Notice: Non-stamping Immigration Clearance Arrangement for Visitors to Hong Kong
2013/04/09
 

Non-stamping Immigration Clearance Arrangement for Visitors to Hong Kong

(with effect from 19 March 2013)

ARRIVAL

With effect from 19 March 2013, all arriving visitors at immigration control points will be issued with landing slips in lieu of stamping on their travel documents. The landing slip is the same as that currently issued to Macao Smart Permanent Identity Card holders and Taiwan residents travelling under the Pre-arrival Registration arrangement. It bears the visitor's English name, travel document number, arrival date, conditions and limit of stay in Hong Kong.

DEPARTURE

Upon departure, no slip will be issued and the travel documents will not be stamped.

Points to note

1.      Visitors are required to keep the landing slip while remaining in Hong Kong.

2.      If a visitor loses the landing slip, he/she may approach in person the Extension Section (Immigration Department, 5/F, Immigration Tower, 7 Gloucester Road, Wanchai) and be issued a replacement free of charge.

3.      Visitors are required to leave Hong Kong on or before the limit of stay expires. They shall not take any employment (whether paid or unpaid), establish or join in any business and/or become a student at a school, university or other educational institution. Persons who breach a condition of stay are liable to criminal prosecution. (The requirements are printed on the back of the landing slip as shown below.)

4.      Under normal circumstances, loss of landing slip will not affect the departure clearance.

5.      Stamping on travel document may still be applied in exceptional circumstances.

 

Frequently Asked Questions 

Q 1:

Is it necessary for a visitor to apply for a replacement of landing slip in case of loss and where to apply?

A 1:

The landing slip bears a visitor's conditions and limit of stay. Visitors are required to keep the landing slip while remaining in Hong Kong. Notwithstanding that the loss of landing slip will not affect the visitor's departure clearance formalities under normal circumstances, visitor who has lost the landing slip may approach in person the Extension Section (5/F Immigration Tower, 7 Gloucester Road, Wanchai, Hong Kong) and be issued a replacement free of charge. 

Q 2:

Can the visitor request stamping on his/his travel document so as to keep the travel record?

A 2:

Upon implementation of non-stamping immigration clearance arrangement, the immigration counter officers will not stamp on the visitors' travel documents. If the visitor needs to refer to his/her travel record, he/she may submit an "Application for a Statement of Travel Records" to the Records Centre of the Immigration Department and pay the application fee.

 

 
Front side of landing slip 
 
 Back side of landing slip

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