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Free online HK visa services for Taiwan citizens

11 Aug 2011

Hong Kong will enable Taiwan citizens to apply for visas free of charge and enter the city for up to a month without a visa, reciprocating a similar move by Taiwan authorities last year (see story here).

The iPermit Scheme is an online visa application system, which currently costs HK$50 (US$6). Eventually, the Immigration Department of Hong Kong will process the online applications free of charge. Details of developments and implementation date have yet to be announced. 

Furthermore, from September 1 onwards, Taiwanese citizens who hold a Mainland China Travel Permit will be allowed to stay in Hong Kong for up to 30 days without a visa, up from the current seven days visa-free entry allowed.

Both Hong Kong and Taiwan have been fostering positive ties by recently signing a new civil aviation agreement that would increase the number of flights per week between the two destinations (see story here). This move was due to a high demand for travel on these routes: according to the Hong Kong Tourism board, arrivals from Taiwan in June this year rose by 7.7 percent from last year.

For more information, visit www.immd.gov.hk

Alisha Haridasani

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