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I'm an Indian national planning to travel to Hong Kong in coming May. I'm eligible for pre-arrival registration (PAR) before travelling an so need not apply for a visa. After staying there for a week, I'll be travelling to Seoul. However, the flight is from Macau and not HK.

I'm wondering if its allowed to enter through HK and leave through Macau to other destinations? Actually, I was going through this offical link https://www.immd.gov.hk/eng/services/visas/pre-arrival_registration_for_indian_nationals.html and got confused as it reads "...and hold onward or return tickets (unless in transit to the Mainland of China or the Macao Special Administrative Region), before entry to the HKSAR may be granted".

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Short answer: Yes, you can enter through Hong Kong and leave through Macau. Technically, the onward tickets requirement does not apply at Hong Kong given the travel plan in question, but you are not gaining much as the same requirement applies at Macau anyway.


While Hong Kong SAR and Macau SAR are part of China, the two regions operate separate immigration control from each other. Thus, in the view of immigration authorities, you are visiting two separate immigration regions:

  1. You are visiting Hong Kong for a week and then leaving for your next destination Macau.
  2. You are visiting Macau very briefly - arriving from Hong Kong (presumably not by plane) and departing to Seoul, South Korea by plane.

Thus, one is certainly allowed to enter through HK and leave through Macau, in the sense that they are actually, in order, entering Hong Kong, leaving Hong Kong, entering Macau, and leaving Macau, just like how a traveller would do in a multi-country itinerary.

Actually, I was going through this offical link https://www.immd.gov.hk/eng/services/visas/pre-arrival_registration_for_indian_nationals.html and got confused as it reads "...and hold onward or return tickets (unless in transit to the Mainland of China or the Macao Special Administrative Region), before entry to the HKSAR may be granted".

For the Hong Kong portion of your trip, as noted in the linked Pre-arrival Registration for Indian Nationals page, in addition to submitting the registration, you still need to satisfy officers you fulfil the general immigration requirements, including:

  1. Visitors are required to have adequate funds to cover the duration of their stay without working and, unless in transit to the Mainland of China or the Macao Special Administrative Region, to hold onward or return tickets. [...]

As Hong Kong does not really separate the concept of short stay and (non-sterile/direct) transit. One can technically argue your week-long trip in Hong Kong is "in transit" to Macau, though all it does is waive the requirement for onward tickets when entering Hong Kong.

Having that said, showing your flight tickets from Macau to Seoul to immigration officers in Hong Kong can only strengthen your case when seeking entry. In addition, immigration officers in Macau would expect to see the onward tickets as part of their immigration requirements anyway. Needless to say, please ensure you can also satisfy the other immigration requirements for Macau.

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  • Do I need to have a proof that I'll be traveling to Macau from HK? I was thinking of buying ferry/bus tickets on spot.
    – Lawhatre
    Mar 28, 2023 at 1:21
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    @Lawhatre Not from Hong Kong Immigration, given they've explicitly stated the exception and the practical reality that nearly everyone buy their bus/ferry tickets to Macau on the spot. The party that brings you to Hong Kong might give you some grief though - your Macau-Seoul ticket may be sufficient, but it is impossible to be 100% certain as it is down to an individual interpreting the rules.
    – B.Liu
    Mar 28, 2023 at 4:42
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While HK and Macau have their own immigration system and policies, China insists very much on the fact that it is a single country, even if Macau and Hong Kong have a special status (under the “one country, two systems” rule).

So if you travel from HK to Macau or mainland China, it cannot be considered a transit or an onward connection to another country, as officially, it’s the same country. But in terms of HK immigration policy, travelling to either one is exactly the same as travelling to a third country: you are leaving HK territory.

So from HK’s point of view, whether you have a flight out from HK to a third country or travel to Macau or mainland China, you have fulfilled that condition. You should have some proof that you will be travelling to Macau, though the ticket departing from Macau may be enough for this purpose.

However, you still need to be able to enter Macau under their own rules (probably very similar those of HK, but I really have no idea if they are identical in your situation or not).

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