When will a normal visa be more appropriate for Hong Kongers travelling to Europe?
The ETIAS visa waiver is only required if a Hong Konger is visiting the
Schengen area for a short period of less than 90 days. That does not mean Hong
Kongers are free to travel for the longer period without documentation. They
will have to arrange a long-term visa and residency permits relevant for their
purpose of travel.
Some Hong Kongers may also consider a standard visa if their application for
an ETIAS visa is unsuccessful, although it will likely be difficult for them
to get hold of one if the EU has decided they are not appropriate for travel.
Hong Kongers will also need to remember that many European nations are not
part of the Schengen area. This includes nations in the EU like Ireland, and
nations outside of the EU like Russia and Britain.