Taiwan residents will be able to travel to Hong Kong much more easily from September 1 onwards, as they no longer need to submit Taiwan Visit Permit applications through their airlines. They can now gain entry to the Special Administrative Region and stay for up to 30 days at a time by completing pre-arrival registration on www.gov.hk, the Hong Kong government's immigration department has announced today. The service is free.
This comes off the back of an Air Service Agreement that was signed by Hong Kong and Taiwan earlier this year (read story here).
These developments are expected to influence passenger traffic between the two territories significantly, something that is welcomed by airlines which fly this route, such as Cathay Pacific, Eva Air and Dragonair.
“Taiwan is an important market for Dragonair and we now operate three flights to Taipei, six to Kaohsiung and two to Taichung every day. It is expected that there will be even more passenger traffic between Hong Kong and Taiwan following the implementation of the online pre-arrival registration, and we stand ready to meet the increase in demand,” Dragonair chief executive Patrick Yeung commented.
For more information, visit www.immd.gov.hk