AmCham urges visa-free access for Hongkongers


The American Chamber of Commerce has called on the U.S. government to grant visa-free travel status for Hong Kong SAR passport holders, a measure that would smooth the way for over 100,000 visitors a year.

The suggestion was made at the annual meeting in Washington last month between chamber leaders and figures from the administration, congress and think tanks.

Chamber chairman Walter Dias said: “We understand that the current administration is focused on bilateral trade agreements and asked for more government-to-government engagement to ensure U.S. interests are represented in the Asia Pacific region.

“Representatives from the congressional offices and the administration are also open to the idea of including Hong Kong in the visa waiver programme, noting the great U.S.-H.K. relations at both government and citizens levels.”

Australia, New Zealand, Brunei, Japan, Singapore, South Korea and Taiwan are already in the waiver programme.

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