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Bangladeshis to need Hong Kong visa from December

    The Immigration Department announced today (November 27) that with effect from December 11, nationals of the People's Republic of Bangladesh would require visas to enter Hong Kong for whatever purpose. The requirement includes those who are in transit and remain on the airside.

     At present, Bangladeshis may visit Hong Kong without a visa for up to 14 days.

     "Hong Kong adopts a liberal visa policy under which nationals of about 170 countries and territories may visit Hong Kong without a visa and stay for a duration of seven to 180 days. The Immigration Department regularly reviews its visa policies and will take into account factors such as the social, economic and political situation of countries and territories concerned. The objective of our visa policy is to accord due facilitation to genuine visitors while maintaining effective immigration control," an Immigration Department spokesman said.

     Hong Kong Special Administrative Region passport holders currently do not require a visa to visit Bangladesh. The spokesman reminded passport holders to check with the local Consulate General of the People's Republic of Bangladesh on the visa requirement before visiting the country in case there are any changes.

Ends/Monday, November 27, 2006
Issued at HKT 17:00