HK government welcomes visa-free entry policy for cruise ships at coastal provinces


15th May 2024 – (Hong Kong) The Hong Kong Special Administrative Region (HKSAR) Government has expressed its warm welcome to the recently announced policy by the National Immigration Administration (NIA) regarding visa-free entry for foreign tourist groups traveling on cruise ships along the coastline of China.

In response to the NIA’s announcement, a spokesperson from the Culture, Sports, and Tourism Bureau (CSTB) highlighted Hong Kong’s status as Asia’s prominent cruise hub. The city attracts visitors from all over the world who come for cruise travel, often choosing to stay in Hong Kong before or after their voyages to explore the city’s tourism offerings. This influx of visitors brings significant economic benefits to Hong Kong.

The CSTB believes that the new policy measures introduced by the NIA will encourage international cruise lines to develop more itineraries that include both mainland ports and Hong Kong, further solidifying Hong Kong’s role as a core demonstration zone for multi-destination tourism. This development will also contribute to the growth and advancement of Hong Kong’s cruise industry.

The Culture, Sports, and Tourism Bureau are committed to enhancing Hong Kong’s competitiveness as Asia’s premier cruise hub through a range of measures. They intend to seize the opportunities presented by the country’s expanding cruise industry.

This announcement signifies the HKSAR Government’s positive outlook on the future of cruise tourism and its commitment to fostering collaboration and growth in the industry.

Issued on Wednesday, May 15, 2024, at HKT 18:01.