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Application for HKSAR Passport, Document of Identity for Visa Purposes and Re-entry Permits

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 (Home Return Permit) 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 Home Return Permit. For details, please refer to CTS's website and make telephone enquiry on (852) 2853 3888.

For Hong Kong residents who enter the Mainland with their Home Return Permit and plan to leave the Mainland and travel abroad, they need to use a valid Home Return Permit 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 167 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:
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:
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.

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

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:
HKSAR Re-entry Permit

Frequently Asked Questions

Q1: I am a HKSAR Passport holder. Which countries will require me to apply for a visit visa?
A1:

Now 167 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.

Q2: I 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?
A2:

A Hong Kong permanent resident aged under 11 can submit his application to the Immigration Department of Hong Kong by post or apply in person at any of the Immigration Offices. The application form must be signed by the parent or legal guardian of the child. Please note that a child aged under 11 who does not hold a Hong Kong permanent identity card will be required to apply for one at the time when he applies for the HKSAR Passport. And he will also be required to submit documents in support of his right of abode in HKSAR (for example, Hong Kong birth certificate or Certificate of Entitlement which shows that Hong Kong permanent resident status is established). Moreover, a child aged under 11 is also required to produce the latest school document bearing his photograph authenticated by the school (e.g. student's handbook or school record card, bearing his name, date of birth and photograph) or other proof of identity. If proof of identity is not available, he will be required to produce a completed Form for Countersignature together with a photostat copy of identity document of the person countersigning the form. If the application is submitted by post, the child must collect the passport in person at the Immigration Office with original copies of all supporting documents.

A person aged 11 or above who holds a valid Hong Kong permanent identity card and is eligible to apply for the HKSAR Passport can submit his application to the Immigration Department by post, or apply in person at any of the Immigration Offices. Moreover, he can also apply for the passport through the Internet, except for application due to loss, damage or amendments to personal particulars. For application submitted by post or through the Internet, the applicant must collect the new passport in person. At the time of collection, he must produce his Hong Kong permanent identity card and original copies of the supporting documents (if applicable) submitted in the application for verification. He will also be required to produce his existing HKSAR Passport or Document of Identity for Visa Purposes (if applicable) for cancellation and appending his signature on the application form. For a child aged between 11 and 15 and an unmarried person aged 16 or 17, consenting parent or legal guardian must accompany the child/the applicant to collect the passport in person, for appending his signature on the application form.

For HKSAR passport renewal applications, applicants may submit their applications 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 Wuhan and the Hong Kong Economic and Trade Office in Guangdong and subsequently collect their passports at the same Mainland office.

For details of application, please refer to the following link:
http://www.immd.gov.hk/eng/service/travel_document/apply_for_hksar_passport.html

Q3: What should I do if I have lost or damaged my HKSAR Passport in the Mainland?
A3:

If 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 Wuhan and the Hong Kong Economic and Trade Office in Guangdong.

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

Q4: What should I do if I lost or damaged my Hong Kong identity card in the Mainland?
A4:

If 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.

Q5: The Hong Kong Re-entry Permit of my child is going to expire. What are the renewal procedures?
A5:

An 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.

Q6: My Hong Kong and Macao Residents Entry and Exit Permit (Home Return Permit) is going to expire. Can I apply for its renewal in the Mainland?
A6:

Hong 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.

Q7: I am a Hong Kong resident who have entered the Mainland with my Hong Kong and Macao Residents Entry and Exit Permit (Home Return Permit). Now I plan to leave the Mainland and travel abroad. What kind of travel document do I need?
A7:

You need to use a valid Hong Kong and Macao Residents Entry and Exit Permit (Home Return Permit) to leave the Mainland and a valid travel document to travel abroad.

Q8: I am a Hong Kong resident planning to go to the Mainland. What kind of travel document do I need?
A8:

According 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 (Home Return Permit) 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 Home Return Permit. For details, please refer to CTS's website and make telephone enquiry on (852) 2853 3888.

Q9: I am a Hong Kong resident holding both the Hong Kong and Macao Residents Entry and Exit Permit (Home Return Permit) and the HKSAR Passport. If I take an international direct flight to the Mainland, what kind of documents should I use for my entry?
A9:

You should use the Hong Kong and Macao Residents Entry and Exit Permit (Home Return Permit) to enter and exit the Mainland.

Applying for Birth Registration and Nationality Issues

Birth

Birth in Hong Kong

If your child is born in Hong Kong, please register the birth of your baby within 42 days of birth. All parents applying for birth registration of their newborn babies should make prior appointment booking through the Internet or by telephone. Birth registration is free of charge within 42 days of birth. Parents can apply for birth registration through the appointment services after the newborn baby's birth return has been electronically transmitted from the hospital to the births registry.

The following website outlines the procedures for registering your child's birth and addition / alteration of your child's name as well as how to search for birth records or get a certified copy of them:
Births Registration

Birth in the Mainland

If your child is born in the Mainland, the medical certificate of birth will be issued by the medical institution where the baby was delivered before the baby is discharged.

If your child claims to be a Hong Kong Special Administrative Region permanent resident under paragraph 2(c) of Schedule 1 of the Immigration Ordinance (Cap. 115), you can apply for the Certificate of Entitlement to the Right of Abode in the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region for the child.

The following website provides information on how you can apply for a Certificate of Entitlement in the Mainland:
Applications made in the Mainland for Certificate of Entitlement

Nationality

The Nationality Law of the People's Republic of China (CNL) has been applied in the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region (HKSAR) since 1 July 1997 pursuant to Article 18 of and Annex III to the Basic Law of the HKSAR of the People's Republic of China, and interpreted in accordance with the "Explanations of Some Questions by the Standing Committee of the National People's Congress concerning the implementation of the CNL in the HKSAR".

A "Chinese citizen" is a person of Chinese nationality under the CNL. Hong Kong residents who are of Chinese descent and were born in the Chinese territories 34 (including Hong Kong), or persons who satisfy the criteria laid down in the CNL as having Chinese nationality, are Chinese nationals.

The following website provides links to detailed information on the legal framework of Chinese nationality in Hong Kong, the types of changes you can make in relation to Chinese nationality, where to submit applications or obtain further information, and the fees for various applications.

General information on Chinese nationality

Frequently Asked Questions

Q1: I am a Hong Kong resident who is planning to give birth in the Mainland. How should I apply for a birth certificate for my child?
A1:

Generally, for live births in the Mainland, the medical certificate of birth will be issued by the medical institution where the baby was delivered before the baby is discharged. For details, please contact the relevant medical institutions.

Q2: I am a Hong Kong resident and my spouse is a Mainland resident. We are planning to give birth in the Mainland. After the child is born, how do we apply for documents for the child to settle in Hong Kong?
A2:

According to existing policies, children born in the Mainland who wish to enter Hong Kong for settlement have to apply for a Certificate of Entitlement from the Hong Kong Immigration Department via offices of the Public Security Bureau in the Mainland.

Eligible persons who live in the Mainland could obtain an application form from the office of the Exit-Entry Administration of the Public Security Bureau where their household registration is kept. After filling out the form truthfully, the application should be submitted to the office of the Public Security Bureau. The office of the Exit-Entry Administration of the Public Security Bureau will verify the relevant information and refer the case to the Hong Kong Immigration Department for verification. After reviewing the application, the Immigration Department will issue a Certificate of Entitlement if the person is eligible for the right of abode. The Certificate will be sent to the office of the Exit-Entry Administration of the Public Security Bureau to be passed on to the applicant.

To ensure that children born to Hong Kong permanent residents in the Mainland who are of Chinese nationality and have the right of abode settle in Hong Kong in a lawful and orderly manner, the One-Way Permit issued by the office of the Exit-Entry Administration of the Public Security Bureau and the Certificate of Entitlement issued by the Hong Kong Immigration Department will be issued at the same time. In practice, the Certificate of Entitlement will be affixed to the One-Way Permit. When the permit holder leaves the Mainland, both documents will have to be produced for inspection by inspection officers at the immigration control points of the Mainland before the permit holder is allowed to cross the border.

For enquiries, please contact the Immigration Division of GDETO at (86 20) 3891 1220 Ext. 608 during office hours (8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., 1:30 p.m. to 5:30 p.m. Monday to Friday, except on Mainland public holidays).

Q3: My spouse and I are both Hong Kong permanent residents of Chinese nationality without citizenship or the right of abode of other countries or regions. We are planning to give birth in the Mainland. After the child is born, how do we apply for documents for the child to return to Hong Kong?
A3:

At the time the child is born in the Mainland, if both of his parents are Hong Kong permanent residents and the child has not obtained any travel documents, the parents of the child can make an enquiry in writing via GDETO or directly to the Other Visas and Permits Section of the Hong Kong Immigration Department with regard to the application for documents for the child to come to Hong Kong.

After the enquiry is received, GDETO or the Hong Kong Immigration Department will contact the parents of the child to follow up the case.

For enquiries, please contact the Immigration Division of GDETO at (86 20) 3891 1220 Ext. 608 during office hours (8:30 a.m. to 12:30 noon, 1:30 p.m. to 5:30 p.m Monday to Friday, except on Mainland public holidays).

Applying for Marriage Registration

Getting Married in Hong Kong

The minimum legal age for marriage in Hong Kong is 16 years of age (Gregorian reckoning). There are no residential requirements for marriage and the marrying parties may be of any nationality.

The following website provides information on marriage registration, including giving the notice of intended marriage on the prescribed form in Hong Kong or from places outside Hong Kong, celebrating your marriage in different venues as well as post-registration of marriage taken place before 7 October 1971:
Marriage Registration

Getting Married in the Mainland

If you plan to get married with your partner in the Mainland, you have to go through marriage registration procedures in accordance with Mainland laws and regulations. Marriage registration in the Mainland is the duty of the home affairs offices of the governments of provinces, autonomous regions and municipalities, or the authorities designated by the home affairs offices.

You may refer to the website of the Department of Civil Affairs of Guangdong Province (Chinese only) for a guide to marriage registration for Guangdong and Hong Kong residents, policy papers and information about the institutions responsible for the registration. For information on the required procedures and documents for marriage registration by governments of other provinces, autonomous regions and municipalities, please contact the relevant marriage registration authorities.

Frequently Asked Questions

Q1: I am a Hong Kong resident planning to marry a Mainland resident in Hong Kong. What are the procedures involved?
A1:

Under the Laws of Hong Kong, you will have to go through the following procedures to solemnize a marriage in Hong Kong:

Either one of you has to give a Notice of Intended Marriage (the notice) to the Registrar of Marriages (the Registrar) in the prescribed form either directly or through a civil celebrant of marriages.

The Registrar shall exhibit the relevant part of the notice in his office until the issue of a Certificate of Registrar of Marriages or the expiry of the 3-month period.

The Registrar may, at least 15 days after the giving of a notice, issue a Certificate of Registrar of Marriages to enable you to celebrate your marriage within three months from the date of notice giving if all the statutory requirements are met.

A marriage has to take place at a marriage registry by a Registrar; or in a licensed place of worship by a competent minister or at any other place in Hong Kong by a civil celebrant of marriages.

If the marriage does not take place within three months after the giving of the notice, the notice and all proceedings thereupon shall be void. You have to give another notice before getting married.

For information on the registration of a marriage, please click on the following link:
http://www.immd.gov.hk/eng/marriage/Registration_of_a_Marriage.html

Q2: I am a Hong Kong resident planning to marry a Mainland resident in the Mainland. What are the procedures involved?
A2:

Marriage registration in the Mainland is the duty of the home affairs offices of the governments of provinces, autonomous regions and municipalities, or the authorities designated by the home affairs offices. For information on the required procedures and documents for marriage registration, please contact the relevant marriage registration authorities in the Mainland.

Q3: I am a Hong Kong permanent resident planning to register my marriage with a Mainland resident in the Mainland. The Mainland authorities requested me to produce a Hong Kong Certificate of Absence of Marriage Record. What are the procedures involved for the application?
A3:

To apply for a certificate of absence of marriage record, you have to complete an application form and pay the prescribed fee for a search of marriage record.

If the search result shows that you have no marriage record in Hong Kong, you will be issued a certificate of absence of marriage record on payment of the prescribed fee. Otherwise, you will only be issued a letter of marriage record on which the date(s) of your previous marriage(s) will be indicated.

You can send your application in person, through an authorised representative or by post.

For information on the application for a certificate of absence of marriage record, please click on the following link:
http://www.gov.hk/en/residents/immigration/bdmreg/marriage/applyabsence.htm

Q4: I am a Hong Kong resident and my spouse is a Mainland resident. What procedures does my spouse need to go through to come to Hong Kong to visit relatives or travel?
A4:

Mainland residents who wish to visit their relatives or travel in Hong Kong are required to obtain an Exit-entry Permit for Travelling to and from Hong Kong and Macao with relevant endorsements issued by the relevant office of the Public Security Bureau. For information on the application for the Exit-entry Permit for Travelling to and from Hong Kong and Macao and the relevant endorsements, please contact the relevant offices of the Public Security Bureau.

Q5: I am a Hong Kong permanent resident. After I marry a Mainland resident in the Mainland, how do I apply for my spouse to settle in Hong Kong?
A5:

According to Article 22 of the Basic Law, for entry into the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region, people from other parts of China must apply for approval. Mainland residents who wish to settle in Hong Kong must apply for the Exit-entry Permit for Travelling to and from Hong Kong and Macao (also known as One-way Permits) from the office of the Exit-Entry Administration of the Public Security Bureau where their household registration is kept. The process and issue of One-way Permits are administered by Public Security Bureau in accordance with Mainland laws, policies and regulations. For details, please contact the office of the Public Security Bureau where your spouse's household registration is kept.

Q6: I am a Hong Kong resident and my wife is a foreigner with a foreign passport. My wife would like to come from the Mainland with me and settle in Hong Kong. What are the procedures involved?
A6:

If you are a Hong Kong permanent resident or a Hong Kong resident who is not subject to a limit of stay (i.e. residents with the right to land or on unconditional stay), you can apply for a dependant visa for your foreign spouse to enter Hong Kong for residence. For details on the application of a dependant visa, please refer to the website of the Hong Kong Immigration Department:
https://www.immd.gov.hk/eng/services/visas/residence_as_dependant.html

Q7: I am a Hong Kong permanent resident who married a Mainland resident in the Mainland. We are planning to get divorced. What procedures do we have to go through in the Mainland?
A7:

If a Hong Kong resident and a Mainland resident decide to get divorced voluntarily, the two parties should register for divorce at the marriage registration authority of the place where the Mainland resident ordinarily resides and has a household registration. If one of the parties is petitioning for divorce, the Mainland authorities could conduct mediation or the said party could directly file suit to the People's Court for divorce. For details on the procedures of applying for divorce, please contact the relevant marriage registration authorities in the Mainland.