Nonimmigrant Visas

The Consular Section of the U.S. Consulate General in Hong Kong is responsible for providing visa services to those seeking to enter the United States for a temporary period and for those wishing to take up indefinite or permanent residence in the United States.

Please visit our Global Support Services (GSS) website for complete information on applying for a nonimmigrant U.S. visa, including a directory of nonimmigrant visa categories.

All visa interviews at the U.S. Consulate General in Hong Kong are handled on an appointment basis only. Individuals seeking general information about U.S. visas or needing to schedule a visa appointment should visit Apply for a U.S. visa.

Telephone: English, Cantonese and Mandarin speaking customer service agents are ready to assist you 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. Monday through Friday. The call center is closed weekends and Hong Kong holidays, as observed by the U.S. Consulate.

You may call 852 5808 4666 (8 a.m. to 8 p.m. Monday through Friday) from Hong Kong & Macau.

You may call 1-703-665-1986 (8 a.m. to 8 p.m. Eastern Standard Time) if you are in the United States.

Email: For general information about visas and routine inquiries, please write to

For a specific case in which the applicant has been interviewed by a consular officer, A and G visa type, or concerning an immigrant visa case, please use Visa Inquiry Form.

Hours of Operation

General Office Hours for the Consulate General
Monday – Friday 8:30 – 12:30 and 1:30 – 5:30

Rainy and Typhoon Season

The annual rainy and typhoon season lasts throughout the autumn months. Please be advised that if Black Rainstorm Warning OR Typhoon Signal 8 or above is announced by the Hong Kong Observatory, the Consulate General will be closed.

Individuals with Nonimmigrant Visa appointments will be notified by email and invited to login to their accounts in order to cancel and reschedule the appointment online.

Holiday Schedule for 2019

The following list includes all official holidays (both U.S. and Hong Kong) for 2019.

Closure Date U.S./Local Holiday
Tuesday, January 1, 2019 New Year’s Day (A/L)
Monday, January 21, 2019 Martin Luther King’s Birthday (A)
Tuesday, February 5, 2019 First day of the Lunar New Year (L)
Wednesday, February 6, 2019 Second day of the Lunar New Year (L)
Thursday, February 7, 2019 Third day of the Lunar New Year (L)
Monday, February 18, 2019 President’s Day (A)
Friday, April 5, 2019 Ching Ming Festival (L)
Friday, April 19, 2019 Good Friday (L)
Monday, April 22, 2019 Easter Monday (L)
Monday, May 27, 2019 Memorial Day (A)
Friday, June 7, 2019 Tuen Ng Festival (L)
Monday, July 1, 2019 Hong Kong Special Administrative Region Establishment Day (L)
Thursday, July 4, 2019 Independence Day (A)
Monday, September 2, 2019 Labor Day (A)
Tuesday, October 1, 2019 National Day (L)
Monday, October 7, 2019 Chung Yeung Festival (L)
Monday, October 14, 2019 Columbus Day (A)
Monday, November 11, 2019 Veterans Day (A)
Thursday, November 28, 2019 Thanksgiving Day (A)
Wednesday, December 25, 2019 Christmas Day (A/L)
Thursday, December 26, 2019 First Week-Day after Christmas Day (L)

A – American Holiday/L – Local Holiday

Notes: Two local holidays falling on Saturday are not included in the 2019 holiday schedule (The day following Good Friday, April 20, 2019, and the day following Chinese Mid-Autumn Festival, September 14, 2019). Two local holidays are also not included (Labor Day, May 1, and the day following the Birthday of Buddha, May 13).

All visa interviews at the U.S. Consulate General in Hong Kong are handled on an appointment basis only. Please visit our web-based information system (Apply for a U.S. Visa) or make a free call to our call center service at 5808 4666 for assistance on visa applications. Visa applicants can book appointments through a convenient online system on this website, or by speaking with a call center agent.

An overview of the steps required to apply for a visa can be found here: Apply for a Visa

The Consulate is located at 26 Garden Road, Central, Hong Kong

How to get here

By taxi:
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.

By MTR/Train:
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.

By bus:
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 and cell phones are not permitted inside the building.

  • The American Citizen Services located on the First Floor: All of our services are by appointment only. Please see American Citizen Services for more information.
  • Immigrant Visa Unit 
    Located on the First Floor. Immigrant visa applications are processed by appointment only. Please see Immigrant Visas for further information.
  • Nonimmigrant Visa Unit 
    Located on the Ground Floor. Please see “Apply for a Visa” for more information.

Visitors may bring small, hand-carry items such as a purse or a small folder containing application documents. Please take note of the prohibited items that will not be allowed into the Consulate and may result in you missing your visa appointment.

Prohibited Items (NOTE: DO NOT bring to the Consulate. The Consulate cannot store these items. Visitors in possession of these items will be turned away from the Consular Section).

  • Firearms/Edged weapons;
  • Explosive devices;
  • Flammable liquids;
  • Any food or consumable. Drinking water is available;
  • 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);
  • Computers/accessories, including laptops;
  • iPads and other tablet devices;
  • Still/video cameras;
  • Pocket knife with a blade of less than 2.5 inches;
  • Other large electronic or electrical devices

Non-Dangerous Prohibited Items (Can be Retained at the Guard Checkpoint)

  • Small electronic devices (cellular telephones, Smart phones, BlackBerry units, PDAs, Bluetooth devices etc.);
  • iPods and MP3 players;
  • Handheld gaming devices;
  • Smartwatches;
  • Wearable electronic fitness devices;
  • USB/thumb drives;
  • Recording devices (includes smart watches and other non-traditional devices);
  • Other items deemed contraband by Consulate Regional Security Office

If you have items which are not permitted to bring into the Consulate, you may wish to store it to the Nearby Luggage Storage. The Consulate General does not vouch for the price or quality of service of any of the organisations. This list of suggestions is provided only as a convenience for those requesting services we are unable to provide.

Access to the Consulate is limited and generally only applicants are permitted to enter and be present during visa interviews. On a case-by-case basis, applicants may be accompanied by ONE non-applicant to assist the applicant during the visa application process if a special need is demonstrated. Please note: The Consulate has the right to refuse entry to any person.

  • Special Needs Visitors: Applicants may bring one person to assist them if they are over 80 years of age, are a minor child, or are disabled and require assistance to complete the application process.
  • 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, friends, and extra relatives, including the relatives of interpreters, must wait outside or return to meet the applicant after the interview has been completed.

Personal or domestic servants who are accompanying or following an employer to the United States may be eligible for B-1 visas. This category of domestic employees includes, but is not limited to, cooks, butlers, chauffeurs, housemaids, valets, footmen, nannies, mothers’ helpers, gardeners, and paid companions.

Those accompanying or following to join an employer who is a foreign diplomat or government official may be eligible for an A-3 or G-5 visa, depending upon their employer’s visa status.

Applicants and employers can find the relevant visa requirements here: Domestic Employee Visa

The Guam-CNMI Visa Waiver Program allows certain passport holders to travel to Guam and Saipan without a visa. Participating countries / geographic areas: Australia, Brunei, Hong Kong (holders of BNO passport and HKSAR passports), Japan, Malaysia, Nauru, New Zealand, Papua New Guinea, Singapore, Republic of South Korea, Taiwan (Residents who begin travel in Taiwan and fly to Guam or Saipan without an intermediate layover or stop en route), and United Kingdom.Hong Kong Special Administrative Region is included in the Guam-CNMI Visa Waiver Program. However, only persons holding the British National Overseas (BNO) passports or Hong Kong Special Administrative Region (HKSAR) passports are eligible for this program. Hong Kong identification card will be required for HKSAR passport holders for admission. Persons holding Hong Kong Special Administrative Region Document of Identity for Visa Purposes (HKDI) or Macau Special Administrative Region (Macau SAR) passports are not eligible for this program.Note: Individuals holding BNO passports traveling to Guam and Saipan under the Guam-CNMI Visa Waiver Program must also present a Hong Kong identification card. Travelers traveling to Guam or Saipan under Guam-CNMI Visa Waiver Program should know that the program:

  • Allows the admission not to exceed 45 days.
  • Allows admission only to Guam or the CNMI (Saipan).
  • Does not provide for onward travel to the rest of the United States.
  • Requires completed and signed Guam-CNMI Visa Waiver Information form (Form I-736), and a completed Arrival-Departure Record (Form I-94), Both forms are available from the participating airlines.
  • Requires valid unexpired ICAO compliant, machine readable passport.
  • Requires no previous violations of any prior admissions to the United States.
  • Requires Hong Kong identification card if travel with HKSAR passport. Beginning May 23, 2011, individuals traveling with BNO passports must also present a Hong Kong identification card.
  • Requires Taiwan National Identity Card and valid Taiwan passport with a valid re-entry permit if travel with Taiwan passport.

Please see Guam-CNMI Visa Waiver Program for more information.