In Hong Kong, the Electronics Transaction Ordinance (ETO) provides regulations for the use of electronic and digital signatures. The ETO recognizes electronic and digital signatures are considered as having the same legal status as a handwritten signature until the requirements under the ETO have been satisfied.

Key Conditions

An electronic signature must be:
If a government entity is a transacting party, then, only a digital signature shall be recognized as satisfying any signature requirement under the law. The Government maintains an online public record of recognized certification authorities, which can be accessed by the link below:

Use cases of electronic signature in Hong Kong:

The COVID-19 pandemic has radically changed our lifestyles and how one conducts business. Most non-essential companies have established completely remote work setups. This “new normal” has concentrated more attention on electronic means of transactions. The “new normal” in the age of Covid-19 proceeds to facilitate the use of eSignatures.

Documents that cannot be e-signed in Hong Kong:


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