Hong Kong Pre-Arrival Registration help & FAQ

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Hong Kong Pre-Arrival Registration help and FAQ by Aid-Air immigration experts
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What is a Hong Kong Pre-Arrival Registration (PAR)?

This is a program that the Hong Kong government implemented to continue its 14 days Per Entry visa-free requirement for Indian nationals. This program went into effect on Jan 2017.

What are the requirements for an Indian national to apply for a PAR?

  • Holds an Indian passport valid for at least six months.
  • Intends to visit or transit (except for direct transit by air and not leaving the airport transit area) Hong Kong for a stay not exceeding 14 days Per Entry.
  • PAR does not apply to Indian nationals who have the right of abode or the right to land in Hong Kong, are on an unconditional stay in Hong Kong or have valid permission to remain in Hong Kong for employment, study or residence.

If the cost is zero, why do I need to pay for the Pre-Arrival Registration?

With Aid-Air, you can get your pre-arrival registration document quickly and easily without dealing with any office nor Embassy. Apply now and avoid wasting hours to complete the whole process at the airport. By using our services you will be able to get your document quicker and you will have more time to enjoy your trip!

Our services fees are the following:

  • Standard – USD 40.00
  • Rush -USD 55.00
  • Super Rush – USD 90.00

* The price can change, the correct fee present at applying

How long does it take to obtain the Hong Kong PAR?

We offer the option of standard processing time, this means that it will take 2 days to obtain your Hong Kong PAR.

How long is the Hong Kong Pre-Arrival Registration for?

The Pre-Arrival Registration allows you to stay 14 days Per Entry with a Multiple Entry type. You can use this document for 180 days after issued or until your Indian passport expires.

How long is the Hong Kong Pre-Arrival Registration for?

The Pre-Arrival Registration allows you to stay 14 days Per Entry with a Multiple Entry type. You can use this document for 180 days after issued or until your Indian passport expires.

How long should the validity of my passport be?

Applicants who want to visit Hong Kong must have an Indian passport with at least 6 months’ validity from the planned date of entry.

Which countries are eligible for the Pre-Arrival Registration?

Indian nationals are the only eligible people who can apply for a pre-arrival registration.

It is important to mention that due to the current situations in the world, Hong Kong is now requiring a Health Declaration which is aimed at all nationalities planning to enter Hong Kong. This means that you will not only need a pre-arrival registration but also, the health declaration.

What should I pay attention to during my stay in Hong Kong and upon departure?

You should carry with you the landing slip and your Indian passport during your stay in Hong Kong. In general, you will only need to present your Indian passport for immigration clearance upon departure.

NOTE: To prevent the spread of the coronavirus, Hong Kong is now requesting additional health documents, which you should obtain before traveling:

  • QR Code of the Health Declaration Form (provided by us.)

Do I need to furnish an “Arrival / Departure Card” for immigration clearance upon arrival/departure?

Yes. You are still required to furnish an “Arrival / Departure Card” for immigration clearance upon arrival/departure.

What should I do if my notification slip is lost, defaced, or damaged?

You may reprint the notification slip in your email account. Alternatively, you may retrieve and reprint the notification slip by using your Aid-Air account.

What are the specifications for printing the PAR notification slip?

The notification slip must be printed on a sheet of blank letter-sized white paper. Double-sided or reduced printing will not be accepted.

What should I do if the data on the notification slip does not match that on my Indian passport?

Data inconsistency between the notification slip and your Indian passport will render the registration invalid and lead to refusal of your boarding a conveyance bound for Hong Kong and entry to Hong Kong. You should re-apply for PAR by inputting information which is the same as it appears in your Indian passport.

I intend to visit Hong Kong together with my wife and children. Do we need to apply for a PAR individually?

Yes. You and your family members are required to apply for a PAR individually.

When I apply for a Pre-Arrival Registration with Aid-Air, am I getting an actual visa?

Our service does NOT provide an actual visa for this nationality. We will provide you a pre-arrival registration document. Upon arrival, you will need to present this letter and your Passport at the immigration area so you will be allowed to enter Hong Kong.

NOTE: Other documents will be required upon entry to Hong Kong, including the Health Declaration, which can be obtained online from.

Where are the Pre-Arrival Registration counters at the Airport?

The counters assigned for pre-arrival registration, are designated to the immigration officers. Once you arrive at the airport, you must go to one of these modules and present your document. We are informed that officials can review your registration in your system, however, we recommend you to always have a physical or electronic copy of the document.

Before arriving at this section, you must approach the border control point staff upon entering Hong Kong and show the QR code of your Health Declaration, along with other additional documents that will depend on your nationality.

Can I apply for a new PAR if my last registration is still valid?

No. You will only be allowed to make a new registration when your current registration has expired.

Where and when can a visitor apply for an extension of stay?

Generally speaking, visitors must depart from Hong Kong before the expiry of their stay. If there is a special/urgent need to stay longer, visitors may make an extension of stay application up to 7 days before their stay expires. Applications will be considered on its own merits.

Once my PAR is processed, what document will I receive?

You will receive what is called a Notification Slip. You must present this upon entry, along with your Hong Kong Health Declaration.

Vaccination requirements to travel to Hong Kong

Yellow Fever vaccine is required if traveling from a country with risk of yellow fever transmission.

Check WHO – Countries with risk of yellow fever transmission and countries requiring yellow fever vaccination.

Learn more about Hong Kong Tourism

As you may already know, Hong Kong is part of China but it is an autonomous region within its rights. But besides that, Hong Kong is a magnificent travel destination that many people choose. Most people indeed think that Hong Kong is mostly visited by business people, but apart from that, the beautiful region has a lot more to offer than skyscrapers.

You must have heard about the ‘New York of Asia’, but you would be surprised to know that Hong Kong is much more than that. It is a place that can help you create a bunch of wonderful memories. The people in Hong Kong are very friendly, and you will rarely see someone looking strange at you.

They embrace tourists, and they are very polite. People who say that Canadians are the most polite people who have never traveled to Hong Kong. They are so focused on not offending anyone that it is ridiculous. At the same time, of course, you must be careful not to offend anyone as well. One good example is how you leave your chopsticks in your bowl of rice.

You cannot leave them upright since it is associated with funerals. It is not offensive in the real sense of the word, but it is upsetting. One thing that you would be surprised to know is that Hong Kong is not just an urban area. More than half of its surface area in the countryside. Yes, you have the famous skyline, and the media almost always portrays the urban area only, but you have a lot of nature around the metropolis. You have beaches, forests, and whatever else you can think of. You can explore for days and still cannot cover everything.

Plus, there are a lot of islands, and getting on one is fairly easy. As for getting around town, Hong Kong has about 5 ways to do that. Most importantly, Hong Kong’s public transportation system is one of the most efficient in the entire world. Not to mention that it is crazy cheap to catch a ride almost anywhere. You do not have to worry about getting ripped by some taxi drivers.

As mentioned before, the people there are very friendly and fair. You will not be scammed into anything. Another thing that I think you will like while on vacation is that you can walk on the street or go to the beach with an alcoholic beverage open. In Hong Kong, you are allowed to drink in public places. The legal age for drinking is 18, but most countries do not let people walk around with an open bottle of alcohol. Not in Hong Kong.

There, you can enjoy this, even if you do not plan on drinking on the sidewalk. At least you can enjoy a cold beer at the beach, something that is not possible in most civilized countries around the world. The food is yet another thing that is more of an experience than anything else. The Chinese food you ate in western countries is a poorly made joke in comparison with the food you will find in Hong Kong. It is so colorful, smells so good, and the spices are to die for. Plus, the people of Hong Kong like to share, so when you go to a restaurant, you do not have to order a portion for each person. Instead, you can order one plate of everything you want to eat and let the food go around the table. The advantage of doing so is that you can get to taste multiple dishes at the same sitting. Neat, right? As for communication, you should have no issues in getting around. If you had no idea, Hong Kong was a British colony until 1997 when it was ‘handed’ to China. As a result, a lot of people there are fluent in English. Even those who are not fluent can still understand and talk to you. Maybe not well, but enough so that you can understand each other. On the same note, the people of Hong Kong do not speak Chinese or Mandarin.

That is a common misconception. They speak Cantonese. That is a whole lot different than the first two. Learning a phrase or two, like greeting formulas, may work in your favor. That is because people there will get very excited if you speak their language. Even if it is something as small as a ‘good morning.’ Something that you will find surprising is that shops are open until very late.

I am not referring to hypermarkets or big stores. I am talking about small corner shops. If in the western civilization these stores are open until 6 or 7 PM, in Hong Kong, they are open until 10 PM or even more. If you want to buy some things from a convenience store at 11 PM, chances are that you are going to find one open. Ask the locals. They will know better. The airport in Hong Kong is one of the largest in the world. You can catch a flight to almost anywhere from there, which is a big plus if you plan on visiting more than one country in a single trip. One rule that you need to remember here is regarding escalators.

Always remember to walk on the left and stand on the right. Aside from the things mentioned above, remember to take in the streets of Hong Kong. You will probably see people taking photos everywhere, locals, or otherwise. That is because Hong Kong’s streets are very charming. The small shops with all kinds of decorations, the markets, or even the colorful decorations on some of the buildings add to that charm. Make sure to take a lot of pictures because you will want to remember the scenery. Other than that, remember to live the Hong Kong experience with everything it entails, and remember that the locals take great pride in their history. Make sure to learn some of that as well.