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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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  • 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.

  • ReplySher
    5/26/2016 5:29:00 PM

    Hi I'm a Philippine passport holder I'm planning to visit Macau for 4 days but I would like to travel to HK for abt a day I'm just interested in Ocean Park what do I need to present aside from my passport once I reach HK via ferry? Do I need to present my return ticket going to macau and Do I get a stamp on my passport when I enter HK from macau? Please help I really need answer to this.

    • Zoe :5/27/2016 11:50:00 PM

      Sher, you also need to provide enough travel fees, and the return ticket. The stamp may not be necessary because your passport may not be stamped because you can enjoy free entry there.

  • ReplyMj
    5/19/2016 4:48:00 AM

    I am a filipino and i am here in kuwait i will travel to HK before i come back to philippines. So my ticket will be kuwait to HK and HK to manila. Is it okay to present my return ticket going to philippines a reservation ticket that not yet confirmed? I am planning to settle it when i arrive in HK. It is just reserve in the system but not yet paid it will be confirmed after i pay it when i arrive at HK. The immigration of HK will allow me to travel if i show them my return ticket just a reservation ticket?

    • Jenny :5/27/2016 11:47:00 PM

      MJ, I think maybe you need to provide a confirmed return ticket. Just to play safe.

  • ReplyYang
    5/16/2016 10:05:00 PM

    Hi. We went to Macau and HK last week but then we we're not able to get a stamp from both countries. We only received a card in Macau upon arrival. How do we put it in our passports? And no HK stamp were stamped in our passports.

    • Lucy :5/27/2016 11:45:00 PM

      Yang, currently, your passport won’t be stamped when you go there. You can just preserve the card well with you.

  • ReplyMark Binondo
    5/18/2016 3:32:00 AM

    It is possible if I as a Filipino traveler can enter HK from Philippines and exit from Macau to philippines? Will there be any issues from Chinese immigration? Thanks

    • David :5/27/2016 11:44:00 PM

      Mark, don’t worry! You can enter HK from Philippines and exit from Macau to Philippines. There won’t be any issues because Philippines passport holders can enjoy free entry to HK and Macau for a stay of 14 days and 30 days respectively.

  • ReplyRiley
    5/8/2016 5:13:00 PM

    Hi there! We are now in Macau visiting my husband who is currently working here and blue card holder,for 28 days. Our roundtrip ticket is Apr 25 to may 23. We are already booked to visit HK and bring our two kids to HK disneyland on May 12 to 14. And going back to Macau to spend the rest of of the remaining days before going back to the philippines. What should we present to immigration? We're taking the ferry going to HK. How many days will be given to us in entering macau again? Im just worried because our return ticket from Macau to clark is May 23, what are the things we need to show to the Immigration? I need your answers badly. Please enlighten me. Thanks in advance. Anyway we are philippine passport holders

    • Peter :5/14/2016 3:23:00 AM

      Because you hold Philippines passport, you can enjoy free entry to Macau and HK for a stay of not exceeding 30 days and 14 days respectively. When you go through the immigration, you just need to show your passport, the return ticket, accommodation arrangement and enough travel fees. There is no specific requirement for how many days you can enter Macau again, but I think you can go there after a few days. Because you have the return ticket from Macau to your home country, you may be allowed to enter again after staying for several days in HK.