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Hong Kong withdraws visa-free facility for Indians

Hong Kong, a special administrative region of China has withdrawn the visa-free facility for Indians who will have to complete a pre-arrival registration. Henceforth, Indian Nationals will require Pre-arrival Registration.

Thus, Indian nationals must successfully complete pre-arrival registration online before they can visit or transit Hong Kong if seeking to enter the region during transit.

 The pre-arrival registration will be valid for a 6 month period or until the expiry date of the Indian passport linked to it, whichever is earlier. It will be not required for Indian nationals in direct transit by air and not leaving the airport transit area. This decision was taken on the ground to prevent illegal immigration as number of Indian asylum seekers was on the rise. Over half a million Indians visit Hong Kong for business, trade and holidays. 

Background

Earlier, Hong Kong used to be part of a block of countries that gave Indians unconditional visa-free entry. Indians were permitted to enter Hong Kong with a valid passport for a period up to 14 days without a visa. However in recent times, it was found that Indian nationals were overstaying in Hong Kong by violating visa norms.

Comment

Hong Kong’s unilateral decision came a year after its government had sent a delegation headed by the Assistant Director of Immigration from the Immigration Department and Hong Kong Police in December 2015 to India. It had informed concerns about “illegal employment” and “human trafficking” involving Indians in Hong Kong to the Union Ministry of External Affairs. They even had expressed concern that many Indians taking up jobs even though Hong Kong does not allow visitors to work.

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Hong Kong revokes visa-free entry to Indians

Hong Kong, a China-administered special territory has decided to withdraw visa-free facility for Indians from January 23, 2017.

This decision was taken on the ground to prevent illegal immigration as number of Indian asylum seekers was on the rise. Over half a million Indians visit Hong Kong for business, trade and holidays.

Under the new rules, Indian travellers will have to complete a pre-arrival registration. Such pre-registration would notvisa-hongkong be necessary for those transiting through the Hong Kong airport without leaving the airport transit area. 

Background

Earlier, Hong Kong used to be part of a block of countries that gave Indians unconditional visa-free entry. Indians were permitted to enter Hong Kong with a valid passport for a period up to 14 days without a visa. However in recent times, it was found that Indian nationals were overstaying in Hong Kong by violating visa norms.

Comment

Hong Kong’s unilateral decision came a year after its government had sent a delegation headed by the Assistant Director of Immigration from the Immigration Department and Hong Kong Police in December 2015 to India. It had informed concerns about “illegal employment” and “human trafficking” involving Indians in Hong Kong to India’s External Affairs Ministry. They even had expressed concern that many Indians taking up jobs even though Hong Kong does not allow visitors to work.

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India imposed Anti-dumping duty on Linen imports from China and Hong Kong

On 17 August the Finance Ministry has imposed definitive anti-dumping duty on ‘flax’ or ‘linen’ fabric imports from China and Hong Kong for period of five years.

Accordingly the revenue department has imposed anti-dumping duty of 0.75 US dollars per metre on ‘flax’ fabric imported from China and 0.65 UD dollars per meter fabric imported from Hong Kong.

The duty was recommended by Directorate General of Anti-Dumping Duty (DGAD) followed by petition filed by Jaya Shree Textiles, a unit of Aditya Birla Nuvo Ltd.

It should be noted here that the anti-dumping duty is applicable only on those flax fabrics with flax content of over 50 per cent.

About Linen:

Linen yarn is spun from the long fibers found just behind the bark in the multi-layer stem of the flax plant (Linum usitatissimum). ‘Flax’ is synonym for ‘linen’ which is primly used in the production of linen thread and fabric, which is a popular choice for warm-weather clothing.

Flax plants are cultivated for linen fiber in a number of countries including Poland, Belgium, Austria, France, Denmark, Switzerland, Germany, the Belgium’s flax plants yarns finest quality of linen.

Note: In year 2015 India had imposed anti-dumping duty on some of following products exported by China – Vitamin-C, Steel imports, CFL lamp, fibre glass, Vitamin E, Electronic Calculators, USB Flash Drives, Measuring tapes, Cast Aluminium Alloy Wheels or Alloy Road Wheels and many other products.

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