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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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  • 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!

  • ReplyLeila
    3/21/2016 10:15:00 AM

    Good day i was offload last march 7 2016 going to macao as a tourist how can i fix it .i have my cousin there to invite me and im fixing the b- certificate already of my dad and my cousin moms is there no posibilty that ill be off load again thanks and hope for ur reply..

    • Billy :4/19/2016 5:46:00 AM

      Do you know the reason why you are offloaded? I think it’s possible for you to fix it. You should find out the reason and make full preparation this time. Just have a try!

  • ReplyGeechan
    3/17/2016 4:21:00 AM

    Hi! I'm a Philippine passport holder. I'd like to ask if we still need an invitation/supporting letters in Macau if we enter in HK and exit in Macau? We already have supporting letters from hk. But, we'd like to confirm if we still need one from Macau?

    • Richard :4/19/2016 5:44:00 AM

      Geechan, I don’t think you need the support letter or invitation letter because you can enjoy free entry to Macau for a stay of no more than 30 days. You can just take your passport, the onward ticket, hotel reservation and enough travel fees.

  • ReplyKate Villacillo
    3/14/2016 9:05:00 AM

    Re-entry in HKHello! I am a Filipino Citizen. Me and my siblings are planning to purchase a return ticket to/from HK from/to Philippines and at the same time a return ticket to/from HK from/to Phuket. We plan on spending just the whole day in HK thus exiting and entering HK Immigration on the same day (travelling to Phuket by night). And from Phuket, to my understanding, we have to exit and enter HK Immigration again as we have a separate ticket going back to the Philippines. Is this possible? Is there a certain duration to re-enter HK? In our case, we will enter and exit HK the same day and back again after 2-4 days. Thank you!

    • Tyler :4/19/2016 5:41:00 AM

      Kate, it’s possible. As far as I know, there is no certain duration to re-enter HK as long as the time gap between your exit and re-entry is too short. Because for your first entry and exit, it can be regarded as a transit, I think it is ok.

  • ReplyKrishaz
    3/8/2016 9:34:00 AM

    Hello I'm from the Philippines and I plan to visit HK for 11 days along with my family. We want to get as much stamps on our passports and I was wondering if we could also get it stamped as we do side trip tours to Macau and Guangzhou? I've been hearing claims that Hong Kong no longer stamps passports and so does nearby countries, is this true?

    • Daming :4/19/2016 5:38:00 AM

      Krishaz, I haven’t heard of this kind of news. You can go there to have a try. I think you can get stamps when you go there because you will go through the immigration inspection and then the officers will stamp on your passport.Besides, if you want to travel to Guangzhou, you need to hold valid entry permit to go there.

  • ReplyKahlin
    2/28/2016 2:44:00 PM

    hi, family of 5 adults + 1 child Philippine passport holders travelling to macau and hong kong this april planning to squeeze in a day's tour to Shenzhen & come back same day. can we get visa on arrival in Shenzhen? if yes, is it better to go via macau or via hong kong ?

    • Martins :3/1/2016 2:28:00 AM

      I’m afraid it’s difficult for you to get VOA there. You’d better apply for a relevant entry permit to go there if time is enough. But if you go to Shenzhen from HK, after stay in Shenzhen for one day, you go to Macau, in this case, you don’t need any entry permit because you are eligible for the 24 hour direct transit.

  • ReplyCher
    9/3/2014 4:49:00 AM

    Hi! When traveling to macau do we need to show a hotel booking? Even if we already have return tickets to philippines. Because we plan to get a hotel when we're already in macau. Thanks

  • Replyjudith gapay
    2/1/2016 8:36:00 AM

    I'm Judy, im x domestic helper in HK and planning to visit my friend and bf in HK....what requiremnts do i need to show at the immig.?

    • Kitty :2/18/2016 1:56:00 AM

      Judith, may I know which passport do you hold? Because people from most countries can enjoy free entry to HK; if you come from one of them, you can go there freely. Otherwise, you need to apply for an entry permit beforehand.

    • Naml :2/18/2016 3:11:00 AM

      im holding a philippine passport and so.i need.an.invitation lettrer

    • Kitty :2/18/2016 3:22:00 AM

      Dear, if you go there for no more than 14 days, you can enjoy free entry. And you just need to take your passport, the return ticket and enough travel fees. But if you want to stay for exceeding 14 days, you should apply for a visit entry permit and you need to provide your passport and its copy, the completed application form with a passport-style color photo glued, your financial support proof, transportation arrangement such as flight itinerary, travel plan to HK as well as an invitation letter from your friend (if any).

  • ReplyLouie
    1/17/2016 2:33:00 PM

    Hi,I am delighted to see your comments.I have a Tanzanian passport I think i get a 90 day stay in both Hk and Macao,I am planning to stay in Macao for at least 2 months , Since my ticket will be for that period , how much money shall I have to show them in cash , And I will be going to Macao through HK by ferry , will HK stamp exit in the ferry station ??Thanks very much in advance

    • Baker :2/18/2016 1:59:00 AM

      The show money should be at least 5,000 MOP in Macau. I think you can get the exit stamp in HK ferry station.

  • ReplyBrenda
    2/11/2016 3:33:00 AM

    Hi Im a Filipino passport holder and planning to go for vacation, i am currently working in Dubai, UAE with a residence visa and my vacation will be on May 26. From Dubai I will planning to drop by to HK for 3 days, 1 full day to Macau and 1 full day to Shenzhen (window of China) and come back to hongkong then go to philippine. Now i just want to know is it possible for me to enter shenzhen? do I required to get the entry permit? please advise.

    • Richard :2/18/2016 1:53:00 AM

      Dear, you can enter Shenzhen without an entry permit if you go to Shenzhen from Macau, after stay in Shenzhen for one day, you go to HK. In this case, you can enjoy the 24 hour direct transit there and no entry permit is required.

    • rose :2/18/2016 2:30:00 AM

      Hi,how about if from Hongkong to Shenzhen, is it possible?

    • Richard :2/18/2016 2:54:00 AM

      Rose, it depends. If you enter Shenzhen from HK and stay there for less than 24 hours, and then go to a third country or region instead of HK, it is possible. But if you return to HK after your trip to Shenzhen, you should apply for an entry permit in advance.