Hong Kong, commonly known as the ‘Pearl of the Orient’ is one of the best countries to visit. A small yet wonderful country, it can make you experience both eastern and western cultures on the same platter. Once a British colony, Hong Kong today is well known for its skyscrapers and the best authentic Chinese and global cuisines. However, if you really want to experience all of those, you must visit this beautiful country at least once in your lifetime. However, if you want to visit Hong Kong for a short period, you must have a Hong Kong visa.
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A Brief on Hong Kong Visa
Hong Kong is part of the People’s Republic of China but it has its own visa policy and requirements. The official name of this country is the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region (HKSAR).
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Citizens of over 170 countries can enter Hong Kong visa-free. However, they can stay only for periods ranging from 7 to 180 days for purposes ranging from tourism to business. Also, these nationals must have a valid passport with at least a month’s validity.
Hong Kong visa-exempt countries
The illustration below (source Wikipedia) provides you with a glimpse of the Hong Kong visa-free countries for various stay periods.
Citizens of approximately 170 countries and territories may enter/travel Hong Kong without a visa. However, few of these visa-exempt countries like India need to have a ‘pre-arrival registration’ or visa in advance.
The pre-arrival registration is much similar to a visa. One has to submit the required documents and apply for the same. This can be also be applied online through the official website or any qualified visa agency. This registration comes with a pre-defined stay period and some conditions.
Hong Kong Visa Categories
The following are the main two categories of Hong Kong visa:
- Hong Kong Visitor Visa
- Hong Kong Non-visitor Visa
Hong Kong visitor visa
The following are the common types of Hong kong visitor visas:
- Hong Kong tourist visa
- Hong Kong business visa
- Hong Kong transit visa
Hong Kong non-visitor visa
Non-visitor visas are of the following categories:
- Employment, investment, and study visas
- Dependent visas
Hong Kong visa on arrival
As of 23rd of January 2017, Indian passport holders need a PAR to enter/travel Hong Kong. Needless to say, a Hong Kong visa on arrival for Indians was available before 23rd January 2017.
Do Indians Need Hong Kong Visa?
No, Indians do not need a visa to visit Hong Kong. Nevertheless, Indian passport holders must have a Pre Arrival Registration (PAR) to enter Hong Kong.
The PAR or Hong Kong tourist visa is valid for six months. Indians can apply for this type of visa if they intend to visit Hong Kong for a short trip. Hong Kong tourist visa is a paper visa, which means the visa will be a PDF document. The applicant needs to download and take a print out of the same while travelling to Hong Kong.
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The requirement of PAR can be exempted for Indian citizens if
- You are transiting through Hong Kong and not leaving the airport during your layover.
- You have valid permission to remain in the HKSAR for employment, study or residence.
- You are an Indian official passport holder
- You are an Indian diplomatic passport holder
- You have Hong Kong Travel Pass
- You have enrolled for e-Channel service for frequent visitors
Hong Kong transit visa
Indians can enter/travel Hong Kong for a period of up to 14 days with their PAR. Thus, they do not require a Hong transit visa to transit or for a layover in Hong Kong. However, it is not the case with certain countries.
Listed below are the countries that require Hong Kong transit visa even when they wish to remain in the airport’s transit area.
Important: Refusal of admission/transit
Hong Kong refuses entry/transit of Kosovo passport holders. In fact, their entry is prohibited even when they do not leave the aircraft.
Note: Hong Kong is known for refusing admission and transit to foreign politicians (particularly from the UK, USA, Japan, and Taiwan) since the year 2014.
Hong Kong Visa Requirements
The requirements for this visa are very simple. When Applying with us, the documents needed for Hong Kong Tourist visa are as follows-
- 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 three blank pages.
- Duly filled questionnaire.
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How to fill the Questionnaire?
The questionnaire will have several questions asking your personal and travel information. You will have to answer all the questions in English. Some of the questions are mandatory and will be marked with asterisks (✴).
You will have to provide information such as your name in English, alias in English (if any), sex/gender, marital status, date of birth, place of birth, residential address, contact telephone number, India passport number, its place of issue, date of issue and date of expiry.
Apart from the above mentioned mandatory questions, you will have to answer some of the non-mandatory questions wherever applicable.
Filling the questionnaire in an error-free manner is very important as mistakes in the same can cause difficulties or delay in getting the same. Leaving all the doubts behind, you can always take expert assistance from Blinkvisa to fill your application form on your behalf.
Hong Kong Visa Fee
If you are applying for your visa through Blinkvisa, you will have to pay INR 1389 for each visa. The image on the right shows a clear break up of the visa fee you will have to pay.
But if you apply for your visa through Blinkvisa, you will be eligible to get 100% cashback of your visa fee.
The entire visa fee mentioned will be given back to you in the form of cashback. The cashback will be credited to your Blinkwallet.
Moreover, unlike any other visa agencies or the government website, here you will be paying your visa fee only after getting an approval of your visa. You just need to pay INR 500 to initiate visa processing. On the successful payment of INR 500, you will get a cashback of INR 1389 in your Blinkwallet.
How to Pay the Hong Kong visa Fee?
The payment process of a Hong Kong visa is very easy at Blinkvisa. You can make the payment of your visa in three different modes-
- Payment through debit or credit cards
- UPI payment
- Payment through PayUmoney portal
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How to Use Blinkwallet Cashback?
The cashback in your Blinkwallet can earn you real benefits on flights and hotel bookings for your Hong Kong trip. You can redeem the cashback on all your bookings which will attract wonderful discounts.
Here is how you can get discounts with your Blinkcash in Flight tickets-
Similarly, here is your discounted hotel bookings in Hong Kong:
Hong Kong Visa Application Process
Although you can apply for Hong Kong visa online you can get 100% cashback of your visa fee if you apply it through Blinkvisa.
We have a Simplified process for Hong Kong Tourist 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 full cashback of INR 1389 into your wallet.
- 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.
It’s that simple!
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The Frequently Asked Questions
1. How to get a Hong Kong visa for Indians?
You can get a visa ( Pre Arrival Registration) for Indians online by applying through the official website or qualified visa agencies.
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2. What is the permitted stay period of Hong Kong tourist visa?
You can stay up to 14 days in Hong Kong with a tourist visa.
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3. Do I need a visa for Hong Kong?
If you are an Indian passport holder, you don’t need a visa to visit Hong Kong. But you will need to have a ‘Pre Arrival Registration’ to enter Hong Kong.
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4. Can I get a Hong Kong Visa on arrival?
No, Indians are not eligible to get a visa on arrival in Hong Kong.
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5. Can I apply for a PAR while I am outside of India?
Yes. It can be applied from anywhere.
6. When will I know whether my application for PAR is successful or not?
You will get to know about your status of the application within 24 hours.
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7. Do I need to have a sponsor in applying for PAR?
It is not mandatory to have a local connection in Hong Kong. But If you have any, you can fill the information about them in the relevant field upon registration
8. Can I apply for a new PAR if my last registration is still valid?
No, as long as your last PAR is valid, you can not apply for a fresh PAR.
9. How many times can I enter Hong Kong with one PAR?
You can enter multiple times into Hong Kong as long as your PAR is valid.
10. Can I Hong Kong on the last day of the validity of my PAR?
Yes, you can enter Hong Kong and stay for up to 14 days in the country.