Hong Kong is one such country where Indian tourists can get a visa on arrival, without any prior documentation and applications.
Hong Kong Visa on Arrival for Indian Tourists
A tourist visa is granted free of charge at Hong Kong International Airport, if your stay is less than 14 days. However, an onward flight ticket (Flight tickets can be booked on Yatra or Expedia) within 14 days to India or any other destination is required or else visa may not be issued. Also your passport should be not expiring within 6 months with atleast one empty page. When applying for a visa, you need to be as specific as possible, because some visas only allow entry into the country via air travel. If you plan on entering Saudi Arabia through Bahrain, you might need a special notice or type of visa. Additionally, if you don’t have a Hajj visa for a pilgrimage, you cannot enter through Madina or Jeddah airports. This restriction affects Muslim travelers as well. Although there aren’t any specific requirements for UK citizens to enter Saudi Arabia, there are a few basic requirements you should worry about first. Any visa class will allow you to apply for 3 or 6 months of stay. You’ll also need to decide if you’ll enter the country once, or if you’ll be moving in and out of the Saudi Arabian border. With particular concerns regarding passports, you’ll need to be sure that your passport is valid for six months after anticipated entry into Saudi Arabia. Passport validity is a common requirement through many foreign countries, but each country fluctuates on the time frame required. Here you will get the best ways to get visa for Saudi Arabia. Overall, Saudi Arabia visas are hitting record times for processing. But if you’re looking to move through the process as quickly as possible, you should consider applying for an e-visa which will save you time spent in an office, but also allow you the most direct application method.
The immigration officer might also ask you to show proof of accommodation. So, it is best to book you hotel in Hong Kong on the web prior to arrival. Accommodation can be booked on Yatra, Expedia or Hotels.com.
Hong Kong no longer punches a visa, entry and exit stamps on your passport. Your passport is scanned and a slip containing your name, passport number, date of arrival & exit within date is stapled to your passport. Do not loose this slip until you exit Hong Kong.
Hong Kong Visa, if your stay is more than 14 days
If your stay is more than 14 days, you need to apply for a visa at the Chinese embassy. The processing might take about four to six weeks.
The following documents should be submitted at any one of the Chinese Embassy in India.
- Completed Hong Kong Visa application form
- Photocopy of passport and two color photographs (official size not mentioned)
- Covering letter from the applicant or applicant’s company stating the reason for long travel
- Original invitation letter (either from a relative or friend or business contact)
The cost of processing the visa is not known. If you have any queries visit the Chinese Embassy website or directly visit them at Chinese Embassy/Consulate-General in either Delhi, Mumbai or Kolkata.
Disclaimer – All the information provided above are as on December 2013.