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VIP Visits

Many foreign dignitaries visit Hong Kong each year. The number of such visits has grown since 1997 as many of them have included Hong Kong as a destination on their trips to China, while others have visited Hong Kong specifically to see "One Country, Two Systems" in operation. The level of VIP visits is also boosted by major international conferences held in Hong Kong in recent years. The Protocol Division extends courtesies and hospitalities to the visiting royalties and senior government leaders of foreign countries on behalf of the Government of the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region (HKSAR), working closely with the Consular Posts in the HKSAR in this regard.

Since the reunification on 1 July 1997, a number of foreign state or government leaders have visited Hong Kong. So far, over 90 foreign dignitaries at senior ministerial level and above have been invited to Hong Kong under our "Official Visitors Programme".

In 2014, there are two official visits to Hong Kong -

Foreign Dignitaries Time of Visit
(i) Prime Minister of New Zealand
The Rt Hon John Key
March 2014
(ii) President of the Government of the Republic of Macedonia
HE Nikola Gruevski
July 2014

In 2013, there were five official visits to Hong Kong -

Foreign Dignitaries Time of Visit
(i) Prime Minister of the Kingdom of Thailand
HE Yingluck Shinawatra
February 2013
(ii) President of Mexico
Mr Enrique Peña Nieto
April 2013
(iii) Deputy Prime Minister of the Republic of Singapore
Mr Teo Chee Hean
April 2013
(iv) President of the European Commission
HE José Manuel Barroso
November 2013
(v) Queen of the Belgians
Her Majesty Queen Mathilde and
Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Foreign Affairs,
Foreign Trade and European Affairs
Mr Didier Reynders
December 2013

In 2012, there were three official visits to Hong Kong -

Foreign Dignitaries Time of Visit
(i) President of the Republic of Indonesia
HE Dr H. Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono
March 2012
(ii) Federal Minister for Foreign Affairs of Germany
HE Dr Guido Westerwelle
August 2012
(iii) Prime Minister of Canada
The Rt Hon Stephen Harper
November 2012

In 2011, there were two official visits to Hong Kong -

Foreign Dignitaries Time of Visit
(i) President of the Russian Federation
HE Dmitry Medvedev
April 2011
(ii) Secretary of State of the United States of America
The Hon Hillary Rodham Clinton
July 2011

In 2010, there were five official visits to Hong Kong -

Foreign Dignitaries Time of Visit
(i) King of the Kingdom of Lesotho
His Majesty King Letsie III
January 2010
(ii) Minister of Finance of the State of Israel
Dr Yuval Steinitz
May 2010
(iii) President of Ukraine
HE Viktor Yanukovych
September 2010
(iv) President of the Slovak Republic
HE Ivan Gašparovič
September 2010
(v) President of the Italian Republic
HE Giorgio Napolitano
October 2010

In 2009, there were three official visits to Hong Kong -

Foreign Dignitaries Time of Visit
(i) Prime Minister of Vietnam
Mr Nguyen Tan Dung
April 2009
(ii) Prime Minister of the Czech Republic
HE Jan Fischer
September 2009
(iii) Prime Minister of Canada
The Rt Hon Stephen Harper
December 2009

In 2007, there were three official visits to Hong Kong -

Foreign Dignitaries Time of Visit
(i) Prime Minister of Pakistan
Mr Shaukat Aziz
March 2007
(ii) Crown Prince of Belgium and his spouse
Their Royal Highness Prince Philippe and Princess Mathilde
June 2007
(iii) Minister of Foreign Affairs of Mexico
Ambassador Patricia Espinosa
November 2007

In 2006, there were two official visits to Hong Kong -

Foreign Dignitaries Time of Visit
(i) Prime Minister of New Zealand
The Rt Hon Helen Clark
December 2006
(ii) President of the Republic of Kazakhstan
HE Nursultan Nazarbayev
December 2006

In 2005, there were eight official visits to Hong Kong -

Foreign Dignitaries Time of Visit
(i) Vice Prime Minister and Minister of Industry, Trade and Labour of the State of Israel
Mr Ehud Olmert
January 2005
(ii) Prime Minister of Ireland
Mr Bertie Ahern, T.D.
January 2005
(iii) Prime Minister of Canada
The Rt Hon Paul Martin
January 2005
(iv) Minister of Foreign Affairs of Norway
Mr Jan Petersen
March 2005
(v) President of the European Commission
Mr José Manuel Barroso
July 2005
(vi) Prime Minister of Pakistan
Mr Shaukat Aziz
August 2005
(vii) Prime Minister of the Republic of Hungary
Mr Ferenc Gyurcsány
September 2005
(viii) Prime Minister of Belgium
Mr Guy Verhofstadt
November 2005

In 2004, there were seven official visits to Hong Kong -

Foreign Dignitaries Time of Visit
(i) Deputy Prime Minister of Ireland
Ms Mary Harney, T.D.
March 2004
(ii) President of the Czech Republic
HE Václav Klaus
April 2004
(iii) President of the Republic of Latvia
HE Mrs Vaira Vike-Freiberga
April 2004
(iv) Prime Minister of the State of Kuwait
HH Sheikh Sabah Al-Ahmad Al-Jaber Al-Sabah
July 2004
(v) King of the Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan
His Majesty King Abdullah II
July 2004
(vi) President of the French Republic
Mr Jacques Chirac
October 2004
(vii) Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Foreign Affairs
of the State of Israel
Mr Silvan Shalom
November 2004

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