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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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  • ReplyMichaelken
    7/24/2016 8:56:00 AM

    Hello, I am a Philippine passport holder. I have already booked a flight to HK. I and my student, who is a Japanese, is planning to meet at HK. I am just afraid i might get offloaded, and is it true that i need to have an invitation letter to pass through immigration? (Are there other things that i need to prepare) Another thing is we have already booked our hotel and what is reflected on the reservation is her name, is it really necessary to have a hotel reservation under your name to pass through immigration?I will just be staying in HK for 4 days and right after that i will fly directly to Japan. Would i be encountering any problems along the way? (sorry it's my first time to travel abroad) I am my student will be going to Japan at the same flight. Do i need to prepare other things? or just the same things that i prepared in going to HK? PLEASE REPLY THE SOONEST.

    • Ethan :8/12/2016 5:12:00 AM

      The invitation letter is not necessary. The hotel reservation may be inspected randomly. So take it easy! Usually, as long as you provide your passport, the return ticket and enough travel fees, you won’t encounter any problems. You don’t need to prepare other things.

  • ReplyAnn
    8/10/2016 12:29:00 PM

    Hi, My family is planning a trip to HongKong and Macau. However, our Entry is from Manila to HongKong and exit is from Macau to Manila. this is only for 4 days.Is this possible? would this be an issue in the immigration since our entry and exit point are different countries?Really need your advise. Thanks,Ann

    • Andy :8/12/2016 5:01:00 AM

      Ann, it is possible! Just relax. It won’t cause any problem. You can enter from HK and exit from Macau.

  • ReplyCecil Ramos
    6/30/2016 12:34:00 PM

    Good Day, I am in Philpines and just wanted to ask, is't possible if my filipino friend who lives and work in Macao can send me an Invitation letter?, if yes what paticular rquirements needed for my friend and I to prepare? Do I still need a show money for that or a hotel ticket? While staying in Macao, can I exit HK so I can have my round trip ticket? Pls. be advice. Thanks

    • Ford :7/1/2016 4:19:00 AM

      Your friend can issue the invitation letter to you. You need to provide copy of your passport, the return ticket, proof of your financial support, and the invitation letter from your friend. Your friend needs to provide the residence permit and passport. You should prepare at least MOP 5,000 as show money. You can exit HK during your stay in Macau.

    • Cecil Ramos :7/3/2016 12:12:00 PM

      Hi Ford, Thank you for your reply, this is rally hel.Wamest Regards

  • Replymizwu07
    6/25/2016 1:42:00 AM

    Hi Im a Filipino citizen and my mom will visit me here in the philippines but shes planning to take me with her fly back to HK for a vacation only and I am a first time traveler. My parents are HK residence. what are possible things to prepare for just in case the immigration Officer ask questions about me. but before that I have a 3months visa in malaysia for training on August. but I wanted to travel together with my mother for vacation in HK for 14 days.

    • Gloria :7/1/2016 4:21:00 AM

      You should prepare your passport, the return ticket, and enough travel fees. It won’t be that difficult. Just relax.

  • Replyshonrubia
    6/20/2016 11:52:00 AM

    Good Day, Me and My Sister are going to Macau this Month of May 24 to 29 2016.. And planning to make some tour also in Shenzhen.. Is it possible that we just buy a visa at the boarding gate of Macau going to Shenzhen or should we apply a Chinese visa here in our country, we are a Philippine Passport holder and our flight is Manila to Macau and then back Manila.. Hoping for the Response.. Thank You And God Bless!

    • David :7/1/2016 4:24:00 AM

      I’m afraid you cannot get Shenzhen VOA at the border. You should apply for the entry permit in your home country ahead of your trip.

  • ReplyLiezel
    6/8/2016 1:57:00 AM

    Is it wise to go first to hongkong when you want to go to china..to avoid getting offloaded on philippine immigration?

    • Edward :6/11/2016 5:44:00 AM

      Liezel, if you have valid entry permit to mainland PRC, you don’t need to worry about that. Of course, you can go to HK first and then enter mainland PRC from there.

  • ReplyShana
    5/31/2016 10:48:00 AM

    Hi! I'm from Philippines. Is it necessary to show some cards like debit card, credit card on going to HK? And does the immigration require show money?

    • Peter :6/4/2016 2:41:00 AM

      Shana, if it is not required, you don’t need to prepare the show money. If it is required, you should have at least USD 100 for each day.

  • Replyrubi
    5/30/2016 11:07:00 PM

    Hi .im philippines pasport holder . I was offloaded lastweek . I have ky chinese visa . Can i enter hongkong for tourist then go to china? How much money do i need to show the immigrati0n? Thank u and godbless

    • Dora :6/4/2016 2:39:00 AM

      You can enjoy free entry to HK for a stay of no more than 14 days. And because you have entry permit to mainland PRC, you can go there too. As for the show money, you’d better prepare USD 100 per day.

  • ReplyEmily
    5/30/2016 12:48:00 PM

    Hi,good day :-) i just came from macau last May 4 to visit my husband. I stayed there for only 3 weeks.I am planning to visit him again anytime this month. Is it ok to return to macau again even if I just came from there few weeks ago? Or do i need to spend a couple of months here in the philippines before they allow me to go back again? Thank you so much :-)

    • Jack :6/4/2016 2:38:00 AM

      I think it may be okay. There is no specific requirement for the time gap between you two entries. And on most cases, you should wait for a relatively long time, but it’s not that absolute. You can have a try.

  • ReplyLen -
    4/6/2016 6:04:00 AM

    May family & I are planning to go to HK-Macau Trip.I got a ticket via Clark to HK then return back to Philippines via HK direct to Manila . Is there any problem with 2 different airport going & returning. thank you & waiting for a reply.

    • Ken :4/19/2016 5:47:00 AM

      Len, don’t worry! Two different airports are fine. You can travel like that. Have a nice trip!

    • janlyn :5/30/2016 11:09:00 AM

      Hi... im philippine passport holder and planning to visit hk with my fiance this december...Do we need a hotel reservation? Can we just check in in hotel upon arrival?How much show money we needed?Do we need bank statement?

    • Jenny :6/4/2016 2:34:00 AM

      Dear Janlyn, the hotel reservation is not necessary because it is inspected randomly, so you can possibly check in at a hotel upon arrival.As for the show money, you need to prepare it, but there is no requirement for the specific amount. And you need to prepare at least USD 100 per day per person. Bank statement may work.