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:
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?
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?