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One way ticket to HKG & Immigration question

Old Mar 15, 20, 6:54 am
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One way ticket to HKG & Immigration question

Does anyone know if I, a British passport holder booked a one way ticket to Hong Kong will be cleared by Immigration? My mate was saying that apparently they do not immigration clear visitors with one way ticket on a visitor visa (which allows me to stay upto 6 months). My plan is basically to apply for jobs there while I am on my tourist visa, then apply for a working visa, and to activate that, I will then goto Macau and re-enter.

Just thinking if I can't and need to book a return ticket, what happens if I don't use the return leg as I would likely have a working visa then and no desire to return ? Can I cancel the return leg ?
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Old Mar 15, 20, 6:57 am
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I frequently enter HKG on one-way tickets and have never been questioned about it. Anyone doing CX Avios hops around Asia will be similar. I have never intended to work there though. YMMV of course.
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Old Mar 15, 20, 7:01 am
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I frequently enter HKG on one-way tickets and have never been questioned about it. Anyone doing CX Avios hops around Asia will be similar. I have never intended to work there though. YMMV of course.
Thats what I was thinking - I goto HKG very frequently - 3 times a year and I have never once needed to show my return ticket.

I assume you are in the same position as myself? British passport holder with no HKID?
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Old Mar 15, 20, 7:05 am
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Possibly and depends on what the fare conditions of the return ticket say - if it's non-refundable it would be taxes and fees only.

Information as of 15MAR20 / 1303 UTC
National United Kingdom (GB)
Embarkation United Kingdom (GB)
Destination Hong Kong (SAR China) (HK)
Hong Kong (SAR China) (HK)

Passport required.
- Passports and other documents accepted for entry must be
valid for a minimum of 1 month beyond the period of intended
stay.
- Documents accepted for entry issued by Hong Kong (SAR
China) must be valid on arrival.
Passport Exemptions:
- Passengers older than 10 years with a Hong Kong (SAR China)
permanent identity card.
- Passengers older than 10 years with a Hong Kong (SAR China)
identity card. The card must have the asterisk or 'R' code.
- Passengers with a Re-entry Permit issued by Hong Kong.
- Passengers with a British emergency or temporary passport.
Admission and Transit Restrictions:
- Passengers who reside or have been in the Hubei Province
(China People's Rep.) in the past 14 days are not allowed to
enter Hong Kong (SAR China).
- Passengers who have been in China (People's Rep.), Iran or
the Emilia-Romagna, Lombardy and Veneto regions (covering
Bologna, Milan, Venice and Verona) in Italy in the past 14
days, are not allowed to enter if their permitted stay in
Hong Kong (SAR China) is less than 14 days.
- Passengers who have been in Korea (Rep.) in the past 14 days
are not allowed to enter Hong Kong (SAR China).

Visa required, except for Passengers with a British passport
with nationality British Citizen for a maximum stay of 180
days.
Visa required, except for Passengers with a British passport
with nationality British Subject , British Overseas
Territories Citizen , British National (Overseas) , British
Overseas Citizen or British Protected Person for a maximum
stay of 90 days.
Visa required, except for Passengers with a British emergency
or temporary passport.
Visa required, except for Passengers with a Hong Kong (SAR
China) permanent identity card.
Warning:
- All arriving passengers and crew members must present a
completed Health Declaration Form to the Department of
Health upon arrival.
- Passengers arriving from or having been in China (People's
Rep.), Iran, Korea (Rep.) or the Emilia-Romagna, Lombardy
and Veneto regions (covering Bologna, Milan, Venice and
Verona) in Italy in the past 14 days, are subject to
compulsory quarantine for 14 days.
- People who have been in France (Bourgogne-Franche-Comte and
Grand Est), Germany (North Rhine-Westphalia), Italy, Japan
(Hokkaido) or Spain (La Rioja, Madrid and Pais Vasco) in the
past 14 days, are required to stay in a quarantine center
for 14 days.
- Passports and other travel documents accepted for entry are
considered valid until the day before the expiration date.
- Visitors not holding return/onward tickets could be refused
entry.

- Except if holding a British passport endorsed British
National (Overseas) .
Hong Kong (SAR China) (HK)

Vaccinations not required.

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Old Mar 15, 20, 7:13 am
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Possibly and depends on what the fare conditions of the return ticket say - if it's non-refundable it would be taxes and fees only.
Thanks for the clarrification. I was reading a website and they recommended services such as https://onwardticket.com/ or for me to book a fully refundable one way onward ticket. Is this something you would recommend ?
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Old Mar 15, 20, 7:14 am
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Thanks for the clarrification. I was reading a website and they recommended services such as https://onwardticket.com/ or for me to book a fully refundable one way onward ticket. Is this something you would recommend ?
It doesn't really sound like anyone will check anyway. Up to you really.
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Old Mar 15, 20, 7:15 am
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HONG KONG

14-day mandatory quarantine of CTA arrivals to HK to begin midnight Thursday https://www.scmp.com/news/hong-kong/...d-travel-alert
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Old Mar 15, 20, 7:18 am
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Thanks - that is to be expected.
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Old Mar 16, 20, 1:48 am
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I can't exactly say I'm a regular in HK, having now transited 5x since December 2019, but not once have I been asked anything at all by immigration.

I'm not a British citizen, but a SA national with UK permanent residence. My visits which have been of varying length.. 12 hours to 5 days, and I have had no questions at all.

Not even a how long are you staying!!
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Old Mar 16, 20, 2:14 am
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At the moment, you will be sent to a quarantine camp (charged per day) or highly likely refused entry.

Not the time to come to HK to find your fortune....

Also, no idea what kind of job you want, but best to apply from the UK, unless its casual work in Wan Chai or Temple Street.
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Old Mar 16, 20, 3:03 am
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In my experience it is the airline asking based on TIMATIC.

I have never had an immigration officer ask, but had a CX agent in HK ask me when I was flying HKG to Manila. He was not going to check me in. Negotiated around this by saying I would get a ticket purchased when I am in the lounge and surely at boarding I was asked to show proof of an onwards flight.

Currently I live in Singapore, every time I check in I am asked for my residency card or an onward flight confirmation.

As we all know, once the airline asks and you cant prove, there is no point to argue.

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Old Mar 16, 20, 3:07 am
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Travelled to HKG a few weeks ago on a one way ticket no problem. Not queried at check in nor at immigration.
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Old Mar 16, 20, 3:27 am
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Just book an onward award flight and cancel it after check-in and immigration but within the 24 hour cool-off period.
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Old Mar 16, 20, 3:38 am
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Are you a medical professional? If not, I suspect you may be quite disappointed in the job opportunities you come across in HK at the moment.

Nonetheless HK immigration won’t care about a one way ticket. BA might but I doubt they’ll be flying there after today.
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Old Mar 16, 20, 3:42 am
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Not sure if this is the same, flew into HK on an open jaw ticket, never questioned about my onward travel.
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