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Angola, Burundi and Cameroon nationals require
visa for Hong Kong


    The Immigration Department announced today (February 18) that from next Monday (February 21), nationals of Angola, Burundi and Cameroon will require a visa to visit Hong Kong.

    A department spokesman said the visa decision was made for security and immigration control reasons. The visa will be required for any visit, whatever the purpose, including airside transit.

    At the moment nationals of the three countries are able to visit Hong Kong visa free for up to 14 days.

    "Hong Kong has long adopted a liberal visa policy on the entry of foreign visitors. At present, nationals of about 170 countries and territories may visit Hong Kong without a visa and stay for 7 to 180 days," the spokesman said.

    "The Immigration Department regularly reviews its visa policies and will take into account factors such as the social, economic and political situations of countries and territories concerned in order to devise a visa policy that will accord due facilitation to genuine visitors while maintaining effective immigration control," added the spokesman.

Ends/Friday, February 18, 2005


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