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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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  • ReplyValentin mendoza
    12/12/2015 11:01:00 PM

    Me and my girlfriend plan to take a trip to Hongkong. is it possible that we enter via macau and exit via hongkong? And what requirements would we need thanks so much for the help:))

    • Belle :12/16/2015 2:46:00 AM

      If your country has signed the free-entry agreement with HK, you can go there. Of course you can enter via Macau and exit via HK. You are required to hold a valid passport, round-trip air tickets, and enough money.

  • ReplyAizaz
    12/11/2015 5:51:00 PM

    Hey This is Aizaz from PakistanI had a double entry visa of HongkongSo i had a direct flight from Lahore to Guangzhou. i planned to go to guangzhou then to Hk via mtr,same is the case while returning,so i applied for a transit visa type (G) I recieved a 5 Day single entry visa. the problem is how can i return via china with a single entry visa? Will i get a 24 hour permit at Hk mtr when leaving for guangzhou?I remember the visa officer talking about 24 hour stay when i go back. But i am not sure. Its confusing. please clear this problem with a legitimate source so that i dont have problem in my trip. Thanks!

    • Zack :12/16/2015 3:46:00 AM

      Aizaz, you will depart from HK to Guangzhou by MTR, and then fly to Lahore? If so, as long as you stay in Guangzhou for less than 24 hours, you don't need the G type. It's because you have access to the 24hrs direct transit policy. Information about such policy can be found on any website of overseas Chinese embassies.

  • ReplyGeechan
    12/6/2015 9:42:00 AM

    HI! I'm a Philippine passport holder and planning to go to Macau and Hongkong on April 2016. My boyfriend and his family will be having a vacation in Macau since his mother is working there. His mother will be send us an invitation letter. I'm going there together with his sister and father. Is there any chance that I will be offloaded? What are the requirements that I need to prepare? We will be staying at his mom's apartment. I don't have work but I do have business that is registered here in the Philippines.

    • Nathan :12/16/2015 2:49:00 AM

      Geechan, as you have a Filipino passport, you can enter HK and Macau freely for a stay less than 14 days and 30 days respectively. As long as you prepare well, you won't be offloaded. You need to take your passport, return ticket, enough money, and an address to stay in.

  • Replyper
    11/2/2015 10:47:00 PM

    i would like to ask im visiting macau next month on there we stay in our freind house with a blue card in macao and we get visa from macao to shenzhen to 2 days it s possible? in shenshen china can we exit there going to hongkong stay for 1 day? after going in macau to our flight to manila

    • Bernie :12/6/2015 2:59:00 AM

      May I know what passport do you hold?

    • per :12/6/2015 5:47:00 AM

      im a holding a philippine passport

    • Cindy :12/16/2015 2:44:00 AM

      Dear, I'm afraid you can't get Shenzhen VOA. You need to apply one before the trip.

  • Replyshamjith
    12/15/2015 4:07:00 AM

    Hi,I'm an Indian Citizen working under a job permit in HK currently now and possess a HKID card. when my job permit expires I would like to stay for couple more days may be like 2 weeks.Will it be sufficient if I go to Macau and then return to HK as a tourist,if so how many days I need to stay in Macau...or is there other ways to stay in HK without going to other country..Please advise

    • Vera :12/16/2015 2:27:00 AM

      You can go to Macau and then re-enter as a tourist. You just need to stay in Macau for a few days. There is no specific time limit.

  • Replyaloediyah
    11/1/2014 9:59:00 AM

    Hi!I am a filipino citizen and a non-working spouse. My husband is an ofw. We are planning to go to Macau from Manila and stay for 3 days and take a ferry ride to Hongkong for 2 days before returning to Manila. Do we need to provide bank statement or bank certificate or bank passbook will suffice? How much total money should our bank account have?

    • Douglas :11/4/2014 10:57:00 PM

      You enjoy a 30-day free entry to visit Macau and 14-day free entry to visit HK. You are suggested to prepare your bank statement, round trip tickets and hotel booking in case the immigration officer requires to see. Since you stay with your husband, you two can use one bank statement. There is no limitation on the money, but the more the better.

    • emerson :12/14/2015 10:55:00 AM

      good evening im pilipino passport holder this coming december 21 is my flight going to macau i have roundtrip ticket from december 21 to january 4 and i have letter invitation from my friend he from consulate in macau but now i have have work in philippines my question is possible that im not going to offload thanks to your reply....

    • Nina :12/16/2015 2:25:00 AM

      Emerson, don't worry. In normal cases, you won't be offloaded. You can enjoy a 30-day free entry to Macau actually. You need to take your passport, enough money (at least MOP 5000), and round-trip tickets.

  • ReplyTeresa
    10/26/2015 10:32:00 PM

    I am Filipino holding Philippine passport, planning to visit Hongkong for 7 days and go to Macau for 2 days, i am flying to Hongkong from Manila and plan to fly back from Macau to Manila.. would it required a visa just to fly back to Manila from Macau airport.. would i required a visa to do that. My passport is less than 30 days valid when i enter Macau would it be a problem?

    • Zoe :12/6/2015 3:01:00 AM

      No, the visa is not required, but you need to renew your passport. Otherwise, you may be forbided to enter.

  • ReplyRon
    10/24/2015 11:36:00 AM

    Hi, currently im working here in saudi arabia and planning to drop by in Hongkong for total of 5 days. Heres the scenario:From saudi arabia, My stop over is Hongkong and my next flight going to Philippines after 3 days. Then after the 3 days I go to Philippines. Of course my returning pattern of flight will be the same going to saudi arabia, The question is I can enter again to HK for another 2 days (My return flight from HK to Saudi Arabia after 2 days) even I already entered in HK last time? Thank you in advance.

    • Michelle :12/6/2015 3:02:00 AM

      Yes, you can.

  • Replyirene
    10/21/2015 7:31:00 PM

    I am from singapore. I'm going to zhuhai to visit a relative. If I stay longer than 14 days , can I hop over to macau for a day , stamp my passport & re - enter zhuhai again for another 14 days. Or must I travel to hongkong in order to extend another 14 days in zhuhai. Singapore passport no need visa to China. Please advise.

    • Cindy :12/6/2015 2:58:00 AM

      Irene, you can go to Macau for one one and then back to activate another 14-day stay.

  • ReplyWang
    11/24/2015 11:30:00 AM

    Hi I'm a Filipino citizen planning to visit hongkong in January 11 then back to Manila in January 17.. Now if I arrive in January 11 in hk can visit china and both a visa then stay in china for 3days then go back to hk January 15 ? Is it possible to enter china to stay for three days and both a Chinese visa? Pls help me

    • Lily :12/6/2015 1:55:00 AM

      If you want to enter mainland China, you should apply for a separate visa in advance. Otherwise, you will not be allowed to enter.