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I am an Indian citizen and have plans to travel to Hong Kong on work in a couple of months. I applied for the 14-day Pre Arrival Registration (PAR) but the application was unsuccessful (from forums online I have learnt that the system fails everyone who had their passport issued from my city). Now I must apply for a visa.

I have 2 questions:

  1. Are my odds of getting the visa are at risk because of the unsuccessful PAR? Anyone who was denied a PAR and later got the visa?

  2. From the document requirements online, it looks like I only need to submit a photocopy of my passport and not the original. Since the visa takes about 4 weeks to be issued, I would like to keep my original passport so I can travel while the visa is processing. Could someone please confirm that this is correct?

  • There are many on TripAdvisor who had an unsuccessful attempt at PAR but later got their visa. It is just a time consuming process but there is no such thing that PAR rejection leads to a visa rejection. – trollster Dec 19 '18 at 16:26

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