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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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  • ReplySITA RAM SAH
    9/9/2014 11:21:00 AM

    I AM AN INDIA. CAN I GET CHINESE VISA IN HONGKONG

    • Uniya :9/17/2014 10:34:00 PM

      For L visa (tourist visa), you can try to get that at the Office of The Commissioner of The Ministry of Foreign Affairs of PRC in Hong Kong. Good luck. For other types, I'm afraid you have to apply for one in your country.

  • ReplyGaye
    9/7/2014 7:20:00 PM

    Hi! question? I'm planning to book a flight from Manila to Macau then From Macau to Hong Kong via ferry then from Hong Kong we'll fly back to Manila.. is this possible? thank youz

    • Susan :9/17/2014 10:33:00 PM

      May I know whether you are Filipino? If so, yes, it is possible, because you are exempt from visa in Macao for 30 days and HK for 14 days. It would be fine to go through the immigration in both places with your passport.

  • ReplySamLee
    9/11/2014 11:30:00 AM

    Hi there! I'm from the Philippines and I've been backreading all comments here, but I want to reassure myself if this is allowed:So me and my family are planning to travel and stay in Macau first (for 2 days) then jump to Hong Kong via ferry and stay there for 4 days. We're also planning to exit in Hong Kong going back to the Philippines.Is this travel entry-exit setup alright?Thanks!

    • Kina :9/17/2014 10:43:00 PM

      Yes, it is entry-exit setup.

  • ReplyJaimc87
    9/13/2014 1:55:00 PM

    Hi! Can anyone help me. I'am a crew base in Dubai, i will be on HK for 3days for my layover, and my husband wanted to be there sense it was my birthday. He has the passport and the round trip ticket. He doesn't have the hotel reservation because he will be staying with me. Can you help me please.

    • Felicia :9/17/2014 10:49:00 PM

      So you must be from the country whose citizens are exempt from visa in HK. Well then, you should send a invitation letter to your husband to show that he will stay with you, in which your name, gender, address, job and other relative infor should be inluded. The info of your husband is also needed on that.

  • Replyamy
    9/11/2014 9:50:00 PM

    Hi! I'm a Philippine passport holder and working in Thailand. My friends and I are planning to go to HK and Macau on December. Is it possible to book a ticket from BKK-HK and the return ticket would be Macau-BKK? We'll just take a ride from HK to Macau via Ferry. TY

    • Nadia :9/17/2014 10:44:00 PM

      Yes, it would be fine to book the ticket as your plan. They will let you enter the immigration. Don't worry!

  • ReplySam
    9/10/2014 3:35:00 AM

    Hi,Thanks for providing all this information here.I have a question about HK/Macau visit. I am travelling from India to Philippines via HongKong. I have a layover between flights of about 22 hours. I land in HK in morning about 9am. My question is can I take the ferry from HKIA and visit macau in the day time and come back in the night? Do I need to show a hotel booking in Macau for this ( even when I am coming back from there on same evening, back to HKIA directly ). Will have about 3000 HKD with me. Appreciate any reply. Thanks you.

    • Tiana :9/17/2014 10:40:00 PM

      If you don't plan to stay overnight in a hotel either in HK or Macao, it is fine to enter without the hotel reservation. Just show them your round trip ticket and passport.

  • ReplyJCLZ
    9/10/2014 12:29:00 AM

    Hello! My gf is from mainland. She can only enter HK twice for every application. last Sat (06Sep) she came to HK with me (so that's one already), and we went to Macau on Sun (07Sep). Then came back to HK that evening. So does that count as twice already - entering HK? Looking forward to hear from you!

    • Susan :9/17/2014 10:37:00 PM

      No, it is counted to be once from Macao to HK, so she still has once entry left.

  • ReplyKaz
    9/16/2014 3:53:00 PM

    What are the things needed in an invitation letter? I will go to macau for 12 days. I will be staying at my friend's house. She already sent me her Id and address. I have my passport and roundtrip ticket. Do I still need her signature? What are the things needed so i will not be offloaded. Tnx

  • ReplyMylin
    9/14/2014 4:59:00 PM

    Im an ofw in Kuwait and wants to go to Macau,the travel agency here recommends that i have to stop to hongkong and take a ferry going to Macau because its cheaper..,am i allowed to stop at the hongkong airport and transfer to a ferry going to Macau? Do i also need a ticket that i will be returning to Manila after Macau? Or i can only purchased Kuwait to Hongkong then Hongkong to Macau? My boyffriend is working in Macau is it much advisable to get an invitation letter from him or i can go alone as tourist as i wished?

  • Replyirman
    9/14/2014 2:10:00 AM

    Hello, I am Malaysian, I am planning to enter macau for a day trip before take off to hong kong by turbo jet ferry. then to stay for 3 days in hong kong before depart to malaysia from hong kong international airport. will i face any problem when making macau as entry point and hong kong as exit point?Thanks a lot