1. Check out the Visit Visa/Entry Permit Requirements
The Immigration Department's Visit Visa / Entry Permit Requirements for the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region gives a list of countries/ territories which always require a VISA. Please check if you need a VISA to enter Hong Kong.
Please read through all the details and conditions stated in the captioned website.
2. Guidebook for Entry for Visit/Transit in Hong Kong
This guidebook sets out the entry arrangement for persons who require a visa/entry permit to visit/transit the HKSAR. You can find application procedures, travel documentation requirements, etc, in this guidebook. To speed up your application, you can download the application form in advance. Please note that this entry arrangement does not apply to Chinese residents of the Mainland and Taiwan (other than People's Republic of China passport holders and Chinese residents of Taiwan living overseas).
3. How can the HKTDC help
To assist your visa application, the fair organiser can issue you an official invitation letter. Please send us a request at least two months before the Fair begins.
After receiving and verifying the requested documents, we will send you the invitation letter one week later.
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. Please note the issuance of a visa is at the discretion of the Hong Kong Immigration Department
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 is implemented on 23 January 2017. The online service for “Pre-arrival Registration for Indian Nationals” is now opened. Please click here for more information.
HKTDC would like to extend a warm welcome to all Muslim visitors. In order to ensure that our Muslim exhibitors and buyers feel comfortable at HKTDC trade fairs and are able to fulfill their religious duties, we provide information regarding food and worship, both at our facilities and in the city at large.
Hong Kong is a cosmopolitan city that plays hosts to visitors from all around the world. In fact, the city has been home to a vibrant Muslim community for more than a century, so therefore, Muslim visitors will have no difficulty following their daily religious duties. A range of restaurants throughout the city serve Halal food, with Halal Restaurant Certificate issued by the Incorporated Trustees of the Islamic Community Fund of Hong Kong. Cuisines include Indian, Pakistani, Middle Eastern, Western and Chinese.
Major Mosques / Islamic Centres in Hong Kong
There are three major mosques in Hong Kong, all of which are happy to play host to overseas Muslim visitors.
Jamiah Masjid/Shelley Street Mosque
30 Shelley Street, Central, Hong Kong
(852) 2523 7743
Kowloon Mosque and Islamic Centre
105 Nathan Road, Tsim Sha Tsui, Kowloon
(852) 2724 0095
Masjid Ammar & Osman Ramju Sadick Islamic Centre
40 Oi Kwan Road, Wanchai, Hong Kong
(852) 2575 2218
Strategically located at the doorstep of China and the centre of Asia-Pacific, Hong Kong has, in the last 150 years, developed into one of the world's leading manufacturing, trading and service centres. Its open economy is built on free trade and free enterprise. Geographically, the territory is divided into four distinct areas: Hong Kong Island, Kowloon, the New Territories and the outlying Islands. Hong Kong is subtropical with a relatively high humidity. Temperature ranges from 10 oC in the winter to 30 oC in the summer.
English and Chinese are the official languages. Street signs, menus, tourist and government publications are usually bilingual.
Money and Banking
Most banks are open from 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. on weekdays, and from 9:00 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. on Saturday. There is no foreign exchange control in the territory and the Hong Kong dollar is freely convertible. In Hong Kong, any currency, including mainland China's renminbi (RMB), may be bought and sold in the open market. Visitors can exchange foreign currency at any bank or exchange shop or at the cashier counters of hotels. Daily exchange rates are available through any bank, but the Hong Kong dollar is pegged at HK$7.8 to US$1. The government issues coins in denominations of 10c, 20c, 50c, $1, $2, $5 and $10. There are also three different kinds of notes in denominations of $10, $20, $50, $100, $500 and $1,000.
Hong Kong's efficient and low-cost public transport system includes three railways, buses, trams, taxis and ferries. There are three road-only tunnels crossing the harbour.
To and From the Airport
From July 6, 1998, travellers to Hong Kong will be served by one of the world's largest and most modern airports situated at the Chek Lap Kok on the outlying island of Lantau. The easiest connection from the airport to Central and Kowloon is the Airport Express Railway, which takes just 19 minutes to get to Kowloon, and an extra 4 minutes to Hong Kong. Adult single journey fare is HK$100. In addition, express bus service called "Airbus" operates on frequent schedules to popular spots in the city, with stops near most major hotels. An overnight bus service will cover the airport's 24-hour operation. Taxis are also an option and fares from Chek Lap Kok range from HK$200-HK$400.
The MTR [Tel: (852) 2881 8888] has been providing a safe, reliable and efficient way to get around Hong Kong since 1979. In December 2007, the operations of MTR and Kowloon-Canton Railway Corporation have been merged to form one of the most efficient and far-reaching railway networks in Asia. The newly expanded system extends all the way from the heart of Central and Causeway Bay to the New Territories and Lantau Island.
Today, the entire system has 91 stations and 68 Light Rail stops. MTR operates ten main commuter lines serving Hong Kong Island, Kowloon and the New Territories. Among them, the East Rail Line connects to the boundary at Lo Wu and Lok Ma Chau stations for travel between Hong Kong and Shenzhen. In addition, a Light Rail network serves the local communities in the North West New Territories, while a fleet of buses provides convenient feeder services.
The MTR also operates the Airport Express, a dedicated express rail link providing the fastest connections to Hong Kong International Airport and AsiaWorld-Expo. Passengers can also travel with ease to Guangdong province, Beijing and Shanghai in the mainland of China using the MTR’s intercity railway services.
Unlike many other modes of public transport, the operational reliability of MTR trains is unaffected by traffic conditions, so passengers should always get to their destinations on time, barring severe weather conditions. What’s more, MTR trains run about 19 hours a day, 7 days a week, from early morning (5:30am - 6am) to 1am the next morning.
Trams ply the northern shore of Hong Kong Island at a fixed fare from 6:00 a.m. to 1:00 a.m. There is also the century-old Peak Tram, a funicular railway which runs up to the Peak from 7:00 a.m. to midnight at about 15-minute intervals. Tel: (852) 2522 0922.
The Star Ferry Co [Tel: (852) 2366 2576] operates a shuttle service between Hong Kong Island and Kowloon. Ferries between Central and Tsim Sha Tsui run every few minutes from 6:30 a.m. to 11:30 p.m. Other Star Ferry boats connect Central with Hung Hom (7:00 a.m. to 7:20 p.m.) and Wan Chai to Tsim Sha Tsui (7:30 a.m. to 11:00 p.m.). The Wan Chai Ferry Pier is within a few minutes walk of the HKTDC offices and the Hong Kong Convention and Exhibition Centre.
Taxi fares are charged by metered tariff. When crossing the harbour by either cross-harbour tunnel, the two-way tunnel toll is added to the fare. With the other tunnels, only the one-way toll is added. There is an extra charge per piece of luggage (both of these extra charges are signposted in the taxi). Flagfall and charges are displayed. Tipping is usually confined to small change. There are two taxi jurisdictions in Hong Kong -- urban and New Territories. Radio taxis: Tel: (852) 2574 7311 / (852) 2527 6324 (Hong Kong Island), (852) 2760 0411 / (852) 2670 0477 (Kowloon), (852) 2457 2266 / (852) 2697 4333 (New Territories).
According to Hong Kong Immigration Department, nationals of most foreign countries can visit Hong Kong visa-free. Applicants may submit their visa applications directly to Hong Kong Immigration Department, or through Chinese diplomatic or consular missions in their place of domicile.
Enquiries can be directed to:
Hong Kong Immigration Department
Immigration Tower, 7 Gloucester Road, Wan Chai, Hong Kong.
Tel : (852) 2824 6111 Fax : (852) 2824 1133 / 2877 7711
Visas for China Travel
All travellers 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 travellers who have long-term business establishments (e.g. joint ventures) in the mainland. The Visa Office of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the PRC at 42 Kennedy Road, Central, Hong Kong. [Tel: (852) 2585 1663 / 2585 1680]. Hours: Monday to Friday 9:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m., 2:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m., and the China Travel Service at various locations, Central office, [Tel: (852) 2522 0450], Tsim Sha Tsui office, [Tel: (852) 2736 1863]. Many travel agencies specialising 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 more expensive same-day service.