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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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  • ReplyYang
    5/16/2016 10:05:00 PM

    Hi. We went to Macau and HK last week but then we we're not able to get a stamp from both countries. We only received a card in Macau upon arrival. How do we put it in our passports? And no HK stamp were stamped in our passports.

  • ReplyRiley
    5/8/2016 5:13:00 PM

    Hi there! We are now in Macau visiting my husband who is currently working here and blue card holder,for 28 days. Our roundtrip ticket is Apr 25 to may 23. We are already booked to visit HK and bring our two kids to HK disneyland on May 12 to 14. And going back to Macau to spend the rest of of the remaining days before going back to the philippines. What should we present to immigration? We're taking the ferry going to HK. How many days will be given to us in entering macau again? Im just worried because our return ticket from Macau to clark is May 23, what are the things we need to show to the Immigration? I need your answers badly. Please enlighten me. Thanks in advance. Anyway we are philippine passport holders

    • Peter :5/14/2016 3:23:00 AM

      Because you hold Philippines passport, you can enjoy free entry to Macau and HK for a stay of not exceeding 30 days and 14 days respectively. When you go through the immigration, you just need to show your passport, the return ticket, accommodation arrangement and enough travel fees. There is no specific requirement for how many days you can enter Macau again, but I think you can go there after a few days. Because you have the return ticket from Macau to your home country, you may be allowed to enter again after staying for several days in HK.

  • Replycristina
    4/24/2016 11:08:00 PM

    HI! I am a Philippine passport holder , I am planning to go to HK this coming May, and I know as a Filipino and you are a tourist you are just allowed to stay in HK for 14 days, but my boyfriend want me to stay long so we are planning to go to MACAU after my 14 days of staying or less, and back to HK in order for me to stay for another 14 days..is it possible or is there any requirements?

    • Tracy :5/14/2016 3:17:00 AM

      It’s possible for you to go back to HK after you travel to Macau for several days. Or you can apply for a tourist entry permit to HK at the first places which may allow you to stay for longer than 14 days.

  • ReplyLen -
    4/6/2016 6:04:00 AM

    May family & I are planning to go to HK-Macau Trip.I got a ticket via Clark to HK then return back to Philippines via HK direct to Manila . Is there any problem with 2 different airport going & returning. thank you & waiting for a reply.

    • Ken :4/19/2016 5:47:00 AM

      Len, don’t worry! Two different airports are fine. You can travel like that. Have a nice trip!

  • ReplyLeila
    3/21/2016 10:15:00 AM

    Good day i was offload last march 7 2016 going to macao as a tourist how can i fix it .i have my cousin there to invite me and im fixing the b- certificate already of my dad and my cousin moms is there no posibilty that ill be off load again thanks and hope for ur reply..

    • Billy :4/19/2016 5:46:00 AM

      Do you know the reason why you are offloaded? I think it’s possible for you to fix it. You should find out the reason and make full preparation this time. Just have a try!

  • ReplyGeechan
    3/17/2016 4:21:00 AM

    Hi! I'm a Philippine passport holder. I'd like to ask if we still need an invitation/supporting letters in Macau if we enter in HK and exit in Macau? We already have supporting letters from hk. But, we'd like to confirm if we still need one from Macau?

    • Richard :4/19/2016 5:44:00 AM

      Geechan, I don’t think you need the support letter or invitation letter because you can enjoy free entry to Macau for a stay of no more than 30 days. You can just take your passport, the onward ticket, hotel reservation and enough travel fees.

  • ReplyKate Villacillo
    3/14/2016 9:05:00 AM

    Re-entry in HKHello! I am a Filipino Citizen. Me and my siblings are planning to purchase a return ticket to/from HK from/to Philippines and at the same time a return ticket to/from HK from/to Phuket. We plan on spending just the whole day in HK thus exiting and entering HK Immigration on the same day (travelling to Phuket by night). And from Phuket, to my understanding, we have to exit and enter HK Immigration again as we have a separate ticket going back to the Philippines. Is this possible? Is there a certain duration to re-enter HK? In our case, we will enter and exit HK the same day and back again after 2-4 days. Thank you!

    • Tyler :4/19/2016 5:41:00 AM

      Kate, it’s possible. As far as I know, there is no certain duration to re-enter HK as long as the time gap between your exit and re-entry is too short. Because for your first entry and exit, it can be regarded as a transit, I think it is ok.

  • ReplyKrishaz
    3/8/2016 9:34:00 AM

    Hello I'm from the Philippines and I plan to visit HK for 11 days along with my family. We want to get as much stamps on our passports and I was wondering if we could also get it stamped as we do side trip tours to Macau and Guangzhou? I've been hearing claims that Hong Kong no longer stamps passports and so does nearby countries, is this true?

    • Daming :4/19/2016 5:38:00 AM

      Krishaz, I haven’t heard of this kind of news. You can go there to have a try. I think you can get stamps when you go there because you will go through the immigration inspection and then the officers will stamp on your passport.Besides, if you want to travel to Guangzhou, you need to hold valid entry permit to go there.

  • ReplyKahlin
    2/28/2016 2:44:00 PM

    hi, family of 5 adults + 1 child Philippine passport holders travelling to macau and hong kong this april planning to squeeze in a day's tour to Shenzhen & come back same day. can we get visa on arrival in Shenzhen? if yes, is it better to go via macau or via hong kong ?

    • Martins :3/1/2016 2:28:00 AM

      I’m afraid it’s difficult for you to get VOA there. You’d better apply for a relevant entry permit to go there if time is enough. But if you go to Shenzhen from HK, after stay in Shenzhen for one day, you go to Macau, in this case, you don’t need any entry permit because you are eligible for the 24 hour direct transit.

  • ReplyCher
    9/3/2014 4:49:00 AM

    Hi! When traveling to macau do we need to show a hotel booking? Even if we already have return tickets to philippines. Because we plan to get a hotel when we're already in macau. Thanks