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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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  • ReplyAprille Mae
    6/25/2015 2:57:00 AM

    hi, I just want to inquire co'z I'm planning to visit my friend in Guangdong,but have not yet the exact date.. and i will take the bus going there from here in hongkong, do i need to apply for a visa too?

  • ReplyMia
    6/22/2015 11:19:00 AM

    Hi. Good evening. I'm a philippine passport holder and I am currently here in macau. I entered macau last month and went in hkg last week and stayed there for overnight and went back to macau. I'm planning to go to mainland China by the end of the month coz my 30 days visa will expire and eventually go back to macau the next day for a 20 days extension. Now my question would be ' I'm going to dubai by the month of July and I'm planning to depart from hkg. Is there gonna be a problem for double entry? Coz to sum it up I will stay in macau for 46 days, then hkg an overnight, mainland China an overnight also. Thank you.

    • Frank :6/23/2015 3:06:00 AM

      I think there won't be problems.

  • ReplyRajnish Singla
    6/21/2015 5:13:00 AM

    Hi,We are a family of four from India and travelling to Hong Kong on 20th July. We plan to board Star Cruise Virgo (Hong Kong-High Seas-Hong Kong) and will visit Macau for a day. My question is, do we need multiple entry Hong Kong visa to visit Macau and boarding Star Cruise or single entry visa is OK? Is multiple entry visa available on arrival for Indians?Thanks for your response.

    • Nancy :6/23/2015 3:08:00 AM

      Rajnish, actually, as long as your stay in Hong Kong does not exceed 14 days and in Mcau does not exceed 30 days, you don't need the entry permit.

  • Replycharm
    6/20/2015 3:52:00 PM

    Hi! I am a filipina. I would like to travel to hong kong as a tourist. my ticket was booked for 20 days stay. As per the immigration policy. I am only allowed to stay in hong kong visa free for 14 days, will the airline staff allow me to go to hong kong and stay 20 days or will they decline me and ask me to rebook my return and shorten it by 14 days? thank you!

    • Grace :6/23/2015 3:10:00 AM

      I don't think the airline will reject you to board on the plane, but there is a risk that the immigration officer will not let you enter.

  • ReplyKimberly Burant
    6/8/2015 8:40:00 AM

    Hello,I'm going to be visiting my boyfriend in Shanghai for 10 days and then planned to go to Hong Kong. I am a US Citizen. Should I apply for a multiple entry visa? So far I have an appointment booked with the embassy in Indonesia (where I'm currently at). Last question - Should I book my flights before or after I get the visa? and do I need to show them round trip information?

    • James :6/23/2015 3:17:00 AM

      Kimberly, you just need to apply for a single entry. You can go to Hong Kong freely for a visit not beyond 90 days. You can ask your boyfriend to write you an invitation letter so that you don't need to book the flights before doing the application. You can show round trip information on the application form briefly.

  • 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.

    • Remon :6/13/2015 10:51:00 AM

      hi i just readed the form of macau and my question is after u went in hong kong for 14 days u where going back to macau, how many days they gives u? and what nationality are u actually? im Dutch and stayed in hong kong for 1 monthso the case is like the same as yours because i used also 3 months than i get the uturn of 20 days i finidhed that and went exit in hong kong for one month

  • Replysheila
    5/25/2015 5:29:00 PM

    Hi am planning to visit macau with my mom for 3 nights with hotel booking and after to visit hongkong and stay there for 4 days, can i take flight back to manila from hongkong or do i need to go back to macau and exit from there back to manila? Is the phil immigration will ask my ticket going to hongkong.? I am planning to take ferry going to hongkong as this is much cheaper to do.pls advice thanks

    • William :6/8/2015 5:14:00 AM

      Sheila, you can go back to Manilafrom Hong Kong. Generally speaking, he immigration will not ask your ticket for going to Hong Kong.

  • 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.