Hong Kong: BN(O) Passports No Longer Valid for Identification or Travel to Hong Kong

February 5, 2021 Lucy Halse

Key Points

  • BN(O) passports are no longer valid for identification or travel to Hong Kong
  • Individuals with a BN(O) and HKSAR passport must use their HKSAR passport for air travel to Hong Kong
  • Non-Chinese national BN(O) passport holders may apply for a Document of Identity for Visa Purposes for international travel
  • Hong Kong Permanent ID Cards can still be used for identification and immigration clearance

Overview

The government of Hong Kong has announced that British National Overseas (BN(O)) passports can no longer be used as proof of identity or for travel to Hong Kong.

What are the Changes?

Effective January 31, 2021, BN(O) passports will no longer be accepted as valid travel documentation for immigration clearance or for local identification in Hong Kong.

Individuals who have both a BN(O) and Hong Kong Special Administrative Region (HKSAR) passport must use their HKSAR passport for air travel to Hong Kong. Individuals who are not Chinese nationals and only have a BN(O) passport may apply for a Document of Identity for Visa Purposes if they want to travel internationally.

What Should Employers and Applicants Know?

Hong Kong Permanent ID Cards are still valid for identification and immigration clearance in Hong Kong.

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Content in this publication is not intended as legal advice, nor should it be relied on as such. For additional information on the issues discussed, consult an Envoy-affiliated attorney or another qualified professional.

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