Easier clearance for Hongkongers visiting Korea from next week

Eligible HKSAR passport holders can sign up for automatic clearance services directly instead of doing pre-enrolment online

PUBLISHED : Wednesday, 17 August, 2016, 10:07am
UPDATED : Wednesday, 17 August, 2016, 10:16am

Hongkongers visiting Korea will find it easier to use the automated clearance services starting next week.

Currently, eligible holders of the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region passport are required to complete online pre-enrolment and produce the printed notification slip for the use of the automated clearance service at centres in Korea.

From Monday, HKSAR electronic passport holders will be able to sign up for the service directly at enrolment centres in Korea without the need for pre-enrolment, the Immigration Department announced on Tuesday.

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The enrolment criteria remain unchanged. The service is free of charge and on a voluntary basis.

HKSAR electronic passport holders aged 17 or above with no adverse record in Korea can enrol at centres in Korea with their passport, which must have at least six months’ validity.

Successful applicants will be able to use the automated immigration clearance system.

Those who have already completed online pre-enrolment but have not yet enrolled in Korea can also do so at the centres without producing the notification slip if they meet the criteria under the new arrangement.

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Reciprocally, Korean passport holders aged 17 years or above and who have no adverse record in Hong Kong can take their passport with a validity period of at least six months to the enrolment offices at the city’s international airport, the Macau ferry terminal and the city’s immigration headquarters to enrol for the e-Channel service in Hong Kong directly, without performing pre-enrolment online.

The online pre-enrolment service will not be available from Monday.

Hong Kong and Korean passport holders whose enrolment for using automated clearance services under the existing arrangement is still valid are not required to enrol again.

For detailed information, please visit the websites of the Immigration Department at www.immd.gov.hk and the Korean authority at www.ses.go.kr.