Trip to Hong Kong: Do Filipinos Need Visa or Not?

Exactly 2 years ago,11.11.11 (11th of November 2011), I was at Hong Kong International Airport with B for the first time

Exactly 2 years ago,11.11.11 (11th of November 2011), I was at Hong Kong International Airport with B

My friend, are you going to Hong kong soon?  Glad to know that your dream of going there will be fulfilled.  I hope you read my blog entry on how you can save on your HK trip 😉

Aside from the recent natural disaster the Philippines is facing, another news concern the travelling Filipinos.  Just recently, HK Legislators voted 41-3 , with 7 abstentions, favoring former HK Security Chief Regina Ip Lau Suk-yee’s petition amending the visa-free access of Filipinos in their country.  This is due to the hostage crisis that had happened in Manila with a Filipino gunman hostaging HK Tourists in a bus.

I don’t want to dwell on this issue.  An opinionated side of me would like to write a post about it.  But then, that would-be post is lengthy.  Instead, I’ll just cater to those travellers who are concern about the recent events.

As posted by Raul Hernandez – our Department of Foreign Affairs’ Spokesperson, visa-free entry for Filipinos is still valid.  This was posted today (11th of November 2013) on his official twitter account.

Latest tweet about HK visa-free access by Raul S. Hernandez, DFA Spokesperson

Latest tweet about HK visa-free access by Raul S. Hernandez, DFA Spokesperson

What does it mean?  It means the votes of some HK Legislator is not yet in effect.  Which means, there is still a chance that it will not happen granted that there’s some talks between HK & Philippine Government.  As for me, though the tourism of our country and other ASEAN countries will benefit from it, I hope it will not happen.

If you can still retrieve his tweet, he also gave a link on Department of Foreign Affairs website for all Filipino travellers who plan to go to Hong Kong in the future.  Again, as of this time (11th of November 2013), we can still enjoy a 14-day stay in Hong Kong as tourist without any visa.  However, travellers were advise to check the following websites for updates and confirmation.

Here’s the list as posted on DFA’s advisory:

  1. Hongkong Immigration Department

http://www.immd.gov.hk/en/services/hk-visas/visit-transit/visit-visa-entry-permit.html#part2.

  1. Philippine Consulate General in Hong Kong

http://www.philcongen-hk.com
https://www.facebook.com/pcghk

Inquiries may also be sent to the Philippine Consulate General in Hongkong through the following:

Email: hongkongpc@philcongen-hk.com

SMS/text: +852 9155 4023.

LATEST UPDATE!!!  As of February 5th 2014, all Filipinos with “Diplomatic” or “Official” Passports are now require to get Visa before entering Hong Kong.  But for my Kababayans with a simple passport, we can still enter HK visa-free.  Please do visit Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) website for the latest news.

Stay safe, my friend! 🙂

-Tinakits-

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8 thoughts on “Trip to Hong Kong: Do Filipinos Need Visa or Not?

  1. Hi Tinakits!

    My boyfriend will visit in Hongkong this weekend. But he need to print some documents,i want to ask if is there any facility in HongKong Airport Terminal 1, in where he can log in his email and get the file then print it in HongKong Airport? Please reply! Thank you!!

  2. Hi Tinakits!

    My boyfriend will visit in Hongkong this weekend. But he need to print some documents,i want to ask if is there any facility in HongKong Airport Terminal 1, in where he can log in his email and get the file then print it in HongKong Airport?

    • Hi Larah! Thanks for reading. HK airport is so big, I have not really scanned the place really well yet. Since your boyfriend have time, I suggest that he prints and prepare all documents needed prior to his flight. Better prepare before the trip then take chances.

      Hope I helped you and your boyfriend. TC!

  3. hello. just wanted to ask. mag isa lang kasi akong pupunta ng HK and kaka-resign ko lang sa work. Gusto ko lang sana mag-vacation doon ulit kahit 3 days lang. Actually, I’ve been there 3 times na pero may kasama ako noon pero now ako na lng mag isa. Makakalusot kaya ako sa Phil. Immigration kapag sinabi kong resigned ako and I just wanted to have vacation?… Thank you.

    • Hi! I see nothing wrong naman. Since you went there before and your passport proved that you return to our country, I am very confident that you will enjoy your flight hassle-free. Just secure your stuff lang po.

      Enjoy your vacay!

  4. ello. just wanted to ask. mag isa lang kasi akong pupunta ng HK and kaka-resign ko lang sa work. Gusto ko lang sana mag-vacation doon ulit kahit 3 days lang. Actually, I’ve been there 3 times na pero may kasama ako noon pero now ako na lng mag isa. Makakalusot kaya ako sa Phil. Immigration kapag sinabi kong resigned ako and I just wanted to have vacation?… Thank you.

  5. HI!!! Just want to ask lang if visa free parin ba until now? Kasi i plan to travel HK this month. Ano ba mga kailang ppagdating o papers need pagdating sa airport? Kailangan ba ng show money or credit card pag pupunta sa HK?

    • Hi RA!

      Yes, HK is still visa-free. You just need to bring your roundtrip tickets, details on where you will stay (Name of hotel, address, contact details) and Passport. If you’re working, bring your Company ID. Lately, Immigration Officers are always asking me about it as proof that I have steady source of income and will not go TNT in any country I will go to.

      Enjoy HK! 🙂

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