Hong Kong welcomes a huge number of Indian tourists every year. According to a study, in the year 2018, over 3,86,681 Indians visited Hong Kong and the Hong Kong tourism board is expecting an increase of at least 15% by the end of 2019. The expectations are being made as the flights to Hong Kong are quite frequent and less expensive. However, at the same time, the Embassy does not provide Hong Kong visa on arrival facility. Thus, one needs to avail a visa to enter the city.
This article explains how you can visit Hong Kong even if you don’t get a Hong Kong visa on arrival!
A Brief on Hong Kong Visa
Hong Kong is a part of China and hence the official name of this country is Hong Kong Special Administrative Region (HKSAR). Though it is a part of China, it has its very own currency, entry rules and so on. One can not enter HKSAR with a China visa. Visitors need to have a separate visa to enter Hong Kong.
Indians intending to visit Hong Kong for a short stay were previously able to get a Hong Kong visa on arrival at the border. However, in 2017, this facility has been withdrawn by the Hong Kong government.
At present, 170 nations including India can travel visa-free to Hong Kong. Nevertheless, Indians must have a Pre Arrival Registration (PAR) to enter Hong Kong.
PAR is similar to Hong Kong tourist visa
The Pre Arrival Registration is more or less like a tourist visa for Hong Kong. You will have to apply it before you travel to Hong Kong with some documents. This visa comes with six months of validity. It allows multiple entries in Hong Kong as long as the visa is valid. On each entry, one can stay up to 14 days in HKSAR (Hong Kong Special Administrative Region).
This visa is an online visa that can be applied through the official website or through visa agencies like Blinkvisa. Applying for your visa through Blinkvisa gives you multiple benefits like visa assistance, free travel plans, discounted flights and hotels, travel insurance, etc. Along with all other benefits, we also offer 100% cashback of your visa fee!
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Hong Kong tourist visa a better option than Hong Kong visa on arrival?
Undoubtedly, because, as an online visa, you must apply for the Hong Kong tourist visa before travelling to Hong Kong. And, the best part? It is processed within 24 hours.
What are the Other Types of Hong Kong Visa?
Generally, Hong Kong visas mainly fall into two categories;
- Visitor visa category
- Non-visitor visa category
Hong Kong visas online fall under the visitor visa category.
The common types of Hong Kong visitor visa
- Hong Kong tourist visa
- Hong Kong transit visa
Note: At Blinkvisa, we presently process only the Hong Kong tourist visa.
Categories of Hong Kong non-visitor visas
Note: Non-visitor visa categories are offline or paper application visas. Meaning, you must apply for the corresponding visa
The Requirements for Hong Kong Visa
To apply for a Hong Kong visa, Indian citizens need only two documents-
- Scanned colour copy of the first and last page of your Passport. The validity of your passport should be at least 6 months from the date of travel and have a minimum of 3 blank pages.
- Duly filled questionnaire.
NOTE:- If you apply for your Hong Kong visa through Blinkvisa, we will fill the Hong Kong visa questionnaire on your behalf making sure that there are no errors.
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Hong Kong Visa Fee
The cost of each Hong Kong visa from India is INR 1389.
The cost mentioned above includes the visa cost, Blinkvisa charges, and applicable taxes. Hence there are no additional payments beyond the mentioned amount.
You can eliminate the visa cost when you apply for your visa through Blinkvisa. We offer 100% cashback of the visa fee. You can use the cashback amount to book flight tickets, hotels and activities to do during your Hong Kong trip.
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Important:- You can get a discount of 11% of the total booking value by using Blinkwallet cashback.
How to Apply for Hong Kong Visa?
- Visit Blinkvisa.
- Provide us with your basic information such as your destination, phone number, and email Id and click ‘Get Visa’
- Complete the initial payment of just INR 500 & get a complete cashback of INR 1389.
- Use your BlinkWallet to purchase your flight, hotel, activities and other travel-related stuff.
- Once your visa is approved, we will inform you via SMS and Email.
- Complete any pending due payment & download your visa by logging into your portal.
NOTE:- Once you download the visa, you will have to self attest the printout of the same confirming that the information on your visa is true.
FAQs on Hong Kong eVisa:
1. I am travelling to Hong Kong with my spouse and kids. Do I need to have a separate PAR for all of us?
Yes, every member of your family has to apply for PAR individually.
Read More: Hong Kong Visa – A Complete Guide
2. Is there any age restriction for Hong Kong visa?
There is no age restriction and it should be obtained by all nationals except for the visa-exempt nations.
3. Can I apply for PAR from outside India?
Yes, one can apply for PAR from anywhere.
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4. Who can apply for PAR for Indians?
An Indian national can apply for PAR if he/she has an Indian passport with at least six months of validity and intends to visit Hong Kong for 14 days or less.
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5. Can I convert my PAR to a work visa?
You will have to apply for a work visa if you want to have employment in Hong Kong.
6. Which countries require a Hong Kong transit visa?
The below referred to countries must apply for a Hong Kong transit visa even when they remain within the airport.
7. Which countries require a Hong Kong visa in advance?
Refer to the illustration below;
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