On rare occasions, applications for Hong Kong PARs are unsuccessful. This is normally because either a mistake has been made on the form or you don’t meet the visa requirements.
If you meet the basic PAR requirements, haven’t made a mistake on the application form, and your registration is still unsuccessful, you can contact customer service (or the HK Immigration Department if you applied directly through the government). There’s a reconsideration process that often involves providing additional information and documentation.
Indian citizens who wish to travel to Hong Kong for periods of up to 14 days need a PAR Hong Kong to be able to enter the region. The PAR application is quick and applications are normally processed within 24 hours.
Although Hong Kong is now part of the People’s Republic of China, the region has retained control over its laws (including immigration). Chinese visas are not valid for Hong Kong and vice-versa.
Basic PAR requirements
The first thing to check if your Hong Kong PreArrival Registration is unsuccessful is whether you meet the basic requirements.
You must hold an Indian passport which is valid for at least 6 months.
Your intended stay in Hong Kong must not exceed 14 days.
You can’t apply for a new PAR Hong Kong if you already have a valid one.
PAR visa for Hong Kong reconsideration process
If a PAR application made through this website is initially unsuccessful it is often possible to have the case reconsidered by contacting the customer services department. This can only be done if the applicant meets the main requirements above for Pre-approved registration for Hong Kong.
After a rejection, be sure to check that all the passport data submitted during the process is accurate. Common mistakes in the applicant’s name, passport data and place and date of birth are often the cause of rejection or delay when applying.
What if your PAR visa for Hong Kong is unsuccessful after reconsideration?
The final option if your Hong Kong visa application is rejected after reconsideration is to apply for a ‘Visit Visa’ directly to the Immigration Department of the HKSAR. For more information, you can go to the visit/transit visa webpage.
Applications normally take around 4 weeks to process. Visit Visas are valid for stays of up to 14 days, the same as a PAR visa for Indians. Indian travelers don’t need a transit visa to pass through Hong Kong as long as they remain in the transit area.