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 Transit visa for Hongkong ???
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Posted on 08-26-08 12:33 PM     Reply [Subscribe]
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Do Nepalese traveling with Cathay pacific need transit visa for Hongkong?
 
Posted on 08-26-08 12:43 PM     Reply [Subscribe]
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If you are connecting with Dragon Air, I think you do not require a transit visa anymore (as long as you do not exit the airport). I am not sure if the same rule applies if the connection is between Cathay and another airline.

 
Posted on 08-26-08 1:20 PM     Reply [Subscribe]
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Absolutely not if you are travelling with Cathay. I just travelled Nepal this summer with Cathay.

 
Posted on 08-26-08 4:29 PM     Reply [Subscribe]
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You should be fine as visas are no longer required if you have the Dragon/Cathay combination.  Note, in order to transit, you do need to have a valid US/Canadian visa, or in some cases, you will not be allowed to board the flight.  See comments below:

Important update: Aug 8, 2008.

If you are staying on an expired visa or don’t have permanent residency, you will not be allowed to board a flight though Hong Kong.  Note, the transit visa clearly states that Nepalese must be holding a valid visa or proof of residency. (We have highlighted this section in green in the official memo for Cathay) 

Original posting from Dec, 2007

Hong Kong Transit visas not required for Nepali passport holders

With the introduction of Dragon Air’s flights to Kathmandu on December 2, 2007, Nepali passport holders are no longer required to have a transit visa prior to entry while taking a flight via Cathay or Dragon Air via Hong Kong.

In the past, all Nepali passengers were required to have a transit visa to fly through Hong Kong.

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Excerpt from Official Cathay Memo

Dear Sir/Madam: Please be advised that Hong Kong Immigration Department has announced the extension of the Airside Transit Without Visa arrangement to Nationals of Nepal provided that they are flying with CX and KA with connections in HKIA starting from the date Dragonair begins the services between Hong Kong and Kathmandu on 02 December 2007.     The transit requirements for the Nepalese are similar to that of Bangladeshis, Pakistanis and Sri Lankans.  Nepalese must hold valid visa or proof of residency of USA, the maximum transit time should be within 12 hours and the arrival passengers will be accompanied by airline staff throughout the transit period at Hong Kong International Airport. For further details, click here http://www.cxagentsusa.com/GeneralInformation/subdefault.asp?SectionID=9 On behalf of Cathay Pacific Airways, we would like to take this opportunity to thank you for your continued support. Sincerely, Lisa R. Manning

Manager, Revenue Management Unit


Source: fly2nepal.com



 
Posted on 08-27-08 3:24 PM     Reply [Subscribe]
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Thanks Chipledhunga, Monking bird and Zen Travel.  How about e-ticket ?  Chipledhunga, did you use e-ticket when you travelled to Nepal recently.  I have seen on Zen Travels webside that Dragon air can not process e-ticket at Kathmandu as of Jan 2008.  Is it still true or they already started to use e-ticket? Thanks all again for the  help/info.


 
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NKC, my travel was on Feb-Mar 2007, and I used paper ticket. Now, I think, following IATA's mandate, all tickets are electronic except for special circumstances. Also, when I was traveling, Nepali citizens still required visas even to stay airside during transit.

 
Posted on 09-01-08 11:41 AM     Reply [Subscribe]
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we r going nepal ,with travel document from cathay pacific .do we need to have a valid visa or traveling with travel document we don't need to have a valid visa.
 
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guys, is the transit visa free rule only applicable with Cathay Pacific? I'm traveling the same route on Jet Airways next week.... 
 
Posted on 10-01-10 12:21 PM     [Snapshot: 1958]     Reply [Subscribe]
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Birodh, you probably need one since you are flying Jet.  As far as I know, if you are connecting between Cathay and Dragon, you are exempt provided that the transit time does not exceed 12 hours (also see the previous posts).  Also, I think, recently RA passengers were also granted exemption (I assume this applies to passengers traveling selected routes and connecting from selected airlines).  You may want to apply for your visa ASAP or change your route since you are traveling next week.  Good luck!!!
 
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http://www.nepalairlines.com.np/?section=hkgvisa&action=browse



With effect from 12 July, 2010 Nepalese passengers travelling by
Nepal Airlines to the following countries via Hong Kong are exempted
from obtaining TRANSIT VISA for Hong Kong under floowing conditions.

  • (a) the Nepalese airside passenger should hold a valid entry VISA bound for destinations in

    AUSTRALIA, CANADA,
    NEW ZEALAND, JAPAN, REPUBLIC OF KOREA, THE UNITED KINGDOM, THE USA, THE SHENGEN
    MEMBER STATES- AUSTRIA, BELGIUM, CZECH REPUBLIC, DENMARK, ESTONIA, FINLAND, FRANCE,
    GERMANY, GREECE, HUNGARY, ICELAND, ITALY, LATVIA, LITHUANIA, LUXMEBOURG, MALTA,
    NETHERLANDS, NORWAY, POLAND, PORTUGAL, SLOVAKIA, SLOVENIA, SPAIN, SWEDEN, AND
    SWITZERLAND.




    Or he/she is holding residence visa/permit of these countries. The temporary suspension of transit visa
    requirement is not applicable when the passenger returns to Nepal via Hong Kong;

  • (b) the scheduled departure of the passengers from Hong Kong must be within 12 Hours or the same day of his/her
    scheduled arrival in Hong Kong;


  • (c) The passenger should submit the photocopy of ticket for onward connecting flight and copy of passport bearing
    photo of the passenger to the airlines.



 
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In the above post, note "The temporary suspension of transit visa requirement is not applicable when the passenger returns to Nepal via Hong Kong;"

 


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