HongKong Passport

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The Hong Kong passport ranking relative to other global passports is calculated by adding up the number of countries that allow Hong Kong passport holders to enter without a visa (i.e. visa-free countries) and those that allow Hong Kong passport holders to enter by obtaining a visa on arrival (i.e. visa-on-arrival countries) or an electronic travel authorization (eTA).

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The Hong Kong passport ranking relative to other global passports is calculated by adding up the number of countries that allow Hong Kong passport holders to enter without a visa (i.e. visa-free countries) and those that allow Hong Kong passport holders to enter by obtaining a visa on arrival (i.e. visa-on-arrival countries) or an electronic travel authorization (eTA). There are currently a total of 139 Hong Kong passport visa-free countries, 31 Hong Kong visa-on-arrival countries, and 5 eTA destinations.

Altogether, Hong Kong passport holders can enter a total of 175 destinations—either without a visa, through a visa on arrival, or via an eTA. As a result, the Hong Kong passport ranks 17 in the world.

HongKong Passport

The Hong Kong Special Administrative Region Passport (Chinese: 香港特別行政區護照) is a passport issued only to the permanent residents of Hong Kong who also hold Chinese citizenship. In accordance with the Basic Law of the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region, since the transfer of sovereignty on 1 July 1997, the passport has been issued by the Immigration Department of the Government of Hong Kong under the authorization of the Central People’s Government of the People’s Republic of China. As the official languages of Hong Kong are Chinese and English, the passport is printed bilingually in both Chinese (traditional characters) and English.

Name
In English, the passport is sometimes referred to by its long-form name which appears on the cover (i.e. the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region People’s Republic of China passport – a literal translation of the Chinese title 中華人民共和國香港特別行政區護照). Alternatively, the passport is commonly referred to as the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region passport (Chinese: 香港特別行政區護照) (the Hong Kong legislative ordinance concerning the passport is titled the “Hong Kong Special Administrative Region Passports Ordinance (Chapter 539)”, the Hong Kong SAR passport, the HKSAR passport or the Hong Kong passport.

The authorities of the Republic of China (commonly known as “Taiwan”) refer to the Hong Kong SAR passport as the “Hong Kong passport” because the ROC government tries to avoid references to the political status of Hong Kong as a SAR of the People’s Republic of China. While the Brazilian Consulate-General in Hong Kong uses the term “Hong Kong passport” in reference to both the Hong Kong SAR and British National (Overseas) passports.

Eligibility and application

The eligibility criteria for application for a Hong Kong SAR passport are as following:

Chinese citizenship;

Permanent residency in the Hong Kong SAR, and;
A valid Hong Kong permanent identity card.
In comparison with the British National (Overseas) passport, the Hong Kong SAR passport’s application fees are lower. When applying in Hong Kong, a British National (Overseas) passport costs £83 (32 pages), and £53 (child) from April 2014. In comparison with other Chinese passports, when applying from Hong Kong, the People’s Republic of China passport
Hong Kong permanent residents without Chinese citizenship cannot be issued HKSAR passports and must obtain passports from their country of origin, or they may obtain a Hong Kong Document of Identity for Visa Purposes if they are stateless.

Chinese citizens residing Hong Kong who are not yet Hong Kong permanent residents are not eligible for this passport but may also obtain Hong Kong Document of Identity in lieu of HKSAR passports.

Physical appearance
Since the issuing of the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region passport commenced on 1 July 1997 following the transfer of sovereignty of Hong Kong, the passport has undergone three different changes, each with security enhancements. In February 2007, the first ePassport was introduced. The design conforms with the document design recommendations of the International Civil Aviation Organization. The new ePassport featured in the 2008 Stockholm Challenge Event and was a finalist for the Stockholm Challenge Award in the Public Administration category. The Hong Kong SAR ePassport design was praised on account of the “multiple state-of-the-art technologies [which] are seamlessly integrated in the sophisticated Electronic Passport System (e-Passport System)”. The cover of the new biometric passport remains essentially the same as that of previous versions, with the addition of the bio-metric passport logo at the bottom.

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Current version (bio-metric passport)
In 2006, the Immigration Department announced that Unihub Limited (a PCCW subsidiary company heading a consortium of suppliers, including Keycorp) had won the tender to provide the technology to produce bio-metric passports. In February 2007, the first ePassport was introduced. The cover of the new bio-metric passport remains essentially the same as that of previous versions. The bio-metric passport symbol EPassport logo.svg appears at the bottom under the word “PASSPORT”. However, the design of the inner pages has changed substantially.

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