Hong Kong Certificate of Identity (CI)
Hong Kong residents who :-
have the right of abode in Hong Kong and are holding Hong Kong permanent identity cards, and
do not hold and are unable to obtain national passports
or any other travel documents
may apply for Hong Kong Certificate of Identity.
This Certificate of Identity remains property of the Hong Kong government. It will normally be cancelled if the holder obtains a national passport or other travel document.
Certificates of identity are normally valid for ten years from date of issue, but may be made valid for shorter periods in certain circumstances.
The holder may return to Hong Kong without visa, provided the Certificate is valid.
The holder is advised to obtain visas for any country he wishes to visit or pass through.
Should the holder take up residence in a country or territory outside Hong Kong application should be made to the competent authorities of this country of residence for a new travel document.
The issue of this certificate does not confer a right on the holder to the protection of British diplomatic or consular representatives abroad, nor does it exempt the holder from the provisions of the Hong Kong Immigration Ordinance Chapter 115.
The Certificate is a valuable document and should not be altered in any way or allowed to pass into the possession of an unauthorised person. If lost or destroyed, a report should immediately be made to the issuing office or to the nearest British Consulate, High Commission or Police Office, as well as to the local police.