Hong Kong Immigration - Latest News

Latest news from HK Immigration includes:


  •   Due to coronavirus epidemic globally, Hong Kong has launched a red alert for travellers from all countries.
       All travellers arriving in Hong Kong must undergo a 14-day home quarantine or medical surveillance.
       People heading to the mainland China, Macau, or Taiwan will not be affected the travel alert. Earlier already a 14-day mandatory quarantine has been imposed to people returning to HK home from mainland China.
       The advice for all Hong Kong citizens is not to plan travelling abroad for business or leisure, unless it is absolutely necessary.

Starting at 00h00 on 25th March 2020, all non Hong Kong residents will not be permitted to enter Hong Kong during the next 14 days.


  • All non-HK residents arriving via flights (i.e. the HK International Airport) will not be permitted to enter Hong Kong.
    All non-HK residents coming from Mainland China, Macau, or Taiwan will not be permitted to enter Hong Kong, if they had been to other countries in the past 14 days.
    No transit services via the Hong Kong International airport will be available.
    All HK residents and non-HK residents coming from Macau, or Taiwan will have to undergo quarantine.

Interest on Tax Reserve Certificates

  • August 13,2018
  • Government Gazette published today (August 3) contains a Legal Notice to the effect that the Secretary for Financial Services and the Treasury has authorised a change in the rate of interest payable on Tax Reserve Certificates. From August 6, 2018, the new annual rate of interest will be 0.0767% against the current rate of 0.0433%; that is, the new rate will be $0.0064 per month per $100.

    Tax Reserve Certificates bear simple interest and interest is calculated monthly (including part of a month) from the date of purchase to the date of payment of tax.

    Interest is only credited when certificates are used to pay tax and no interest is due where the principal value of a certificate is repaid to its holder.

    The rate of interest payable on Tax Reserve Certificates is periodically revised in line with the market trend. Currently, it is reviewed every month based on the average prevailing interest rate for the six-month time deposit below $100,000 offered by the three note-issuing banks.

    The new rate will apply to all certificates purchased on or after August 6, 2018. Certificates purchased before August 6, 2018, will continue to earn interest at the rates prevailing on their respective purchase dates. More interest rate information can be found in the Inland Revenue Department website (www.ird.gov.hk). The public can also obtain a copy of Tax Reserve Certificate Interest Rate Table from our 24-hour information hotline at 1878033. Below is a summary of the interest rates for past periods:

    For certificates purchased on or after
    January 5, 2009 and before February 2, 2009; 0.3667% per annum

    For certificates purchased on or after
    February 2, 2009 and before June 1, 2009; 0.2667% per annum

    For certificates purchased on or after
    June 1, 2009 and before August 3, 2009; 0.1167% per annum

    For certificates purchased on or after
    August 3, 2009 and before December 7, 2009; 0.0833% per annum

    For certificates purchased on or after
    December 7, 2009 and before January 4, 2010; 0.0667% per annum

    For certificates purchased on or after
    January 4, 2010 and before August 6, 2018; and 0.0433% per annum

    For certificates purchased on or after
    August 6, 2018, until further notice. 0.0767% per annum

    This is always subject to the general rule that interest ceases to accrue after 36 complete months.

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