Immigration & Customs


In general, all visitors to Hong Kong must have a passport that is valid for at least one month after the period of their intended stay in Hong Kong. However, documents issued to stateless persons must be valid for a minimum of two months after the period of intended stay. Please contact the Immigration Department for further details.
Nationals of most countries do not require a visa to enter Hong Kong for tourism and can stay for periods varying from seven to 180 days, depending on nationality. If you’re unsure of your status, please check with any Chinese embassy or consulate. You can also find further details about visa requirements on the Immigration Department website.

For a list of countries that require a visa, please visit:

Important Notice for INDIAN NATIONALS Travelling to Hong Kong
The Immigration Department of the Government of the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region has announced that the Pre-arrival Registration for Indian Nationals will be implemented on 23 January 2017. The online service for “Pre-arrival Registration for Indian Nationals” is now opened. Please click here ( for more information.

How Can APLIC 2019 Help?

For those that require an invitation letter for your visa application, please send us a request at least two months before the congress begins. After receiving and verifying the requested documents, we will email you the invitation letter in 1-2 weeks.

It will normally take four to six weeks for the Immigration Department to process a visit/transit visa/entry permit application upon receipt of all the required documents so please plan ahead. Submit requests to info@

Visas for Travelling to Chinese Mainland

All travelers to the Chinese Mainland, except Hong Kong Chinese residents, require visas. The Mainland issues single-entry, double-entry and multiple-entry (six months, unlimited entry) visas, the latter designed for frequent travelers who have long-term business establishments (e.g. joint ventures) on the Mainland. The Visa Office of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the PRC is located at 42 Kennedy Road, Central, Hong Kong. [Tel: (852) 3413 2300 / 3413 2424]. Hours: Monday to Friday 9:00 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., 2:30 p.m. to 6:00 p.m., and the China Travel Service at various locations, [Central office, Tel: (852) 2522 0450, Tsim Sha Tsui office, Tel: (852) 2315 7188]. Many travel agencies specializing in China travel can also obtain visas. The China Travel Service normally takes 48 hours to issue a visa, but can do so in one day for a premium. The Visa Office takes 24 hours and also offers a premium same-day service.


All visitors entering Hong Kong must go through customs clearance and declare any dutiable commodities exceeding duty-free quotas. Learn more about dutiable commodities and the latest duty-free concessions.

Points to note:
Import and export of commonly found prohibited / controlled items including dangerous drugs, arms, weapons, animals, plants, endangered species, meat and poultry is governed by Hong Kong’s laws.
Any import or export of these items must be accompanied by a valid licence, permit or certification issued in advance by the relevant authorities, unless exempted by law.

While legal in some countries, various personal protection devices, such as 'mace' spray and stun gun, are prohibited in Hong Kong.

For further details, please visit the Customs and Excise Department website. To avoid any unnecessary delays, please follow the guidelines set by Hong Kong International Airport.

Tips for visitors

Many visitors transit in Hong Kong or arrive here after visiting other countries. Due to the variations in legislation of different countries, some items which may considered legal at other points of embarkation or disembarkation can be considered illegal in Hong Kong.

Details on the types of items that are illegal in Hong Kong, as well as some further tips on safety and security at the airport, can be found here.

Airport security

All passengers departing from Hong Kong International Airport are required to show their boarding passes and travel documents to airport security personnel at the Departures Immigration Hall. Please find further details here.

Departing visitors and those in transit should note that enhanced security measures are now in effect at Hong Kong International Airport.

Visitors are reminded not to include any sharp objects with points or blades in carry-on luggage, such as knives, cutters, scissors, razor blades or household cutlery. Pack such items in your check-in luggage.

Restrictions also apply to carry-on liquids, gels and aerosols, which must be in containers no bigger than 100ml and placed in a single transparent re-sealable bag with a capacity not exceeding one litre (maximum one bag per passenger).

Please find further details here (