Hong Kong has remained autonomous from mainland China in terms of their immigration policy. The processes and rules are entirely separate. Whether travelers need a Hong Kong visa from Singapore depends on how long they wish to stay and what their nationality is.
Citizens of Singapore with a valid passport who travel to Hong Kong for tourism or business can stay in Hong Kong for up to 90 days without a visa. There are 170 nationalities who can enter for limited periods (between 7 and 180 days). This includes travelers with passports issued by the US, Canada, Brazil, Argentina, and all EU countries.
The periods of stay are determined by the agreements between the Hong Kong Government and other countries. People who travel to Hong Kong from Singapore, who are not from visa-exempt countries, need a visa to enter. Travelers with an Indian passport can apply online for a Hong Kong PAR.
How can citizens of Singapore apply for a Hong Kong visa?
If citizens from Singapore wish to stay in Hong Kong for longer than 90 days they need to apply for a visa. Applicants can either apply at the Hong Kong Immigration Department directly or through a Chinese embassy or consulate.
It is not necessary to make an appointment for a Hong Kong visa application. Applicants can go to an embassy or consulate and if they are unable to, they can entrust a relative, friend or travel agent to go on their behalf. Chinese embassies do not accept visa applications by mail.
Applicants can complete the Application for Visit in Hong Kong, an ID 1003 A form or an ID 1003 B form. The fee for a Hong Kong Visa is S$ 50.00 per person plus a S$30.00 admin fee.
Hong Kong entry requirements for citizens of Singapore
Everyone who applies for a Hong Kong visa needs to demonstrate that:
- They have sufficient funds to cover the costs of their stay.
- Their good character is in no doubt.
- They have a valid passport with at least one month remaining beyond the intended stay.
- They have no criminal record.
- They are not a security risk.
The Hong Kong Pre-arrival Registration
The government of Hong Kong has created an online platform called the Pre-arrival Registration (PAR). At the moment it is only available for citizens of India but the scheme may be expanded to include more nationalities in the future.
The PAR application form only takes a few minutes to completes are eliminates the need to go to an embassy or consulate. PAR holders need to print a copy of the travel authorization to present at the border upon entry.