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How to get through Hong Kong International Airport faster

Australian passport atop a map

Getting on a plane is always my moment of ultimate relaxation. I begin to unwind as I enjoy a nice champagne, perhaps stretch out on a flat-lie bed for a nap, or enjoy a movie or two before landing. But one thing when travelling overseas is always imminent – the immigration queue.

Hong Kong is one of the destinations I most frequently travel to and as one of the busiest hub airports in the world getting through passport control takes a lot of patience. Even with their carefully maintained queues the waiting time can be long when all you want to go is grab your luggage and explore.

On my last trip to Hong Kong I decided I’d had enough of the long lines and instead opted to pick up a HKIA Frequent Visitor e-Channel Card. This means I get to skip the ‘visitor’ lines and instead head into a specially designated e-channel which is significantly shorter. Instead of the half an hour wait time I was in and out of immigration in 10 minutes – just the efficiency I like to help me get on my holiday or to a business meeting just that little bit faster with just one little sticker on the back of my passport.

Where can I use the Frequent Visitor e-Channel card?

The free card can be issued to you at Hong Kong International Airport and then can be used at the following ports:

  • Hong Kong International Airport
  • Lo Wu
  • Lok Ma Chau Spur Line
  • Shenzhen Bay
  • Macau Ferry Terminal
  • China Ferry Terminal

How do I get the Frequent Visitor e-Channel card?

As mentioned above, the best way to get the Frequent Visitor e-Channel card is to get it when going through Hong Kong International Airport’s immigration as they have a designated office where you can enrol for the card and it takes about 10-minutes to sign up for it.

The office is located just past passport control, that is after you passport is stamped to enter Hong Kong. Do not go through to the baggage reclaim hall as the enrolment offices are just before that.

Where to get a frequent entry visa into Hong Kong from HKIA

Are there any conditions?

There are a number of conditions associated with receiving a Frequent Visitor e-Channel card. The two most important ones being that you must meet all eligibility criteria to claim entry into Hong Kong and have visited Hong Kong a minimum of three times in a 12-month period.

For more information be sure to read How to get a HKIA Frequent Visitor e-Channel Card

Would you use one of these cards to speed through immigration?

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7 Comments

  • Reply
    Michael
    August 27, 2012 at 4:26 pm

    Never knew about e-channel Card. It would really make a lot easier for traveller’s because of this. Thanks for sharing!

    • Reply
      Nicole
      August 27, 2012 at 4:29 pm

      I didn’t know about it until about three-months ago. Really simple service and I hope you make the most of it!

  • Reply
    Hogga
    August 28, 2012 at 3:07 am

    Good tips… now if only I went through Hong Kong more… *sigh*

  • Reply
    Leif
    August 29, 2012 at 8:25 am

    That’s really cool that they offer that. I wish more countries did that. When I own my own airport, I’m gonna offer that. Thanks for sharing Nicole 🙂

  • Reply
    Nicole
    August 29, 2012 at 9:45 am

    It is a really cool system that not enough people take advantage of, Leif… well that’s a good thing for us 😉

    Your own airport, huh? So I should be nice and hope that I get a visa or VIP access right? 🙂

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    Quentin
    February 1, 2017 at 12:03 am

    How soon does it expire (passport or year)??

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