Hong Kong has stopped granting 14-day Visa-On-Arrival (VoA) to Indians. Hong Kong’s decision, say travel agents, was prompted by `abuse’ of its VoA facility by some Indians.
As per the Hong Kong information services department website, “From January 23, Indian nationals must apply for and complete online pre-arrival registration before enjoying their 14-day visa-free visit, or entering Hong Kong during transit. The pre-arrival registration for Indian nationals’ platform will launch on December 19. Registration is free. The computer system will display the result instantly once the registration is made.”
Holders of an Indian diplomatic or official passport or a Hong Kong Travel Pass are exempted from the requirement. Indian nationals enrolled as frequent visitors using the e-Channel service are also exempted, the website says.