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Hong Kong Visa Requirements

Latest update: 02 May 2019 19:30 HKT (GMT+8)

In order to avoid inconvenience at the last minute when travelling, it is highly recommended to ensure that all required visas are in place before purchasing your ticket. Apart from the your final destination, immigration authorities of certain countries require selected nationalities to hold a valid visa even when a passenger is only in transit.

For easy reference, the International Air Transport Association (IATA) has uploaded all the required information with regards to visas and travel documents on their Travel Centre website. It is advisable to specify the airline (Cathay Pacific: CX) that the passenger will be patronizing, as immigration authorities may sometimes introduce airline-specific exemptions.

Please note that the IATA Travel Centre website is maintained and updated by IATA, and information is subject to change. Cathay Pacific Airways is not involved in maintaining the information published on the website, nor liable for any inaccuracy, if any.


The Hong Kong immigration authority requires nationals of certain countries to obtain a valid visa even when they are only in transit via Hong Kong. There are, however, a few exceptions to this rule. For the quick reference of our trade partners, we have listed these exceptions below.

Nationals from Bangladesh, Nepal, Sri Lanka and Pakistan have been deemed eligible to transit Hong Kong without a visa (TWOV) provided that they

a) Must arrive and depart Hong Kong either on Cathay Pacific Airways or Cathay Dragon operated flights only
b) Transit Hong Kong on same day or within 12 hours if cross calendar day(for Bangladesh & Nepal Nationals) and within 12 hours(for Pakistan and Sri Lanka Nationals)
c) Do not leave the airport transit area
d) Hold valid visas or proof of residency of Australia, Canada, Japan, New Zealand, Republic of South Korea, United Kingdom, Schengen States or the USA

Bangladeshis, Nepalese, Sri Lankans
- eligible for TWOV when connecting from air to air only on CX/KA operated flights

- eligible for TWOV when connecting from air to air as well as air to sea on CX/KA and interline flights

For more information, please contact the relevant embassy or consulate.