Visa requirements

Xiamen

Passengers who are eligible for visa-on-arrival in Xiamen should note that such an arrangement is currently suspended from 25 April 2008 until 16 October 2008.

Passengers holding passports issued by visa-exempt countries such as Singapore, Japan and Brunei continue to enjoy visa-exempt entry into Xiamen.

Hong Kong, Macau and Taiwan

Current policies for Hong Kong, Macau and Taiwan visitors remain unchanged.

Nepalese, Bangladeshis, Pakistanis, and Sri Lankans traveling via Hong Kong

There are following Hong Kong airside transit visa requirements for Nepalese, Bangladeshis, Pakistanis, and Sri Lankans traveling via Hong Kong:

Category Requirements Bangladeshis Nepalese Sri Lankans Pakistanis

Eligibility

Sir to air transit without visa (TWOV) in Hong Kong and connect Cathay Pacific / Cathay Dragon flights.1

Transit without visa (TWOV) in Hong Kong for both air to air and air to sea to connect any carrier - Cathay Pacific, Cathay Dragon, and interline.2

Maximum transit time

Same day or within 12 hours if cross calendar day. 1

Within 12 hours. 1, 2

Airside transit visa exemption

Passengers must hold valid visa or proof of residency of Australia, Canada, Japan, New Zealand, Republic of South Korea, United Kingdom, USA and the following Schengen States (as of August 15, 2012): Austria, Belgium, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Iceland, Italy, Latvia, Liechtenstein, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Malta, Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain and Sweden and Switzerland.

Original check-in station

Connect Cathay Pacific / Cathay Dragon flights:

  1. Originated station makes passport photocopy for station filing in case required to submit to Hong Kong Immigration upon request.

  2. Send MAAS - TWOV telex to arrival carrier for escort and keep departure carrier copied. 3

Connect Cathay Pacific / Cathay Dragon flights or other carriers:

Send MAAS - TWOV telex to Hong Kong International Airport arrival carrier for transit escort, and keep departure carrier copied if connecting Cathay Pacific / Cathay Dragon flights. 3

Remarks

If the visa of the mentioned country is used or expired, passengers can still be granted airside transit visa exemption in Hong Kong on their return trip back to their home country from these mentioned countries.

Notes:

1 Arrival passengers from Cathay Pacific to Cathay Dragon will be handed over to Cathay Dragon staff and must be accompanied by Cathay Dragon staff throughout the transit period at Hong Kong International Airport. Arrival passengers from Cathay Dragon to Cathay Pacific will be handed over to Cathay Pacific staff and must be accompanied by Cathay Pacific staff throughout the transit period at Hong Kong International Airport.

2 Nationals of Pakistan arrived by Cathay Pacific to Cathay Dragon must be escorted by the inbound carrier staff until passengers are handed over to the departure carrier at the gate of the onward connecting flight to ensure they remain in the transit area. Hong Kong Immigration must be informed.

3 All MAAS - TWOV telex must include the ports of origin and destination, flights, date, a passenger's full name, passport numbers and a date of birth.

Canada and the United States

Passengers on flight CX889 New York - Hong Kong and CX888 Hong Kong must apply for a Canadian transit visa unless you are holding a national passport of the U.S., Mexico, European Union or European Free Trade Association member state.

Passengers holding a Canadian passport may obtain information on visa requirements by country. Passengers holding a U.S. passport may obtain information on visa requirements by country.

Please refer to TIMATIC in CRS and local embassies/consulates for the most up-to-date information on visa requirements.