Beijing: If you are an Indian and planning to travel to Hong Kong then there is bad news for all of you as the special administrative region of China has decided to withdraw visa free entry facility or the Indians which is a major setback for the Indian traveler.
The Hong Kong immigration department said in a statement on its official website, “The Pre-Registration for Indian Nationals will be implemented on January 23, 2017. The online service for ‘Pre-arrival Registration for Indian Nationals’ is now opened.”
It said, “Indian nationals must apply for and successfully complete pre-arrival registration online before they can visit or transit the HKSAR visa free (If seeking to entry the HKSAR during transit). Pre-arrival registration is not required for Indian nationals in direct transit by air and not leaving the airport transit area.”
This will be a major setback for over half a million Indians who visit the former British colony for holiday, business and trade.
Till yet Hong Kong, which is now a Special Administration Region of China has permitted Indians to entry with valid passport for a period up to 14 days without visa.
There is concern whether the move is being brought about by Hong Kong due to pressure of China in the region.