Any way to get a credit card in HK without holding a HK ID card?
Are there any local regulations preventing banks from offering that, or do the banks simply not want to bother? I tried HSBC and was rejected for that reason.
It varies. You may have asked a bank that, by their own policy, requires the ID card. But, apparently, there should be banks that permit a passport to be used instead of the HK ID card. Refer to Angloinfo.com - Banking in Hong Kong:
Opening a Bank Account
Some retail banks [in Hong Kong] provide account opening forms which can be downloaded from their websites. Requirements and criteria for opening an account vary from bank to bank. However, the standard documents needed for a savings or current account are:
- Hong Kong Identification Card or passport
- proof of Hong Kong address or address in home country
- application form
Note: It is not necessary to be a resident in Hong Kong to open a bank account. [emphasis mine]