H.K. Chief Executive: Hong Kongers with dual nationality are not entitled to foreign consular assistance

11 Feb, 2021 05:26
source: Singularity Financial

Hong Kongers with dual nationality are not entitled to foreign consular assistance, the city’s leader said Tuesday (Feb 9), confirming warnings by Western diplomats that authorities have begun strictly enforcing Chinese nationality regulations in the finance hub.

On Tuesday, chief executive Carrie Lam confirmed that while residents could own multiple passports, dual nationality was not recognised in Hong Kong under China’s nationality law.

“That [law] has a very specific provision that people [who] have foreign nationality or right of abode elsewhere … are regarded as Chinese nationals in Hong Kong,” Lam said. “So likewise they will not be eligible for consular protection, including consular visits,” she added, unless they had received permission to renounce their Chinese nationality.

Canada’s foreign affairs department announced last week that a dual national in prison in Hong Kong was required to make a declaration choosing a single nationality.

The revelation sent diplomats from Britain, Canada and the United States scrambling given the potential implications for hundreds of thousands of Hongkongers in the city with dual nationality, and those who travel there for business and tourism.