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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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  • ReplyJaszy
    7/24/2014 10:44:00 AM

    Hi, I'm from the Philippines and I'm here at hongkong for the summer break, I already exited to macau then went back here in hongkong. Is it possible to exit to macau again then go back to hongkong?

    • Rita :7/27/2014 4:39:00 AM

      Yes, it is possible, and there won't be any problem. Don't worry!

  • Replylil
    7/24/2014 3:47:00 AM

    hi ! really need your help,,, i came to macau last june 8 2014 ..i then now im already 46 days here in macau ,, i have 4 days more left for my visa,,, is there possible to apply for the extension of my visa here in macau,, i like to stay more because my husband hired for a job but he dont have the blue card,, he will get it next month september,, its possible to have an extension visa, thanks,, hoping for a good advise,,

    • Joe :7/27/2014 4:46:00 AM

      As I know, it is fine to extent your visa at the Immigration Department in Macau. Just do it as soon as possible!

  • Replyapi dela cruz
    7/23/2014 2:42:00 PM

    I will go to Macau,my mother send me a supporting letter a xerox of her passport and resident id...is it enough because I don't have a show money...thanks

    • Nadia :7/27/2014 4:47:00 AM

      So your mother is in Macao, right? May I know which country are you from so that I can tell you what are needed to enter Macao?

  • Replyoumarou
    7/17/2014 11:31:00 AM

    hello my name is Oumarou,i have a Niger passport and i want to visit hongkong for the first time how much do i need to have as pocket money??

    • Jason :7/27/2014 4:48:00 AM

      It depends on how long you are going to stay in HK.

  • ReplyRose
    7/16/2014 4:37:00 AM

    Hi please i need some advice my boyfriend will visit Dubai and will cross country in Hongkong first. His ticket would be like CRK-HKG-CRK he will just show in Phil Immig that he will only have a tour in HKG. He has a complete docs for his "tour" in HKG, but the truth is when he arrives in HKG he will stay there for just 10hrs then fly to Dubai.. I wanted to ask if will the HKG Immig questioned him about it?

    • Rita :7/27/2014 4:50:00 AM

      No, the immigration won't question him. And no visa is need for transit passenger in HK. Don't worry!

  • ReplySai
    7/14/2014 9:15:00 AM

    Hi...how are you? Am from Philippines am going to travel hk with returning ticket to philippines... Then i might wanted to travel Macau....and book ticket in hongkong going Macau... Would the immigration of hk will allow me to go Macau after three days staying hotel in hk? Pls help me... And looking forward for your answer..Than youGod Bless

    • Shana :7/27/2014 4:51:00 AM

      Yes, you will be allowed to go into Macao from Hk without any problem.

  • ReplyJoshua A
    7/14/2014 8:51:00 AM

    Good day! Im a filipino national and im planning to go to Guangzhou via macau or Hkg,no need for macao or hkg visa right for Ph nationals, what about upon entering in guangzhou, do i still have to get visa here in Ph or i can get visa upon arrival in macao or hkg?

    • Manny :7/27/2014 4:53:00 AM

      Hi, you need apply for a visa in advance to tour Guangzhou.

  • Replysally
    10/10/2013 7:52:00 PM

    hello there! Am OFW in HK and want to have a tour in Macau,Could you pls help me what are the requirements to be submitted in Philippine immigration so they will not offload me and questions me because am worked in HK before.Should I change the peso in macau money? hotel paid reservation?rountrip ticket? business permit? valid passport? Is there any things aside from these? thank you so much...am waiting for you help !

    • Peter :10/11/2013 7:36:00 PM

      you'd better chage some Macau money. to leave the Philippines and enter Macau, you need to present your tourn-trip air tickets, hotel reservation in Macau, valid passport, and some show money.

    • joana :7/16/2014 12:59:00 PM

      hi i would like to ask if i reach macau do the macau immigration still would ask me my return ticket and hotel booking?.do i need to show macau immigration these documents? or only in philippines immigration? pls help

    • Shan :7/27/2014 4:38:00 AM

      Yeah, the Macao immigration will ask for the my return ticket and hotel booking.

  • Replyrhea
    7/14/2014 5:04:00 AM

    Hi, I'm planning to go to Macau this Nov 2014/Dec 2014, a tourist for 1 month. What are the necessary documents needed aside form the round plane ticket and a show money of 10000 Pesos? and how much would be the pocket money to stay in macau for 1 month? I am going to meet my british bf there and we'll stay there for 1 month.

  • ReplyNrose
    7/14/2014 4:09:00 AM

    Im a Filipina working in Macau. My bf will visit me for 26 days. He is from Turkey. He will have a passport, roundtrip ticket (Istanbul-HK-Istanbul), hotel accommodation and invitation letter. From HK airport he will go and ride a ferry going to Macau. After the 26 days in Macau he will back in HK for his flight going back to Turkey. Is that possible to have a roundtrip ticket Istanbul-HK-Istanbul and transit from HK to Macau via ferry? Will the authority will not question his documents because ALL is for Macau? Thanks in advance.