As per an official announcement made by the Immigration Department of Hong Kong on 12 December 2016, Indian nationals intending to travel to Hong Kong will now be required to complete online pre-arrival registration before visiting Hong Kong visa-free from next month.
Indian nationals arriving in Hong Kong on or after 23 January 2017 must apply for and complete online pre-arrival registration before enjoying their 14-day visa-free visit, or entering Hong Kong during transit.
Holders of an Indian diplomatic or official passport or a Hong Kong Travel Pass are exempted from this requirement.
Indian nationals who are enrolled as frequent visitors using the e-Channel service are also exempted, subject to their e-Channel permission being valid.
The pre-arrival registration for Indian nationals platform will be launched on December 19, 2016. The registration is free of cost. The computer system will display the result instantly once the registration is made.
Successful registrants will be required to print a notification slip for immigration clearance upon arrival. This will also be required to be produced the carrier prior to embarkation, without which the carriers will refuse carriage.
The Pre-arrival registration will be valid for six months, and may be used multiple times within this validity.