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About the Scheme

"Northbound Travel for Hong Kong Vehicles" (the Scheme) allows eligible Hong Kong private cars to travel between Hong Kong and Guangdong via the Hong Kong-Zhuhai-Macao Bridge (HZMB).  To achieve implementation of the Scheme in an orderly manner, the governments of Guangdong and Hong Kong agreed to introduce limit on the number of applications to be processed.  A computer ballot will be introduced to allocate the number of applications to be processed.  The limit for first week after open to receiving applications is 200 applications per working day and the limit from second week will be 300 applications per working day. 

 

Application eligibility and Documents required for Online Application

Applicants 

Eligibility

  • must be the registered owner of the private car concerned;
  • must be a Hong Kong Resident who possess a valid Hong Kong Identity Card and a valid Mainland Travel Permit for Hong Kong and Macao Residents (i.e. 'Home Return Permit'); and
  • if the applicant is one of the designated drivers, the applicant must possess driving licences in Hong Kong and the Mainland.
Documents Required
  1. Hong Kong Identity Card
  2. Mainland Travel Permit for Hong Kong and Macao Residents (i.e. Home Return Permit)
  3. Hong Kong Vehicle Registration Document
  4. Certificate of Roadworthiness for the vehicle (only applicable to Hong Kong private cars aged 6 year or more and the certificate is issued by designated car testing centres in Hong Kong.)
Drivers  

Each applicant may designate no more than two drivers to drive the private car concerned between Hong Kong and Guangdong.  One of the drivers could be the applicant. 

Eligibility

  • must be a Hong Kong resident who possess a valid Hong Kong Identity Card; 
  • must possess a valid Mainland Travel Permit for Hong Kong and Macao Residents (i.e. "Home Return Permit"), or foreign passport with valid visa/endorsement (or residence permit, permanent resident card), or other international travel documents with valid visa/endorsement (or residence permit, permanent resident card), etc.; and
  • must possess driving licences for private cars in Hong Kong and the Mainland.
Documents Required
  1. Hong Kong Identity Card
  2. Mainland Travel Permit for Hong Kong and Macao Residents (i.e. Home Return Permit), or foreign passport with valid visa/endorsement (or residence permit, permanent resident card), or other international travel documents with valid visa/endorsement (or residence permit, permanent resident card)
  3. Hong Kong full driving licence
  4. Mainland Driving Licence
  5. (only applicable to designated driver(s) other than the applicant) "Declaration for the Designated Drivers" completed and signed by each designated driver. 
Vehicles
  • Vehicles under the Scheme must be registered under the name of an individual and issued with a valid Hong Kong vehicle licence.
  • The vehicle must be in seating capacity of eight or below (including the driver), and must not exceed six metres in length. 
  • According to the "Guangdong Province Administrative Measures for Hong Kong Private Cars Travelling to the Mainland via the Hong Kong-Zhuhai-Macao Bridge" ("Administrative Measures"), applicants are required to submit Certificate of Roadworthiness for Hong Kong private cars registered (or aged) 6 years or more.  After receiving notification from the Mainland authorities, the applicant would be required to arrange vehicle inspection at designated location in Hong Kong as required by the Guangdong Provincial Government. The vehicle concerned is not required to go to the Mainland for separate inspection.
  • The vehicle must comply with the statutory motor insurance requirements on third party risk as required by the Hong Kong and the Mainland authorities.
     

Note:

  1. Each applicant could only apply in the name of one private car even if the applicant has more than one vehicle registered under his name.
  2. Vehicles which have obtained quota under "Regular Quotas for Cross-boundary Private Cars travelling between Guangdong and Hong Kong" or "Ad Hoc Quotas for Cross Boundary Private Cars" are not eligible to apply for the Scheme.

Application procedures and Fees 

Application procedures 

Step 1: Register for computer ballot and Submit online application (note)

  • Applicants are required to apply for the application ballot by registering for computer ballot via the webpage of the Scheme.  The balloting timetable (including “Registration for computer ballot”, “Announcement of ballot result” and “Application submission by successful applicants”) will be posted on the webpage of the Scheme.
  • Successful applicants with application ballot allocated should submit application and pay the Transport Department online for Closed Road Permit application within the designated 72 hours allotted by ballot via the webpage of the Scheme.

Step 2: Application Processing by the governments of Guangdong and Hong Kong

  • The application will be jointly assessed by the governments of Guangdong and Hong Kong. The Transport Department will conduct preliminary vetting and the Mainland authorities will also process the applications. Applicants will be notified by email or SMS about the application status and required formalities by the Mainland authorities via the e-mail address or Mainland mobile number they provided in the application form.
  • If the application is approved, applicants will be issued the electronic vehicle licence by the Mainland authorities. The applicants will receive a Closed Road Permit from the Transport Department by post.

Step 3: Arrange appointment on travelling and departure to Guangdong

  • After obtaining electronic vehicle licence from the Mainland authorities and Closed Road Permit from the Transport Department, applicants are required to reserve the date and time for travelling via the "Specified Dates Booking System" before travelling to Guangdong via the Hong Kong-Zhuhai-Macao Bridge Hong Kong Port.
  • After reserving the specified date for travelling, the driver is required drive to Guangdong via the Hong Kong-Zhuhai-Macao Bridge Hong Kong Port on the specified date and time.


(Note) The Transport Department (TD) refined the arrangements for renewal applications for Northbound Travel for Hong Kong Vehicles from 14 May 2024 onwards.  The new arrangements are only applicable to holders of Northbound Travel for Hong Kong Vehicles Closed Road Permit that expires in or after July 2024.   Please click here for details. 

Fees
  • The application fee for the Closed Road Permit is HK$540 per year or HK$45 per month (any part of a month counting as one month) required by the Transport Department.
  • For the application procedures as required by the Mainland government, fees are required for installing RFID device and vehicle inspection. Details will be announce by the relevant Mainland authorities.
  • Applicants are also required to take out Mainland statutory Compulsory Traffic Accident Liability Insurance for Motor Vehicles (i.e. "Compulsory Traffic Accident Liability Insurance for Motor Vehicles" or "unilateral recognition" insurance). The price schedules for taking out such vehicle insurance are set by the relevant insurance companies, and may be updated from time to time, applicants are advised to obtain up-to-date information on the required procedures and fees before submitting applications.
  • The HZMB Authority will collect tolls from vehicles using the HZMB Main Bridge in accordance with the laws of the Mainland. For details of toll levels on HZMB, please refer to the thematic website of Hong Kong-Zhuhai-Macao Bridge Hong Kong Section.


For other details of the Scheme, please refer to the website of the Scheme

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Last update: 16 May 2024
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