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Up until now, Indians enjoyed the privilege of visiting Hong Kong and staying there for 14 days without a visa as long as they had a valid Indian passport. However, come January 23, 2017 and things will change as Hong Kong plans to withdraw this free-visa entry facility for Indians. The move comes as a shock to over half a million Indians who visit Hong Kong every year for a vacation or work. According to visa officials, this is a pilot move and once they see the impact on the local economy, they will take a final call on the matter. Also Read - Yuzvendra Chahal's Latest TikTok Video Featuring Family During COVID-19 Lockdown is Hilarious | WATCH
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The change in the visa-free entry to Hong Kong means Indians planning to go there need to apply for a pre-arrival registration online. Once they successfully complete it, they can enter Hong Kong with their passport. The move is to reduce the number of asylum seekers who come from India. Asylum seekers are people who leave their home country to seek asylum in another one. The number of Indians seeking asylum in Hong Kong is on the rise as the country offers food and stay facilities free of cost until their asylum request is processed. This move is to curb this number from India.
But if you have a stop over at Hong Kong airport and you are not going to leave the airport during transit, you do not need to apply for a pre-arrival registration. But if you plan to explore the country, you will have to fill the form online before your journey. While there are several countries where Indians need a visa to enter, there are many others that do not require a visa or give Indians visa on arrival.
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