Visa Not Required: Nationals belonging to 170 different countries and territories do not require a Visa to visit Hong Kong, for periods from 7 to 180 days (more information here). People belonging to the US, Europe, Australia, Canada and New Zealand can stay in Hong Kong for 90 days without visa. The time limit is 180 days for UK nationals.
Visa Required: Nationals belonging to Albania, Armenia and Cambodia require a visa to enter Hong Kong.
Passport: All visitors to Hong Kong, with or without visa, must have a passport that is valid for at least six months after exit from Hong Kong. For visitors from specific countries, the passport validity is reduced to one month.
How to Apply for a Hong Kong Visa?
Visa Eligibility Criteria:
- Your bona fides should be in order, with proper backing for ID, background and activities
- You must have adequate funds to cover expenses during your stay duration, without employment
- You must have an onward ticket to your original destination or another, unless the destination is the Mainland of China or Macao.
Applying For A Visa: You can apply for a Hong Kong visa at your closest Chinese embassy or consulate. Or, you can submit your visa application to the HKSAR Immigration Department either personally or via post, or via a local sponsor.
Processing Time: Application forms can be faxed along with supporting documents to shorten processing time. Visa processing will be complete only when the original copies and photographs are sent to the HKSAR Immigration Department by air mail. It takes four weeks to process a visa application to Hong Kong.