Greece entices non-EU property investors with residence offer

Greece entices non-EU property investors with residence offer

Greece will be offering residence to non-EU investors buying or renting property worth over €250,000 (HK$2.5 million), in a bid to revive its moribund real estate industry, officials say. The initiative, voted into law last week, comes in response to strong demand from Arab, Chinese and Russian investors, the officials from the interior ministry and property groups told a news conference yesterday.

Tuesday, 23 April, 2013, 3:51am

Taiwan protests over new mainland passports

Taiwan's President Ma Ying-jeou. Photo: EPA

Taiwan yesterday protested against the mainland for printing maps and pictures of the island in its new passports, calling their inclusion not only provocative but harmful to cross-strait relations.

President Ma Ying-jeou also urged Beijing to refrain from upsetting the hard-won peace and stability between the two sides.

24 Nov 2012 - 4:03am

20pc rise in mainland tourists expected after change in permit rules

A train at Sheung Shui, a stop away from the border. In Shenzhen, multi-visit permits will be available. Photo: EPA

Travel agencies on the mainland expect a 20 per cent increase in visitor numbers after a change in permit rules which will allow non-permanent residents of six cities easier access to Hong Kong, with the first surge arriving as early as next month.

1 Sep 2012 - 2:16pm

North Korean agents given passports by Kiribati and the Seychelles

North Korean agents given passports by Kiribati and the Seychelles

An activist has uncovered evidence in Hong Kong documents that North Korean agents were granted nationality and passports by the Seychelles and Kiribati, in spite of pledges not to do so.

Ken Kato, a Japanese human rights activist and researcher, has called for the two island nations to halt the practice.

22 Aug 2012 - 7:41am

You can't hurry love ... or pride in country and people

Pink Floyd were wrong when they sang 'We don't need no education', and not just because of their poor grammar. We should all be educated in the history of our own countries. But they were right when they added, 'We don't need no thought control.'

15 Aug 2012 - 11:03pm

City Digest

Court rejects academic's bid for judicial review

27 Jul 2012 - 12:00am

Academic battles poll ban

A City University academic whose foreign passport bars him from standing in the Legco election in September is challenging electoral law.

Hans Mahncke filed a judicial review application in the High Court yesterday after the Electoral Affairs Commission ruled he was ineligible to run in a geographical constituency or the functional constituency seat for the education sector.

13 Jul 2012 - 12:00am


Missing American's family believe he will be found

1 Jul 2012 - 12:00am

Passport ban ends on Yunnan women

Young women in three counties in Yunnan will be able to apply for passports like other mainlanders from today after the lifting of restrictions imposed seven years ago due to concerns that many were becoming prostitutes in nearby countries.

15 May 2012 - 12:00am

Talking points

Our editors will be looking ahead today to these developing stories ...

170 nations' emissaries seek ground for warming pact

14 May 2012 - 12:00am

Marks in passport foiled lying visitor

A mainland woman has been jailed for five months for lying about her travel plans and tampering with her passport to conceal previous deceit.

Huang Zhen was convicted in Sha Tin Court of false representation and possession of false documents.

20 Mar 2012 - 12:00am

No passport, no money and no way to get home

Penniless German citizen Ewald Widiner has to have one of the most bizarre applications for refugee status the city has seen.

Mired in a bureaucratic nightmare, the 62-year-old has been stranded in Hong Kong for more than a year and reduced to squatting in a building on Lamma Island because the German consulate refuses to give him a new passport.

11 Mar 2012 - 12:00am

Visas and other woes

Over the past month, my expedition partner, Leon McCarron, and I have made fast progress south along the Yellow River, and then crossed from the province of Shanxi into Shaanxi, and out of the mountains and onto flat, fertile plains that will lead us to Xian, the capital of Shaanxi and the ancient capital of China.

28 Feb 2012 - 12:00am

Cards that open doors

Companies using serviced offices often have staff members or overseas visitors who come to Hong Kong frequently on business and might not know that it is possible to get a travel pass that allows them to whizz through immigration.

16 Jan 2012 - 12:00am

Britons may be fined, held under new passport rules

Britons and other foreign nationals living on the mainland are legally required to keep their passports with them. But under new British rules, citizens needing to renew their travel documents must send them to the regional passport processing centre in Hong Kong.

22 Dec 2011 - 12:00am