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how to get china travel card for new born

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    beachedwhale is offline Registered User
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    how to get china travel card for new born

    Hello!

    I am carring a permanent HKID, while my husband is a British citizen w/HKID (resident).

    Would you please let me know if I could get the china travel card for our new born baby? How long does it take to get one?

    Do I need to get HKID card for the baby first? Then, apply for the china travel card?

    Please kindly let me know. Thanks!


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    Neha is offline Banned
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    Are u of Chinese Origin? Or do u have a SAR Passport?
    Babies dont get HK ID cards till their 11 years old

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    My son got his China card at the beginning of the month. Since I was born in UK, my son got a British Passport but this cannot be used to apply for a Re-entry permit card (回鄉證).

    You need to apply for a HKSAR Passport and HKID first (these goes together) and then apply for a Re-entry permit card after receiving it. With our son, the passport took around 10 working days and the Re-entry permit card 5 days. Go into this link for info on HKSAR passport and re-entry permit card. All done at China Travel Services.

    http://www.gov.hk/en/residents/immigration/index.htm

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    Agree with Neha - babies do not need to apply for ID cards till they're 11.

    Is your baby going to be travelling to China frequently? Would a normal visa not do?

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    My toddler does not go up to China often but having a china card is for conveniency should we suddenly decide to go.

    A normal visa is one where you can apply single or multiple trips with an expiry or upto 3mths I think so there is a hassle of reapplying again. The china card last for 5 years. With a visa you need to go via the foreign passport custom which takes longer - I used to have this before I had kids and it took 40mins as there were lots of foreign travellers. With the china card it took around 5mins as they have lots of counters.

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    Applying for a HKSAR passport means you must apply for a HKID card for the child as well, they cannot have a passport otherwise.
    Obviously to get this one of the child parents must be a Chinese citizen. Once you have this then off to CTS and apply for the back home pass.

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    JoTs is offline Registered User
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    Just to clarify - babies DO get a HKID card if they have a HKSAR passport. If no HKSAR passport, then they don't get a HKID card until they are 11 years old.

    To get the China home pass, the baby must have a HKSAR passport and at least one of the parents must be chinese.

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    Question: Can the child have a HKSAR passport and also be a passport holder of another country--for example, USA? Our son was born in the USA. He has US citizenship and holds a US passport but he also has permanent residence in Hong Kong because his father was born and raised in Hong Kong.

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