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Visas Required For Hong Kong?  
User currently offlineRyanb741 From United Kingdom, joined Mar 2002, 3221 posts, RR: 15
Posted (9 years 9 months 2 weeks 3 days 14 hours ago) and read 1075 times:

Hi guys

I flew into Beijing last month and didn't realise I needed a visa, luckily it was sorted out at the airport.

I fly LHR-HKG-BKK next month on CX and wanted to know if Hong Kong needed British passport holders to get visas like China does. Also ,my wife is a Thai national, but I assume under ASEAN agreements she doesn't need a visa?

Any feedback gratefully received


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User currently offlineJGPH1A From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 1, posted (9 years 9 months 2 weeks 3 days 14 hours ago) and read 1063 times:

No they don't. British passport holders can enter HKG for up to 3 months (could be 6, can't remember) without a visa.

User currently offlineUAL747 From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 2, posted (9 years 9 months 2 weeks 3 days 13 hours ago) and read 1039 times:

Well, whether or not you need a visa depends on your country of citizenship. British citizens do not need a visa, niether do Americans. I found this out when I went to HKG back in 1999. But, like you said, in Beijing, you have to have a visa. When I flew to Beijing for my study abroad, (DFW-ICN-PEK KE B744, B773 for those who care), I think that most people who didn't have a visa could get one fairly easily at the airport. The fact is, I think you can fly without a visa, but to be released from the airport or customs, you must obtain a visa. My visa for China was sponsored by Beijing Capital University.

I suggest you get on your goverments website dealing with international travel. Very easy to find this information, in the US at least.

UAL


User currently offlineN949WP From Hong Kong, joined Feb 2000, 1437 posts, RR: 1
Reply 3, posted (9 years 9 months 2 weeks 3 days 3 hours ago) and read 1011 times:

The Hong Kong Immigration Department's website has a summary of visa requirements for entry into HK.

http://www.immd.gov.hk/ehtml/hkvisas_4.htm

'949


User currently offlineJasepl From India, joined Jul 2004, 3582 posts, RR: 39
Reply 4, posted (9 years 9 months 2 weeks 3 days 2 hours ago) and read 1003 times:

Ryan, even us Indians don't need a visa to go to Hong Kong! And we need one for nearly everywhere! So you should be 'safe'!

User currently offlineLH423 From Canada, joined Jul 1999, 6501 posts, RR: 54
Reply 5, posted (9 years 9 months 2 weeks 1 day 12 hours ago) and read 966 times:

Quoting Jasepl (Reply 4):
Ryan, even us Indians don't need a visa to go to Hong Kong! And we need one for nearly everywhere! So you should be 'safe'!

Ahh yes, the dictionaries that some Indians plop down on the check-in counter because they have to continually staple their passports together because the visa remains valid longer than the passport.  Smile

No, most "Western" nations don't need visas to enter Hong Kong.

LH423



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User currently offlineThai747 From United Kingdom, joined Jun 1999, 814 posts, RR: 14
Reply 6, posted (9 years 9 months 2 weeks 1 day 12 hours ago) and read 961 times:

No visa needed for Thai passport holders for up to 30 days so your wife should be alright

Jak


User currently offlineJasepl From India, joined Jul 2004, 3582 posts, RR: 39
Reply 7, posted (9 years 9 months 2 weeks 1 day 11 hours ago) and read 955 times:

Quoting LH423 (Reply 5):
Ahh yes, the dictionaries that some Indians plop down on the check-in counter because they have to continually staple their passports together because the visa remains valid longer than the passport.

Ha ha! True. It can get very annoying! And then some insit on stalping right where the lines of code are at the bottom of the inside cover and then the machine can't read them anymore.


User currently offlineB747-437B From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 8, posted (9 years 9 months 2 weeks 18 hours ago) and read 938 times:

Quoting LH423 (Reply 5):
the dictionaries that some Indians plop down on the check-in counter because they have to continually staple their passports together because the visa remains valid longer than the passport

I'm at 6 booklets (5 passports + 1 immunization record) and counting - all with a valid visa or two buried somewhere inside.

Quoting Jasepl (Reply 7):
some insit on stalping right where the lines of code are at the bottom of the inside cover and then the machine can't read them anymore

The only people who have MRPs are the folks who had the passports issued by the RPOs in India. I wouldn't trust my passport to those goons to save my life. My last 4 Indian passport booklets have been issued by Indian Embassies/Consulates on 4 different continents - all handwritten non MRP.


User currently offlineMrniji From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 9, posted (9 years 9 months 2 weeks 18 hours ago) and read 934 times:

Quoting B747-437B (Reply 8):
My last 4 Indian passport booklets have been issued by Indian Embassies/Consulates on 4 different continents - all handwritten non MRP.

Does this mean that you will be denied entry in the states?


User currently offlineB747-437B From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 10, posted (9 years 9 months 2 weeks 18 hours ago) and read 933 times:

Quoting Mrniji (Reply 9):
Does this mean that you will be denied entry in the states?

The MRP requirement is only for those traveling under the VWP.

All current US visas in circulation are machine readable so they can be issued into non-MRP passports.


User currently offlineJasepl From India, joined Jul 2004, 3582 posts, RR: 39
Reply 11, posted (9 years 9 months 2 weeks 12 hours ago) and read 909 times:

Quoting B747-437B (Reply 8):
The only people who have MRPs are the folks who had the passports issued by the RPOs in India. I wouldn't trust my passport to those goons to save my life.

Chacun a son goût, I guess. I got mine done last year, in Bombay. The application was dropped off on a Tuesday and the new one was back in my hands on Saturday morning.

Those goons aren't there to save anyone's life anyway. They're meant to issue passports and they've been doing that quite well, thanks.


User currently offlineB747-437B From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 12, posted (9 years 9 months 2 weeks 12 hours ago) and read 902 times:

Quoting Jasepl (Reply 11):
They're meant to issue passports and they've been doing that quite well, thanks.

Actually, I'll dispute the "quite well" part. My uncle had a problem with the Mumbai RPO where after paying Tatkaal fees, etc.. to get his passport done at short notice it wound up with a picture of a woman wearing a sari instead. He wound up having to reschedule his trip while they took an affadavit, etc... from him verifying that he was not actually the woman. Quite ridiculous if you ask me and the big reason why I'd rather use a consular post abroad to do my renewals/extra booklets. In some obscure posts, you actually get red carpet treatment as the only poor sod coming around for passport services that month. You can even sit in the office of the Second Secretary (Consular) as the peon brings around Chai-Paani-Biscuit and he personally signs your passport with a green pen. None of that at the RPO!  Wink


User currently offlineJasepl From India, joined Jul 2004, 3582 posts, RR: 39
Reply 13, posted (9 years 9 months 2 weeks 11 hours ago) and read 898 times:

Even the trains in Switzerland arrive late at times.

I'm talking from first-hand experience. Without having to pay any rush fees or do anything out of the ordinary, I've had a prefectly good experience with the Passport Office.

Besides, I don't need the red carpet, chai-pani-nasta treatment to feel better about myself.


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