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Do I need transit visa for layover in Hongkong?

Yangon (Rangoon...
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Do I need transit visa for layover in Hongkong?

I am Myanmar passport holder. I am going to Hualien city, Taiwan. My flight ( Mynamar national airline) will arrive HK on 5:45 am 27/6/18 and I need to change HK express flight to Hualien at 2:15 pm on the same day. Do I need transit visa to go from terminal 1 to terminal 2 at HK airport?

Thank you

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Hong Kong, China
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1. Re: Do I need transit visa for layover in Hongkong?

I believe that if you stay airside (i.e. do not pass through HK immigration then you do not need a visa.

However if you have any checked bags then I do not believe that Myanmar national ariline will check them through to HK Express. So you would need to enter HK in order to collect your bags and check them in again for the onward flight. To do this you would need a visa. The normal time to get a visa is 4-6 weeks, so it is probably too late for you to get a visa now.

So basically you can only make your journey if you travel with cabin baggage only.

Yangon (Rangoon...
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2. Re: Do I need transit visa for layover in Hongkong?

Thank you for information and advice

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3. Re: Do I need transit visa for layover in Hongkong?

https:/…visit-visa-entry-permit.html indeed confirms no need for visa if just transiting (i.e. staying airside) but to claim luggage and check in again (note: T2 is not a real terminal, it's a check-in desk area only) you do need visa to clear immigration and claim your luggage.

As it's in three weeks, you don't have the time to apply for visa, so no choice but to fly with hand luggage only.

Dhaka City...
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4. Re: Do I need transit visa for layover in Hongkong?

Hi

Did u face any problem there?in Hong Kong airport?

Actually I'll also go to Nanjing...&there will be a transit for 2 hr...

Plz hlp

New Forest National...
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5. Re: Do I need transit visa for layover in Hongkong?

What passport do you hold, if its Bangladeshi you need a transit visa. There are some exemptions but it wouldn't appear that you qualify;

https:/…hong-kong-transit-visa-waiver.html

Munster, Indiana
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6. Re: Do I need transit visa for layover in Hongkong?

Do I need visa for a day layover to Hong Kong . I'm holding USA passport. Thank You.

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7. Re: Do I need transit visa for layover in Hongkong?

See #3

Tokyo, Japan
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8. Re: Do I need transit visa for layover in Hongkong?

Hi. I am travelling from Da Nang, Vietnam to Tokyo through HK express, will layover in HK for 3 hours and then continue with Hongkong Airlines from HK to Tokyo. After I read your comments and advice, I decide to carry hand luggage only. My arrival to HK is at Terminal 1 and departure to Tokyo at T1, too, is that ok if I dont have transit visa for Hongkong?

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9. Re: Do I need transit visa for layover in Hongkong?

This all depends on what passport you hold. But a Vietnam passport is good for an airside transit, A Japanese passport is good for visiting HK without a visa. See: https:/…visit-visa-entry-permit.html

Tokyo, Japan
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10. Re: Do I need transit visa for layover in Hongkong?

Thank you for your reply. I hold Vietnamese passport so I'm so worried. I booked the ticket on Trip.com as a combo, but they are 2 carrier airlines and not each other partners. I have to check-in again for my next flight, can I do it inside transit area?

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