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Nationals with visa-free access to Hong Kong

Hong Kong is an extremely friendly territory in the world in terms of visa policy. Nationals of about 170 countries and territories, including most European & American States as well as British Commonwealth nations, may visit Hong Kong visa-free for a period ranging from 7 days to 180 days.[1]

Visa Assistance

In case you need any assistance on visa from the organizers, please email us to wikimania-p at wikimedia.hk

Visa-free access to Hong Kong

Citizens of the following countries and territories do not need a visa to enter Hong Kong SAR as a visitor:

180 days

  • Icons-flag-uk.png United Kingdom
    • British Citizens
  • Icons-flag-mo.png Macau
    • Permanent Macau Identity Card Holders

90 days

  • Icons-flag-eu.png EU and EFTA Nations (except UK citizens)
    • Icons-flag-at.png Austria
    • Icons-flag-be.png Belgium
    • Icons-flag-bg.png Bulgaria
    • Icons-flag-cy.png Cyprus
    • Icons-flag-cz.png Czech Republic
    • Icons-flag-dk.png Denmark
    • Icons-flag-ee.png Estonia
    • Icons-flag-fi.png Finland
    • Icons-flag-fr.png France
    • Icons-flag-de.png Germany
    • Icons-flag-gr.png Greece
    • Icons-flag-hu.png Hungary
    • Icons-flag-is.png Iceland
    • Icons-flag-ie.png Ireland
    • Icons-flag-it.png Italy
    • Icons-flag-lv.png Latvia
    • Icons-flag-li.png Liechtenstein
    • Icons-flag-lt.png Lithuania
    • Icons-flag-lu.png Luxembourg
    • Icons-flag-mt.png Malta
    • Icons-flag-nl.png The Netherlands
    • Icons-flag-no.png Norway
    • Icons-flag-pl.png Poland
    • Icons-flag-pt.png Portugal
    • Icons-flag-ro.png Romania
    • Icons-flag-sk.png Slovakia
    • Icons-flag-si.png Slovenia
    • Icons-flag-es.png Spain
    • Icons-flag-se.png Sweden
    • Icons-flag-ch.png Switzerland
  • Icons-flag-ad.png Andorra
  • Icons-flag-ag.png Antigua and Barbuda
  • Icons-flag-ar.png Argentina
  • Icons-flag-au.png Australia
  • Icons-flag-bs.png Bahamas
  • Icons-flag-bb.png Barbados
  • Icons-flag-bz.png Belize
  • Icons-flag-bw.png Botswana
  • Icons-flag-br.png Brazil
  • Icons-flag-bn.png Brunei
  • Icons-flag-ca.png Canada
  • Icons-flag-cl.png Chile
  • Icons-flag-co.png Colombia
  • Icons-flag-dm.png Dominica
  • Icons-flag-ec.png Ecuador
  • Icons-flag-eg.png Egypt
  • Icons-flag-fo.png Faroe Islands
  • Icons-flag-fj.png Fiji
  • Icons-flag-gm.png The Gambia
  • Icons-flag-gl.png Greenland
  • Icons-flag-gy.png Guyana
  • Icons-flag-il.png Israel
  • Icons-flag-jm.png Jamaica
  • Icons-flag-jp.png Japan
  • Icons-flag-ke.png Kenya
  • Icons-flag-ki.png Kiribati
  • Icons-flag-mw.png Malawi
  • Icons-flag-my.png Malaysia
  • Icons-flag-mv.png Maldives
  • Icons-flag-mu.png Mauritius
  • Icons-flag-mx.png Mexico
  • Icons-flag-mc.png Monaco
  • Icons-flag-na.png Namibia
  • Icons-flag-nr.png Nauru
  • Icons-flag-nz.png New Zealand
  • Icons-flag-pg.png Papua New Guinea
  • Icons-flag-kn.png Saint Kitts and Nevis
  • Icons-flag-lc.png Saint Lucia
  • Icons-flag-vc.png Saint Vincent and the Grenadines
  • Icons-flag-sm.png San Marino
  • Icons-flag-sc.png Seychelles
  • Icons-flag-sg.png Singapore
  • Icons-flag-kr.png South Korea
  • Icons-flag-sz.png Swaziland
  • Icons-flag-tz.png Tanzania
  • Icons-flag-to.png Tonga
    • Except Tongan National passports, Tongan Protected Persons passports
  • Icons-flag-tt.png Trinidad and Tobago
  • Icons-flag-tr.png Turkey
  • Icons-flag-tv.png Tuvalu
    • Except those with national status stated as 'I-TUVALU'
  • Icons-flag-uy.png Uruguay
    • Except Uruguay passports issued under Decree 289/90
  • Icons-flag-uk.png United Kingdom
    • British Overseas Territories Citizens
    • British Overseas Citizens
    • British Subjects
    • British Protected Persons
  • Icons-flag-us.png United States
  • Icons-flag-vu.png Vanuatu
  • Icons-flag-ve.png Venezuela
  • Icons-flag-zm.png Zambia
  • Icons-flag-zw.png Zimbabwe


30 days

  • Icons-flag-bh.png Bahrain
  • Icons-flag-bo.png Bolivia
  • Icons-flag-cv.png Cape Verde
  • Icons-flag-cr.png Costa Rica
  • Icons-flag-do.png Dominican Republic
  • Icons-flag-sv.png El Savaldor
  • Icons-flag-gt.png Guatemala
  • Icons-flag-hn.png Honduras
  • Icons-flag-id.png Indonesia
  • Icons-flag-jo.png Jordan
  • Icons-flag-kw.png Kuwait
  • Icons-flag-mo.png Macau
    • Non-permanent identity card holders
  • Icons-flag-ma.png Morocco
  • Icons-flag-om.png Oman
  • Icons-flag-py.png Paraguay
  • Icons-flag-pe.png Peru
  • Icons-flag-qa.png Qatar
  • Icons-flag-tw.png Republic of China (Taiwan)
    • Stamp-free access for Taiwan Compatriot Entry Permit Holders
  • Icons-flag-ws.png Samoa
  • Icons-flag-sa.png Saudi Arabia
  • Icons-flag-za.png South Africa
  • Icons-flag-th.png Thailand
  • Icons-flag-tn.png Tunisia
  • Icons-flag-ae.png United Arab Emirates
  • Icons-flag-ug.png Uganda
  • Icons-flag-ye.png Yemen


14 days

  • Icons-flag-al.png Albania
    • Biometric passports holders only
  • Icons-flag-dz.png Algeria
  • Icons-flag-bj.png Benin
  • Icons-flag-bt.png Bhutan
  • Icons-flag-ba.png Bosnia and Herzegovina
  • Icons-flag-bf.png Burkina Faso
  • Icons-flag-cf.png Central African Republic
  • Icons-flag-td.png Chad
  • Icons-flag-km.png Comoros
  • Icons-flag-hr.png Croatia
  • Icons-flag-dj.png Djibouti
  • Icons-flag-gq.png Equatorial Guinea
  • Icons-flag-ga.png Gabon
  • Icons-flag-gn.png Guinea
  • Icons-flag-ht.png Haiti
  • Icons-flag-va.png Holy See
    • excluding service passports
  • Icons-flag-in.png India
  • Icons-flag-kz.png Kazakhstan[2]
  • Icons-flag-ls.png Lesotho
  • Icons-flag-mk.png Macedonia
  • Icons-flag-mg.png Madagascar
  • Icons-flag-ml.png Mali
  • Icons-flag-mh.png Marshall Islands
  • Icons-flag-mr.png Mauritania
  • Icons-flag-me.png Montenegro [3]
  • Icons-flag-fm.png Federated States of Micronesia
  • Icons-flag-mn.png Mongolia
  • Icons-flag-mz.png Mozambique
  • Icons-flag-ne.png Niger
  • Icons-flag-pw.png Palau
  • Icons-flag-ph.png The Philippines
  • Icons-flag-ru.png Russia
  • Icons-flag-rw.png Rwanda
  • Icons-flag-st.png Sao Tome and Principe
  • Icons-flag-rs.png Serbia
    • Biometric passports only, except those issued by the Co-ordination Directorate in Belgrade
  • Icons-flag-sr.png Suriname
  • Icons-flag-ua.png Ukraine


7 days

  • Icons-flag-tl.png Timor-Leste

Mainland Chinese residents

Chinese nationals with a hukou (or family registration) in Mainland China are required to obtain an exit permit from the Public Security Bureau for any type of visit to Hong Kong (short visits and long visits alike, including settlement). However, under the Individual Visit Scheme, around 270 million Mainland residents in the below 49 cities with permanent household registration are eligible to apply for the relevant exit endorsement from the relevant Mainland authorities. The endorsement is valid for three months or one year and good for one or two visits to Hong Kong. The endorsement holder can stay in Hong Kong for not more than 7 days on each visit. [4]

  • All 21 cities of Guangdong province (the whole Province)
  • Beijing
  • Shanghai
  • Tianjin
  • Chongqing
  • Nanjing, Suzhou, Wuxi (Jiangsu)
  • Hangzhou, Ningbo, Taizhou (Zhejiang)
  • Fuzhou (municipal districts), Xiamen, Quanzhou (Fujian)
  • Chengdu (Sichuan)
  • Jinan (Shandong)
  • Dalian, Shenyang (Liaoning)
  • Nanchang (Jiangxi)
  • Changsha (Hunan)
  • Nanning (Guangxi)
  • Haikou (Hainan)
  • Guiyang (Guizhou)
  • Kunming (Yunnan)
  • Shijiazhuang (Hebei)
  • Zhengzhou (Henan)
  • Changchun (Jilin)
  • Hefei (Anhui) and
  • Wuhan (Hubei)


Another exemption is made for Mainland Chinese passport holders who are transiting through Hong Kong to a third country. In this case, a visa waiver is available for those whose stay in Hong Kong is no longer than 7 days and who can prove their onward journey.

Non-Chinese nationals living in other parts of the PRC are treated on the basis of their nationality, whilst Chinese nationals living in other parts of China who do not possess the right of abode in Hong Kong are treated based on the region in which they have a right of abode or household registration. Chinese nationals who have become permanent residents of a third country, or have resided in a third country for more than a year, may apply for special visa via the PRC embassy or diplomatic mission in their country of residence. With such visa, the visitor may visit Hong Kong multiple times within 2 years, with no longer than 14 days each visit.


Obtaining a visa

Please contact your nearest diplomatic mission of the People's Republic of China to obtain a visa to visit Hong Kong. Once registration is open, the local team will provide visa application assistance to attendees as needed. Note if you want to go to China as well, you need to apply for two visas, one for Hong Kong and another for Mainland China, the latter of which the local team is unable to provide assistance with.

You may also apply for Hong Kong visa from the Hong Kong Immigration Department by post directly, even there's no Chinese embassy in your city, or there are difficulties with applying through your local Chinese embassy. All the document should be submitted by photocopy except the application form.[5] The visitor's visa fee is HKD160. Please note the visa process, time and document requirement in Hong Kong Immigration Department Headquarter is different from that in Chinese embassies. The visa requirement and application form (ID1003, ID1003B) can be viewed/downloaded from the following page:

Visa required

Nationality of following country (Territory)/ Type of Travel Document are required to acquire a visa.[6]

  • Afghanistan
  • Albania (non-biometric passports)
  • Angola
  • Armenia
  • Azerbaijan
  • Bangladesh
  • Belarus
  • Burundi
  • Cambodia
  • Cameroon
  • Congo (Democratic Republic Of)
  • Congo (Republic Of)
  • Costa Rican Provisional Passports
  • "Documento de Identidad Y Viaje" issued by Costa Rican Government
  • Cote D'Ivoire (Republic Of)
  • Cuba
  • Eritrea
  • Ethiopia
  • Georgia
  • Ghana
  • Guinea-Bissau
  • Iran
  • Iraq
  • Korea (Democratic People's Republic Of)
  • Kyrgystan
  • Laos
  • Lebanon
  • Liberia
  • Libya
  • Moldova
  • Myanmar
  • Nepal
  • Nicaragua
  • Nigeria
  • Pakistan
  • Palestine (States Of)
  • Panama
  • Special Peruvian Passports
  • Senegal
  • Serbia (Republic Of) (holders of Serbian non-biometric passports or Serbian passports issued by the Coordination Directorate in Belgrade)
  • Sierra Leone
  • Solomon Islands
  • Somalia
  • South Sudan
  • Sri Lanka
  • Sudan
  • Syria
  • Tajikistan
  • Togo
  • Tongan National Passports
  • Turkmenistan
  • Tuvalu (with national status stated as 'I-TUVALU')
  • Uruguay passports issued under Decree 289/90
  • Uzbekistan
  • Vatican Service Passports
  • Vietnam
  • All Stateless travel document holders


References

  1. Visit Visa / Entry Permit Requirements for the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region
  2. Visa-free access to Republic of Kazakhstan for HKSAR passport holders
  3. Immigration Department Press release: Visa-free access to the Republic of Montenegro for HKSAR passport holders
  4. Individual Visit Scheme, Tourism Commission, Retrieved 20 May 2012.
  5. ID(E)1004 form
  6. Visit Visa / Entry Permit Requirements for the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region