Travellers From 164 Countries Can Visit Hong Kong Visa-Free – Are You Eligible?

Travellers from 164 countries and territories can visit Hong Kong visa-free and how long they can stay. Check out this comprehensive guide to know whether you are eligible for this policy.
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Hong Kong is a popular destination for people from all over the world, attracting millions of tourists annually. It is one of the most prosperous cities in Asia, known for its vibrant nightlife, delicious food, and beautiful natural scenery.

One of the advantages of visiting Hong Kong is its liberal visa policy, which allows citizens of many countries to visit without the need for a visa.

In this article, we will take a look at which countries are eligible for a visa-free visit to Hong Kong, and how long they can stay.

Hong Kong 14-Day Visit Visa

If you are a citizen of one of the 35 countries or territories and meet the additional requirements, you can visit Hong Kong without a visa for 14 days. Some of these countries include Algeria, Bhutan, Gabon, India, Lesotho, Madagascar, North Macedonia, the Philippines, Russia, and Ukraine.

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Below is the full list of all 35 countries that do not require a visit visa to stay in Hong Kong for up to 14 days;

S. NoCountry
1Albania (holders of Albanian biometric passports only)
2Algeria
3Benin
4Bhutan
5Bosnia and Herzegovina
6Burkina Faso
7Chad
8Comoros
9Djibouti
10Equatorial Guinea
11Gabon
12Guinea
13Haiti
14India (pre-arrival registration required)
15Kazakhstan
16Lesotho
17Madagascar
18Mali
19Marshall Islands
20Mauritania
21Micronesia
22Mongolia
23Montenegro
24Mozambique
25Niger
26North Macedonia
27Palau
28Philippines
29Russian Federation
30Sao Tome and Principe
31Serbia (holders of Serbian biometric passports only)
32Suriname
33Ukraine
34US trust territory of pacific islands (holders of US trust territory passports only)
35Vatican City

Pre-Arrival Registration for Indian Nationals

As the list mentioned, Indian nationals can also visit Hong Kong visa-free for 14 days, however, they must complete a pre-arrival registration process. The steps involved in completing the registration are as follows:

  1. Access the form via the following link: ESERVICES2 (immd.gov.hk)
  2. Fill in all information correctly as per your passport.
  3. After submitting the form, you will receive an instant result of your registration.
  4. If your registration is successful, you must print the ‘notification slip for pre-arrival registration for Indian nationals’ (the notification slip) on an A4 size paper.
  5. If your registration is unsuccessful, you will need to apply for an entry visa to the Immigration Department of Hong Kong.
  6. Sign the notification slip.

The printed and signed notification slip should be used in conjunction with your passport when travelling to Hong Kong. The validity of the registration is six months, during which time you can visit Hong Kong multiple times visa-free.

There are several categories of Indian citizens who do not need to undergo pre-arrival registration when visiting Hong Kong. These include:

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  1. Holders of a valid Indian diplomatic or official passport.
  2. Holders of United Nations Laissez Passer, who are visiting Hong Kong or transiting via Hong Kong for official United Nations events.
  3. Those who have enrolled successfully for the e-channel service for frequent visitors. Detailed information on this service can be accessed through the following link: https://www.immd.gov.hk/eng/services/echannel_visitors.html#fv. To enrol, select ‘e-channel service for frequent visitors’ from the drop-down menu at the top of the page.
  4. Those who are transiting through Hong Kong to a third destination without leaving the airport transit area.
  5. Holders of a valid travel pass for Hong Kong.
  6. Those who have obtained a valid entry visa for Hong Kong.

Hong Kong 30-Day Visit Visa

If you are from one of 26 countries or territories, you can visit Hong Kong visa-free for 30 days. Some of these countries include Indonesia, Kuwait, Panama, Saudi Arabia, South Africa, Thailand, and the United Arab Emirates.

Below is the complete list of 26 countries which are eligible for the 20-Day Visit Visa.

S. NoCountries
1.Armenia
2.Bahrain
3.Belarus
4.Bolivia
5.Cape Verde
6.Costa Rica
7.Dominican Republic
8.El Salvador
9.Guatemala
10.Honduras
11.Indonesia
12.Jordan
13.Kuwait
14.Morocco
15.Oman
16.Panama
17.Paraguay
18.Peru
19.Qatar
20.Samoa
21.Saudi Arabia
22.South Africa
23.Thailand
24.Tunisia
25.Uganda
26.United Arab Emirates

Hong Kong 90-Day Visit Visa

If you are from one of 102 countries or territories and you meet the additional requirements, you can visit Hong Kong visa-free for 90 days.

Some of these countries include Australia, Canada, Chile, Denmark, France, Germany, Hungary, Ireland, Italy, Japan, Korea, Latvia, Liechtenstein, Malaysia, Mexico, Netherlands, New Zealand, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Singapore, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, the United Kingdom, and the United States.

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Hog Kong 180-Day Visit for British Citizens

As a British citizen from the United Kingdom, you are allowed to visit Hong Kong without a visa for a maximum of 180 days. This means that you can stay in Hong Kong for up to six months without having to apply for a visa.

Permit for visiting Hong Kong for mainland China passport holders transiting through Hong Kong

If you have a passport from mainland China and are transiting through Hong Kong, you must apply for permission to enter the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region (HKSAR).

This is required by Article 22(4) of the HKSAR Basic Law.

This means that mainland residents who want to visit Hong Kong must apply for permission from their local Public Security Bureau, which is issued in the form of permits based on the purpose of travel. For more information, contact your local Public Security Bureau.

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7-day permit-free transit for mainland China passport holders living in UAE transiting through Hong Kong

If you have a mainland China passport and live in the United Arab Emirates (UAE), you can travel to Hong Kong without a permit for seven days. This is only applicable if you are transiting through Hong Kong to a third country or region other than your departure country.

You must have a valid passport and an onward ticket to the country or region you are transiting to from Hong Kong, both of which must be dated within your seven-day stay.

If you are travelling from mainland China to a third country or region, including the UAE, you must have a valid passport, onward tickets to the country or region from Hong Kong that are dated within your seven-day stay, and a valid visa or resident permit.

7-Day Visa-Free Visit for Certain Countries

Citizens of certain countries can also visit Hong Kong for seven days without a visa, according to the Immigration Department of Hong Kong.

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To check your eligibility, contact the Immigration Department at;

  • 24-hour general enquiry hotline: +852 2824 6111
  • General enquiry email address: [email protected]

It is best to check with them about your visa-free status before you travel, as visa requirements for visitors may change.


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Manish Khandelwal
Manish Khandelwal

Manish Khandelwal, a travel-tech enthusiast with over a decade of experience in the travel industry. Founder and Editor-in-Chief of Travelobiz.com, he's passionate about writing.

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