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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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  • Replyivy
    1/13/2015 11:57:00 AM

    Im ivy domestic helper here in hongkong i just want to ask my husband planning to have a 14days vacation here in hongkong on mid of april but he is currently working in taiwan as factory worker what are necessary documents he will provide to go here or he will need to applying for visa?how about the re-entry to taiwan?please anyone could help me?

    • Shasha :1/19/2015 9:36:00 PM

      Philippine passport holders are exempt from visa for 14 days, so your husband don't need a visa. If he will stay with you, you can send him an invitation letter. Then together with his round trip air ticket and passport, he will be allowed to enter HK. As you mentioned that he is working in Taiwan, I believe he should have been granted certain permit for that. If so, just ask him to present the permit for re-entry.

  • ReplyBea
    1/10/2015 11:49:00 AM

    Hello I'm from the PH and I will be travelling to HK for tourism this mid year. By then I will be a fresh graduate student from college so I will have no bank statements or any of that sort to present. What are the things that I need to prepare, (except from hotel bookings, passport, and return ticket) to the immigration so I won't get deported? And how much show-money would I be needing, if it applies? Thank you so much.

    • Susan :1/19/2015 9:41:00 PM

      Well then, you can prepare a bank statment of your parents in case. Usually, they may ask 100USD for each day for show money. Sometimes, they don't check that. Under this circumstance, your passport, hotel bookings and return ticket would be enough.

  • Replycha
    1/8/2015 6:11:00 AM

    Hi! Im from philippimes ang we are planning to visit hk on.august.our entry point is macau, from there take ferry to hongkong and stay there for atleast 5 days and back to macau for exit to phils.is it allowed?? Is it free of charge?

    • Shun :1/19/2015 9:42:00 PM

      Yes, it is allowed and it is free of charge to go through the immigration.

  • Replycandid
    12/28/2014 8:18:00 AM

    Warm greetings! We are Filipino family who will be on vacation to Hong kong by March2014. We are planning to go to shenzhen for a one day tour from hong kong. Do we need to obtain a visa or we can have it at the border? Thank you.

    • Grace :1/7/2015 2:23:00 AM

      You are not able to get a VOA at the border, so you need to apply for a single entry Tourist L in advance in your country.

  • ReplyJhennn
    12/29/2014 8:24:00 AM

    Is it possible to pass the IO here in Philippines with a 35days roundtrip ticket to HongKong! Thankyou.

  • Replyann orense
    10/24/2014 9:41:00 PM

    hi i'm from Philippines. I am18 years old and I want to travel to macau alone, may I ask what are the documents and things I need to prepare. I will be staying in my tita's house their. thank you.btw, i'm a first timer

    • Moore :10/28/2014 5:38:00 AM

      You enjoy a 30-day free entry to visit Macau. You are suggested to prepare your valid passport, an invitation letter from your tita and the immigration officer may require these documents.

    • Charlie :12/26/2014 3:05:00 AM

      How about may gf mam she wanna visit me here in macau..? What what document do we need

    • Edson :12/27/2014 9:38:00 PM

      Which country are you from? If also from Philippines, you are exempt from visa for some days. It is fine to just show the immigration your passport, round trip air ticket and hotel reservation proof.

  • Replyvic
    12/22/2014 10:40:00 AM

    Hi,My family is traveling to Hongkong next week. but our ticket is Manila to Macau. Then Hongkong to Manila. once we arrived in Macau we will take a ferry to Hongkong. is this allowed. Thanks

  • Replylove destri
    12/18/2014 4:27:00 AM

    hi, im a filipino, im travelling to hongkong in august 2015, and exit in macau. were staying in hongkong for 5days and 2 days in macau. im planning to go to guanzhou and shenzen from hongkong, what are the necessary docs and how to get there from hk? thanks

  • 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.