Hong Kong and the UK

Services if you're visiting, studying, working or living in Hong Kong. Includes information about trading with and doing business in the UK and Hong Kong.

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Emergency help for British nationals

Get help if you're the victim of crime, you've been arrested, or are affected by a crisis abroad.

  1. British Consulate General Hong Kong

    We maintain and develop relations between the UK and Hong Kong. The British Consulate-General in Hong Kong provides services to British nationals living in and visiting Hong Kong and Macao.

  2. Compensation for victims of terrorist attacks abroad

    Compensation for terrorist attacks abroad - eligibility, acts of terrorism covered, application form, helpline

  3. Compensation if you're a victim of crime abroad

    If you're a UK resident and have been injured because of a violent crime abroad, you can usually apply for compensation

  4. Get help if you're a victim of crime abroad

    Contact the nearest British embassy, commission or consulate to get help if you're the victim of crime abroad

  5. Help if you're arrested abroad

    Find out what the Foreign and Commonwealth Office can do to help if you or someone you know is arrested abroad.

  6. Hong Kong – Prisoner Pack

    Explanation of the legal and prison system to British Nationals

  7. Rape and sexual assault abroad: returning to the UK

    Information for British nationals affected by rape or sexual assault abroad and returning to the UK, including how to access medical treatment and legal advice in the UK.

  8. What to do if you’re affected by a crisis overseas

    Advice for British nationals affected by crises abroad, including terrorist attacks, natural disasters and major political unrest, and information on what help the Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO) can provide.

Passports and emergency travel documents

Includes how to cancel a lost passport, renew a passport and apply for an emergency travel document.

  1. Apply for or renew a British passport if you're visiting the UK

    You can apply for or renew a British passport while you're visiting the UK - as long as you expect to be in the UK for long enough

  2. Cancel a lost or stolen passport

    What you need to do if your passport has been lost or stolen and you need to travel urgently - emergency travel document and replacement passport.

  3. Get an emergency travel document

    Apply for an emergency travel document if you're outside the UK and haven't got a valid British passport - apply online, how to apply, fee, timings

  4. How to apply for a British National Overseas passport from Hong Kong

    Use this guide to help you apply for a British National Overseas (BNO) passport from Hong Kong.

  5. Overseas British passport applications

    Renew, replace or apply for an adult or child British passport if you’re living abroad or working overseas - forms, prices, how long it takes

Travelling to Hong Kong

Includes travel advice and how to get married abroad.

  1. Driving abroad

    You'll need a Great Britain or Northern Ireland licence to drive abroad and an International Driving Permit in some non-EU countries

  2. Getting married abroad

    Requirements, paperwork and processes for weddings and civil partnerships overseas - registration, restrictions, fees

  3. Hong Kong (SAR of China) travel advice

    Latest travel advice for Hong Kong including safety and security, entry requirements, travel warnings and health

  4. Reduce your risk from terrorism while abroad

    How to minimise your risk and what to do in the event of a terrorist attack.

  5. Taking a vehicle out of the UK

    Taking your car out of the UK - when VAT is not payable on a car you are exporting, procedures, registration and vehicle tax

Coming to the UK

Get a visa to study, work or visit the UK.

  1. Apply for a Commonwealth visa in Hong Kong

    Guidance on how to apply for a visa for a Commonwealth country or British overseas territory in Hong Kong.

  2. Check if you need a UK visa

    You may need a visa to come to the UK to visit, study or work.

  3. Chevening Scholarships for students from overseas

    Chevening Scholarships are one-year Masters’ degrees for graduates from eligible countries who could be future leaders. Find out about eligibility and how to apply.

  4. Contact UK Visas and Immigration about your application

    How to contact UK visas and immigration (UKVI) from inside and outside the UK.

  5. Get your visa, immigration or citizenship documents back

    Get your documents returned if you've made a UK visa, immigration or citizenship application but need them back urgently

  6. Hong Kong: apply for a UK visa

    Information about how to apply for a UK visa in Hong Kong, including visiting the visa application centre and supporting documents needed.

  7. Tuberculosis test for a UK visa: clinics in Hong Kong

    Where to get tested for tuberculosis (TB) in Hong Kong for your visa application.

Living in Hong Kong

Includes how to access healthcare, get a document legalised, lists of lawyers and how to vote abroad.

  1. Accessing UK Government services in Hong Kong and Macao

    Accessing UK Government services in Hong Kong and Macao – a quick reference guide

  2. Hong Kong (SAR of China) travel advice

    Latest travel advice for Hong Kong including safety and security, entry requirements, travel warnings and health

  3. Hong Kong – List of Lawyers

    List of English speaking lawyers in Hong Kong

  4. Hong Kong – List of Medical Facilities

    The following list of medical facilities provides information on public and private hospitals and medical centres in Hong Kong.

  5. Hong Kong – List of translators and interpreters

    List of English speaking translators and interpreters in Hong Kong

  6. Living in Hong Kong

    How to access the essential information you need when travelling to or living in Hong Kong as a British National.

  7. Support for British nationals abroad: A guide

    This guide highlights some of the main ways you can help yourself stay safe abroad and what help the FCO can provide.

  8. Voting when you’re abroad

    How to vote if you're going to be abroad temporarily on election day, and what to do if you're moving overseas long term

Tax, benefits, pensions and working abroad

Includes how to pay tax, claim State Pension and get tax credits abroad.

  1. Claiming benefits if you live, move or travel abroad

    Benefits you can claim if you go abroad and countries with social security arrangements with the UK

  2. Moving or retiring abroad

    What you need to know if you move or retire abroad - tax, pensions, voting and contacting your local council

  3. National Insurance if you go abroad

    Contact HM Revenue and Customs (HMRC) to find out if you need to pay National Insurance when you work abroad

  4. State Pension if you retire abroad

    How to claim State Pension if you're overseas - payment, tax, change of circumstances - contact the International Pension Centre

  5. Tax credits if you leave or move to the UK

    Tax credits if you live abroad, go travelling, are a cross-border worker or subject to immigration control

  6. Tax on foreign income

    Find out whether you need to pay UK tax on foreign income - residence and ‘non-dom’ status, tax returns, claiming relief if you’re taxed twice (including certificates of residence)

  7. Tax on your UK income if you live abroad

    Find out whether you need to pay tax on your UK income while you're living abroad - non-resident landlord scheme, tax returns, claiming relief if you’re taxed twice, personal allowance of tax-free income, form R43

  8. Work in another EU country

    UK citizens can work in any European Economic Area country and Switzerland without a work permit - where you can work, your rights, protection for posted workers and National Insurance payments

Birth, death and marriage abroad

Includes how to get married, list of funeral directors and how to register a birth abroad.

  1. Bereavement Information for Hong Kong

    Information to assist those bereaved following the death of a British national in Hong Kong.

  2. Getting married abroad

    Requirements, paperwork and processes for weddings and civil partnerships overseas - registration, restrictions, fees

  3. Guidance for UK citizens planning to have a child in Hong Kong, but live elsewhere

    Guidance on what to do when UK citizens who live in Macao or southern China are planning to have a child in Hong Kong

  4. Hong Kong – List of international funeral directors

    The following list of international funeral directors provides information on companies for repatriation of remains overseas or local burial

  5. Information for those of Indian ethnic origin

    Clarification of Indian nationality law.

  6. Information for those of Nepalese ethnic origin

    British nationals of Nepalese descent may be eligible to register as British citizens.

  7. Register a birth abroad

    Parents must register the birth in the country where the child was born - find out if you can also register the birth in the UK

  8. Surrogacy overseas

    Information for British nationals who are considering entering into surrogacy arrangements in foreign countries.

  9. What to do after someone dies

    The steps you must take when someone dies - register a death, report a death with Tell Us Once, coroners, funerals and death abroad

News and events

Find out about the UK government's diplomatic, security and development work in Hong Kong.

  1. UK and Hong Kong

    Updates, news and events from the UK government in Hong Kong

Trade and invest

Includes investing and setting up a business in the UK and doing business in Hong Kong.

  1. Business investment in the UK: Guidance for overseas businesses

    Guidance on why overseas companies should set up and locate their businesses in the UK. Includes information on UK business investment and Foreign Direct Investment (FDI) opportunities.

  2. Call for bids: written review of existing literature on tariff and non-tariff barriers to UK-Hong Kong Trade

    The British Consulate-General in Hong Kong is conducting a trade review to identify options to overcome barriers to the trade in goods and services between the UK and Hong Kong. Individuals with relevant expertise are invited to bid to write a review of literature on non-tariff measures and their importance to HK-UK bilateral trade.

  3. Department for International Trade Hong Kong

    Department for International Trade (DIT) helps UK-based companies succeed in the global economy. We also help overseas companies bring their high-quality investment to the UK’s dynamic economy.

  4. Overseas Business Risk - Hong Kong

    Information on key security and political risks which UK businesses may face when operating in Hong Kong.

  5. Set up a business

    What you need to do to start a business: choose a legal structure, see if you need licences and insurance, learn about reliefs and benefits

British embassy or high commission

Includes contact details, opening hours and consular fees and local services.

  1. British Consulate General Hong Kong

    We maintain and develop relations between the UK and Hong Kong. The British Consulate-General in Hong Kong provides services to British nationals living in and visiting Hong Kong and Macao.

  2. Consular enquiries in Hong Kong

    Information on services provided by the British Consulate General in Hong Kong and other UK government departments.

  3. Hong Kong – Consular Fees

    Details of Consular Fees

  4. Notarial and documentary services in Hong Kong

    Documents, certificates, letters and notes available at British Consulate-General Hong Kong.