Gambians will now require visitor’s visa for Hong Kong

The Immigration Department announced on its website on Friday, 6 February 2015 that nationals of the Republic of the Gambia would require a visa to enter Hong Kong for whatever purpose (including those who remain on the airside in transit) from February 12.

At present, nationals of the Republic of the Gambia may visit Hong Kong visa-free for a stay of up to 90 days. No reason for the change of policy has been given in the press release.

“Hong Kong has all along adopted an open visa policy, under which nationals of about 170 countries and territories may visit Hong Kong visa-free for periods ranging from 7 to 180 days. With a view to ensuring a proper balance between the facilitation of genuine visitors and the need to safeguard the integrity of immigration control, the visa policy is subject to constant review and changes will be introduced if circumstances so warrant,” an Immigration Department spokesman said.

With a few exceptions, the Hong Kong immigration authorities have the right to refuse any person permission to land.

Again with a few exceptions, you require a visa or entry permit to work, study, establish or join in any business or to take up residence in Hong Kong. Otherwise, you are taking the risk of being refused admission on arrival.

Persons who need a visa or entry permit for visit (or purposes other than a visit) should obtain the appropriate visa or entry permit before travelling to the HKSAR.