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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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  • Replysheryl
    5/24/2015 7:22:00 PM

    hello..im from philippines. if i am a tourist in macau and i want to go shanghai and i want to stay in shanghai within 15 days. Can possible and how much money i show in immigration. Thanks...

    • Cherry :5/25/2015 3:56:00 AM

      Sheryl, as you don't have residence status in Macau, it's hard to apply from there. You can turn to an agency for help. You don't need to take a lot of money with you. Just make sure that you can afford your expense in mainland China.

  • ReplyJane
    5/18/2015 5:44:00 AM

    hi ! me and my friends be visiting hongkong and macau this july , we also plan to go to guangzhou i want to know if we need to get visa from the immigration in macau ? we will stay guangzhou overnight or less than 24 hours

    • James :5/25/2015 3:54:00 AM

      Jane, do you say you intend to go to Guangzhou from Macau? If so, after visiting Guangzhou, where will you go? As long as the next destination is not Macau or mainland China, you don't need to apply for the visa.

  • ReplyJohn Philip
    4/28/2015 5:46:00 PM

    Greetings! I'm John from Manila. Could it be possible if we enter hong kong via Macau? We can get a ticket, Manila-macau. Then our hotel accommodation is at hong kong. Could that be possible? Thank you for the respond

    • Tom :5/11/2015 5:06:00 AM

      John, of course you can go to Hong Kong from Macao. If you are Filipino passport holder, you don't need the entry permit for both regions.

  • ReplyLovely
    4/26/2015 6:38:00 PM

    Hi! I just want to ask what documents needed if I'm going to Macau as a tourist because I go to Philippine vacation in 1 month I'm working here in Amman Jordan.

    • Cindy :4/27/2015 4:33:00 AM

      Hey, could you tell me which country do you come from?

  • ReplyDennise
    4/27/2015 2:54:00 AM

    I am a Transgender woman from the Philippines and I am planning to go to Hongkong 29th of May,. I dont work here in Manila because I have a fiancee who is supporting me.. My questions are.. is ok to travel without Certification of Employment? I have a ticket roundtrip and hotel reservation already... I dont have credit cards. but I have ATM cards three major bank.. what sort of question they will ask.? Pls. tell me.. as I dont like to be offloaded thats embarrassing..

    • Gloria :4/27/2015 4:36:00 AM

      Hi Dennise! The employment certificate is not required for entering HK. The credit cards are not required either, as long as you have enough money proving you can support your living in HK. Generally, they will not ask you questions. If being asked, you can present your passport, return tickets, hotel reservations, and financial standing proofs.

  • ReplyMuntari
    4/24/2015 10:49:00 AM

    Hi . How are you doing. I hope all is well with you. I am a Niger passport holder and got a one year multiple chinese visa but i was told niger passport is 14 days visa free to hong kong, My question is, Is it possible that I can fly from here to hong kong and back and forth to mainland china every 12 days? And what are the requirement to satisfy the hong kong immigration at the airport first entry !

    • Dell :4/27/2015 4:40:00 AM

      Muntari, you can fly from mainland to Hong Kong to activate another entry for mainland. However, if you keep do this for a long time, there is a risk that you may be rejected by HK Immigration. When first entering HK, you should hold a valid passport, an onward or return ticket, and aboundant money to afford your expenditure in HK.

  • Replyleah
    4/23/2015 2:38:00 AM

    im fr philippines want to ask if is possible for me to enter as a tourist in macao if already deported fr hk 1yr and 6months ago?

    • Amy :4/26/2015 5:58:00 AM

      It is hard to say, Sometimes, the immigration officers just judge whether to let you in at their own discretion. Anyway, you can try you luck there.

  • Replykarel ann
    4/22/2015 4:38:00 AM

    Hi..am from Philippines and am to visit my boyfrnd in Hk what documents do i need in immigration? i wll only stay for 14 days.

    • Linda :4/26/2015 5:57:00 AM

      You just need to take your passport, onward or return ticket, and abundant money to guarantee your expense in HK.

  • 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.