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How To Apply For A Hong Kong Identity Card | Updated November 2023 | Waiting Times Still Long

November 6th, 2023

Posted in Employment Visas, Family Visas, Feature Article, Investment Visas, Musing, Special Programmes, The Hong Kong Visa Geeza /


How To Apply For A Hong Kong Identity Card

Average Time To A Booking c 45 Days

ImmD publish a useful series of video on their YouTube channel. The 2 videos that follow teach you how to go about applying for a Hong Kong Identity card. These links have now been updated as of November 2023.

The post today is topical as the Territory-Wide Smart ID Card Replacement Exercise came to an end earlier this month and it has been a nightmare for Residents to get timely appointments for new ID cards ever since. No walk-in appointment is allowed either.

No doubt this will get better soon but waiting times of more than one month are routine with all online booking slots taken up as soon as they become available.

How To Apply For A Hong Kong Identity Card

Features Of The Smart Identity Card


However, ImmD are doing their best:

The Immigration Department (ImmD) announced today (October 30) that a newly established Registration of Persons (ROP) – Kwun Tong (Temporary) Office will commence operation on November 1 to cope with the increasing service demand for identity card registration



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The Hong Kong Visa Geeza (a.k.a Stephen Barnes) is a co-founder of the Hong Kong Visa Centre and author of the Hong Kong Visa Handbook. A law graduate of the London School of Economics, Stephen has been practicing Hong Kong immigration since 1993 and is widely acknowledged as the leading authority on business immigration matters here for the last 24 years.

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