Hong Kong has kept its unique status gained under British rule and as such is different than China. For citizens of the US, Canada, Europe, New-Zealand and Australia no visa is required for Hong Kong for a period less than 3 months but be aware that you can go to China from Hong Kong and will need one there. For UK citizens, the period is 6 months, while for citizens of South Africa the maximum period of stay without a visa is 1 month.
If you are from France you will need a visa if you wish to study, undertake any kind of training (such as an internship), or if you work or carry out any kind of commercial activity. If you are unsure of which category you fall into then you should call the Chinese Embassy or Consulate or alternatively you could contact the Hong Kong immigration department directly at:
Hong Kong Immigration Department
You can get a visa in HK itself and for an extra fee you can even get your visa in 2 days if necessary but it’s better to do it before you leave your home country. Staff in the embassies and consulates are efficient and speak English.
As usual, be aware that in all cases your passport must be valid for at least 6 more months after your return date from Hong Kong.
Note that there is the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region (HKSAR) Travel Pass which is available to frequent business travellers with a valid passport. Ask the HK immigration department for more details.
For a complete list of the different types of visa, click here whether you wish to study, work or train in Hong Kong.
Here are the different types of visas:
The forms and a guide to the regulations (which includes a checklist of what you must submit) can be downloaded from http://www.immd.gov.hk/ehtml/fvisit.htm
Hong Kong is quite particular for citizenship as it delivers a right of abode rather than a citizenship. Hong Kong has always had this peculiarity and the handover to China has not change this rule. The Immigration Department should be able to tell you if you are entitled to the right of abode for Hong Kong.
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