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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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  • Replyjho kits
    4/10/2015 6:30:00 AM

    We are planning to have a trip in macau this month. What are the necessary documents that we have to bring, are there offloads in going to macau? We are 3 and we will have a group tour.

    • John :4/19/2015 5:38:00 AM

      Jho, do you hold Filipino passports? If so, you only need to take your passports, round way tickets, and sufficient money to support your visit. As long as you don't take forbidden articles with you, you are not required to offload anything.

  • Replyche
    4/8/2015 10:36:00 AM

    hi i will go to hk i have pasport, show money and i have bank statement. and i am employed here i have certificate of employment and some pay slip and hotel reservation also package tour..what else immigration wants?do they ask me more questions?

    • Kathie :4/19/2015 5:34:00 AM

      Hi, I personally think the douments you have are enough. Generally speaking, they will not ask you questions. However, if being asked, just answer them honestly.

  • Replyadil
    4/8/2015 9:38:00 AM

    Hello I'm here in macau,I already get my u turn and plan to go to hongkong for 14 days and go back here in macau,I just want to ask if how many days the immigration give to me when I go back again in macau

    • Lisa :4/19/2015 5:39:00 AM

      It depends on your nationality. If you are from the Philippines, you will be given another 30 days.

  • Replyjeanie
    4/7/2015 11:26:00 PM

    hi! I'm a Philippine passport holder, we' re planning for a 5 days holiday in Hongkong next month May 2015 but my passport will expire in August 2015, I' ll be allowed to travel? There would be no problem from the immigration?

    • Mike :4/19/2015 5:27:00 AM

      Jeanie, generally speaking, if the remaining validity of your passport is more than one month by the time you are leaving HK, you will be allowed to enter. There should be no problems.

  • ReplyMauristel
    4/4/2015 7:51:00 AM

    HI! I and my fiance planning to go to macau next month and stay there for 4 nights.Is it ok that our ticket from cebu- hongkong and we will just take a boat to macau and our ticket way back to philippine is from macau to cebu?I just wanna know if there will be no problem with that?And may i know also aside of passport and round trip ticket if there is anymore document do i need to visit macau or hong kong?I am hoping for any reply..Thank you

    • Nelson :4/19/2015 5:26:00 AM

      Mauristel, if eveything goes well, there won't be any problem. Aside from your passports and round trip tickets, you should take abundant money at hand to sponsor your trip in the two places.

  • Replymack
    4/14/2015 1:28:00 PM

    I'm ofw from middle east and spending time to take vacation here in the Phil's, what is the requirements to go and have a tour in Hongkong.

    • James :4/19/2015 5:02:00 AM

      Mack, do you hold the passport issued by which country? You know, HK is visa free for citizens of many countries.

  • Replydhona
    4/15/2015 10:36:00 PM

    Hi am a filipino citizen..just finish my 30 days visa and another 20 days visa here in macau..i know that i can get another 10 days if i used my ultimatum visa,my question is can i go to hk and stay for 24hrs and then go back to macau? will it still be able to get my 10 days uv? thanks

    • Helen :4/16/2015 5:00:00 AM

      Dhona, since you have stayed there for quite a long time, which is beyond the required period for exempting entry permits, I'm afraid the immigration officer will deny your further entry if you just leave for 24 hours.

  • ReplyEve
    4/13/2015 6:37:00 AM

    Hi, I'm a Malaysian. Can I fly to Macau then from Macau to Hong Kong by ferry, then from Hong Kong fly back to Malaysia?tq

    • Melly :4/16/2015 5:03:00 AM

      Eve, Hong Kong allows Malysian nationals to enter freely for a stay no longer than 90 days and Macao allows them to enter for a stay less than 30 days, so you don't need the entry permits for both places if your stay is limited to the regulated period.

  • Replyjho kita
    4/1/2015 9:13:00 PM

    Hello...I just want to ask my friend come home feom hk just this march due to a break contract with her employer but wants to go with her friends back to hk for a tour.Is it okey for her to go back for a tour...will the immigration allow her?

    • Heidi :4/16/2015 5:05:00 AM

      would you mind telling me her nationality?

  • ReplyJobelleRG needs help!
    2/28/2015 2:26:00 AM

    hi, I am Belle, and I am a domestic helper here in HK for almost 3 years..I just want to ask on what to do, if I'm going to invite my cousin here in Hongkong for a tour. She is a first timer traveler and this is also my first time to invite any of my relative to come here. What documents should I'm going to prepare..? Do I need to go to Immigration to fill up some forms? please help me for this.. thank you so much! have a good day!

    • Michael :4/1/2015 4:35:00 AM

      Belle, which nationality does your cousin hold? HK is entry-free for many countries. Maybe the entry permit is not required for your counsin at all. If it is needed, you should fill up form ID 1003B(can be downloaded from thewebsite of HK Immigration Department) and submit your HK identity card photocopy, your passport photocopy as well as your cousin's application documents.