Hong Kong Visitor Visa Requirements: Do I need a visa?

Asking yourself, “Do I need a visa to enter Hong Kong?” The official government policy is cumbersome to view, we’ve simplified it for you. Simply look at the chart below and see if you are allowed visa-free entry. If not, refer to your local Hong Kong/China consulate or embassy for visa applicable procedures.

Generally speaking, if you’re coming from a larger or Western country, you usually do not need a visa, and you can simply present your passport upon arrival and they’ll let you in. The only large country that requires a visa, though technically it’s only pre-registration is India.

From what I understand, a large number of Indians were over-staying their visas, which is why you now need to pre-register. If you happen to be Indian, you can pre-register here. It’s a small annoying, but free. Details for eligibility at the bottom of this post.

Hong Kong Airport Immigration Area

Obtain information here for entry to Hong Kong for citizens from the Mainland of China. HK Visa information for overseas Chinese and Chinese residents of Taiwan can be obtained here.

Find out about the frequent visitor scheme as well. It’s an alternative, faster immigration option for those who come to HK often.

HKSAR visa requirements by country:

National of foreign country (territory)/Type of travel documentVisa free period for visit not exceedingAlways require VISA, except in direct transit by air and when the person does not leave the airport transit area
1.AFGHANISTANVisa Required
2.ALBANIA (holders of Albanian biometric passports only)14 Days
3.ALBANIA (holders of Albanian non-biometric passports)Visa Required
4.ALGERIA14 Days
5.ANDORRA90 Days
6.ANGOLA (please see remarks)Visa Required^
7.ANGUILLA90 Days
8.ANTIGUA & BARBUDA90 Days
9.ARGENTINA90 Days
10.ARMENIA (please see remarks)Visa Required#
11.AUSTRALIA90 Days
12.AUSTRIA90 Days
13.AZERBAIJAN (please see remarks)Visa Required#
14.BAHAMAS90 Days
15.BAHRAIN30 Days
16.BANGLADESH (please see remarks)Visa Required^
17.BARBADOS90 Days
18.BELARUS (please see remarks)Visa Required#
19.BELGIUM90 Days
20.BELIZE90 Days
21.BENIN14 Days
22.BERMUDA90 Days
23.BHUTAN14 Days
24.BOLIVIA30 Days
25.BOSNIA AND HERZEGOVINA14 Days
26.BOTSWANA90 Days
27.BRAZIL90 Days
28.BRITAIN (British citizens)180 Days
29.BRITAIN (British Overseas Territories citizens, British Overseas citizens, British subjects and British Protected persons)90 Days
30.BRITISH ANTARCTIC TERRITORY90 Days
31.BRITISH INDIAN OCEAN TERRITORY90 Days
32.BRITISH VIRGIN ISLANDS90 Days
33.BRUNEI DARUSSALAM90 Days
34.BULGARIA90 Days
35.BURKINA FASO14 Days
36.BURUNDI (please see remarks)Visa Required^
37.CAMBODIA (please see remarks)Visa Required#
38.CAMEROON (please see remarks)Visa Required^
39.CANADA90 Days
40.CAPE VERDE (REPUBLIC OF)30 Days
41.CAYMAN ISLANDS90 Days
42.CENTRAL AFRICAN REPUBLIC (please see remarks)Visa Required*
43.CHAD14 Days
44.CHILE90 Days
45.COLOMBIA90 Days
46.COMOROS14 Days
47.CONGO (DEMOCRATIC REPUBLIC OF) (Formerly known as Zaire) (please see remarks)Visa Required*
48.CONGO (REPUBLIC OF) (please see remarks)Visa Required^
49.COSTA RICA30 Days
50.Costa Rican Provisional passportsVisa Required
51.“Documento de Identidad Y Viaje” issued by Costa Rican GovernmentVisa Required
52.COTE D’IVOIRE (REPUBLIC OF) (please see remarks)Visa Required*
53.CROATIA90 Days
54.CUBAVisa Required
55.CYPRUS (REPUBLIC OF)90 Days
56.CZECH REPUBLIC90 Days
57.DENMARK90 Days
58.DJIBOUTI14 Days
59.DOMINICA (COMMONWEALTH OF)90 Days
60.DOMINICAN REPUBLIC30 Days
61.ECUADOR90 Days
62.EGYPT90 Days
63.EL SALVADOR30 Days
64.EQUATORIAL GUINEA14 Days
65.ERITREA (please see remarks)Visa Required*
66.ESTONIA90 Days
67.ETHIOPIA (please see remarks)Visa Required^
68.FALKLAND ISLANDS & DEPENDENCIES90 Days
69.FAROE ISLANDS90 Days
70.FIJI90 Days
71.FINLAND90 Days
72.FRANCE90 Days
73.GABON14 Days
74.GAMBIA (please see remarks)Visa Required*
75.GEORGIAVisa Required
76.GERMANY90 Days
77.GHANA (please see remarks)Visa Required^
78.GIBRALTAR90 Days
79.GREECE90 Days
80.GREENLAND90 Days
81.GRENADA90 Days
82.GUATEMALA30 Days
83.GUINEA14 Days
84.GUINEA-BISSAU (please see remarks)Visa Required*
85.GUYANA90 Days
86.HAITI14 Days
87.HONDURAS30 Days
88.HUNGARY90 Days
89.ICELAND90 Days
90.INDIA14 Days
91.INDONESIA30 Days
92.IRANVisa Required
93.IRAQ (please see remarks)Visa Required*
94.IRELAND (REPUBLIC OF)90 Days
95.ISRAEL90 Days
96.ITALY90 Days
97.JAMAICA90 Days
98.JAPAN90 Days
99.JORDAN30 Days
100.KAZAKHSTAN14 Days
101.KENYA90 Days
102.KIRIBATI90 Days
103.KOREA (DEMOCRATIC PEOPLE’S REPUBLIC OF)Visa Required
104.KOREA (REPUBLIC OF)90 Days
105.KUWAIT30 Days
106.KYRGYZSTAN (please see remarks)Visa Required#
107.LAOS (please see remarks)Visa Required#
108.LATVIA90 Days
109.LEBANONVisa Required
110.LESOTHO14 Days
111.LIBERIA (please see remarks)Visa Required*
112.LIBYA (please see remarks)Visa Required*
113.LIECHTENSTEIN90 Days
114.LITHUANIA90 Days
115.LUXEMBOURG90 Days
116.MACEDONIA14 Days
117.MADAGASCAR14 Days
118.MALAWI90 Days
119.MALAYSIA90 Days
120.MALDIVES90 Days
121.MALI14 Days
122.MALTA90 Days
123.MARSHALL ISLANDS (REPUBLIC OF)14 Days
124.MAURITANIA14 Days
125.MAURITIUS90 Days
126.MEXICO90 Days
127.MICRONESIA (FEDERATED STATES OF)14 Days
128.MOLDOVA (REPUBLIC OF) (please see remarks)Visa Required#
129.MONACO90 Days
130.MONGOLIA14 Days
131.MONTENEGRO ( REPUBLIC OF )14 Days
132.MONTSERRAT90 Days
133.MOROCCO30 Days
134.MOZAMBIQUE14 Days
135.MYANMAR (please see remarks)Visa Required#
136.NAMIBIA90 Days
137.NAURU90 Days
138.NEPAL (please see remarks)Visa Required*
139.NETHERLANDS90 Days
140.NEW ZEALAND90 Days
141.NICARAGUAVisa Required
142.NIGER14 Days
143.NIGERIAVisa Required
144.NORWAY90 Days
145.OMAN30 Days
146.PAKISTAN (please see remarks)Visa Required^
147.PALAU14 Days
148.PALESTINE (STATES OF)Visa Required
149.PANAMAVisa Required
150.PAPUA NEW GUINEA90 Days
151.PARAGUAY30 Days
152.PERU30 Days
153.Special Peruvian passportsVisa Required
154.PHILIPPINES14 Days
155.PITCAIRN, HENDERSON, DUCIE & OENO ISLANDS90 Days
156.POLAND90 Days
157.PORTUGAL90 Days
158.QATAR30 Days
159.ROMANIA90 Days
160.RUSSIAN FEDERATION14 Days
161.RWANDA (please see remarks)Visa Required*
162.SAMOA30 Days
163.SAN MARINO90 Days
164.SAO TOME AND PRINCIPE14 Days
165.SAUDI ARABIA30 Days
166.SENEGALVisa Required
167.SERBIA (REPUBLIC OF) (holders of Serbian biometric passports only)14 Days
168.SERBIA (REPUBLIC OF) (holders of Serbian non-biometric passports or Serbian passports issued by the Coordination Directorate in Belgrade)Visa Required
169.SEYCHELLES90 Days
170.SIERRA LEONE (please see remarks)Visa Required*
171.SINGAPORE90 Days
172.SLOVAK REPUBLIC90 Days
173.SLOVENIA90 Days
174.SOLOMON ISLANDSVisa Required
175.SOMALIA (please see remarks)Visa Required*
176.SOUTH AFRICA30 Days
177.SOUTH SUDAN (please see remarks)Visa Required*
178.SPAIN90 Days
179.SRI LANKA (please see remarks)Visa Required^
180.ST. HELENA90 Days
181.ST. HELENA DEPENDENCIES (ASCENSION, TRISTAN DA CUNHA)90 Days
182.ST. KITTS – NEVIS ANGUILLA90 Days
183.ST. LUCIA90 Days
184.ST. VINCENT AND THE GRENADINES90 Days
185.SUDANVisa Required
186.SURINAME14 Days
187.SWAZILAND90 Days
188.SWEDEN90 Days
189.SWITZERLAND90 Days
190.SYRIAVisa Required
191.TAJIKISTAN (please see remarks)Visa Required#
192.TANZANIA90 Days
193.THAILAND30 Days
194.THE SOUTH GEORGIA AND THE SOUTH SANDWICH ISLANDS90 Days
195.THE SOVEREIGN BASE AREAS OF AKROTIRI AND DHEKELIA90 Days
196.TOGO (please see remarks)Visa Required^
197.TONGA90 Days
198.Tongan National passportsVisa Required
199.Tongan Protected Persons passportsVisa Required
200.TRINIDAD & TOBAGO90 Days
201.TUNISIA30 Days
202.TURKEY90 Days
203.TURKMENISTAN (please see remarks)Visa Required#
204.TURKS AND CAICOS ISLANDS90 Days
205.TUVALU90 Days
206.TUVALU (with national status stated as ‘I-TUVALU’)Visa Required
207.UGANDA30 Days
208.UKRAINE14 Days
209.UNITED ARAB EMIRATES30 Days
210.URUGUAY90 Days
211.Uruguay passports issued under Decree 289/90Visa Required
212.U.S.A.90 Days
213.US TRUST TERRITORY OF PACIFIC ISLANDS (holders of US Trust Territory passports only)14 Days
214.UZBEKISTAN (please see remarks)Visa Required#
215.VANUATU90 Days
216.VATICAN CITY14 Days
217.Vatican Service passportsVisa Required
218.VENEZUELA90 Days
219.VIETNAMVisa Required
220.YEMEN (REPUBLIC OF) (please see remarks)Visa Required*
221.ZAMBIA90 Days
222.ZIMBABWE90 Days
223.All ‘stateless’ travel document holdersVisa Required
224.Nationals of other foreign countries do not require visas for a visit7 Days

Remarks:

*All nationals are required to hold a valid visa for the HKSAR for whatever purpose (including those who are in transit and remain on the airside).
^All nationals (except holders of Diplomatic and Official passports) are required to hold a valid visa for the HKSAR for whatever purpose (including those who are in transit and remain on the airside). Holders of Diplomatic and Official passports may visit the HKSAR visa-free for a stay not exceeding 14 days.
#Holders of Diplomatic and Official passports may visit the HKSAR visa-free for a stay not exceeding 14 days.
%Indian nationals are required to apply for and successfully complete pre-arrival registration (PAR) online before they can visit the HKSAR visa free. Please click here for details of PAR.

Pre-arrival Registration for Indian Nationals

You can make use of this online service free of charge to apply for pre-arrival registration for visiting or transiting the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region (HKSAR) (if seeking to enter the HKSAR during transit) if you are:
(a)an Indian national holding an Indian passport valid for at least six months; and
(b)intending to visit or transit (except in direct transit by air and not leaving the airport transit area) the HKSAR for a stay not exceeding 14 days.
Pre-arrival registration is not required for Indian nationals in direct transit by air and not leaving the airport transit area.

Pre-arrival registration is not applicable to Indian nationals who have the right of abode or the right to land in the HKSAR, are on unconditional stay in the HKSAR or have a valid permission to remain in the HKSAR for employment, study or residence.

Subject to normal immigration requirements being met, you may visit the HKSAR without pre-arrival registration if you:
(a)hold a valid Indian diplomatic or official passport;
(b)hold an United Nations Laissez Passer and come to the HKSAR or transit the HKSAR to/from a third place for official United Nations business;
(c)have successfully enrolled for e-Channel service for Frequent VisitorsNote;
(d)hold a valid HKSAR Travel Pass; or
(e)have obtained a valid entry visa for the HKSAR.

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