Investment Visa Overview

Hong Kong Residency & Citizenship options

The Hong Kong Investment Visa Program is designed to attract overseas entrepreneurs and professionals to invest and start businesses in Hong Kong. The program offers a fast-track arrangements for applicants to obtain permanent residency in Hong Kong. The program is open to all nationalities, and successful applicants will be granted full residency rights in Hong Kong.

Program 1
  • Name
    Hong Kong Entrepreneur Investment
  • Description

    The applicant is in a position to contribute significantly to the economy of the HKSAR, with factors including, but not limited to, business plan, business turnover, financial resources, investment sum, number of jobs created locally, and introduction of new technology or skills.

  • Requirements

    In order to be eligible for the program, applicants must have a minimum investment of HK$6.5 million (US$837,000) in a business in Hong Kong

  • Validity
    2 years (2y-3y-3y)
  • Investment Type
    Active
  • Avg. Processing Time
    1 month
  • Investment Amount
    HK$6.5 million
  • Avg. Agent Fee
    N/A
  • Physical Presence Requirement
    No requirements, but less than 36 months of absence for permanent residency.
  • Can family be included?
    Yes
Program 2
  • Name
    Hong Kong Startup Visa
  • Description

    A candidate may also submit an application if he or she intends to establish or join a startup business. If the start-up business is supported by a government-backed program with rigorous screening and selection, and if the applicant is the owner or partner of the start-up business or a key researcher for the relevant project, the Immigration Department may favorably review the application.

  • Requirements

    There is no minimum investment amount, so we put the base at $50,000 as a minimum on the country overview, however, this is likely way too low.

  • Validity
    2 years (2y-3y-3y)
  • Investment Type
    Active
  • Processing Time
    1 month
  • Investment Amount
    No mimimum
  • Avg. Agent Fee
    N/A
  • Physical Presence Requirement
    No requirements, but less than 36 months of absence for permanent residency.
  • Can family be included?
    Yes
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Mobility Options
Passport Overview

According to the SovSpot Passport Ranking Index, the Hong Kong passport is now ranked 18th. It allows entrance to 175 countries without requiring a visa. As a result, it is regarded as one of the world's most desirable passports, with a high mobility score. Visa-free travel and visas on arrival are available to Hong Kong passport holders in countries such as Brazil, the European Union, the United Kingdom, the United Arab Emirates, and Canada. Hong Kong passport holders, on the other hand, need a visa to visit 54 countries around the world. Taiwan, India, and the United States are among the countries that require a visa.

Passport Rank

18

Visa Free Countries

175

Mobility Stats
  • Dual Citizenship Allowed?
    No
  • Visa Free Destinations
    139
  • Visa on Arrival
    31
  • Visa Online
    5
  • Visa Required
    10
  • Visa Free Access
    Schengen, UK, Canada, China, Japan, Russia
  • World Surface Area Reachable
    74%
  • Unesco Heritage Sites Access
    63%
Passport Ranking Factors

Hong Kong Passport Visa Free Countries

The number of countries Hong Kong passport holders can enter without a visa (i.e. visa-free countries) and those Hong Kong passport holders can enter by obtaining a visa on arrival (i.e. visa-on-arrival countries) or an electronic travel authorization is added up to determine the Hong Kong passport ranking relative to other global passports (eTA). There are now 139 visa-free countries for Hong Kong passport holders, 31 visa-on-arrival countries for Hong Kong passport holders, and 5 eTA destinations. In total, Hong Kong passport holders can visit 175 countries without a visa, via visa on arrival, or using an eTA. As a result, the Hong Kong passport is ranked number 18 in the world.; In addition to these Hong Kong visa-free and visa-on-arrival countries, Hong Kong passport holders must also get a physical visa or an eVisa to visit 54 other countries (i.e. visa required countries).

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    No
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