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New schedule set for HK ID replacement

08 May 2020


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Immigration Tower in Wanchai

The Immigration Department (ImmD) will resume from May 11 the operation of all nine Smart Identity Card Replacement Centres (SIDCCs) under the Territory-wide Identity Card Replacement Exercise (Replacement Exercise).

The SIDCCs had to be closed to avoid the risk of spread of Covid-19 due to crowding. With the suspension of operations, the schedule for people to replace their Hong Kong ID cards was also revised.

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The new schedule:
·        Those born in 1957, 1958 or 1959: November 16, 2019 - July 27, 2020.Born in 1960 or 1961, and members of the sixth term of District Councils: February 18 - July 27, 2020.
·        Born in 1962 or 1963: July 28 - September 22, 2020.
·        Born in 1970, 1971 or 1972: September 23 - December 7, 2020.
·        Born in 1973 or 1974:December 8, 2020 - January 28, 2021.
·        Born in 1975 or 1976: January 29 - March 19, 2021.

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In case the replacement of HKICs may need to be suspended again in the near future if the epidemic situation worsens, the Amendment Order also provides that if all SIDCCs are not in service for 21 working days or more from May 11 to July 27, 2020, for public health reasons, the schedule will again be adjusted. The Amendment Order will be tabled at the Legislative Council on May 13, 2020, for negative vetting.

An ImmD spokesman said, "If the call-up program has to be further adjusted for public health reasons, the ImmD will make announcement in advance as far as possible through various channels to inform the public of the latest arrangement.

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"To reduce crowd gatherings, applicants who have not made appointment bookings previously should do so via the Internet (www.gov.hk/newicbooking), the ImmD mobile application or the 24-hour telephone booking hotline 2121 1234. The ImmD also appeals to applicants to pre-fill the application form when making appointment bookings through the Internet or mobile application to save the waiting time," the ImmD spokesman said.


For details of the replacement exercise, please visit the website www.smartid.gov.hk or call the ImmD's hotline at 2824 6111.

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