Renew HKSAR passport: Documents Required, Processing Time and How to Make Appointment
The Hong Kong government has scrapped compulsory quarantine for inbound travellers, which brings back the desire for travelling for many Hong Kong people. Since it has been a while before anyone can travel, it’s worth it to check if your passport is still valid before you proceed to book for your holidays.
If your passport is due to expire, this article covers everything you need to know when it comes to renewing your passport. Want to spend smarter? Get the right overseas spending credit cards from MoneySmart.
Ways to renew your passport
Applicants can use the self-service kiosks located in the Immigration Head Office in Wan Chai or Branch Offices dotted in 7 districts to renew their passports without prior appointment. If you do not have passport photos ready, you can have them taken at the passport kiosk with no additional charge.
Applicants over the age of 17 can renew their Hong Kong SAR passport online from almost anywhere in the world via Hong Kong Immigration Department website or apps.
Apply by Post
Applicants can use the postal service to renew a passport. Simply mail the completed application Form ID 841 along with the required documents to the following address: Travel Documents and Nationality (Application) Section Immigration Department 4/F, Immigration Tower, 7 Gloucester Road, Wan Chai, Hong Kong. Don’t forget to pay the passport fees with a check or have the money transferred.
Applicants can also apply in person in any of the Immigration offices during office hours. To shorten the queuing time, applicants should make an appointment booking in advance online or by phone (2598 0888). If you don’t, your appointment booking will be served on a first-come-first-served basis until the quota is full.
|4th Floor, Immigration Tower, 7 Gloucester Road, Wan Chai||8:45am - 4:30pm (Mon - Fri)
|2nd Floor, Harbour Building, 38 Pier Rd, Central, Hong Kong||8:45am - 4:30pm (Mon - Fri)
|Level 2, Sceneway Plaza, Sceneway Garden, 1-17 Sceneway Road, Lam Tin.||8:45am - 4:30pm (Mon - Fri)(12:45-2:00pm lunch break)
|Ground Floor, 28 Kimberley Street, Tsim Sha Tsui, Kowloon.||8:45am - 4:30pm (Mon - Fri)(12:45-2:00pm lunch break)
|3rd Floor, Sha Tin Government Offices, 1 Sheung Wo Che Road, Sha Tin.||8:45am - 4:30pm (Mon - Fri)(12:45-2:00pm lunch break)
|Shops 405-407, 4/F, Jubilee Square, 2-18 Lok King Street, Fo Tan.||8:45am - 4:30pm (Mon - Fri)(12:45-2:00pm lunch break)
|1/F & 2/F, Tuen Mun Siu Lun Government Complex, 19 Siu Lun Street, Tuen Mun. (The Self-Service Station is located on 1/F and counter services are available on 2/F)||8:45am - 4:30pm (Mon - Fri) (12:45-2:00pm lunch break)
|1/F, Yuen Long Government Offices, 2 Kiu Lok Square, Yuen Long.||8:45am - 4:30pm (Mon - Fri)(12:45-2:00pm lunch break)
Supporting documents required to renew your passports
|Age of applicants||Required Documents|
|18 or above|
|16 or 17 (Married）||Completed Online Application Form Recent Colour Passport Photos Against White Backdrop Copy of Marriage Certificate|
|16 or 17（Unmarried）|
|15 or under||Completed Online Application Form Recent Colour Passport Photos Against White Backdrop Consenting parent or legal guardian's Hong Kong identity card or valid travel document(s). The child's birth certificate (not required if the child was born in Hong Kong)|
|10 or below|
Passport Renewal Fees
|Age of Applicants||Pages||Fees|
|16 or above（Valid for 10 years）||32||HK$370|
|16 or above （Valid for 10 years）||48||HK$460|
|Below 16 （Valid for 5 years）||32||HK$185|
|Below 16 （Valid for 5 years）||48||HK$230|
Hong Kong Passport / Visa Photo Requirements and Size
- Background: A solid white background
- Size: 50 mm x 40 mm
- Head size in frame: 32mm x 36mm
When you take the photo, please do not wear head dress, and heavy make-up and overly dark or overly light-coloured clothing should also be avoided.
Passport Renewal - Processing Time
Upon application, it usually takes 5 days for Immigration Department to process your passport renewal application. It will usually take another 2-3 days to process if you do not apply in person. When your application is approved, the Immigration Department will let you know when and where to collect your passport.
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Best Travel Insurance in Hong Kong
|Travel insurance plan||Premium as low as||Features|
|Allianz Travel - Silver Plan||HK$219.3||COVID-19 travel protection|
|AXA SmartTraveller Plus||HK$158|
|STARR Companies TraveLead||HK$190||Accidental Death or Total Permanent Disability coverage up to HK$1,000,000|
|FWD TravelCare Insurance||HK$200||Cover for leisure and amateur sports activities during the journey|
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How do I renew my HKSAR passport?
- You can renew your HKSAR passport at kiosk, online, by post or in person.
If my passport is about to expire, what should I do with my pre-booked air ticket?
- You can still renew your passport and in most cases, you are allowed to amend your passport number upon check in.
What is the HKSAR passport photo requirement?
- The size of the photo must be 40mm (width) x 50mm (height), where the size from chin to crown of the person photographed should 32mm x 36mm. The background should be plain white.