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Frequently Asked Questions
  • Travelling to Hong Kong

  • Q: Do I need a visa to visit Hong Kong?

    A: All visitors to Hong Kong must have a passport that is valid for at least six months after the planned departure date from Hong Kong. Nationals of most countries do not require visas and can stay for periods varying from 7 days to 180 days. Australian and New Zealand passport holders can enjoy visa-free entry into Hong Kong for a period of 90 days. Please click here to check visa requirements for the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region.

    If you plan to travel to Mainland China from Hong Kong, you will need a China entry visa for entering Mainland China. All foreigners require a visa to enter Mainland China. Visas should be obtained from the Embassy or Consulate General of the People's Republic of China in your own country before your departure to Mainland China. For details, please contact your nearest Chinese embassy or consulate-general.



  • Working in Hong Kong

  • Q: Do I need a work permit to work in Hong Kong?

    A: If you decide to work in Hong Kong, you should apply for and obtain an employment visa from the Hong Kong Immigration Department prior to arrival. Processing normally takes six to eight weeks.

    If you intend to start your own business or to be self-employed, you should apply for an employment (investment) visa, a special category of visa for foreigners who wish to come to Hong Kong to set up a business. A period of 10 to 15 weeks should be allowed for the processing of an employment (investment) visa.

    Please click here for details.

    Q: How can I find information about job opportunities in Hong Kong?

    A: Australians or New Zealanders looking for a job in Hong Kong might wish to visit the website of the Labour Department of the Hong Kong SAR Government. The Labour Department offers employment services for both job seekers and employers with vacancies to be filled. The Employment Services Division of that Department operates an interactive employment service through the internet.

    Q: Where can I find information about Hong Kong SAR government vacancies?

    A: Please click here to access information about government vacancies posted on the website of the Civil Service Bureau, Hong Kong SAR Government.

    Q: Where can I find information about teaching opportunities in Hong Kong?

    A: The Hong Kong SAR government has a special program for the recruitment of native English-speaking teachers from overseas to teach in Hong Kong. Please click here for details about the Native-speaking English Teacher (NET) Scheme.

    For more information about working in Hong Kong, please click here.



  • Others

  • Q: Do I need to go back to Hong Kong to apply for the Hong Kong SAR passport?

    A: If you are not in Hong Kong but wish to apply for a HKSAR passport, you may submit your application through the Chinese embassy/consulate-general (details below). Your application will be referred to the HKSAR Immigration Department for processing and the prepared passport will be forwarded to the Chinese embassy/consulate-general for issue. You may also submit your application to the HKSAR Immigration Department directly by post but if you choose to submit your application in such a way, you will be required to collect your passport in person at the HKSAR Immigration Department with the originals of the supporting documents. You may also submit your application on line, but you will be required to collect your passport in person at the HKSAR Immigration Department with the originals of the supporting documents.

    Submitting the right application form, photographs of the correct specifications and the relevant supporting documents required will help to ensure that your application for a HKSAR Passport will be processed quickly.

    Please click here for more details about overseas application for HKSAR passport and online application.

    Apply through Chinese embassy / consulate-general:

    You may submit your application to the nearest Chinese embassy / consulate-general. Your application will be forwarded to the HKSAR Immigration Department for processing. The passport will be sent back to the Chinese embassy / consulate-general for issue. You are required to collect your passport in person and produce the originals of the supporting documents enclosed for verification.

    Chinese Embassy and Consulate-Generals in Australia –

    Applicants in the Australian Capital Territory, South Australia and the Northern Territory should contact the Embassy of the People's Republic of China to the Commonwealth of Australia (Canberra).

    Applicants in New South Wales should contact the Consulate-General of the People's Republic of China in Sydney.

    Applicants in Victoria and Tasmania should contact the Consulate-General of the People's Republic of China in Melbourne.

    Applicants in Queensland should contact the Consulate-General of the People's Republic of China in Brisbane.

    Applicants in Western Australia should contact the Consulate-General of the People's Republic of China in Perth.

    Chinese Embassy and Consulate-Generals in New Zealand –

    Applicants in the Auckland Region, Waikato Region and Northland Region should contact the Consulate-General of the People's Republic of China in Auckland.

    Applicants in other parts of New Zealand should contact the Embassy of the People's Republic of China in New Zealand.

    Apply direct to the HKSAR Immigration Department:

    If you submit your application direct to the HKSAR Immigration Department by post, you are required to collect your passport in person at the HKSAR Immigration Department with the originals of the supporting documents enclosed with your application for verification.

    Apply online:

    You can submit your application online (except for replacement of lost or damaged passport or amendment of personal particulars in passport) if you are:

    Eligible for an HKSAR Passport

    Aged 18 or above; and

    Able to collect your new passport in person at the Travel Document (Issue) Office, 4/F, Immigration Tower, Wan Chai, Hong Kong.

     

    Q: Who are eligible to apply for a Hong Kong SAR passport?

    A: You are eligible to apply for a HKSAR Passport if you are:

    a Chinese citizen;

    a permanent resident of the HKSAR; and

    a holder of a valid Hong Kong permanent identity card.

    Please click here for more information about eligibility for HKSAR Passport.

     

    Q: Where can I find more information about the Hong Kong Smart ID card?

    A: Please click here for answers to frequently asked questions regarding the Hong Kong Smart ID card.

     

    Q: Do I have the right of abode in Hong Kong?

    A: Please click here for answers to frequently asked questions regarding the right of abode in Hong Kong.

     

    Q: Where can I find more information about the Certificate of No Criminal Conviction?

    A: The issuance of Certificates of No Criminal Conviction is a charged service provided by the Hong Kong Police Force which is solely in connection with a person's application for a visa to visit or reside in another country, or for adoption of children. Applications for the Certificate for any other purposes will not be accepted.

    Click here for more information about applying for the Certificate of No Criminal Conviction. Click Notes to overseas applicants if you are applying from overseas.