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Hong Kong Visa for Indians

The Hong Kong Special Administrative Region of the People’s Republic of China is famous for its breathtaking views, culture, delicious food, local festivals and of course, Disneyland! It is also considered a shopper’s paradise with amazing nightlife. If this place is on your travel list, then read on to know everything about the Hong Kong visa and travel insurance requirements.

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About Hong Kong Visa

Hong Kong lets nationals from around 170 countries without a Hong Kong visa. The stay duration is 7-180 days and prior permission is necessary. India is among these countries and allows visa-free entry if the stay is under 14 days.

Hong Kong Visa

The Embassy of China or the Hong Kong Immigration Department issues the Hong Kong visa for Indians. Take a look at some important features of the Hong Kong Visa for Indians:

Categories Specification
Hong Kong Visa Price* Free if visiting less than 14 days
Hong Kong Visa Service Fee HKD 47
Hong Kong Travel Insurance Not mandatory for Hong Kong Visa
Hong Kong Visa Processing Time 4 weeks approximately
Hong Kong Visa on Arrival for Indians PAR required

*Values will vary depending on the category of the visa applied

Most foreigners travelling to or transiting through Hong Kong need a valid Hong Kong visa.

However, Hong Kong also offers visa-free entry to all Indian citizens visiting or transiting through the region for a maximum of 14 days. In case an Indian citizen plans to stay in Hong Kong for a longer duration, they will have to apply for a valid Hong Kong visa.

All Indian citizens travelling to Hong Kong are advised to cover the trip against any unforeseen hazards with the help of travel insurance for Hong Kong.

Types of Hong Kong Visa for Indians

Depending on your Hong Kong trip duration and purpose of visit, there are various types of Hong Kong visas available for Indian citizens:

  • Hong Kong Visit/ Transit Visa

    This visa is granted to Indians who want to visit and stay in Hong Kong Special Administrative Region for more than 14 days. It is granted to people whose purpose of travelling to Hong Kong includes vacation, meeting family/ friends, conducting business or transiting. It also allows transit passengers to move out of the airport transit areas and explore the region. Be it a nice family vacation or if you’re planning to attend their famous Lunar New Year celebrations, you will need this visa.

  • Hong Kong Student Visa

    Indian students who wish to pursue higher education in HKSAR need a valid Hong Kong student visa. It is granted to people who have secured admission to a private/public school, full-time/part-time post-secondary local programme or a non-local higher education/ professional course in Hong Kong.

    Indians who need to travel to Hong Kong for a full-time local/non-local exchange programme for up to six months at a sub-degree level and up to one year at the undergraduate level or above can also obtain this Hong Kong visa for Indians.

    The applicants for a Student visa should be aged between 5 years and 8 months to 11 years in case of primary education and less than 20 years to pursue secondary education in Hong Kong.

    Besides, Student visa holders can also apply to bring their family members, including legal spouse/partner and dependent children to Hong Kong by becoming their sponsors.

  • Hong Kong Employment Visa

    This Hong Kong visa is granted to Indian citizens who want to travel to Hong Kong SAR for employment purposes. It is issued to professionals, entrepreneurs, investors and imported workers who want to work or invest in a Hong Kong-based company.

    The applicants of this visa can also bring their spouse or dependent children to Hong Kong by becoming their sponsors, except for those arriving as imported workers. The visa is further divided into the following categories:

    1. General Employment Policy (GEP) Visa - This Employment visa is issued to people who want to travel and stay in Hong Kong to work as professionals under the General Employment Policy (GEP). Student visa holders can also apply for this visa to stay back in Hong Kong to work as skilled professionals under the GEP.
    2. Technology Talent Admission Scheme (TechTAS) Visa - This type of Employment visa is granted to people who wish to enter and stay in Hong Kong to work as technology professionals under the Technology Talent Admission Scheme (TechTAS). Eligible companies under TechTAS can sponsor Indian professionals to get a visa.
    3. Investment Visa - This visa is issued to people who want to travel and stay in Hong Kong to invest as an entrepreneur under the GEP. The applicants for this visa can either start their own business or invest in an existing company in Hong Kong.
    4. Imported Workers Visa- This visa is issued to people who want to travel to Hong Kong as imported workers under the Supplementary Labour Scheme (SLS). It is issued to people who want to work as labour at the technician level or lower in Hong Kong.
    5. Training Visa: This visa is granted to Indian citizens who wish to enter and stay in Hong Kong Special Administrative Region to undergo professional training.
    6. Foreign Domestic Helper Visa: This visa is issued to Indian nationals who need to travel to Hong Kong Special Administrative Region to work as a domestic helper for a local family. This visa does not allow its holders to settle permanently in Hong Kong.

Hong Kong Visa-Free Arrival for Indians

Tourist Tram at Peak Hong Kong

The Hong Kong Immigration Department allows visa-free entry of Indian nationals in the Hong Kong SAR. This provision applies to Indians who wish to travel to Hong Kong for a vacation of up to 14 days. It is also available for Indians transiting via Hong Kong directly through the air and doesn’t plan to leave the airport transit areas.

However, Indian citizens need to apply for a PAR or pre-arrival registration online before commencing their visa-free trip or transit to Hong Kong. The traveller must carry a signed copy of the notification slip for the pre-arrival registration while travelling to Hong Kong. Other than these, the applicant must meet other Hong Kong travel insurance and Coronavirus related requirements if any.

This pre-arrival registration granted to Indian nationals is valid for a maximum period of six months unless the passport of the traveller expires earlier. They can make multiple visits to Hong Kong during the validity of the pre-arrival registration with a maximum stay duration of 14 days per trip.

In case an Indian needs to travel to Hong Kong for more than 14 days they will need to apply for a valid Hong Kong visa for Indians.

Validity of Hong Kong Visa for Indians

Take a look at the validity of different types of Hong Kong visa for Indians:

Types of Hong Kong Visa for Indians Visa Validity Maximum Visa Extension
Pre-Arrival Registration Up to 14 days -
Visit/ Transit Visa More than 14 days 7 days

Student Visa

Full-Time Post Secondary Programmes 6 years

4 weeks

Other Courses 12 months
Employment Visa 24 months 4 weeks
Training Visa 12 months -
Foreign Domestic Helper Visa 2 years -

How to Apply for Hong Kong PAR for Indians?

Indians can easily visit Hong Kong visa-free after completing the pre-arrival registration before their trip. Follow the steps given below to apply for pre-arrival registration online before travelling visa-free to Hong Kong:

  • Visit the official website of the Hong Kong Immigration Department
  • Go to the ‘Our Services’ tab on the menu bar and click on ‘Visas/ Entry Permits’
  • Scroll down to click on ‘Pre-arrival Registration for Indian Nationals’ under the ‘Visit’ category
  • Select ‘General Procedures’ and click on the ‘designated GovHK website’ link
  • Accept the declaration and click on the ‘Start’ button
  • Click on ‘Continue’ if you have the required items and have read the guidance notes & eligibility
  • Fill in all the required details as mentioned in your passport
  • Enter the code and click on ‘Confirm and Continue’
  • The result of the registration will be displayed
  • Take a printout of the notification slip on an A4 sheet

When Should Indians Apply for Hong Kong Visa?

Documents for Hong Kong Visa

All Indian citizens who want to travel to Hong Kong Special Administrative Region for more than 14 days or for a purpose other than visiting should apply for a valid Hong Kong visa. Even people who need to transit via Hong Kong to travel to another country need to apply for a Hong Kong visa for Indians in case they plan to leave the airport transit area.

Moreover, Indian nationals who were unable to successfully apply for pre-arrival registration for visa-free entry to Hong Kong should also apply for the visa. If you are visiting for over 14 days then apply at least 5-6 weeks before your trip as the Hong Kong visa processing time is around 4 weeks.

  • How to Apply for Hong Kong Visa for Indians?

    An Indian citizen can apply for a Hong Kong visa by following the steps given below:

    • Visit the official website of the Hong Kong Immigration Department
    • Go to the ‘Forms’ tab on the menu bar and select the ‘Visas’ option
    • Choose the visa type as per the purpose of your trip
    • Download the Hong Kong visa application forms from the available list
    • Fill in the downloaded form
    • Submit the duly filled form along with the required documents to the Embassy of China
    • The Chinese Embassy will issue the Hong Kong visa after successful processing of visa application
  • Documents Required to Apply for Hong Kong Visa for Indians

    Indian citizens need to submit the following documents to the Embassy of China or the Hong Kong Immigration Department while applying for a Hong Kong visa:

    • Indian passport with at least six months of validity
    • Hong Kong visa application form
    • Recent photograph

    The following table shows the list of additional documents required to apply for different types of Hong Kong visa for Indians:

    Type of Hong Kong Visa for Indians Documents Required*
    Visit/ Transit Visa For Visit:
    • Proof of travel bookings, such as flight booking details
    • Proof of financial standing, such as bank statements, tax receipts, bank passbooks, etc.
    • Proof of leisure visit in Hong Kong, such as tour package details, trip itinerary, etc.
    • Proof of employment, such as salary slips, leave letter from the employer, etc.
    • Proof of relationship with the local sponsor (if travelling for a family visit)
    • Proof of proposed visit to Hong Kong for other reasons

    For Transit:

    • Flight booking details from Hong Kong to the destination country (if travelling to a country apart from Mainland of China or Macao)

    For Business:

    • Letter from employer confirming applicant’s business trip to Hong Kong
    • Invitation letter from a local company
    • Letter from trade body confirming applicant’s proposed visit to exhibitions/ trade fairs
    • Proof of travel bookings, such as flight booking details
    • Sponsor’s Business Registration Certificate (if the sponsor is a company in Hong Kong)
    Student Visa
    • Acceptance letter from an educational institution in Hong Kong
    • Proof of financial standing, such as bank statements, tax receipts, bank passbooks, etc.
    • Consent letter from applicant’s parents and Hong Kong-based guardian (if the applicant is a minor)
    • Application form by the sponsor
    • Sponsor’s undertaking to provide accommodation to the minor applicant
    • Proof of sponsor’s financial standing, such as bank statements, tax receipts, bank passbooks, etc.
    Employment Visa General Employment Policy (GEP) Visa
    • Proof of academic qualifications and work experiences
    • Copy of Hong Kong Identity Card (if any)

    By Hong Kong Based Employer:

    • Application form by the company to employ professionals
    • Appointment letter or employment contract issued to the applicant
    • Business Registration Certificate (only if the company does not have a permit to employ overseas professionals)
    • Proof of financial standing, such as latest profit tax return, audited financial report, etc.
    • Company’s background details
    • Detailed business plan (for companies less than 12 months old
    Technology Talent Admission Scheme (TechTAS) Visa
    • Proof of academic qualifications, technical skills and work experiences
    • Copy of Hong Kong Identity Card (if any)

    By Hong Kong Based Employer:

    • Application form by the company
    • Copy of quota allotment letter by the Innovation & Technology Commission
    • Appointment letter or employment contract issued to the applicant
    • Business Registration Certificate (only if the company does not have a permit to employ overseas professionals)
    Investment Visa
    • Proof of academic qualifications and work experiences
    • Proof of financial standing, such as bank statements, tax receipts, bank passbooks, etc.
    • Copy of Hong Kong Identity Card (if any)
    • Appointment letter or employment contract issued by a company in Hong Kong (if applicable)
    • Detailed two-year investment plan
    • Proof of company’s business activities
    • Proof of company’s financial standing, such as latest profit tax return, audited financial report, etc.
    • Company’s background details
    • Proof of office set-up, such as tenancy agreement
    • Proof of posts created for local employees (if applicable)
    • Business Registration Certificate (if already invested in Hong Kong)
    • Company’s registry documents
    • Business operating licences and certificates
    • Letter indicating support from a government-backed programme
    • Sponsor’s Business Registration Certificate (if the sponsor is a company in Hong Kong)
    • Application form by the sponsor
    • Sponsor’s Hong Kong Identity Card (if the sponsor is a person staying in Hong Kong)
    • Copy of sponsor’s passport (if the sponsor is a non-permanent resident of Hong Kong)
    Imported Workers Visa
    • Proof of academic qualifications and work experiences
    • Copy of Hong Kong Identity Card (if any)
    • Proof of medical fitness for the job

    By Hong Kong Based Employer:

    • Application form by the company
    • Copies of standard employment contract issued to the applicant
    • Copy of in-principle approval letter issued by the Labour Department
    Training Visa
    • Proof of academic qualifications and work experiences
    • Copy of Hong Kong Identity Card (if any)

    By Hong Kong Based Company:

    • Application form by the sponsor company
    • Training contract issued to the applicant
    • Business Registration Certificate
    • Proof of financial standing, such as latest profit tax return, audited financial report, etc.
    • Detailed business plan (for companies less than 12 months old)
    Foreign Domestic Helper Visa
    • Copies of the standard employment contract signed by both employer and the applicant
    • Copy of Hong Kong Identity Card (if any)
    • Testimonial stating at least two years experience as a domestic helper

    By Hong Kong Based Employer:

    • Copy of Hong Kong Identity Card
    • Proof of financial standing, such as bank statements, tax receipts, bank passbooks, profit tax assessment return, etc.
    • Proof of residential address in Hong Kong
    • Undertaking of the employer

    *All documents must either be in the English or Chinese language. If not, the applicant must attach a certified translation in English or Chinese language.

Hong Kong Visa Fees

All applicants for Hong Kong visas are required to pay a visa fee at the time of applying. No charges have to be paid while applying for the pre-arrival registration online for visa-free entry to Hong Kong. However, for stays over 14 days, a visa fee along with a service fee of HKD 47 is applicable. Refer to the table below to check the visa fees for different types of Hong Kong visas:

Hong Kong Visa for Indians Hong Kong Visa Fees
Hong Kong Tourist Visa HKD230*
Hong Kong Student Visa HKD 642*
Hong Kong Transit Visa HKD 179*
Hong Kong Employment Visa HKD 1567*
Visa Extension Fee HKD 230*

*Please note that the price may vary with visa duration and the number of entries taken

The visa fees must be paid in the form of a demand draft issued by a national/ international bank in Delhi payable to the ‘Chinese Embassy, New Delhi’. The local sponsor can pay the visa fees in cash or by cheque/ EPS at the Immigration Department in Hong Kong.

Travel Insurance for Hong Kong Visa

Hong Kong is popular as a financial hub, tourist destination, shopping haven and business centre across the world. Even with world-class facilities, a traveller cannot prevent unpredictable incidents, such as loss of wallet, flight delays, meeting with an accident, etc. from occurring.

Despite the best planning, such incidents can result in major financial losses and the only way to avoid that is by keeping the trip covered under a travel insurance Hong Kong policy.

Hong Kong travel insurance provides you with financial coverage against adverse incidents faced during the trip to Hong Kong. It covers the traveller against adversities, such as medical emergencies, flight delays, missed connection flights, baggage loss, personal liability, trip cancellation, etc.

As per the law, carrying a valid travel insurance policy during a trip to Hong Kong is not compulsory. Indian applicants will be granted a Hong Kong visa or pre-arrival registration for visa-free travel even without travel insurance. Nonetheless, it is recommended to buy a travel insurance Hong Kong policy to stay prepared for any adversities faced during the trip.

Hong Kong Visa Processing Time

The processing time for a Hong Kong visa varies according to different types of visas. Take a look at the visa processing time for various types of Hong Kong visas:

Type of Hong Kong Visa for Indians Processing Time
Visit/Transit Visa 4 weeks
Student Visa 6 weeks
Employment Visa General Employment Policy (GEP) Visa 4 weeks
Technology Talent Admission Scheme (TechTAS) Visa 2 weeks
Investment Visa 4 weeks
Imported Workers Visa 6 weeks
Training Visa 4 weeks
Foreign Domestic Helper Visa 4-6 weeks

In case the applicant requires faster processing of his/her Hong Kong visa application, an additional visa fee will be applicable.

How to Check the Status of Hong Kong Visa?

An applicant for a Hong Kong visa can check the application status online or by calling the 24-hour enquiry system. Follow the steps given below to check the status of Hong Kong visa online:

  • Visit the official website of Hong Kong Immigration Department
  • Go to the ‘Online Services’ tab on the menu bar and select ‘Other Online Services’
  • Scroll to the bottom and click on ‘Enquiry of Application Status’ under the ‘Right to Abode’ category
  • Click on the option of ‘Online application status enquiry’
  • Go to the start button, read the declaration and accept it
  • Enter your application reference number and submit it
  • You will see the status of your Hong Kong visa application

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