No more visa-free facility for Indian in Hong Kong, a special administrative region of China. Now Indians have to complete a pre-arrival registration from January.
“The Pre-arrival Registration for Indian Nationals will be implemented on January 23, 2017. The online service for ‘Pre-arrival Registration for Indian Nationals’ is now open,” the Hong Kong immigration department said in an announcement on its official website.
“Indian nationals must apply for and successfully complete pre-arrival registration online before they can visit or transit the HKSAR visa-free (if seeking to enter the HKSAR during transit). Pre-arrival registration is not required for Indian nationals in direct transit by air and not leaving the airport transit area,” it said.
Undoubtedly it’s a set back for millions of Indians, who visit Hong Kong regularly for business, trading and holiday.
Till now, it was allowed for an Indian to enter the special administrative region of China with a valid passport for a period of upto 14 days without a visa. But the facility has been withdrawn despite representations from India ostensibly on the ground that the number of Indian asylum seekers was on the rise, official sources told PTI.