Everything You Need to Know About PAR for Hong Kong

About PAR (pre-arrival registration)

PAR stands for Pre-Arrival Registration. PAR requirements for Indians came into force as Hong Kong government tightened its immigration policies for Indians travelling to Hong Kong in January 2017.

Starting from 23 January 2017, Indian nationals can no longer obtain a visa-on-arrival for Hong Kong, and must obtain online visa of Hong Kong, or a PAR, by completing an online application. Upon arrival, Indian nationals must have a valid PAR in order to enter Hong Kong.

No matter which country you are living in at the moment, if you are an Indian passport holder and need to travel to Hong Kong, you must obtain a PAR approved by the Hong Kong Government before you can enter Hong Kong.

However, an approved PAR can be easily and quickly obtained online by answering some basic questions of your personal information and your travel plans.

Eligibility requirement for PAR

To be eligible for making an online application for PAR, an applicant must be an Indian National and hold a valid Indian Passport.

Validity and other details of a PAR

  • An approved PAR is valid for 6 months starting from its date of issue.
  • The PAR holder can make multiple visits Hong Kong for a maximum duration of 14 days per visit during the 6 months validity period of the PAR.
  • Once the PAR expires, it becomes invalid and it can no longer be used to enter Hong Kong. You will have to apply again for a new PAR.

Passport Requirements

In order to have a successfully approved PAR, the Indian passport of the holder must fulfil the following conditions:

  • Applicants must have an Indian passport valid for at least six (6) months.
  • Indian nationals holding a PAR are not allowed to work or take up any sort of employment in Hong Kong.

Indian Nationals exempted from PAR requirements

  • Holders of a valid Indian diplomatic or official passport.
  • Holders of a United Nations Laissez Passer coming to or transiting the HKSAR for official United Nations business.
  • Indian Nationals who have successfully enrolled for the e-Channel service for Frequent Visitors.
  • Holders of a valid HKSAR Travel Pass or valid entry visa issued by Hong Kong Government.

Children travelling to Hong Kong

All children are required to apply for a PAR separately. All Indian nationals must obtain a PAR regardless of their age.

Requirements to meet for entering into Hong Kong

No matter which transportation means you are travelling on to Hong Kong, the transport operators are required to check whether you have all the valid travel documentation or not before you are allowed to board the transportation bound to Hong Kong.

To successfully complete immigration clearance for entry into the HKSAR, you need to present the following items upon arrival:

  • A valid Indian passport, the details of which must match exactly with those used in the PAR application.
  • A printed hard copy of the approved PAR, which you received in PDF form via email, printed on blank A4 paper. The details on the valid PAR must match the details on the passport exactly.
  • Visitors should keep a copy of their valid PAR with them at all times during their stay in Hong Kong.

Making an online application for your PAR

To apply for a PAR for Hong Kong, you need to have a valid Indian passport, a credit card, and a valid email address.

A reminder before you start your application - all of the information or personal particulars of the applicant provided in the online application which includes name, date and place of birth, address, gender, nationality, and passport number etc. must match exactly as they are on the applicant`s passport.

You can start your online application for Hong Kong PAR online here.

After making the PAR Application

Once the applicant has submitted their online application, all PAR notifications and updates will be sent via the email applicant has provided.

After applying and providing all the relevant and required information, the application is processed within 24 hours.

To check the status of your completed application, Please click here.