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Visa policy for Hong Kong
This page details Hong Kong’s visa policy — the various rules and regulations that govern the requirements for each nationality to visit the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region (HKSAR) of the People’s Republic of China (PRC).
Due to its history and political status (the “one country, two systems” policy), the immigration and visa policy of Hong Kong is separate from that of the rest of the PRC.
Even though the HKSAR is officially part of the People’s Republic of China, there are immigration checkpoints between mainland China and Hong Kong, where passports and visas are checked.
Citizens of mainland China must have an Exit-Entry Permit for Travelling to and from Hong Kong and Macau (also known as a Two-way Permit) unless they have right of abode in the HKSAR.
Close to 100 different nationalities require a Hong Kong visa in advance in order to enter the HKSAR. These can be acquired from a Chinese diplomatic mission, such as an embassy, in the traveler’s home country.
Nationals of 2 countries are required to complete Pre-Arrival Registration (PAR) for Hong Kong prior to traveling to the Special Administrative Region.
The PAR form must be completed online, avoiding the need to go to an embassy. Hong Kong PAR applications are typically processed very quickly.
Visitors from over 140 countries and territories may enter the HKSAR visa-free for a limited period of time. The maximum length of stay varies according to the nationality of the traveler.
See below for further information about the requirements for traveling to the HKSAR according to the Hong Kong visa policy.