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Entry to Hong Kong, Macau and Other Special Regions

Please note that Hong Kong and Macau, as two Special Administration Regions of China, have their own separate entry & exit regulations.

A foreign tourist traveling from mainland China to Hong Kong or Macau regions is required to apply for a Hong Kong or Macau visa. A visa to mainland China is also required when visitor traveling from Hong Kong or Macau to mainland China. For example, if you were traveling to Shanghai on May 1st (of course, now you have your Chinese single-entry tourist visa with you) and left for Hong Kong on May 3rd. After an overnight stay in Hong Kong, you were planning to visit Guangzhou in Guangdong Province on May 5th; you are required again to apply for another Chinese Tourist Visa. The best way to avoid this is to apply for a double-entry or multi-entry visa prior to leaving your country, which allows a traveler to enter China twice or multiple times during the specified visa period.

Things are the same for Macau.

Any travelers taking a group tour from Hong Kong or Macau to entering into the following Chinese mainland cities: Guangzhou, Shenzhen, Zhuhai, Foshan, Dongguan, Zhongshan, Jiangmen, Zhaoqing, Huizhou for a period of less than 6 days are exempt from entry visas.

Foreigners who want to visit Shenzhen, Zhuhai, Xiamen and other Special Economic Zones in China may apply directly to visa authorities in these zones for tourist visas. However, we do suggest travelers who need a visa for visit (or purposes other than a visit) should obtain the appropriate visa before traveling to China.

Passport holders of foreign countries (including those of Taiwan, Hong Kong SAR and Macau SAR regions in China) who want to visit Tibet need Alien's Travel Permits issued by the Tourist Administration Bureau of Tibetan Autonomous Regions as well as a valid passport and a visa. The Chinese government allows only group touring in Tibet region and individual travelers are also required to travel under a group control in that region. Therefore, you can only obtain an Alien's Travel Permit through a travel agency. For details, please visit our Tibet Tour.

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  • ReplyGeorge Issac
    2/2/2015 3:56:00 AM

    Hai iam george Indian plan to visit Hongkong on feb 16-20th what formalities and documents I have to show at Hongkong airport I have a confirm return ticket and hotel booking voucher anything more I have to keep how much money I have to keep

    • Tina :2/2/2015 9:37:00 PM

      Generally, the return ticket and hotel booking voucher are enough. Sometimes, the HK customs may ask for the bank statement. So prepare it in advance in case.

    • george issac :2/14/2015 2:07:00 AM

      Thanks alot Tina...

  • Replywinter
    2/13/2015 10:40:00 AM

    Hi, I have exited from Hk to Macau, my U turn visa will expire soon and my plan is I'm going to Dubai but I want to go back to Hk before going to Dubai. Since Im in Macau now can I book a ticket from Hk to Dubai, will Hk immigration allow me to enter again if I'm going to show my Hk to Dubai ticket? Thanks for your response.

    • Angela :2/13/2015 10:05:00 PM

      Yes. it would be fine to show your HK - Dubai ticket to Macao immigration.

  • ReplyCindy
    2/12/2015 8:20:00 PM

    Good day! Just wanna sk some information. Im a Philippine Passport holder, Ive got offload twice going to hong kong due of lack of doc., and now im here in Japan for vacation. Next I will be back in Philippines.My Question is, Can I flight back to hong kong again after my japan vacation? Im planning to go back 4th week in Mar. And my boyfriend in Hongkong got already an Invintation letter have Notary already.Any idea of this? Salamat po! Looking forwad for the answer.

    • Lisa Lee :2/13/2015 10:04:00 PM

      But Philippine passport holders are exempt from visa for 14 days. Generally, the return air ticket and hotel reservation voucher are enough. Why you got offload? Anyway, as you have an invitation letter this time. I believe you will meet no problem this time. Oh, I heard that the customs may ask for the bank statement sometimes. You'd better prepare that as well in case.

  • ReplyMo
    2/11/2015 12:55:00 PM

    Hi! I am from France. I have booked a hotel in Zhuhai during Chinese New Year and planned to get a visa from Hong Kong when I arrived. However, I was told that I need to wait 4 days for my visa which i don't have enough time. Could I apply Visa on arrival in Zhuhai? If not, is there any other ways to get a visa? For example, joining a tour or sth? Thanks!

    • Tiana :2/11/2015 9:31:00 PM

      Zhuhai has visa on arrival, but it is not easy to get one. Therefore, you'd better apply for a Chinese visa in advance in your country or apply for one in HK through a travel agency like CTS, who may help you get your Chinese visa in one day. Except the visa application, they would charge some service fee.

  • ReplySydney Georgia
    2/2/2015 7:37:00 PM

    Hi! I will travel to Macau and Hongkong on February 18-23, 2015 and my passport will expire on September 1, 2015, will I encounter any problems in the immigration? I

    • Yoyo :2/2/2015 9:38:00 PM

      Take it easy! You won't confront of any problem with the current passport. Have a good trip!

    • Sydney Georgia :2/2/2015 10:41:00 PM

      Thank you so much YoYO

  • Replychamp
    2/1/2015 12:04:00 PM

    Hi, i will be exiting here in Saudi Arabia on March. Can I fly directly to Macau from here?

    • Sonya :2/2/2015 9:33:00 PM

      There is no direct plane for this route. Then you'd better directly fly into Hong Kong first. Thereafter, transfer to a ferry to Macao.

  • Replyrowena
    1/29/2015 11:22:00 AM

    Hi i am currently working in hk for 3 years,i want to tour in Macao this coming febuary but my problem is my passport 5 months berofe the expiration date,can still allowed me to exit in macao?please give me the answer..thank u!

    • Juana :2/2/2015 9:28:00 PM

      Yes, you are allowed to do this. Actually, there is no problem to enter and exit if your passport is valid.

  • Replymae
    1/27/2015 6:52:00 AM

    Hi I''m filipino citizen is there an expiration for hongkong affidavit of support/consent? Im planning to go to hk this 2015 and my affidavit of consent is used for 2014,is it still valid to use for 2015? thanks

    • Rina :2/2/2015 9:26:00 PM

      As I know, you need to have a new one for your travel in 2015. The one for 2014 has expired.

  • ReplyTwiniee
    1/27/2015 5:44:00 AM

    Hi! I just want to ask if its okay to exit hongkong when I am in Macau? Ive been to hongkong for a week already and go to macau for one month. Is it okay if i exit to hongkong again if i have with me the ticket to hk - manila ? Can i stay there for a week?

    • Henry :2/2/2015 9:24:00 PM

      Yes, it is fine to go back to HK for stay for another week and then fly home. You won't have any trouble with this.

  • ReplyMark
    1/21/2015 12:30:00 AM

    hi, i'm planning to visit macau by the end of this month and will be staying at a hostel..my entry will be thru hongkong..will my hostel reservation in macau be accepted by hong kong immigration..or do i have to book for a hongkong accommodation as well so i will not be denied entry..i am from the Philippines..please advise

    • Shonali :2/2/2015 9:23:00 PM

      Hi, the Macao accommodation reservation is accepted by Hong Kong customs. Don't worry!