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Hong Kong Visa and Entry Permit Policy

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For applicants who hold an American passport, passports from a third country or Advance Parole:

1. American citizens holding American passports do not require a visa when entering Hong Kong for a short tourist visit, to a maximum of 90 days. But in any of the following circumstances, they must submit a visa application in advance to the Chinese Embassy or Consulate General in America or to the Hong Kong Immigration Department:

(1) The intended stay in Hong Kong is longer than 90 days;

(2) To work, settle in, give performances or stage exhibitions in Hong Kong;

(3) To study or to receive vocational, industrial or commercial trainings in Hong Kong.

2. For citizens of a third country who are not sure whether they should apply for a visa before entering Hong Kong and who do not know how to apply, please visit the website of the Hong Kong Immigration Department for detailed information http://www.immd.gov.hk/zhtml/home.htm

3. Advance Parole holders should apply for a Hong Kong visa when going to Hong Kong for a business trip, conferences, sightseeing and visiting relatives. Anyone of Chinese nationality should apply for a Chinese tourist visa and permit. The number of entries for Advance Parole holders, being single, double or multiple, will be determined by the Chinese Embassy or Consulates General according to the actual conditions. For those who have formerly lived in Hong Kong, the duration of stay cannot be longer than 3 months, and for others can be no longer than 1 month. Advance Parole holders may apply to the Hong Kong Immigration Department, the Embassy or the Consulate General if they intend to study, work, settle or receive training in Hong Kong.

Application guide

1. Application materials

(1) Visa application form: fill in the form with accurate and complete information

(2) photo: 2-inch (48mm×33mm); one recent color passport photo (full face, front view, bareheaded and against a plain light colored background).

(3) other material as required by the Visa Officer

2. Service options Visas issued by the Chinese Embassies or Consulates General:

(1) Regular service: 4 working days.

(2) Express service: 2 or 3 working days.

(3) Urgent service: 1 day. If you submit your application before 12:00 noon you may obtain your visa that afternoon).

If visa applications need to be transferred to the Hong Kong Immigration Department, it usually takes about a month to process the application. Express and Urgent services are not available in this case.

3. Payment methods and schedule of fees

(1) Regular service: $30 per person

(2) Express service: an additional $20 will be charged per person

(3) Urgent service: an additional $30 will be charged per person

(4) If the visa application needs to be transferred to the Hong Kong Immigration Department, in addition to the $30 for regular service, the applicant should pay an additional $20 as contact fees when submitting the application.

(5) Cash check (Money Order, Cashier's Check), Company check, Master Card and Visa cards are accepted. Neither cash nor personal check are accepted. Please make checks payable to the Chinese Embassy or the Chinese Consulate General.

4. Notice

(1) The applicant shall fill in the Visa application form truthfully, completely and clearly. Any false, misleading or incomplete statement may result in the delay or even the refusal of a visa.

(2) The Visa Officers will determine whether or not to issue the visa according to the individual case.

(3) The above information is subject to change according to the interpretation of the Chinese Embassy or Consulate General.

Note:

Any citizen (including passengers transiting or staying in the restricted area of the airport) should a hold valid Hong Kong visa when visiting Hong Kong for any purpose.

Any citizen (including passengers transiting or staying in the restricted area of the airport but excluding diplomatic and service passport holders) should hold a valid Hong Kong visa when visiting Hong Kong for any purposes. Service passport holders may enjoy a visa-free policy when entering Hong Kong and the duration of stay is up to 14 days.

These Visa policies are accurate according to regulations formulated in July, 2013. These are subject to change, and visitors are recommended to check for the most recent information through the Embassy or Consulate General.