Travel without a visa with a Hong Kong passport

A Hong Kong passport is one of the most powerful passports in the world as it ranks 18th in the global passport ranking and offers access to 109 visa-free countries. 

Visa-free countries for Hong Kong passport holders include the UK, Canada, and most of Western Europe.

Hong Kong citizens can also get a visa on arrival in 32 countries. With an online visa, Hong Kong passport holders can visit 28 countries.

That means with a Hong Kong passport, you can pretty much travel anywhere you want without tiresome paperwork and embassy queues.

Hong Kong citizens explore new places and meet new people with visa-free travel

Visa-free access opens up a whole world of possibilities in terms of destinations and experiences. For many people, the hassle and expense of applying for a regular visa can be a real deterrent to travel.

Visa-free travel makes it much easier and more affordable to explore new places and meet new people. So if Hong Kong passport holders are looking for a flexible and easy way to travel, visa-free entry can be a real game-changer.

Who can get a Hong Kong passport and how

A person is eligible to get a Hong Kong passport if they are a Chinese citizen, a permanent resident of the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region, or a holder of a valid Hong Kong permanent identity card.

In order to apply, an eligible person must complete the relevant Chinese naturalization form, pay the fee, revoke their current citizenship, and provide proof of this to the Immigration Department.

Once the Certificate of Naturalisation is ready, an applicant should fill out the form for a Hong Kong passport and pay the fee.

The benefits of visa-free access for Hong Kong travelers

There are many benefits of visa-free travel, including the ability to travel without worrying about paperwork or fees as the visa application process can be time-consuming and costly, so by bypassing that step, you can save yourself both time and money.

Another advantage is the ability to visit countries that you may not have been able to visit otherwise. Visa-free travel also means that you can travel spontaneously without having to plan your trip too far in advance.

109 countries that don't require a visa of Hong Kong passport holders

Hong Kong passport visa-free countries:

  • Albania
  • Andorra
  • Antigua and Barbuda
  • Argentina
  • Armenia
  • Austria
  • Bahamas
  • Barbados
  • Belarus
  • Belgium
  • Belize
  • Benin
  • Bosnia and Herzegovina
  • Botswana
  • Brazil
  • Brunei
  • Bulgaria
  • Canada (eTA required if arriving by air)
  • Cape Verde
  • Chile
  • Colombia
  • Croatia
  • Cyprus
  • Czech Republic
  • Denmark
  • Dominica
  • Dominican Republic
  • Ecuador
  • Egypt
  • Estonia
  • Fiji
  • Finland
  • France and territories
  • Germany
  • Greece
  • Grenada
  • Guyana
  • Haiti
  • Hungary
  • Iceland
  • Indonesia
  • Iran
  • Ireland
  • Israel
  • Italy
  • Jamaica
  • Japan
  • Kazakhstan
  • Kiribati
  • Latvia
  • Lesotho
  • Liechtenstein
  • Lithuania
  • Luxembourg
  • Malawi
  • Malaysia
  • Malta
  • Mauritius
  • Mexico
  • Micronesia
  • Moldova
  • Monaco
  • Mongolia
  • Montenegro
  • Morocco
  • Myanmar
  • Namibia
  • Netherlands
  • Nicaragua
  • Niger
  • North Macedonia
  • Norway
  • Panama
  • Peru
  • Philippines
  • Poland
  • Portugal
  • Qatar
  • Romania
  • Russia
  • Saint Kitts and Nevis
  • Saint Lucia
  • Saint Vincent and the Grenadines
  • San Marino
  • Serbia
  • Singapore
  • Slovakia
  • Slovenia
  • South Africa
  • Spain
  • Suriname
  • Sweden
  • Switzerland
  • Tanzania
  • Thailand
  • Trinidad and Tobago
  • Tunisia
  • Turkey
  • Uganda
  • Ukraine
  • United Kingdom
  • Uruguay
  • Uzbekistan
  • Vanuatu
  • Vatican City
  • Venezuela
  • Yemen
  • Zambia
  • Zimbabwe

Also, Hong Kong citizens can get a visa on arrival in 32 countries and apply for an eVisa to 28 countries.

Visa on arrival countries

  • Azerbaijan
  • Bahrain
  • Bangladesh
  • Bolivia
  • Burkina Faso
  • Cambodia
  • Comoros
  • Ethiopia
  • Guinea-Bissau
  • Jordan
  • Kenya
  • Kuwait
  • Laos
  • Lebanon
  • Madagascar
  • Maldives
  • Mauritania
  • Mozambique
  • Nepal
  • Palau
  • Papua New Guinea
  • Rwanda
  • Samoa
  • São Tomé and Príncipe
  • Saudi Arabia
  • Seychelles
  • Somalia
  • Timor-Leste

Electronic visa countries

  • Electronic visa countries
  • Australia
  • Azerbaijan
  • Bahrain
  • Cambodia
  • Côte d'Ivoire
  • Djibouti
  • Ethiopia
  • Gabon
  • Georgia
  • Guinea
  • Guinea-Bissau
  • India
  • Kenya
  • Kuwait
  • Kyrgyzstan
  • Laos
  • Madagascar
  • New Zealand
  • Oman
  • Pakistan
  • Papua New Guinea
  • Rwanda
  • São Tomé and Príncipe
  • Saudi Arabia
  • South Sudan
  • Sri Lanka
  • Tajikistan
  • Vietnam


How do you know if your destination is a visa-free country?

In order to know if your destination is visa-free, check the list of Hong Kong passport visa-free countries.

Your destination is not a visa-free country, what should you do next?

If your destination is not visa-free, you may still enter the country with another travel document - an online visa, visa on arrival, or a regular visa.

How to prepare for visiting non-visa-free countries

If you are going to visit a non-visa-free country, you should research the requirements for obtaining an entry permit.

You don't always require a visa that can be obtained only by attending an embassy, you may be eligible for an eVisa or visa on arrival.

And don't forget about other necessary documents, for example, a valid passport.

Should you research the different visa requirements of each country in advance?

Whenever you travel to a new country, it is important to research the visa requirements in advance.

Depending on your citizenship and the purpose of your visit, you may need to obtain a required visa before you can enter the country. Failure to do so can result in being denied entry at the border, even if you have a valid passport.

The visa requirements for each country can vary widely, so it is important to consult an up-to-date source of information before you begin your journey. Even with free-visa travel, you should consider the allowed duration of stay.

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