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Residents in Hong Kong Seek British Passports

British EmbassyNow 20 years since its return to China, Hong Kong residents are again rushing to secure British passports as a safety net in the event of more possible problems ahead such as social unrest or the erosion of civil liberties in Hong Kong. With  the “occupy” street protests of 2014, and increasing calls for independence more residents in Hong Kong are looking for a way out in the event of any unrest. The BNO passport applications are still being renewed in Hong Kong as an insurance policy.

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BNO does not need visa for Schengen area

British ConsulateThe German Embassy in Hong Kong confirms on their website that BN(O), HKSAR or Macau SAR passport do not need a visa to visit the Schengen Area as a tourist for up to 90 days in any 6-month period. You may however not take up employment while in the Schengen area.

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BNO passport holders need visa for Vietnam

British ConsulateIf you are from Hong Kong and hold a BNO passport then the Vietnamese Embassy states that you will need to have a visa to visit Vietnam. British passport holders do not need a Vietnamese visa however you will require one to visit the country.

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Hong Kong Jitters BN(O) Renewals Rise

British ConsulateWith political jitters in Hong Kong there has also been an increase in the number of applications from those renewing their BNO passports. After a steady decline in BNO renewals there has again been a marked uptick in the renewals of BNO passports.

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BNO & FCO in London

British ConsulateThe issue of the status of BNO holders has again raised its head in January 2015 with the lobby group  BritishHongKong arguing for the right to live in the United Kingdom. The issue has been replied to by the FCO as to how they view BNO holders as follows.

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