Before the 23rd of January, 2017, all Indian passport holders could obtain a Hong Kong visa on arrival; however, that document was replaced with the pre-arrival registration. It is a requirement that only Indian citizens must meet, even if they are from a visa-exempt country. However, the process of obtaining such a document is entirely online, and you can get it in as little as 15 minutes.
How to apply for a pre-arrival registration
The process is quite simple, and iVisa makes sure that you do not go through too much hassle. First of all, you need to provide some information so that they can send you the notification slip. You must provide the following things:
Passport – all Indian applicants must have a valid passport that remains valid for at least another 6 months from the date of arrival in Hong Kong
Valid e-mail address – when you apply online, iVisa will send you the notification slip via e-mail, which is why you need an e-mail address to which you have access.
Means of payment – the payment must be made during the application process, and iVisa accepts multiple methods of payment such as credit/debit cards, Paypal, Alipay, and WeChat.
Once you have all of that, you can move on and fill in the application form. Rest assured that iVisa created a simple and comprehensive form so that you do not spend too much time on it. You should be done with it in just 20 minutes, and if you need any help, iVisa provides support service 24/7.
The application form is broken down into three easy steps. The first one will ask you to fill in some personal information. You must also select a processing time at this point, and iVisa gives you three options. Keep in mind that your choice determines the cost of the registration. While the notification slip itself is free, you need to pay iVisa for the rendered services. Here is what you can choose from:
Standard processing – you will receive your notification slip in one business day, and you will be charged $25.
Rush processing – this time, it will take two hours for your application to be processed, and you need to pay $55.
Super Rush processing – this is the fastest option you have, and you can use it while checking in to your flight. It takes only 15 minutes to receive the registration notification slip, but you need to pay $75 for the urgency.
Step number two will require you to do a quick revision of your application and make the payment. It is imperative that you check your application for typos. Otherwise, you need to repeat the process.
The last step consists of a few personal questions. You will have an easy time going through them, and you should be done in no time. After that, just submit your application and wait for iVisa to send you the notification slip via e-mail.
The bottom line is that a Hong Kong visa on arrival for Indian citizens is no longer available, but the online pre-arrival registration is so much easier to obtain. You do not have to stand in any lines. Keep in mind that you can stay in Hong Kong only for 14 days, but the pre-arrival registration is valid for 6 months. You can use it multiple times during that period as long as you do not stay in Hong Kong for more than 14 days at a time.