Living in the Mainland

Application for HKSAR Passport, Document of Identity for Visa Purposes & Re-entry Permit

According to the laws and regulations of the Mainland, a Hong Kong resident of Chinese nationality, as long as he has not declared to the nationality authority his identity as a foreigner, can apply for the Hong Kong and Macao Residents Entry and Exit Permit (Mainland Travel Permit for Hong Kong and Macao Residents) to the Guangdong Provincial Public Security Department through the China Travel Service (Hong Kong) Limited (CTS), irrespective of whether he is holding a foreign passport or travel documents, and enter and exit the Mainland with his Mainland Travel Permit for Hong Kong and Macao Residents. For details, please refer to CTS's website and make telephone enquiry on (852) 2998 7888.

For Hong Kong residents who enter the Mainland with their Mainland Travel Permit for Hong Kong and Macao Residents and plan to leave the Mainland and travel abroad, they need to use a valid Mainland Travel Permit for Hong Kong and Macao Residents to leave the Mainland and a valid travel document to travel abroad.

Regarding the eligibility and procedures to apply for HKSAR passport, Document of Identity for Visa Purposes and Re-entry Permit, please refer to the followings:

HKSAR Passport

The Hong Kong Special Administrative Region passport is valid for travel to all countries in the world. Now more than 160 countries and territories have granted visa-free access or visa-on-arrival to HKSAR passport holders. However, please note that the final consent to enter these countries is still up to the local immigration authorities.

Please visit the following link for countries granting visa-free access to HKSAR passport holders:
For detailed information, please refer to the following website:

GovHK - Visa-free access for HKSAR Passports

If your destination is not among the countries or territories above, you should contact the relevant consulates to ascertain the visa requirements for your visit.

For detailed information on HKSAR passport application, please refer to the following website:

GovHK - HKSAR Passports

HKSAR Document of Identity for Visa Purposes

Hong Kong residents who are not eligible for an HKSAR passport may apply for the HKSAR Document of Identity for Visa Purposes (Doc/I), which can serve as your travel document. The HKSAR Doc/I is valid for 7 years.

For detailed information on Doc/I application, please refer to the following website:

GovHK - HKSAR Document of Identity for Visa Purposes

HKSAR Re-entry Permit

The HKSAR Re-entry Permits are issued to Hong Kong residents for travel to the Mainland and Macao Special Administrative Region (Macao SAR). If the applicant is a Hong Kong permanent resident or has been granted unconditional stay in Hong Kong, he/she may be eligible for the HKSAR Re-entry Permit.

There are two types of HKSAR Re-entry Permits:

the single HKSAR Re-entry Permit, which is good for a single journey and valid for 6 months; and

the multiple HKSAR Re-entry Permit, which is good for multiple journeys and valid for 5 years.

For detailed information on HKSAR Re-entry Permit application, please refer to the following website:

GovHK - HKSAR Re-entry Permit

Frequently Asked Questions

Q1I am a HKSAR Passport holder. Which countries will require me to apply for a visit visa?

A1Now more than 160 countries and territories have granted visa-free access or visa-on-arrival to HKSAR Passport holders. The final consent to enter these countries is, nonetheless, up to the local immigration authorities.

Please visit the link below for information on the list of countries granting visa-free access to HKSAR Passport holders:

http://www.gov.hk/en/residents/immigration/traveldoc/hksarpassport/visafreeaccess.htm

If your destination is not among the countries or territories above, you should contact the relevant consulates to ascertain the visa requirements for your visit.

Q2I am a Hong Kong permanent resident of Chinese nationality who now live in the Mainland. How should I apply for or renew my HKSAR Passport?

A2Eligible applicants in the Mainland with a valid HKSAR permanent identity card may submit their replacement applications for HKSAR passport through the Immigration Divisions of the Office of the Government of the HKSAR in Beijing, the Hong Kong Economic and Trade Office in Shanghai, the Hong Kong Economic and Trade Office in Chengdu, the Hong Kong Economic and Trade Office in Guangdong and the Hong Kong Economic and Trade Office in Wuhan and subsequently collect their passports at the same Mainland office.

For details of HKSAR passport replacement service in the Mainland, please refer to the following link:

https://www.immd.gov.hk/eng/service/travel_document/mainlandservice.html

Replacement applications for HKSAR passport may also be submitted directly to the Immigration Department of the HKSAR. First applications for HKSAR passport have to be submitted to the Immigration Department of the HKSAR.

For details of application for HKSAR passport made directly to the Immigration Department of the HKSAR, please refer to the following link:

http://www.gov.hk/en/residents/immigration/traveldoc/hksarpassport/index.htm

Q3What should I do if I lost or damaged my HKSAR Passport in the Mainland?

A3If you have lost or damaged your HKSAR Passport in the Mainland, you should report the loss to the Immigration Department after your return to Hong Kong. You will be required to complete an application form and submit your replacement application in person at any of the Immigration Offices that handle travel document applications.

You can make an appointment through the telephone booking system on (852) 2598 0888 or the Internet:
http://www.gov.hk/en/residents/immigration/traveldoc/referbooking.htm

On the other hand, eligible applicants with a valid HKSAR permanent identity card may submit their replacement applications for HKSAR passport in person at Immigration Divisions of the Office of the Government of the HKSAR in Beijing, the Hong Kong Economic and Trade Office in Shanghai, the Hong Kong Economic and Trade Office in Chengdu, the Hong Kong Economic and Trade Office in Guangdong and the Hong Kong Economic and Trade Office in Wuhan.

For detailed information on provision of HKSAR passport replacement service in the Mainland, please refer to the following website:

http://www.immd.gov.hk/eng/service/travel_document/mainlandservice.html

Q4What should I do if I lost or damaged my Hong Kong identity card in the Mainland?

A4If you lose or damage your Hong Kong identity card in the Mainland, you should report the loss or damage to any Registration of Persons Office and apply for a replacement within 14 days of your return to Hong Kong.

For details of application, please refer to the following link:

https://www.immd.gov.hk/eng/services/hkid/reg_replace.html

Q5The Hong Kong Re-entry Permit of my child is going to expire. What are the renewal procedures?

A5An applicant should submit his application in person to any of the Immigration Branch Offices in Hong Kong, except for Travel Documents and Nationality (Application) Section. A child aged under 16 must be accompanied by his parent or legal guardian when submitting his application. If the applicant is an unmarried person aged 16 or 17, he can apply on his own after obtaining the consent of his parent or legal guardian who has signed for his application.

To save your time, you can make an appointment through the Internet or by calling (852) 2598 0888.

Q6My Hong Kong and Macao Residents Entry and Exit Permit (Mainland Travel Permit for Hong Kong and Macao Residents) is going to expire. Can I apply for its renewal in the Mainland?

A6Hong Kong residents in the Mainland whose Home Return Permits are going to expire within 6 months or has expired may apply for renewal of the permits at the exit and entry administration of the Ministry of Public Security. Please refer to the website of the National Immigration Administration for details:https://www.nia.gov.cn/n741440/n741542/c1347510/content.html. Besides, they may visit any of the travel document service centres of the China Travel Service (Hong Kong) Limited (CTS) in Hong Kong to apply for renewal. For details, please refer to CTS's website or make telephone enquiry on (852) 2998 7888.

Q7I am a Hong Kong resident who have entered the Mainland with my Hong Kong and Macao Residents Entry and Exit Permit (Mainland Travel Permit for Hong Kong and Macao Residents). Now I plan to leave the Mainland and travel abroad. What kind of travel document do I need?

A7You need to use a valid Hong Kong and Macao Residents Entry and Exit Permit (Mainland Travel Permit for Hong Kong and Macao Residents) to leave the Mainland and a valid travel document to travel abroad.

Q8I am a Hong Kong resident planning to go to the Mainland. What kind of travel document do I need?

A8According to the laws and regulations of the Mainland, for a Hong Kong resident of Chinese nationality, as long as he has not declared to the nationality authority his identity as a foreigner, he can still apply for the Hong Kong and Macao Residents Entry and Exit Permit (Mainland Travel Permit for Hong Kong and Macao Residents) to the Guangdong Provincial Public Security Department through the China Travel Service (Hong Kong) Limited (CTS), irrespective of whether he is holding a foreign passport or travel documents, and enter and exit the Mainland with his Mainland Travel Permit for Hong Kong and Macao Residents. For details, please refer to CTS's website and make telephone enquiry on (852) 2998 7888.

Q9I am a Hong Kong resident holding both the Hong Kong and Macao Residents Entry and Exit Permit (Mainland Travel Permit for Hong Kong and Macao Residents) and the HKSAR Passport. If I take an international direct flight to the Mainland, what kind of documents should I use for my entry?

A9You should use the Hong Kong and Macao Residents Entry and Exit Permit (Mainland Travel Permit for Hong Kong and Macao Residents) to enter and exit the Mainland.

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