov.hk. For technical support, please call (852) 3128 8668 (7 am to 11 pm (HK Time) daily)

If the PAR application is not successful, you may try to apply for a “visit/transit” visa (See note 1), to support your case by furnishing more documentary proof. Please note the minimum processing time (at least 4 weeks) required by Hong Kong’s Immigration Department. We strongly advise Indian passport holders to complete their online PAR well in advance of the scheduled travel date, so that in case PAR application is not successful, you still have adequate time to apply for an entry visa, with all the required documentary proof, as Immigration Department may need longer time to process due to recent high volume of visa applications. Please take it into account before you schedule a trip to Hong Kong. Our office does not handle PAR or visa applications, nor it is involved in the respective vetting process. All applications are handled by Hong Kong’s Immigration Department directly according to its prevailing immigration policy.
China nationals (ie PRC passport holders) Those intending to TRANSIT through Hong Kong are entitled to 7-day visa-free stay in Hong Kong. Arrival day is counted as Day 0. For example, if you arrive at 0800 hr on May 1 (Day 0), you can stay in Hong Kong up to 2359 hr on May 8 (Day 7). “Transit” generally means travelling from country/territory A into Hong Kong, before leaving for country/territory B (for example, from Singapore to Hong Kong, then to Mainland China/Macao; or from Singapore to Hong Kong, then to Korea). Please read the part ‘Transit’ in this link.

Those travelling from one country to Hong Kong and then back to the same country (for example, from Singapore to Hong Kong and then back to Singapore) are NOT regarded as in transit. They need to apply for an entry permit for social and business visits to Hong Kong, from the Chinese Embassy or Consulate-General of their departure country. For the contacts, see the section “ Useful contact numbers at a glance”.

Please also read note 2 for the permissible activities.
Taiwan residents For the entry requirements, please read the section “Residents of Taiwan” on this page. Eligible Chinese resident of Taiwan can apply for Pre-Arrival Registration (PAR) here. If your PAR application is not successful, you may apply for an entry permit to the Immigration Department through the authorised airlines or their representatives or use the "Mainland Travel Permit for Taiwan Residents" (commonly known as "Tai Bao Zheng" (台胞證) to enter the HKSAR under the existing entry arrangements (FAQ27). Holders of valid "Tai Bao Zheng" (台胞證) can stay in Hong Kong for up to 30 days (FAQ9). For other questions, please view this FAQ page first.

Please also read note 2 for the permissible activities.
Other countries' passport holders Please check the table in “Part II” of Immigration Department website for the visa-free period (if any) and the visa requirements. For example, Myanmar (Burma) passport holders need to apply for a visa (See note 1). Indonesia passport holders are entitled to a 30-day visa-free period, while Philippine passport holders are entitled to a 14-day visa-free period. For nationals of some countries, even making transits through Hong Kong airport on the airside still require a visa. Please read ‘Remarks’ at the bottom of the “Part II” page. Please also read note 2 for the permissible activities.
Note 1 You can make online application for “visit/transit” visa through Immigration Department’s website.

Application portal

For any questions on visa applications, we urge you to read this FAQ page first. If you receive a notification from the Immigration Department to provide supplementary documents, please use the online submission service. For questions, please read this FAQ page first.

Timeline & checking progress
  • If you don’t receive acknowledgement letter from Immigration Department within 10 working days of submitting an application, you can contact the department. It normally requires at least 4 weeks to process applications, upon receipt of all supporting documents.
  • You can check the status of your application here using your application reference number and your date of birth.
  • If you don’t receive any notification, please check if you have submitted the correct email address, and if the email server (e.g. spam filter) blocks or deletes the notification. If necessary, please call the Technical Support Hotline at (852) 3128 8668 (7 am to 11 pm (HK Time) daily). For general enquiries, please call Immigration Department at (852) 2824 6111 (from 8:45 am to 5:15 pm, HK time, Monday to Friday, from 9 am to 12 noon on Saturday, except public holidays) or email to enquiry@immd.gov.hk
  • Kindly note that our office does not handle visa applications, nor it is involved in the vetting process of visa applications. All visa applications are handled by the Immigration Department directly according to its prevailing immigration policy.
Note 2 Visitors granted “visit/transit” visa can only engage in permissible activities. If you have to engage in other activities (eg. work, study, or coming to HK as dependent etc), please apply for a corresponding visa from Immigration Department online. For further questions on whether an activity is allowed under a certain type of visa, please liaise with Immigration Department direct (see “Useful contact numbers at a glance”), the authority which executes immigration laws and grants visas on a pre-defined set of conditions. If you are considering relocating to Hong Kong for your career, please check this page for the information and some useful links.
Note 3 Generally speaking, visitors must depart Hong Kong before the expiry of their limit of stay. If there is a special/urgent need to stay longer, visitors may apply online for extension of stay when their remaining limit of stay is within 14 days and when they are physically in Hong Kong. Applications will be considered on its own merits. Please click here.
Note 4 COVID measures: All vaccination, quarantine and isolation requirements are removed. Due to the evolving nature of the epidemic, please check this page before your departure to Hong Kong.

1. Hong Kong and Macao residents holding expiring Mainland Travel Permits (港澳居民來往內地通行證,俗稱回鄉證) have to renew their permits at CTS ( 香港中旅社) via the following portal: https://www.ctshk.com/mep/zh/apply-chinapermit-2/. For further enquiries, please read this FAQ page or contact CTS via (852) 2998 7888.

2. As announced in the 2023 Policy Address, foreign staff of Hong Kong-registered companies can apply for “northbound” multiple‑entry visas for entry into the Mainland China with validity up to two years from the Chinese Visa Application Service Centre in Wan Chai, Hong Kong (Address: 20/F, Capital Center, 151 Gloucester Road, Wan Chai, Hong Kong. Tel: (852) 2992 1999 (9 am to 12 noon, 1 pm to 4 pm from Monday to Friday (HK time), Email: hongkongcenter@visaforchina.org). Non-Chinese Hong Kong Permanent Residents can apply for “multiple‑entry visas” valid for up to five years. Applicants need to complete the visa application form online and visit the centre in Wan Chai directly for completion of processing. Their visas can be collected on the next day at the earliest. By presenting their proof of working in Hong Kong (e.g. staff card), foreign staff of Hong Kong-registered companies can enjoy priority processing at the centre. The “northbound” multiple-entry visa covers all persons with Hong Kong resident status working in Hong Kong-registered companies and is not limited to any particular nationality, industry or talent category. Anyone coming to Hong Kong for employment or starting businesses and has become a Hong Kong resident can enjoy the convenience of “northbound” travel with a multiple-entry visa. This measure fully highlights the unique status of Hong Kong. We encourage more high-end corporations and talents looking to develop in the Greater Bay Area (GBA) to consider such convenience of “northbound” travel.

3. If you are a foreigner not belonging to the above categories and currently based in Singapore, please contact the Chinese Embassy in Singapore for the visa matters for entry into Mainland China. For its contact, please read Part(V).

For the cross-boundary transport, please click this page for details.

For Express Rail Link, please read this page and contact them here.

A1: Our office is not authorised to process applications on HK passport. You can make the application online at Immigration Department’s website here. For collection method, please read FAQ 9.

A2: You should make a report to Singapore Police. Then call Hong Kong’s Immigration Department hotline (+852) 1868 which will provide guidance. Next, head to the Chinese Embassy (Address: 150 Tanglin Road, Singapore 247969) and bring along a photocopy of your Hong Kong SAR passport and proof of arrival in Singapore (eg. Immigration & Checkpoints Authority’s email) to apply for a document which is necessary for exiting Singapore.

A3: Our office is not authorised to provide any notarisation service. However, you may obtain a certified true copy of birth, death or marriage certificate at Immigration Department’s website here. For questions related to births and death registrations, please read this FAQ page. For questions related to marriage registration, please read this FAQ page.

A4: We think you may be referring to renunciation of Chinese Nationality. Please visit Immigration Department's website for the procedures. For further enquiries, please call ImmD direct (+852) 2824 6111 or email to enquiry@immd.gov.hk

A5: You can make the application online at China Travel Service here. For enquiries, please call (852) 2998 7888.

A6: Our office is not authorised to provide oath-taking service. According to the MPF website, you may find a Notary Public, or a person authorised under the law of Singapore to administer an oath or take a statutory declaration. You may wish to find qualified personnel in the private legal sector.

A7: You can apply for a Certificate of No Criminal Conviction from Hong Kong Police by post. For procedures, please check here and its FAQ page. As for the possibility of obtaining fingerprinting service from Singapore Police, please click here. For further enquiries, contact Singapore Police's Criminal Records Office at +65 6435 8277 (9 am to 5 pm, from Mondays to Fridays, excluding Public Holidays) or email (SPF_COC_Office@spf.gov.sg) For enquiries related to Hong Kong's Certificate of No Criminal Conviction, please contact Hong Kong Police on (+ 852) 2860 6558 or email (cncc-enquiries@police.gov.hk).

A8: You can make an online crime report to Hong Kong Police website here, by clicking "e-Report Centre" and selecting "Report Technology Crime and Deception". Before each transaction, you can use Scameter to check suspicious email/telephone/payment account to assess the risk of fraud. Please check out the webpage of Anti-Deception Coordination Centre and its "Anti-Scam Helpline 18222" hotline for advice. You can contact Hong Kong Police here.

1. Hong Kong’s Immigration Department:

Enquiry hotline: (852) 2824 6111 (from 8:45 am to 5:15 pm, HK time, Monday to Friday, from 9 am to 12 noon on Saturday, except public holidays)
Email: enquiry@immd.gov.hk

Public who experience problems in using e-services (eg. online visa application) of Immigration Department website can also call its Technical Support Hotline (852) 3128 8668 between 7 am and 11 pm (HK time) daily:

Contacts of 14 main immigration control points and 2 shipping control points in Hong Kong:

Overseas Hong Kong residents who require assistance may call 24-hour hotline of Hong Kong’s Immigration Department on (+852) 1868. For the travel tips and advice as well as consular protection, please read here. You can now connect with Immigration Department’s hotline (+852) 1868 through various methods, including network data call using ImmD’s mobile app, WhatsApp, Chatbot, WeChat and Online Assistance Request Form. For details, please read here and here.

Hong Kong International Airport:


2. China

Chinese Embassy in Singapore, and its contact info:

For Chinese Embassies/Consulates-General around the world, please check the following pages:

For China Visa Application Service Center in Hong Kong, please email (hongkongcenter@visaforchina.org) or call (852) 2992 1999 from 9 am to 12 noon and 1 pm to 4 pm (HK time, Monday to Friday, except holidays).

For Chinese Travel Service ( 中旅社) in Hong Kong , please check the following website, or call (852) 2998 7888.


Enquiry hotline of Ministry of Health of Singapore: https://www.moh.gov.sg/contact-us
Enquiry hotline of Immigration & Checkpoints Authority of Singapore: https://www.ica.gov.sg/contact-us


Macao’s Centre for Disease Control and Prevention:
(+853) 2870 0800 (Infectious disease hotline) or email to info.cdc@ssm.gov.mo
Macao’s Border Control Department of Public Security Police Force: (+853) 2872 5488 or email: sminfo@fsm.gov.mo
Please also read for visa requirements: