You will need a passport to travel overseas. Here you can learn more about the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region (HKSAR) Passport, your eligibility, and how you can apply for one in Hong Kong or from abroad.
Your Passport to the World
The HKSAR passport is valid for travel to all countries in the world. 149 countries or territories have granted visa-free access or visa-on-arrival to HKSAR Passport holders. The final consent to enter the countries concerned is, nonetheless, up to the relevant immigration authorities.
- Visa-free access for HKSAR Passportshttp://www.gov.hk/en/residents/immigration/traveldoc/visafreeaccess.htm
If your destination is not among the 149 countries or territories, you should contact the relevant consulates to ascertain the visa requirements for your visit.
The new HKSAR Electronic Passport (e-Passport), introduced on 5 February 2007, is machine-readable to facilitate immigration clearance at foreign immigration control points that are equipped with machine-reading facilities. It is also embedded with a contactless chip that contains the holder's personal data and photograph. It complies with the standard of the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO).
The HKSAR Passports issued before 5 February 2007 will remain valid until their expiry.
- Characteristics and security features of an e-Passporthttp://www.gov.hk/en/residents/immigration/traveldoc/characteristics.htm
Who are Eligible?
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.
- More about eligibility for HKSAR Passporthttp://www.gov.hk/en/residents/immigration/traveldoc/eligibilityforpassport.htm
How to Apply
You may submit your application for HKSAR Passport locally or from abroad.
- Local applicationhttp://www.gov.hk/en/residents/immigration/traveldoc/localapplication.htm
- Overseas applicationhttp://www.gov.hk/en/residents/immigration/traveldoc/overseasapplication.htm
How Long Will the Processing Take?
The HKSAR Immigration Department pledges to complete the process of an application in 10 working days after receiving all necessary documents, application fee and photograph and in 14 working days for children aged under 11 not holding a Hong Kong permanent identity card (Working days denote Monday to Friday excluding General Holidays). In general, you can obtain the new passport on the next working day after the completion of the application process by the Immigration Department. For applications not submitted in person (e.g. via drop-in-box), an extra 2 to 3 working days may be required for handling formalities. The processing time may be longer for passport application due to loss, damage or change of personal particulars. Whether this pledge can be met will also depend on the circumstances of individual applications and the number of applications received at a particular time. If you have any travel plans, please apply early.
If you have a valid Hong Kong permanent identity card, the processing time of your overseas passport application will normally take about 4 to 6 weeks upon receipt of all necessary documents, fee and photograph. It will take about 6 to 8 weeks for processing a HKSAR Passport application if you do not have a valid Hong Kong permanent identity card. The time for forwarding the application and dispatching the prepared passport is excluded. Whether this pledge can be met will also depend on the circumstances of individual applications and the number of applications received at a particular time.
If you have an urgent need for obtaining a passport, you may approach any one of the immigration offices stating your reasons in writing and producing evidence to support your request. You may be required to collect passport at the Travel Documents (Issue) Section at 4/F, Immigration Tower, 7 Gloucester Road, Wan Chai, Hong Kong. Generally, requests from pleasure trippers for urgent issue of a passport will not be entertained.
If you are in overseas, you should state the request and the reason on the application form as "additional information", and seek advice from the nearest Chinese Diplomatic and Consular Missions. In case of emergency, for example, you need to return to Hong Kong immediately after you have lost your passport, you may approach the nearest Chinese Diplomatic and Consular Missions. You may also contact the Assistance to Hong Kong Residents Unit of the Immigration Department through the 24-hour hotline (852) 1868 for assistance.
When and Where Can I Collect the Passport?
The Immigration Department will notify you when and where to collect your HKSAR Passport. For applications submitted in person, you can authorise someone to collect the passport on your behalf.
- Collection of HKSAR Passporthttp://www.gov.hk/en/residents/immigration/traveldoc/collection.htm
The passport contains only the personal particulars of the passport holder. You should apply for a separate passport for each of your accompanying children.
For enquiries about passport application or collection, please contact the Immigration Department hotline at (852) 2824 6111 or visit an Immigration Office that handles travel document applications. You can also find answers to some of the frequently asked questions about HKSAR Passports here.
- Frequently asked questions about HKSAR Passportshttp://www.gov.hk/en/residents/immigration/traveldoc/faqpassport.htm
Last review date: January 2014