What has changed
Effective 23 January 2017, Indian nationals who intend to visit Hong Kong for tourism, business, or transit for a period not exceeding fourteen (14) days will need to successfully apply for Pre-Arrival Registration (PAR) prior to traveling to Hong Kong.
Previously, Indian nationals staying in Hong Kong for tourism, business, or transit for stays of fourteen (14) days or fewer were not required to apply for a PAR.
The additional requirements of a minimum passport validity of six (6) months from the date of arrival in Hong Kong and a confirmed valid return ticket remain unchanged.
Who is affected?
- All Indian nationals traveling to Hong Kong for fourteen (14) days or fewer for tourism, business, or transit.
What to expect
The Pre-Arrival Registration (PAR) process is a simplified online registration process which can be completed here. The results of the application are returned instantaneously. Successful applicants should print a copy of the “Notification Slip for Pre-Arrival Registration for Indian Nationals” generated by the computers system on a blank A4 sheet of white paper before departing for Hong Kong and keep a copy with them when traveling.
Please be reminded that having a PAR does not imply that an Indian national will be permitted entry into the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region (HKSAR) as this would be determined by the Immigration Authorities upon arrival.
The PAR is normally valid for six (6) months or until the associated passport expires, whichever occurs earlier. An Indian national with a valid PAR may make multiple trips to the HKSAR on a single PAR, but must stay for fourteen (14) days or fewer each visit. The current PAR must be allowed to lapse before an application for a new PAR can be made.
This process change has been confirmed by the immigration authorities in Hong Kong, who have provided detailed information on the general criteria and procedure here. For more information on the PAR process in general, please consult the Frequently Asked Questions page.
What you need to do
- Indian nationals traveling to the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region (HKSAR) for fourteen (14) days or fewer on tourism, business, or transit should complete the Pre-Arrival Registration process prior to departure for the HKSAR.
- Contact your Emigra Worldwide representative for further details on how these updates may impact you or your client.
The information above was provided by Emigra Worldwide, our global network partners, and relevant government authorities. The information herein is for general purposes only and not intended as advice for a particular matter. If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact the global immigration professional with whom you work.