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You can experience self-driving to the Guangdong Province via the Shenzhen Bay Port by submitting application anytime with the online service provided by the Transport Department.  The application procedures for Ad Hoc Quotas for Cross Boundary Private Cars are as follows:   

Step 1:    Online reservation of an ad hoc quota;

Step 2:    Online application for quota and Closed Road Permit (CRP); and

Step 3:    Complete formalities as required by the Mainland Government Authorities

Please read the brief information on the steps and the related links provided below before submitting application.

Step 1: Online Reservation of an Ad Hoc Quota

Eligibility for Application

Check out the link below to learn more about the rules and eligibility for application.

Fees

Quota reservation is free of charge.

Before starting the online reservation

You should have a printer ready to print out a hardcopy of the acknowledgement page. If you do not have a printer, be sure to write down the quota reservation number and other related details.  You can also save your application details or acknowledgement in your PC or other storage devices or request for an email acknowledgement.

Online quota reservation

If you meet the eligibility, you may make a reservation at least 28 days before the required Quota Start Date.  To cope with long Mainland holidays, the reservation period available for certain Quota Start Dates will be adjusted to ensure that there is sufficient time for applicants to complete all necessary application procedures and formalities. Details of the relevant arrangements will be announced at TD’s website.  You may cancel a reserved quota within 5 days counted from the date of successful reservation. However, once the quota is cancelled, the same vehicle owner can only reserve another quota 1 week after the day of cancellation.

Online enquiry of reserved quota

You may check the record of your reservation online.

Step 2: Online Application for the Quota and CRP and Enquiry of Application Status

Upon successful reservation, you must submit an application for the quota and CRP to the Transport Department within a 5-day application period from the date of quota reservation. Late submissions will not be accepted and the reserved quota will be cancelled automatically.  In this circumstance, you will only be able to reserve another quota 2 weeks after the application deadline.

Fees

Application fee for CRP is HK$45.

Before starting the online application

Before starting online application for the quota and CRP, you should prepare:

  • the scanned images of the following documents.  These should be 300 KB or less and in PDF, JPEG, or JPG format. The Transport Department recommends black and white, 100 dpi and JPEG format.
    • Application made by an individual:
      • Hong Kong motor vehicle third party risks insurance certificate valid for a period of at least 11 days from the date of Quota Start Date. (see sample 1)
      • Declaration of the second designated driver (if applicable) (see sample 2)
      • Hong Kong Identity Card for vehicle registered using a passport
    • Application made by a company:
      • First page of the latest annual return of the company
      • Authorization letter issued by the company (see sample 3)
      • Authorized person’s Hong Kong Identity Card
      • Hong Kong motor vehicle third party risks insurance certificate valid for at least 11 days from Quota Start Date. (see sample 1)
      • Declaration of the second designated driver.(if applicable) (see sample 2)
  • Either a credit card (Visa or MasterCard) or a PPS account number and Internet password for payment. Both Visa and MasterCard offer additional security programs to give their cardholders extra protection when they make online payments. You must register in advance with Verified by Visa (VbV) or MasterCard®SecureCode™.
  • A printer to print out a hard copy of the acknowledgement page. If you do not have a printer, be sure to write down the application reference number or you can save your application details and acknowledgement page to your PC or other storage devices.

Transport Department will notify you of the application result in about 10 working days through email (if provided) and by post respectively and send an approval letter and a CRP by post to successful applicants. You can also enquire about the application status via the Internet.

Step 3: Complete formalities as required by the Mainland Government Authorities

After obtaining the CRP, you are required to take out Mainland compulsory traffic accident liability insurance for motor vehicles for a period of at least 11 days for your private car and bring along the relevant supporting documents to the designated entry permit service centres of China Travel Service (Hong Kong) Limited (CTS) to complete the following formalities and make payments:

  • taking out the Mainland compulsory traffic accident liability insurance for motor vehicles and/or checking its validity
  • signing the application form for relevant permits printed by CTS for confirmation
  • receiving the “Approval Notice” and “Temporary-entry vehicle licence plate and licence” issued by the Public Security Department of Guangdong Province
  • receiving the “Inspection and quarantine declaration card for temporary arrival/departure of car”

You must also complete formalities of applying for “ATA Carnet” at the Hong Kong General Chamber of Commerce (HKGCC) as required by the Mainland Customs. You need to pay the application fee and submit Proof of Guarantee.  At the same time, you may choose to request HKGCC to arrange for Import Pre-notification on your behalf with an additional fee.  To ensure departure on schedule, you should allow ample time, particularly when there are long mainland holidays during which the relevant agencies would suspend office operation temporarily, to complete all the relevant formalities.

You can browse the following websites of CTS and HKGCC to obtain more detailed information on the latest arrangements of the required formalities.

Further information

For details of the Ad Hoc Quotas for Cross Boundary Private Cars, just call Transport Department hotline 2804 2600 or visit Transport Department’s websites, or check out the frequently asked questions below.

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