Visa Waiver Program

U.S. to cut red tape for tourists

In an effort to boost tourism in the United States and create jobs, President Barack Obama has ordered the streamlining of visa applications for the rapidly swelling ranks of tourists from mainland China and Brazil and the waiving of the requirement of a visa for visitors

Saturday, 21 January, 2012, 12:00am

HK's ranking falls on index of visa-free travel

Hong Kong's ranking for visa-free access to countries around the world has fallen, according to a study of the visa requirements of more than 180 countries and territories.

27 Feb 2009 - 12:00am

Australia relaxes study visa requirements

Hong Kong students wanting to study non-award courses in Australia will find it easier to apply for visas, thanks to recent changes by the country's immigration department.

The amount of evidence students need to provide when applying for a visa has been reduced, and students will now be able to complete their initial application online.

27 Sep 2008 - 12:00am

Calls mount for answers on visa policy

Business travel st arts to suffer

Pressure is building on China's foreign affairs ministry to explain new restrictions on issuing visas to foreign visitors - a move the American Chamber of Commerce calls a 'significant step backwards'.

21 Apr 2008 - 12:00am

HK reaches out to Solomons evacuees

'I have got my shirt and pants - this is all I possess'

Visa waivers and an $8,000 special assistance grant were offered to 37 Solomon Islands evacuees who arrived in Hong Kong yesterday.

The 17 former islanders with Hong Kong ID cards and 20 of their relatives either have Solomon Islands passports or are Chinese nationals.

26 Apr 2006 - 12:00am

Requirement of Australian law

I refer to the letter from John Wilson which appeared in the South China Morning Post, on January 31.

6 Feb 1998 - 12:00am

Effects of private bill would be far-reaching

I refer to your editorial headlined, 'Immigration confusion', published on April 18. I would like to clarify a few points.

First, there is no confusion on the part of the Government between section 11 and section 61 of the Immigration Ordinance (Cap 115).

28 Apr 1997 - 12:00am

Domestic helper treated fairly

I refer to the letter headlined 'Perplexed by rule' (South China Morning Post, July 8).

The requirement for a re-entry visa was waived from September 28, 1995, for foreign domestic helpers who return to Hong Kong within the limit of their stay to continue their employment with the same employer.

29 Jul 1996 - 12:00am

Spanish visas

THE Spanish Consulate-General will be encouraged to process visas as quickly and simply as possible, said the Secretary for Security, Alistair Asprey. He said the Hong Kong and the British Governments had lobbied against the move on October 1 requiring Hong Kong citizens to obtain a visa for travel to Spain.

11 Nov 1993 - 12:00am