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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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  • Replyliza
    12/16/2014 8:15:00 PM

    Hi. Im a Filipino. We are planning to go Macau and HK in Sept 2015. What are the necessary documents needed if you traveling with your family?I have 2 kids ages 5 and 10 years old. Our entry point will be in Macau then Hongkong is the exit point. How much money we need to bring for 2days in Macau and 2 days in Hongkong? Do i need to present my bank statement?

    • Shonali :12/17/2014 8:42:00 PM

      According to the regulations, you can enjoy visa-free access to Macau and HK. So just prepare the round trip air ticket and the hotel reservation proof, which can be either for HK or Macao. It would be best to prepare the bank statement in case the customs would check. Without knowing your budget for the transportation, accommdaotion, dining and others, it is really hard to tell you how much is fine. Anyway, for your family, at least CNY800-1,000 is needed.

  • Replyelyn
    12/16/2014 9:32:00 AM

    Hi! Im 22 Philippines Passport holder. My mother is working as a DH in hongkong for about 10yrs. I planned to have a christmas vacation in hongkong. My mother sent me a notarized letter of invitation from Phil.comsolate in.Hongkong. she also sent me her copy of contract, passport and HK id. May I ask if that documents are enough not to be offloaded here in airport immigration? Thankyou!

    • Lina :12/17/2014 8:39:00 PM

      Yes, these documents will help. Also show the immigration your air ticket for the round trip and you will have no problem getting into HK. Good trip.

  • ReplyJenelyn G.
    12/13/2014 10:51:00 PM

    Hi. Good day. I am visiting hk this jan 18, 2015. I have a roundtrip ticket, passport, and invitation letter but i'll be staying there for 33 days. Is there a possibility that i might get offload because i'll be staying there for more than a month? Thank you.

    • Garry :12/14/2014 3:25:00 AM

      I guess you are exempt from visa for a month there, right? If you plan to stay there for 33 days, you are suggested to apply for stay extension at least a week before.

  • Replymary grace g
    12/3/2014 12:44:00 AM

    I am a filipina and its my 3 years here in HK and my HK work visa will expire this coming DEC 18,2014 is it OK to exit Macau before a week of the said expiration date?

    • Chuke :12/14/2014 3:23:00 AM

      Yes, it is fine.

  • Replyjaz
    12/3/2014 3:05:00 PM

    Hi, im was terminated by my employer last november 5 in hongkong and im currently staying in macau now,i haven't yet find an employer in hongkong,my plan is to go back to hongkong again to find job and after go back to macau again to wait for my working visa.is it ok and legal?i need answer please.thanks

    • Teddy :12/6/2014 9:24:00 PM

      Theoretically, it is ok to do this and I believe you are exempt from visa in the two cities. But if you commute between the two cities too frequently, the customs will find that from your passport and you may be fined or refused to enter. Don't take the risk. I have a way for you. If you wanna stay a little longer in HK, try to apply for an extension. The same with Macau.

  • Replychie
    11/28/2014 9:02:00 AM

    hi. im a filipino citicen and its my first time to travel international and my plan is to go in hongkong for 2 days and 1 night in macauand back to manila with my friend. do i need a visa? is there a show many needed? what are the things need to know in going hk and macau.. hope u can help me. thanks!!!

    • Mina :11/29/2014 8:38:00 PM

      No visa is needed for either of the destinations, because you are exempt from visa for some days in Macao and HK. Just prepare the round trip ticket and hotel reservation proof and you won't have a problem getting into the two places. Sometimes, the immigration may check the show money and the basic rule is at least 100USD per day during your stay.

  • ReplyMili DC
    11/28/2014 7:39:00 AM

    Hi! We are traveling to macau from the philippines by next week then we'll be transferring to hongkong via ferry. Is it ok that the ticket we have is manila to macau while the return ticket is hongkong-manila? Hope to hear from you the soonest please.God BlessThanks,Mili

    • Juma :11/29/2014 8:36:00 PM

      Yes, your round trip ticket into Macau and leaving from HK is fine. Don't worry!

  • ReplySheryl
    11/25/2014 8:02:00 PM

    Hi, i just wanna ask if i can visit to macau after my contract in hongkong. My working visa will end at dec.9 for working insix months here.. And i am planning to stay with him for a few days before going back to philippines! He will come to hk and we come back together in macau.. Is that ok i can come to macau and stay with him for awhile. Tnx for your time!

    • Finda :11/26/2014 9:34:00 PM

      Hi, you can try to apply for entension to stay for a little longer (no more than 4 weeks) at the Immigration Department in Hk.

  • Replymaribel
    11/24/2014 9:42:00 PM

    it is true that my frind from macau needs to give her invitation letter to me..through her friend that going back to Philippines?

    • Elina :11/26/2014 9:47:00 PM

      Some people say that a person in Macao is only allowed to send an invitation letter to their relatives, so you'd better make it clear if the letter will hlep you go through the immigration. If it is fine, the original of this document is not required.

  • Replymaribel
    11/24/2014 9:14:00 PM

    hi im maribel from philippines..i would ask an advise if it possible that my friend can give me an invitation letter from macau..because when she go to consulate..the personnel tell her that she cannot invite friends but only her relatives not friend.

    • Susan :11/26/2014 9:42:00 PM

      Since the official personnel said so, your friend may be unable to send one indeed. Will you stay with her or so? If not, just book a hotel in avance and show the immigration the hotel reservation proof.