Visa requirements for Chinese citizens of Hong Kong are administrative entry restrictions by the authorities of other states placed on holders of Hong Kong Special Administrative Region passports.
As of 7 July 2020,[update] Chinese citizens who are permanent residents of Hong Kong (hereafter called Chinese citizens of Hong Kong or simply Hong Kong citizens) holding HKSAR passports had visa-free or visa on arrival access to 170 countries and territories (tied with Argentina, Brazil, Croatia and the United Arab Emirates), ranking the HKSAR passport 19th in terms of travel freedom according to the Henley Passport Index. The official figure provided by the Hong Kong Immigration Department of countries and territories granting visa-free access to Hong Kong SAR passport holders was 168 as of 22 January 2020. (However, this figure excludes countries and territories which are not officially recognised by the People's Republic of China, such as Kosovo and Taiwan so the practical figure relevant to travellers is actually higher.)
Due to its one country, two systems stance, the Government of Hong Kong can make a visa-waiver agreement for Chinese residents of Hong Kong with other countries. As a result of both bilateral visa abolition agreements (e.g. between Hong Kong and Russia) and unilateral decisions to grant visa exemptions (e.g. Myanmar), Hong Kong Special Administrative Region passport holders enjoy visa exemptions and simplified visa procedures to a large number of destinations worldwide. Whilst the visa exemptions mostly only apply when Chinese citizens of Hong Kong are visiting on short trips for pleasure or on business, a number of countries extend the visa exemption to short stays involving paid activities (e.g. Belgium and Luxembourg).
Hong Kong citizens may hold a HKSAR passport only if they are also permanent residents of Hong Kong and hold a valid Hong Kong Permanent Identity Card. This article deals only with the visa requirements for HKSAR passport holders, who due to the "One country, two systems" principle are not eligible to hold PRC passports, and vice versa. For PRC passport holders, check Visa requirements for Chinese citizens.
Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, most countries have imposed temporary travel restrictions on Chinese citizens or persons arriving from China.
|Mainland China||With Home Return Permit||Home Return Permit can only be applied from Hong Kong or Macau. For those without a Home Return Permit and are not in Hong Kong or Macau, a Chinese Travel Document is required and can be applied at Chinese diplomatic missions.|
|Macau||Visa not required||Visa free for holders of Hong Kong Permanent Identity Cards for a stay of less than one year. Visa not required for 7 days for passengers in transit holding HKSAR passports.|
Visa requirements for holders of normal passports travelling for tourist purposes:
|Country||Visa requirement||Allowed stay||Notes (excluding departure fees)|
|Albania||Visa not required||14 days||
|Andorra||Visa not required||90 days||
|Antigua and Barbuda||Visa not required||30 days|
|Argentina||Visa not required||90 days|
|Armenia||Visa not required||180 days|
|Australia||Electronic Travel Authority||90 days||
|Austria||Visa not required||90 days||
|Azerbaijan||eVisa / Visa on arrival||30 days|
|Bahamas||Visa not required||3 months|
|Bahrain||eVisa / Visa on arrival||14 days||
|Bangladesh||Visa on arrival (Conditional)|
|Barbados||Visa not required||90 days|
|Belarus||Visa not required||30 days|
|Belgium||Visa not required||90 days||
|Belize||Visa not required|
|Benin||Visa not required||14 days||
|Bolivia||Visa on arrival||90 days|
|Bosnia and Herzegovina||Visa not required||90 days||
|Botswana||Visa not required||90 days||
|Brazil||Visa not required||90 days|
|Brunei||Visa not required||14 days|
|Bulgaria||Visa not required||90 days||
|Burkina Faso||Visa on arrival||1 month|
|Cambodia||eVisa / Visa on arrival||30 days||
|Canada||Visa not required||6 months||
|Cape Verde||Visa not required||90 days|
|Central African Republic||Visa required|
|Chile||Visa not required||90 days|
|Mainland China||With Mainland Travel Permit only, HKSAR passport is only suitable for transit in Mainland China||
|Colombia||Visa not required||180 days|
|Comoros||Visa on arrival|
|Republic of the Congo||Visa required|
|Democratic Republic of the Congo||Visa required|
|Costa Rica||Visa required|
|Croatia||Visa not required||90 days||
|Cuba||Tourist Card required||30 days|
|Cyprus||Visa not required||90 days||
|Czech Republic||Visa not required||90 days||
|Denmark||Visa not required||90 days||
|Dominica||Visa not required||6 months|
|Dominican Republic||Visa not required||90 days|
|Ecuador||Visa not required||90 days|
|Egypt||Visa not required||3 months|
|El Salvador||Visa required|
|Equatorial Guinea||Visa required|
|Estonia||Visa not required||90 days||
|Ethiopia||eVisa / Visa on arrival||up to 90 days|
|Fiji||Visa not required||4 months|
|Finland||Visa not required||90 days||
|France and territories||Visa not required||90 days||
|Germany||Visa not required||90 days||
|Greece||Visa not required||90 days||
|Grenada||Visa not required||3 months||
|Guinea-Bissau||eVisa / Visa on arrival||90 days||
|Guyana||Visa not required||90 days|
|Haiti||Visa not required||3 months|
|Hungary||Visa not required||90 days||
|Iceland||Visa not required||90 days||
|Indonesia||Visa not required||30 days|
|Iran||Visa not required||21 days|
|Ireland||Visa not required||3 months|
|Israel||Visa not required||3 months|
|Italy||Visa not required||90 days||
|Jamaica||Visa not required||30 days|
|Japan||Visa not required||90 days|
|Jordan||Visa on arrival||
|Kazakhstan||Visa not required||14 days|
|Kenya||eVisa / Visa on arrival||3 months|
|Kiribati||Visa not required||120 days|
|North Korea||Admission refused||
|South Korea||K-ETA required||90 days||
|Laos||eVisa / Visa on arrival||30 days||
|Latvia||Visa not required||90 days||
|Lebanon||Visa on arrival||1 month||
|Lesotho||Visa not required||90 days|
|Liechtenstein||Visa not required||90 days||
|Lithuania||Visa not required||90 days||
|Luxembourg||Visa not required||90 days||
|Madagascar||eVisa / Visa on arrival||90 days|
|Malawi||Visa not required||30 days|
|Malaysia||Visa not required||1 month|
|Maldives||Visa on arrival||30 days|
|Malta||Visa not required||90 days||
|Marshall Islands||Visa required|
|Mauritania||Visa on arrival||
|Mauritius||Visa not required||90 days|
|Mexico||Visa not required||180 days|
|Micronesia||Visa not required||30 days|
|Moldova||Visa not required||90 days||
|Monaco||Visa not required||90 days||
|Mongolia||Visa not required||14 days|
|Montenegro||Visa not required||90 days|
|Morocco||Visa not required||30 days|
|Mozambique||Visa on arrival||30 days||
|Myanmar||Visa not required||30 days|
|Namibia||Visa not required||3 months|
|Nepal||Free visa on arrival||90 days|
|Netherlands||Visa not required||90 days||
|New Zealand||Electronic Travel Authority||3 months||
|Nicaragua||Visa not required||90 days|
|Niger||Visa not required||14 days|
|North Macedonia||Visa not required||90 days|
|Norway||Visa not required||90 days||
|Palau||Free visa on arrival||30 days|
|Panama||Visa not required||30 days|
|Papua New Guinea||eVisa / Free visa on arrival||60 days|
|Peru||Visa not required||183 days|
|Philippines||Visa not required||14 days|
|Poland||Visa not required||90 days||
|Portugal||Visa not required||90 days||
|Qatar||Visa not required||30 days|
|Romania||Visa not required||90 days||
|Russia||Visa not required||14 days|
|Rwanda||eVisa / Visa on arrival||30 days|
|Saint Kitts and Nevis||Visa not required||3 months|
|Saint Lucia||Visa not required||42 days|
|Saint Vincent and the Grenadines||Visa not required||1 month|
|Samoa||Free Entry Permit on arrival||60 days|
|San Marino||Visa not required|
|São Tomé and Príncipe||eVisa / Visa on arrival||15 days.||
|Saudi Arabia||eVisa / Visa on arrival||90 days|
|Serbia||Visa not required||14 days|
|Seychelles||Free Visitor's Permit on arrival||3 months|
|Sierra Leone||Visa required|
|Singapore||Visa not required||30 days|
|Slovakia||Visa not required||90 days||
|Slovenia||Visa not required||90 days||
|Solomon Islands||Visa required||
|Somalia||Visa on arrival||30 days|
|South Africa||Visa not required||30 days|
|South Sudan||Electronic Visa|
|Spain||Visa not required||90 days||
|Sri Lanka||Electronic Travel Authorization||30 days||
|Suriname||Visa not required||90 days|
|Sweden||Visa not required||90 days||
|Switzerland||Visa not required||90 days||
|Taiwan||Temporary entry and stay permit required||
1) Intend to stay no more than 30 days
2) Permanent residents born in Hong Kong and Macau.
3) Those who were not born in Hong Kong or Macau who went to Taiwan as permanent residents of Hong Kong and Macau after 1983.
4) Hold a valid entry and exit permit (entry permit) for the Republic of China (Taiwan) applicable to Hong Kong and Macao residents.
If you apply for a【Temporary entry and stay permit】 online (online visa), you must use A4 paper to print it out by yourself, otherwise you need to apply for a 【Temporary entry and stay permit】 on arrival again (in Kinmen and Matsu, you will be refused entry)
This 【Temporary entry and stay permit】online (online visa) is valid for three months for a single entry (if using a cruise ship to enter Taiwan, it is two entries)
The application fee is free of charge before departure, and the landing application fee is NT$300.
To avoid the spread of COVID-19, all Hong Kong residents are not allowed to visit Taiwan from 7 February 2020, applicants should apply by desk at the representative offices of Taiwan and providing entry and departure records proving without travel records to the mainland China within 14 days if having special and emergency reasons. 
|Tanzania||Visa not required||3 months|
|Thailand||Visa not required||30 days|
|Timor-Leste||Visa on arrival||30 days||
|Togo||Visa on arrival||7 days|
|Tonga||Free visa on arrival||31 days|
|Trinidad and Tobago||Visa not required|
|Tunisia||Visa not required||90 days|
|Turkey||Visa not required||3 months|
|Tuvalu||Free visa on arrival||1 month|
|Uganda||Visa not required||3 months|
|Ukraine||Visa not required||14 days|
|United Arab Emirates||Free visa on arrival||30 days|
|United Kingdom||Visa not required||6 months|
|United States||Visa required||
|Uruguay||Visa not required||3 months|
|Uzbekistan||Visa not required||10 days||
|Vanuatu||Visa not required||30 days|
|Vatican City||Visa not required|
|Venezuela||Visa not required||90 days|
|Yemen||Visa not required||30 days|
|Zambia||Visa not required||90 days|
|Zimbabwe||Visa not required||6 months|
Visa requirements for Chinese citizens of Hong Kong for visits to various territories, disputed areas, partially recognised countries and restricted zones:
|Visitor to||Visa requirement||Notes (excluding departure fees)|
|Special permit required||Special permit required (4 days: 25 euro for Orthodox visitors, 35 euro for non-Orthodox visitors, 18 euro for students). There is a visitors' quota: maximum 100 Orthodox and 10 non-Orthodox per day and women are not allowed.|
|Crimea||Visa not required||Visa issued by Russia is required, HK SAR Passport is exempted from a visa to enter Russia for 14 days.|
|Turkish Republic of Northern Cyprus||Visa not required||3 months|
|UN Buffer Zone in Cyprus||Access Permit required||Access Permit is required for travelling inside the zone, except Civil Use Areas.|
|Faroe Islands||Visa not required|
|Gibraltar||Visa not required|
|Guernsey||Visa not required|
|Isle of Man||Visa not required|
|Jan Mayen||Permit required||Permit issued by the local police required for staying for less than 24 hours and permit issued by the Norwegian police for staying for more than 24 hours.|
|Jersey||Visa not required|
|Kosovo||Visa not required||90 days|
|Artsakh||Visa required||Travellers with Artsakh visa (expired or valid) or evidence of travel to Artsakh (stamps) will be permanently denied entry to Azerbaijan.|
|Russia||Special authorisation required||Several closed cities and regions in Russia require special authorisation.|
|South Ossetia||Visa not required||Multiple entry visa to Russia and three-day prior notification are required to enter South Ossetia.|
|Transnistria||Visa not required||Registration required after 24h.|
|Visitor to||Visa requirement||Notes (excluding departure fees)|
|British Indian Ocean Territory||Special permit required||Special permit required.|
|Eritrea outside Asmara||Travel permit required||To travel in the rest of the country, a Travel Permit for Foreigners is required (20 Eritrean nakfa).|
|Mayotte||Visa not required||90 days|
|Réunion||Visa not required||90 days|
|Ascension Island||Admission refused||From May 2015, the Ascension Island Government does not issue entry visas including eVisas to Chinese citizens of Hong Kong.|
|Saint Helena||Visitor's Pass required||Visitor's Pass granted on arrival valid for 4/10/21/60/90 days for 12/14/16/20/25 pound sterling.|
|Tristan da Cunha||Permission required||Permission to land required for 15/30 pounds sterling (yacht/ship passenger) for Tristan da Cunha Island or 20 pounds sterling for Gough Island, Inaccessible Island or Nightingale Islands.|
|Somaliland||Visa on arrival||30 days for 30 US dollars, payable on arrival.|
|Sudan||Travel permit required||All foreigners travelling more than 25 kilometres outside of Khartoum must obtain a travel permit.|
|Darfur||Travel permit required||Separate travel permit is required.|
|Visitor to||Visa requirement||Notes (excluding departure fees)|
|India PAP/RAP||PAP/RAP required||Protected Area Permit (PAP) required for all of Arunachal Pradesh, Manipur, Mizoram and parts of Himachal Pradesh, Jammu and Kashmir and Uttarakhand. Restricted Area Permit (RAP) required for all of Andaman and Nicobar Islands and Lakshadweep and parts of Sikkim. Some of these requirements are occasionally lifted for a year.|
|Kazakhstan||Special permission required||Special permission required for the town of Baikonur and surrounding areas in Kyzylorda Oblast, and the town of Gvardeyskiy near Almaty.|
|Kish Island||Visa not required||Visitors to Kish Island do not require a visa.|
|Malaysia:||Visa not required||These states have their own immigration authorities and passport is required to travel to them, however the same visa applies.|
|Maldives||Permission required||With the exception of the capital Malé, tourists are generally prohibited from visiting non-resort islands without the express permission of the Government of Maldives.|
|Palestine||Visa not required||Arrival by sea to Gaza Strip not allowed.|
|Gorno-Badakhshan Autonomous Province||OIVR permit required||OIVR permit required (15+5 Tajikistani Somoni) and another special permit (free of charge) is required for Lake Sarez.|
|Korean Demilitarized Zone||Restricted zone|
|UNDOF Zone and Ghajar||Restricted zone|
|Yemen||Special permission required||Special permission needed for travel outside Sana'a or Aden.|
|Caribbean and North Atlantic|
|Visitor to||Visa requirement||Notes (excluding departure fees)f|
|Anguilla||Visa not required||3 months|
|Aruba||Visa not required||30 days|
|Bermuda||Visa not required||lesser than 6 months|
|Bonaire, St. Eustatius and Saba||Visa not required||30 days|
|British Virgin Islands||Visa not required||30 days|
|Cayman Islands||Visa not required||60 days for tourism / 10 days for business|
|Curacao||Visa not required||30 days|
|French Guiana||Visa not required||90 days|
|French West Indies||Visa not required||French West Indies refers to Martinique, Guadeloupe, Saint Martin and Saint Barthélemy.|
|Greenland||Visa not required||90 days|
|Montserrat||Visa not required||90 days|
|Puerto Rico||Visa required|
|Saint Pierre and Miquelon||Visa not required||90 days|
|Sint Maarten||Visa not required||3 months|
|Turks and Caicos Islands||Visa not required||90 days|
|U.S. Virgin Islands||Visa required|
|Visitor to||Visa requirement||Notes (excluding departure fees)|
|American Samoa||Visa required|
|Ashmore and Cartier Islands||Special authorisation required||Special authorisation required.|
|Clipperton Island||Special permit required||Special permit required.|
|Cook Islands||Visa not required||31 days|
|Lau Province||Special permission required||Special permission required.|
|French Polynesia||Visa not required||90 days|
|New Caledonia||Visa not required||90 days|
|Northern Mariana Islands||Visa not required||Visa free for holders of both Hong Kong Permanent Identity Cards and HKSAR Passport for a stay of less than 45 days. Visa required if without Hong Kong Permanent Identity Cards.|
|Niue||Visa on arrival||30 days|
|Pitcairn Islands||Visa not required||14 days visa free and landing fee US$35 or tax of US$5 if not going ashore.|
|United States Minor Outlying Islands||Special permits required||Special permits required for Baker Island, Howland Island, Jarvis Island, Johnston Atoll, Kingman Reef, Midway Atoll, Palmyra Atoll and Wake Island.|
|Wallis and Futuna||Visa not required||90 days|
|Visitor to||Visa requirement||Notes (excluding departure fees)|
|Pre-registration required||Online pre-registration is required. Transit Control Card must also be obtained at the airport prior to departure.|
|South Atlantic and Antarctica|
|Visitor to||Visa requirement||Notes (excluding departure fees)|
|Falkland Islands||Visa not required||4 months|
|South Georgia and the South Sandwich Islands||Permit required||Pre-arrival permit from the Commissioner required (72 hours/1 month for 110/160 pounds sterling).|
|Antarctica||Special permits required for British Antarctic Territory, French Southern and Antarctic Lands, Argentine Antarctica, Australian Antarctic Territory, Chilean Antarctic Territory, Heard Island and McDonald Islands, Peter I Island, Queen Maud Land, Ross Dependency.|
Holders of an APEC Business Travel Card (ABTC) travelling on business do not require a visa to the following countries:
1 – up to 90 days
2 – up to 60 days
3 – up to 59 days
Permanent residents with Chinese nationality ( holders of HKSAR passport/ BN(O) passport) are required to apply for a Mainland Travel Permit to enter Mainland China, to the exclusion of all other documents.
The card must be used in conjunction with a passport and has the following advantages:
Many countries have entry restrictions on foreigners that go beyond the common requirement of having either a valid visa or a visa exemption. Such restrictions may be health related or impose additional documentation requirements on certain classes of people for diplomatic or political purposes.
Many countries require a minimum number of blank pages to be available in the passport being presented, typically one or two pages. Endorsement pages, which often appear after the visa pages, are not counted as being available.
Many African countries, including Benin, Burkina Faso, Burundi, Cameroon, Central African Republic, Democratic Republic of the Congo, Republic of the Congo, Côte d'Ivoire, Gabon, Guinea-Bissau, Kenya, Liberia, Niger, Rwanda, Sierra Leone and Togo, require all incoming passengers older than nine months to one year to have a current International Certificate of Vaccination or Prophylaxis, as does the South American territory of French Guiana.
Some other countries require vaccination only if the passenger is coming from an infected area or has visited one recently or has transited for 12 hours in those countries: Algeria, Botswana, Cabo Verde, Chad, Djibouti, Egypt, Ethiopia, Gambia, Ghana, Guinea, Lesotho, Libya, Equatorial Guinea, Eritrea, Madagascar, Malawi, Mauritania, Mauritius, Mozambique, Namibia, Nigeria, Papua New Guinea, Seychelles, Somalia, South Africa, Sudan, Swaziland, Tunisia, Uganda, United Republic of Tanzania, Zambia and Zimbabwe.
An increasing number of countries have been imposing additional COVID-19 related health restrictions such as quarantine measures and testing requirements. Many countries increasingly consider the vaccination status of travellers with regard to quarantine requirements or when deciding to allow them entry at all. This is justified by research that shows that the efficacy of the BioNTech vaccine lasts for six months or so.
In the absence of specific bilateral agreements, countries requiring passports to be valid for at least 6 more months on arrival include Afghanistan, Algeria, Anguilla, Bahrain, Bhutan, Botswana, British Virgin Islands, Brunei, Cambodia, Cameroon, Cape Verde, Cayman Islands, Central African Republic, Chad, Comoros, Costa Rica, Côte d'Ivoire, Curaçao, Ecuador, Egypt, El Salvador, Equatorial Guinea, Fiji, Gabon, Guinea Bissau, Guyana, Haiti, India, Indonesia, Iran, Iraq, Israel, Jordan, Kenya, Kiribati, Kuwait, Laos, Madagascar, Malaysia, Marshall Islands, Mongolia, Myanmar, Namibia, Nepal, Nicaragua, Nigeria, Oman, Palau, Papua New Guinea, Peru. Philippines, Qatar, Rwanda, Samoa, Saudi Arabia, Singapore, Solomon Islands, Somalia, Sri Lanka, Sudan, Suriname, Tanzania, Thailand, Timor-Leste, Tokelau, Tonga, Turkey, Tuvalu, Uganda, United Arab Emirates, Vanuatu, Venezuela, and Vietnam.
Countries requiring passports valid for at least 4 months on arrival include Micronesia and Zambia.
Countries requiring passports with a validity of at least 3 months beyond the date of intended departure include Azerbaijan, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Montenegro, Nauru, Moldova and New Zealand. Similarly, the EEA countries of Iceland, Liechtenstein, Norway, all European Union countries (except the Republic of Ireland) together with Switzerland also require 3 months validity beyond the date of the bearer's intended departure unless the bearer is an EEA or Swiss national.
Countries requiring passports valid for at least 3 months on arrival include Albania, Honduras, North Macedonia, Panama, and Senegal.
Bermuda requires passports to be valid for at least 45 days upon entry.
Countries that require a passport validity of at least one month beyond the date of intended departure include Eritrea, Hong Kong, Lebanon, Macau, the Maldives and South Africa.
Other countries, such as Japan, Ireland and the United Kingdom, require a passport valid throughout the period of the intended stay.
Very few countries, such as Paraguay, just require a passport valid on arrival.
Some countries have bilateral agreements with other countries to shorten the period of passport validity required for each other's citizens or even accept passports that have already expired (but not been cancelled).
Some countries, including Australia, Canada, Fiji, New Zealand and the United States, routinely deny entry to non-citizens who have a criminal record while others impose restrictions depending on the type of conviction and the length of the sentence.
The government of a country can declare a diplomat persona non grata, banning their entry into that country. In non-diplomatic use, the authorities of a country may also declare a foreigner persona non grata permanently or temporarily, usually because of unlawful activity.
Kuwait, Lebanon, Libya, Syria, and Yemen do not allow entry to people with passport stamps from Israel or whose passports have either a used or an unused Israeli visa, or where there is evidence of previous travel to Israel such as entry or exit stamps from neighbouring border posts in transit countries such as Jordan and Egypt.
To circumvent this Arab League boycott of Israel, the Israeli immigration services have now mostly ceased to stamp foreign nationals' passports on either entry to or exit from Israel (unless the entry is for some work-related purposes). Since 15 January 2013, Israel no longer stamps foreign passports at Ben Gurion Airport. Passports are still (as of 22 June 2017[update]) stamped at Erez when passing into and out of Gaza.
Iran refuses admission to holders of passports containing an Israeli visa or stamp that is less than 12 months old.
Due to a state of war existing between Armenia and Azerbaijan, Armenian citizens and other foreign nationals of Armenian descent are likely to encounter difficulties when attempting to enter the Republic of Azerbaijan.
Azerbaijan bans visits by foreign citizens to the separatist region of Nagorno-Karabakh (the de facto independent Republic of Artsakh), its surrounding territories, and the Azerbaijani exclaves of Karki, Yuxarı Əskipara, Barxudarlı, and Sofulu which are de jure part of Azerbaijan but under the control of Armenia, without the prior consent of the government of Azerbaijan. Foreign citizens who enter these territories will be permanently banned from entering the Republic of Azerbaijan and will be included in their "list of personae non gratae". As of 2 September 2019,[update] the list mentioned 852 people.
See also: Countries applying biometrics
Several countries mandate that all travellers, or all foreign travellers, be fingerprinted on arrival and will refuse admission to or even arrest travellers who refuse to comply. In some countries, such as the United States, this may apply even to transit passengers who merely wish to quickly change planes rather than go landside.
Fingerprinting countries include Afghanistan, Argentina, Brunei, Cambodia, China, Ethiopia, Ghana, Guinea, India, Japan, Kenya (both fingerprints and a photo are taken), Malaysia upon entry and departure, Mongolia, Paraguay, Saudi Arabia, Singapore, South Korea, Taiwan, Thailand, Uganda, the United Arab Emirates and the United States.
Many countries also require a photo be taken of people entering the country. The United States, which does not fully implement exit control formalities at its land frontiers (although long mandated by domestic legislation), intends to implement facial recognition for passengers departing from international airports to identify people who overstay their visa.
Together with fingerprint and face recognition, iris scanning is one of three biometric identification technologies internationally standardised since 2006 by the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) for use in e-passports and the United Arab Emirates conducts iris scanning on visitors who need to apply for a visa.
This graph shows the full Global Ranking of the 2019 Henley Passport Index. In certain cases, a rank is shared by multiple countries because these countries all have the same level of visa-free or visa-on-arrival access.
Many tourists, people on working holidays, and some students and workers coming to New Zealand must pay an International Visitor Conservation and Tourism Levy (IVL) of NZD $35.
Australian citizens and permanent residents can visit, work and live in New Zealand. You do not need a visa before you travel to New Zealand.
African countries that requires (sic) Yellow Fever vaccination certificate: Countries that require vaccination for all travellers older that 9 months or 1 year: Benin, Burkina Faso, Burundi, Cameron, Central African Republic, Congo, Côte d’lvoire, DRC, Gabon, Guinea-Bissau, Kenya, Liberia, Rwanda, Sierra Leone, Niger, Togo.
African countries that requires Yellow Fever vaccination certificate: Countries that requires (sic) vaccination for travellers from countries with risk of yellow fever transmission or transit for 12 hours in those countries: Algeria, Botswana, Cabo Verde, Chad, Djibouti, Egypt, Ethiopia, Gambia, Ghana, Guinea, Lesotho, Libya, Equatorial Guinea, Eritrea, Madagascar, Malawi, Mauritania, Mauritius, Mozambique, Namibia, Nigeria, Papua New Guinea, Seychelles, Somalia, South Africa, Sudan, Swaziland, Tunisia, Uganda, United Republic of Tanzania, Zambia, Zimbabwe.
Only travellers already vaccinated and those registered to receive COVID-19 shots in Palau will be allowed to take part in the travel bubble with Taiwan, the Pacific island nation announced Tuesday (Aug. 17).
He said scientists had become “terribly worried” about the variant’s ability to evade immunity from previous infection or vaccination. “Studies like this confirm our sense that the vaccine gives such massive protective headroom that even with some loss of immunity, you’re still safe,” he said.
15. How long does my passport need to be valid in order to enter Japan? Japan does not have any regulations relating to passport validity, so long as your passport will be valid until after you leave Japan.
You’re not from an EEA country: you must have a valid passport to enter the UK. It should be valid for the whole of your stay.
Countries whose citizens are allowed to enter Turkey with their expired passports: 1. Germany – Passports expired within the last year / ID’s expired within the last year, 2. Belgium - Passports expired within the last 5 years, 3. France - Passports expired within the last 5 years, 4. Spain - Passports expired within the last 5 years, 5. Switzerland - Passports expired within the last 5 years, 6. Luxemburg - Passports expired within the last 5 years, 7. Portugal - Passports expired within the last 5 years, 8. Bulgaria – Valid ordinary passport
Significant human rights issues included: unlawful or arbitrary killing; torture; arbitrary detention; harsh and sometimes life-threatening prison conditions; political prisoners; arbitrary interference with privacy; politically motivated reprisal against individuals outside the country; pervasive problems with the independence of the judiciary; heavy restrictions on free expression, the press, and the internet, including violence against journalists, the criminalization of libel and slander, harassment and incarceration of journalists on questionable charges, and blocking of websites; substantial interference with the rights of peaceful assembly and freedom of association; restrictions on freedom of movement; severe restrictions on political participation; systemic government corruption; police brutality against individuals based on sexual orientation; and existence of the worst forms of child labour. Significant human rights issues connected with the Nagorno-Karabakh armed conflict included unlawful killings, civilian casualties, and inhuman treatment. The government did not prosecute or punish the majority of officials who committed human rights abuses; impunity remained a problem.
there is a conflict-ridden domestic political discourse and Azerbaijan’s leadership, education system and media are very prolific in their denigration of Armenians. Political opponents are accused of having Armenian roots or of receiving funds from Armenian sources. An entire generation of Azerbaijanis has now grown up listening to constant rhetoric of Armenian aggression. According to a 2012 survey, 91% perceived Armenia as Azerbaijan’s greatest enemy. As a result, the Armenians living in the country need to hide their ethnic affiliation and there is no organisation of the Armenian minority in the country with which ECRI’s delegation could have met. The human rights activists Leyla and Arif Yunus, who worked inter alia towards reconciliation with Armenia, have been arrested and sentenced under controversial accusations to heavy prison terms.
Our goal is the complete elimination of Armenians. You, Nazis, already eliminated the Jews in the 1930s and 40s, right? You should be able to understand us.
Russia has formally complained to Azerbaijan about "ethnic discrimination" against Russian citizens of Armenian origin, saying that 25 Russians so far this year have been denied entry to Azerbaijan because they had Armenian names. #"Russian citizens arriving in Azerbaijan are truly discriminated against on ethnic grounds," the Russian Ministry of Foreign Affairs said in a statement on July 5. "We demand the cessation of this outrageous practice, inconsistent with the friendly relations between our two countries." Azerbaijan has long denied entry to citizens of all countries, not just Russians, whose names end in the standard Armenian surname suffixes -ian or -yan.
Diana Markosian, a freelance photographer for Bloomberg Markets magazine was denied entry to Azerbaijan last week by authorities who cited her ethnicity as a reason, international news reports said. On June 27, border guards at the Heydar Aliyev International Airport in Baku detained Markosian on arrival from the Latvian capital, Riga, then expelled her the next day, according to press reports and CPJ interviews. Markosian told CPJ that the border guards took her passport, saying that she had an Armenian last name and that they "needed to clarify something." Then they put her in the airport's transit zone where she spent 16 hours until she was put on a flight to Tbilisi, Georgia. Markosian holds both U.S. and Russian citizenship, she told CPJ. A government spokesman told the Baku-based news agency APA that Markosian was deported because authorities would be unable to provide her with "security" since she is an ethnic Armenian.
Travellers heading west from the UK to New Zealand may soon be able to avoid the onerous requirement to clear US border control during the refuelling stop at Los Angeles airport (LAX). Unlike almost every other country in the world, the US insists on a full immigration check even for passengers who simply intend to re-board their plane to continue onwards to a foreign destination. Air New Zealand, which flies daily from Heathrow via Los Angeles to Auckland, says there are currently “strict requirements for travellers” in transit at LAX. Through passengers to Auckland on flight NZ1 or Heathrow on NZ2 must apply in advance for an ESTA (online visa) even though they have no intention of staying in the US. They also have to undergo screening by the Transportation Security Administration.
Effective April 27, 2018, border control authorities at all of China’s ports of entry, including its airports, will start collecting the fingerprints of all foreign visitors aged between 14 and 70. Diplomatic passport holders and beneficiaries of reciprocal agreements are exempted..
Will visitors still have their digital photo and fingerprints taken at the immigration desk on arrival? Yes, the need to have photos and fingerprints taken upon arrival is to authenticate that the person who applied for the Visa is the same person at the port of entry
While a requirement for a biometric entry-exit system has been in law for over a decade, it is not yet a reality. Many reasons for the long gestating development have been documented in BPC’s 2014 report Entry-Exit System: Progress, Challenges, and Outlook, including the technological, operational, and cost challenges of creating exit systems and infrastructure where none exist today. However, many critics, especially in Congress, simply accused the Department of Homeland security of dragging its feet... the major operational, logistical, and technical challenge in implementing exit capability at our ports has been the land borders. Unlike airports and seaports, the land border environment is not physically controlled, there is no means to get advance information on who is arriving, and the sheer volume of travel—both vehicular and pedestrian—creates challenges in any system to not further exacerbate delays. While biometric exit for land vehicular traffic is still in the “what if” stage, CBP is moving ahead and piloting systems and technology to use with the large population of pedestrian crossers at the U.S.-Mexico border.
Long demanded by lawmakers in Congress, it is considered a critical step to developing a coherent program to curb illegal immigration, as historically about 30 percent to 40 percent of illegal immigrants in the United States arrived on tourist visas or other legal means and then never left, according to estimates by Homeland Security officials.
Efforts to determine whether visitors actually leave have faltered. Departure monitoring would help officials hunt for foreigners who have not left, if necessary. Domestic security officials say, however, it would be too expensive to conduct fingerprint or facial recognition scans for land departures.
The breach of privacy is probably the biggest threat to the biometric technique of iris recognition. Secondly, a device error can false reject or false accept the identity which can also have some heinous consequences. Lastly, the method isn’t the most cost-effective one. It is complex and therefore expensive. Furthermore, the maintenance of devices and data can also be relatively burdensome. However, thanks to the oil money and spending ability of Dubai, they are economically equipped to effectively embrace this system.