Effective immediately, foreign nationals entering Hong Kong as visitors are allowed to attend an event to give speeches and presentations without obtaining a separate employment permit, under certain conditions.
- The duration of the event must be no longer than seven days.
- The visitor must not be remunerated for speaking or presenting at the event (other than reimbursement for accommodation, travel, meals and other expenses relating to the event).
- The visitor can only attend one event to deliver speeches or presentations during each permitted period of stay.
Nationals of about 170 countries and territories may visit Hong Kong without a visa/entry permit for a period ranging from seven days to 180 days. Other nationals must obtain a visit visa to enter Hong Kong.
Persons in Hong Kong with visitor status may not take any paid or unpaid employment, establish or join any business or become a student.
Apart from the new permission to give speeches as above, visitors may engage in the following business-related activities:
- concluding contracts or submitting tenders;
- examining or supervising the installation/packaging of goods or equipment;
- participating in exhibitions or trade fairs (except selling goods or supplying services direct to the public, or constructing exhibition booths);
- settling compensation or other civil proceedings;
- participating in product orientation; and
- attending short-term seminars or other business meetings.
Companies sending employees to Hong Kong for any business-related activity should always consult their Newland Chase immigration specialist to confirm whether the proposed activity is allowed as a visitor, or whether an employment visa is required.
For advice and information on immigration to Hong Kong in general, please email us at firstname.lastname@example.org.