Visas issued by the Chinese embassy on loose sheets of paper are unacceptable t the government and immigration authorities have been sensitized to the possibility of these being used to travel via Hong Kong, External Affairs Minister S M Krishna said today.

“We have taken a position that no stapled paper attached to an Indian passport is acceptable to us as a visa,” Krishna said replying to questions in Rajya Sabha.

He said it had come to the notice of the government that some Indian nationals with a Chinese visa on a separate sheet of paper stapled to their passports are undertaking travel to China via Hong Kong.

Krishna said Indian nationals receive a 14-day visa on arrival in Hong Kong and apparently the Hong Kong immigration authorities accept stapled visas for onward travel to China.