Hong Kong Transit Visa on Arrival (For Travel Vietnam to Australia)

So my scanario I will be bringing over my in laws from Vietnam and we are looking at two days transit/visit in Hong Kong. We have accommodations booked however have yet to source tickets to Melbourne.

I am waiting for rewards flight to be release with Cathay but they seemed to be taking their time releasing them.

Will it be possible for me to get a transit visa on arrival for my inlaws at Hong Kong or do I need to apply ahead of time.


  • Check the Australian government’s smart traveller website for information. Alternatively contact the HK consulate general.

    In my understanding Australian citizens do not need a visa for a short time in Hong Kong. I have no idea about people from Vietnam. Ask this question on Vietnam’s Ozbargain?!

  • Re: Re: Hong Kong Transit Visa on Arrival

    Is this visa on arrival for Hong Kong or Australia? Not sure if either has it.

  • For Hong Kong

  • This, https://www.immd.gov.hk/eng/services/visas/visit-transit/vis... , makes me believe they will need to apply for one before arriving.

  • Vietnamese passport holders don't have it easy when it comes to entering other countries.

    Put in applications for everything really early and never assume that it'll all be okay.

    • Shite then I’m in trouble then. Might just have to stay in the airport.

      • You haven't provided any dates etc so I don't know your available timeframes.

        My friend (VN passport holder) applied for a HK visa earlier in the year and it took almost a month to turnaround. It involved a bit of documentation. I don't know if that month is an indication of all applications.

  • Edited: Oops, I can see that you may be looking for flights to Melbourne and not Sydney. Slightly better chances, but look for an alternative in any case.

    I would not be waiting for rewards tickets on CX for HKG > SYD.

    It is one of their most popular redemption routes and the chances of you finding 3 tickets is essentially zero.

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