Indian nationals can obtain their visa for Hong Kong online

Indian nationals can obtain their visa for Hong Kong online

 

As of January 23rd, 2017 Indian citizens can apply online for a  visa to Hong Kong. However, instead of a visa, the government of Hong Kong has called it a Pre-arrival Registration for Indians or PAR.

Indian citizens must register with the Hong Kong PAR system if they wish to visit Hong Kong. Once approved, the Hong Kong PAR is valid for a stay of up to 14 days. Having a valid PAR for Hong Kong is also necessary for Indian citizens who will be in Hong Kong in transit.

Hong Kong witnessed a steady drop in tourism from India prior to the implementation of the Hong Kong PAR. In 2016, 480. 000 Indians travelled to Hong Kong, a decline of 9% in comparison to the previous year. The online visa for Hong Kong should facilitate travel from India to Hong Kong.

Hong Kong Tourism Board Regional Director Peter Hoslin said in an interview that they are expecting to witness growth in Indians travelling to Hong Kong in a couple of years. Currently, there are 38 direct flights a week from India to Hong Kong.

Peter Hoslin also said that “we are working closely with our trade partners in India to turn this around. We are focusing on young dynamic travellers between 20-40 years, families and repeat travellers.” The tourism board is targetting three main cities in India: Mumbai, New Delhi and Bengaluru. The hope is that travel from India to Hong Kong will increase in the coming years.

Hong Kong PAR for Indian Citizens

All nationals of India who wish to travel to Hong Kong for tourism, business or transit purposes must have a valid PAR before they begin their trip.

Applying for a Hong Kong PAR is a fairly simple process. Indians must simply meet the following requirements in order to register online for the PAR:

  • The passport must have a validity of at least 6 months
  • The applicant intends to stay in Hong Kong for a stay of 14 days or less.

The online visa for Hong Kong is required for transit. However, if the traveller does not plan on leaving the transit area at the airport, they do not need to obtain the PAR for Hong Kong.

In order to apply for the PAR for Hong Kong, Indian nationals should provide the following details:

  1. Surname and given name in English
  2. Date and place of birth
  3. Gender
  4. Passport details, which include: number, issuing date and expiry date
  5. Email address
  6. Telephone number

When filling out the Hong Kong PAR application form, the applicant should select their purpose of the visit which can be leisure, family visit, business, or transit. Applicants must also answer a few security questions to complete the application process.

Once completed, applicants are advised to revise and check that they have provided accurate information. Finally, they should pay for the PAR. Once the application has been processed by the government, the traveller will receive their approved online visa for Hong Kong in their email address.

Travellers with a valid Hong Kong PAR should print a copy to present at the airport. Indian travellers should keep a copy of their PAR at all times during their stay in Hong Kong.

The online visa for Hong Kong or PAR, cannot be used to find work in Hong Kong.