How to get here
Asked to be dropped off at the St. John’s Building, 33 Garden Road. The Consulate is across the street and up the hill. The address of the St. John’s Building in Chinese script is 聖約翰大廈 花園道 33 號.
Use Exit J2 (stairs only) or the platform elevator to exit Central station. From Exit J2, follow signs to the Peak Tram Station. The Consulate is across the street and up the hill from the Peak Tram Station.
If you exit Central MTR station via the elevator, you will come out facing Pedder Street. Follow Pedder Street south (right) to Des Voeux Road Central, and then follow Des Voeux Road Central east (left) to Garden Road. Follow Garden Road south (right) up the hill to the Consulate.
Take routes 12, 12A, 12M, 13, 23, 23B, 40, 40M and 103. Get off at St. John’s Cathedral on Garden Road. The Consulate is up the hill two blocks and on the right.
Once you are here
Please follow the instructions below to the appropriate office. Please do not bring bundles or bags with you when you come to the Consulate. Please also be aware that food, liquids, and cell phones are not permitted inside the building.
- The American Citizen Services located on the First Floor: Please see American Citizen Services for more information.
The American Citizen Services Unit is located on the first floor of the Consulate, which does not have elevator access from the ground floor. If you are unable to use stairs, please call us at 2841-2211 at least one day before your appointment and we will arrange for service to be provided on the ground floor.
Those using a wheelchair can enter the Consulate building via a ramp located adjacent to the public entrance on Garden Road. Upon arrival at the Consulate public entrance, please identify yourselves to a guard and request assistance to the ramp.
Visitors with nursing children can request access to a small nursing room on the first floor of the Consulate. The room features a chair, a small counter, and can be locked from the inside. If visitors need the key, they can request it from staff at the windows.
What may I bring in with me?
Visitors may bring small, hand-carried items, such as purses or small folders containing application documents.
Applicants with small children may arrive with a stroller, but please note that the stroller must be left at the ground floor security checkpoint. Applicants with small children may bring any equipment necessary to care for their children during their visit, such as car seats, basinets, small diaper bags, bottles of baby formula, etc.
What may I NOT bring in with me?
Please take note of the prohibited items that will not be allowed into the Consulate and may result in your missing your scheduled appointment. We do not have storage for the following items; visitors in possession of these items will be turned away:
- Food and drink (except for baby formula as noted above); drinking water is available at the Consulate
- Firearms/edged weapons, including pocket knives
- Explosive devices
- Flammable liquids
- Other weapons/contraband
- Any bags, such as travel bags, backpacks, suitcases, briefcases, or cloth bags. Applicants can only carry hand bags 12 x 10 x 3 inches (30 x 24 x 7.5 centimeters); for nearby luggage storage information, please see Nearby Luggage Storage.
- Computers & computer accessories, including laptops
- iPads and other tablet devices
- Still & video cameras
- Other large electronic devices
These items may not be brought into the consulate, but we can provide temporary storage for them at the security checkpoint during your visit:
- Small electronic devices (cellular telephones, Smart phones, BlackBerry units, PDAs, Bluetooth devices etc.)
- iPods and MP3 players
- Handheld gaming devices
- Wearable electronic fitness devices
- USB/thumb drives
- Recording devices
- Other items deemed contraband by the Consulate’s Regional Security Office
Who may enter the Consulate for the appointment?
Access to the Consulate is limited, and generally only applicants are permitted to enter and be present during interviews. On a case-by-case basis, applicants may be accompanied by ONE non-applicant to assist during the application process if a special need is demonstrated. Please note: The Consulate has the right to refuse entry to any persons.
- For all services involving applicants under 16, both parents will be permitted to attend the appointment. For applicants 16-17, one parent will be permitted to attend.
- Special Needs Visitors: Applicants may bring one person to assist them if they are over 80 years of age, are disabled, or otherwise require assistance to complete the application process.
- Language: If you do not speak English, Cantonese or Mandarin, you may bring someone to assist with interpretation.
Due to waiting room size, the large volume of applicants and the time required to screen consular clients, persons not meeting the criteria above will not be permitted to accompany an applicant. Drivers, helpers, friends, and extra relatives must wait outside or return to meet the applicant after the service has been completed.
Last modified: December 5, 2022