FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

At the Chamber we often get asked the same questions multiple times.  If you have any questions please have a look at the FAQ below to see if your question has already been answered.

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Yes! The British Chamber has a number of overseas members, who find membership an enormous benefit when entering the Hong Kong and China markets. Overseas members are entitled to the same benefits as local members, plus many exclusive options.

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British Chambers of Commerce in Asia Pacific

Australia: The Australian British Chamber of Commerce www.britishchamber.com
Cambodia: British Business Association of Cambodia www.britchamcambodia.org
Indonesia: The British Chamber of Commerce in Indonesia www.britcham.or.id
Japan: The British Chamber of Commerce in Japan www.bccjapan.com
Korea: The British Chamber of Commerce in Korea www.bcck.or.kr
Malaysia: British Malaysian Chamber of Commerce www.bmcc.org.my
New Zealand: The British New Zealand Business Association www.bnzba.co.nz
Philippines: The British Chamber of Commerce of the Philippines www.britchamphil.org
Singapore: The British Chamber of Commerce, Singapore www.britcham.org.sg
Taiwan: The British Chamber of Commerce in Taipei www.bcctaipei.com
Thailand: The British Chamber of Commerce in Thailand www.bccthail.com
Vietnam: The British Business Group Vietnam (Hanoi) www.bbgv.org

People’s Republic of China (According to alphabetical order)
Beijing: The British Chamber of Commerce in China www.britishchamber.cn
Guangdong & Shenzhen: The British Chamber of Commerce - Guangdong www.britchamgd.com
Hong Kong: The British Chamber of Commerce in Hong Kong www.britcham.com
Macao: British Business Association of Macao www.britchammacao.org
Shanghai: The British Chamber of Commerce - Shanghai www.britchamswchina.org http://www.britchamswchina.org
South West China: British Chamber of Commerce Southwest China www.britchamswchina.org
Chengdu Office:  marketing@britchamswchina.org
Chongqing Office: event.cq@britchamswchina.org
Wuhan: The British Chamber of Commerce - Wuhan wuhan@cbbc.org.cn
Visit the Summary Site for all Chambers in the Region at: http://exportbritain.org.uk
Yes. As a general rule, any person other than those having the right of abode or right to land in Hong Kong, must obtain a visa before coming to Hong Kong for the purpose of education, taking up employment, training, investment or residence. Applicants may submit their visa applications to the nearest Chinese Embassy / Consulate-General in their place of residence.   For visa applications other than from China and Taiwan, the applicants may send their applications to the Hong Kong Immigration Department directly or through the sponsor in Hong Kong. Such applications should be submitted to the Receipt and Despatch Unit, 2/F, Immigration Tower, 7 Gloucester Road, Wan Chai, Hong Kong.   For full information visit the Immigration department web site.

Premier Connect is a customized business matching service provided by the Hong Kong Trade Development Council (HKTDC), it will match you with prospective Hong Kong business partners.

  • Customised matching service putting you in touch with the right partners
  • Experienced and knowledgeable business matching specialists
  • Access to a resourceful proprietary database of suppliers and buyers
  • Pre-screened business partners
  • Additional market information acquired
  • Appointment service

Email: premierconnect@tdc.org.hk
Website: PremierConnect.tdctrade.com
Hotline: (852) 1830 668

The Business Licence Information Centre is part of the Government's efforts to help business. It provides free one-stop information service for government licences, permits, certificates and approvals that businesses are required to operate. Using a computerized database, the Centre provides investors and businesses with comprehensive and up-to-date business licence information.

To find out more, visit the Business Licence Information Centre web site at www.success.tid.gov.hk or call 2737 2388.

 

Invest Hong Kong is a department of the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region Government. We promote the many advantages of Hong Kong as a business location; and assist Mainland, Taiwan and international investors to establish and develop their business in our city.  

Whether it is comprehensive information, site visits, or interface with government departments, Invest Hong Kong provides free, individually tailored and comprehensive inward investment support services to prospective and existing foreign investors.  We have sector-specific experts in financial services, information technology, technology (especially electronics and biotechnology), telecommunications, media/multi-media, tourism and entertainment, consumer, retail and sourcing, business and professional services, and transportation.

With a presence in over 20 markets worldwide, Invest Hong Kong is in business to help companies do business.  Any company choosing Hong Kong for overseas investment will find us a loyal partner on its road to success.

For more information please visit the website at www.InvestHK.gov.hk. (852) 3107-1000
 

The British Consulate

Our Consulate-General is the UK's largest and bigger than most British Embassies. More than 100 staff work in our Consulate-General providing a variety of services for British nationals and the general public in Hong Kong and Macao.

  • The passport and visa teams help thousands of people every week apply for and renew their travel documents.
  • Our consular team covers everything from all aspects of nationality issues to offering advice and help to British nationals in emergency situations.
  • Our trade and investment team works to bring British and Hong Kong and Macao businesses together and to help Hong Kong and Macao companies interested in investing in the UK.
  • Our press and public affairs team deals with media enquiries.



UK Trade & Investment (UKTI) is the government organisation that helps UK-based companies succeed in the global economy and assists overseas companies to bring their high quality investment to the UK. We do this by working to support UK-based businesses to hunt out and seize opportunities overseas and encouraging the best overseas companies to look to the UK as their global partner of choice.

For UK-based businesses (including their overseas offices) we have a range of expert services is tailored to the needs of individual businesses, aiming to maximise their international success.  

The UK is acknowledged as Europe's best place from which to succeed in global business. Our team provide support and advice to investors at all stages of their business decision-making.

Please contact our team for further information and assistance.

1 Supreme Court Road
Hong Kong
Main switchboard: (+852) 2901 3000
UK Trade & Investment (+852) 2901 3182


Fax: (+852) 2901 3066
Email: commercial@bcg.org.hk

Website: www.gov.uk/government/world/hong-kong

The Communication Group offers in-house business-related Putonghua (Mandarin) and Cantonese Courses for Expatriates. It also offers Putonghua courses for Cantonese Speakers.Specially discounted rates are available for Corporate Training for Chamber members.

For full details call the Communication group on 2895 5972or email tcgroup@netvigator.com



The British Council is one of the world’s leading cultural relations organisations.  Our work addresses the global issues of our time through our three programme areas – intercultural dialogue, the UK’s creative and knowledge economy and climate change.  Together they harness the power of the arts, sports, science, the English language and UK expertise in governance and education to build positive relationships between the UK and other countries.

In British Council Hong Kong, we offer:

  • English learning services
  • Examinations services
  • UK education services
  • Arts and cultural events delivery


www.britishcouncil.hk/en
 

The British Consulate

Our Consulate-General is the UK's largest and bigger than most British Embassies. More than 100 staff work in our Consulate-General providing a variety of services for British nationals and the general public in Hong Kong and Macao.

  • The passport and visa teams help thousands of people every week apply for and renew their travel documents.
  • Our consular team covers everything from all aspects of nationality issues to offering advice and help to British nationals in emergency situations.
  • Our trade and investment team works to bring British and Hong Kong and Macao businesses together and to help Hong Kong and Macao companies interested in investing in the UK.
  • Our press and public affairs team deals with media enquiries.

UK Trade & Investment

UK Trade & Investment (UKTI) is the government organisation that helps UK-based companies succeed in the global economy and assists overseas companies to bring their high quality investment to the UK. We do this by working to support UK-based businesses to hunt out and seize opportunities overseas and encouraging the best overseas companies to look to the UK as their global partner of choice.

For UK-based businesses (including their overseas offices) we have a range of expert services is tailored to the needs of individual businesses, aiming to maximise their international success.  

The UK is acknowledged as Europe's best place from which to succeed in global business. Our team provide support and advice to investors at all stages of their business decision-making.

Please contact our team for further information and assistance.

1 Supreme Court Road
Hong Kong
Main switchboard: (+852) 2901 3000
UK Trade & Investment (+852) 2901 3182


Fax: (+852) 2901 3066
Email: commercial@bcg.org.hk

Website: www.gov.uk/government/world/hong-kong

Established in 1966, the Hong Kong Trade Development Council (HKTDC) is the international marketing arm for Hong Kong-based traders, manufacturers and service providers. With more than 40 global offices, including 11 in the Chinese mainland, the HKTDC promotes Hong Kong as a platform for doing business with China and Asia.

The HKTDC connects millions of international buyers and sellers through a variety of integrated services, namely its trade fairs, online marketplace and product magazines.
One of the world's major trade fair organisers, the HKTDC puts on more than 30 international trade fairs annually in Hong Kong. Eight of these are the biggest of their kind in Asia.
 
The HKTDC website, www.hktdc.com, features about 700,000 registered buyers and more than 100,000 quality suppliers from Hong Kong, the Chinese mainland and beyond. Users can browse through more than 5,000 clearly defined product categories to find products and services efficiently with precision.
 
With 15 product magazines and dozens of industry supplements and more than 5 million readers, the HKTDC is a major publisher. The HKTDC also produces about 150 trade reports, sector-specific updates and business newsletters a year, providing timely market intelligence on Hong Kong, the Chinese mainland and international markets.
 
Supporting these services is HKTDC Business Matching, which helps companies find the right partners. Its global databank includes about 700,000 business contacts.
 
The HKTDC also produces more than 160 seminars, conferences, workshops and forums a year to help Hong Kong companies develop new markets for their products and services. As well, it organises about 600 Hong Kong promotional events around the world, reaching nearly 100,000 business people in key markets each year, and receives about 600 international business missions a year.
 
The HKTDC's international reach is reflected in the 6 bilateral committees it serves. These high-level business forums promote economic ties between Hong Kong and the European Union, France, Japan, Korea, the United Kingdom and the United States.
 
The HKTDC also serves as Secretariat for the Federation of Hong Kong Business Associations Worldwide.
 
For more information about the HKTDC, visit www.hktdc.com
 

 

 

Invest Hong Kong is the department of the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region (HKSAR) Government responsible for foreign direct investment (FDI), supporting overseas and Mainland businesses to set up and expand in Hong Kong. We provide free advice and customised services to help your business succeed in our vibrant economy.

Our goal is to help businesses prosper and grow in Hong Kong. We partner with clients on a long-term basis and are available at any stage of their business development process. All our services are free and customised to clients’ needs, including information on business incorporation procedures, tax and business regulations, cost of business models, trade mark registration, IP and trade regulations, employment legislation, immigration requirements and information tailored to the individual company. Advice on housing, schooling, healthcare and business networking is also offered.

InvestHK has an overseas network with representatives based in 28 cities worldwide and our highly professional teams provide seamless advice in the following Hong Kong priority sectors: Business & Professional Services; Consumer Products; Creative Industries; Financial Services; Information & Communications Technology; Innovation & Technology; Tourism & Hospitality and Transport & Industrial.

For more information, please visit our website: www.investhk.gov.hk