HONG KONG – Phased Invalidation and Reissue of Identity Cards

July 1, 2024

By: Patricia Clarino

Smart identity cards held by Hong Kong permanent and non-permanent residents that were issued before November 26, 2018, will undergo phased invalidation in 2025. Residents are required to apply for a replacement card before the advised deadline.

Phase 1 affects residents born in 1970 or later, whose cards will be invalidated by May 12, 2025. Phase 2, for those born in 1969 or earlier, will have their cards invalidated by October 12, 2025. Failure to replace cards by deadlines may result in fines. Appointments for replacement can be made via Hong Kong Immigration website or hotline.

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This immigration update is for informational purposes only and is not a substitute for legal or scenario-specific advice. Furthermore, it is important to note that immigration announcements are subject to sudden and unexpected changes. Readers are encouraged to reach out to Newland Case for any case- or company-specific assessments.