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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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  • Replyjay
    11/29/2016 11:15:00 PM

    Hi, IIm a Philippine Passport holder, i frequently go to Macau for Holiday and playing Casino, will there be any problem if i go to Macau many times, I've been there this november and planning to go again on December to spend New Year, this is my 7th time already. I hope someone can answer and help me.

    • Luke :12/10/2016 1:54:00 AM

      Jay, you can go there many times.

  • Replygirlie intalan
    11/20/2016 3:15:00 AM

    hi! i want to ask what if my husband came from philippines then go here in hongkong as a tourist then macau for 2 weeks can he entry again in hongkong..thank u

    • Adrian :12/10/2016 1:36:00 AM

      Yes, he can.

  • Replycharm
    6/20/2015 3:52:00 PM

    Hi! I am a filipina. I would like to travel to hong kong as a tourist. my ticket was booked for 20 days stay. As per the immigration policy. I am only allowed to stay in hong kong visa free for 14 days, will the airline staff allow me to go to hong kong and stay 20 days or will they decline me and ask me to rebook my return and shorten it by 14 days? thank you!

    • Grace :6/23/2015 3:10:00 AM

      I don't think the airline will reject you to board on the plane, but there is a risk that the immigration officer will not let you enter.

    • Beu :11/19/2016 5:56:00 PM

      Hi.. I have a same problem.. My husband work in macau book us a ticket for 42 days of stay in macau.. But i have an invitation letter from him.. It is possible fir us to pass the immigration? Im traveling with our kid and this is our first travel if ever.. Pls i need ur reply.. Pls

    • Lorenzo :12/10/2016 1:37:00 AM

      I think you can pass the immigration. Don’t worry!

    11/14/2016 6:25:00 PM

    I have a job offer to work for a Hong Kong company with a start date on January 2017, me and my fiancee are from Peru, I'm supposed to get the Z type before travelling to HK, but which visa should my fiancee get to live with me in HK? I'm planning to stay there for at least two years... And I'll marry her next year. Thanks in advance for your urgent help with this matter.

    • Linda :11/19/2016 3:56:00 AM

      Because you two haven’t got married, your fiancée can only apply for a tourist entry permit for HK and stay for a short time. After you get married, she can apply for dependant entry permit and stay in HK with you.

  • ReplyLeechan
    11/17/2016 4:59:00 PM

    Hi, is there a visa going to Hongkong from Manila? We want to go have a short trip to Shenzhen for a week, where can we get a visa? Are they issuing visa there in Hongkong to Shenzhen for one week?

    • Janice :11/19/2016 4:03:00 AM

      You are advised to apply for the entry permit in your home country. If you don’t have HK residence permit, it is difficult for you to get the entry permit for Shenzhen from HK.

  • ReplyJanice
    11/15/2016 2:28:00 AM

    Hi! We're planning to visit HK for 15 days. But the entry visa given by the immigration in hk is only 14 days. if we will visit macau and be back in hk on the same day is it possible for is to get another 14 days entry visa in HK? Ty

    • Justin :11/19/2016 4:02:00 AM

      It is possible, but I cannot tell you for certain. You can have a try!

  • 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.

    • Clare :11/2/2016 10:45:00 AM

      Hi! Im a fresh graduate and its my first time travelling abroad (alone) in hk from the philippines. Im planning to stay there for 2 days at my tita's house do i need an invitation letter? Thanks!

  • ReplyPina
    10/24/2016 12:33:00 PM

    Hi, for a Philippine passport holder planning to travel in HK for 14 days or less. If he will spend a day tour in Macau, will the length of his stay in HK be reset to 14 as he return? Thank you.

    • Bobbi :11/1/2016 4:38:00 AM

      Pina, yes, the 14 days will start all over again if you will go to Macau during the process, but you are not advised to do that because you may be refused to re-enter HK if the time gap between your first and second entry is too short.

  • ReplySohelrana
    10/23/2016 4:01:00 PM

    Hi,, I am from bangladesh..u know I need a tourist visa to enter Macau or Hong Kong.I was visit china before 4 month.now again I will be visit shenzhen,china..please inform me from Shenzhen or Guangzhou can I take Macau or Hk entry permit???we are three person.and we have all documents and 6000/7000USD+ cradit card.we also prepared to submit our passport for Portugal tourist entry permit in Macau..we are already travel 3/4 country..So advice how it possible to easy to take hk and macau entry permit from china??

    • Nissan :11/1/2016 4:36:00 AM

      Sohelrana, I’m afraid you cannot get HK/Macau entry permit from Shenzhen or Guangzhou. You should apply for it in your home country ahead of your trip. As for Portugal entry permit, you are also advised to apply in your home country.

  • ReplyMarianito mayco penaflor
    10/19/2016 12:44:00 PM

    Hi! We are planning to have a vacation on November 2016. Good for 4 person, We have plane ticket MANILA- HONGKONG- MANILA. And also have a hotel booking under my friend name but we fly together..at the same day and time .. then my one friend she want to join the trip but the hotel booking is good for 4person only ..is it possible that she can join our trip?

    • Joey :11/1/2016 4:25:00 AM

      It is possible for her to join your trip. When entering HK, the hotel reservation may be inspected randomly. Your friend can bring other documents including passport, the return ticket and enough travel fees with her.