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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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  • ReplyJun
    1/8/2017 8:58:00 PM

    Philippine passport holder here. Can we Enter Macau and exit thru Hongkong?

  • Replyangel
    1/8/2017 7:22:00 AM

    hello, I am ofw in hongkong and my visa already expired,and i exit here in macau,i am now planning to go back in HK as a tourist.. is it possible for me to get in HK as a tourist? anyone can answer me please

  • ReplyEvelyn
    1/4/2017 9:08:00 AM

    I hv a one time entry visa to china but im flying to hk then stay at shenzhen. But i plan a one day trip to macau. Can i go in again to shenzhen?

  • ReplyTrinaPags
    12/28/2016 3:14:00 PM

    will be going to HK (Manila -HK - MAnila) for a vation with family. however 2 of them holds Spanish Passport vacationing in the philippines. 1. can they go to HK with out visa like the Philippines2. Can they still return to Manial just showing original itenerary form spain to Manila then spain?

    • Billy :12/31/2016 1:01:00 AM

      Trina, yes, that can. Spanish passport holders can enjoy free entry to HK for a stay of not exceeding 90 days. They can still return to Manila. Or they can also show the original itinerary form Spain to Manila then Spain.

  • ReplyLovely
    12/17/2016 12:29:00 PM

    Hi there! So I'm lovely from Philippines. I have a little concern though. My BF booked a hotel reservation in HK. We decided to meet in HK for the first as it is very time consuming for him to have more hours to get to the Philippines. He's from UK and he will carry all my expenses including my tix back and forth. I don't have credit cards of bank accounts. But I can show them that I'm still a student (I'm not minor either, 24 already) and will stay in HK for 5 days and will return home because I still have classes to attend. Please give me any suggestions of what to bring. Thank you

    • Rudy :12/21/2016 4:16:00 AM

      You need to provide your passport, the return ticket and enough travel fees with you.

  • ReplyLa eugenio
    12/10/2016 8:16:00 AM

    Hi im LA from Philippinesi would like to ask if I can travel to Hong Kong then on my last two days, I can go to Macau and exit from Macau back to the Philippines?

    • Leo :12/17/2016 4:02:00 AM

      Yes, you can travel like that.

  • Replyjay
    11/29/2016 11:15:00 PM

    Hi, IIm a Philippine Passport holder, i frequently go to Macau for Holiday and playing Casino, will there be any problem if i go to Macau many times, I've been there this november and planning to go again on December to spend New Year, this is my 7th time already. I hope someone can answer and help me.

    • Luke :12/10/2016 1:54:00 AM

      Jay, you can go there many times.

  • Replygirlie intalan
    11/20/2016 3:15:00 AM

    hi! i want to ask what if my husband came from philippines then go here in hongkong as a tourist then macau for 2 weeks can he entry again in hongkong..thank u

    • Adrian :12/10/2016 1:36:00 AM

      Yes, he can.

  • 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.

    • Beu :11/19/2016 5:56:00 PM

      Hi.. I have a same problem.. My husband work in macau book us a ticket for 42 days of stay in macau.. But i have an invitation letter from him.. It is possible fir us to pass the immigration? Im traveling with our kid and this is our first travel if ever.. Pls i need ur reply.. Pls

    • Lorenzo :12/10/2016 1:37:00 AM

      I think you can pass the immigration. Don’t worry!

    11/14/2016 6:25:00 PM

    I have a job offer to work for a Hong Kong company with a start date on January 2017, me and my fiancee are from Peru, I'm supposed to get the Z type before travelling to HK, but which visa should my fiancee get to live with me in HK? I'm planning to stay there for at least two years... And I'll marry her next year. Thanks in advance for your urgent help with this matter.

    • Linda :11/19/2016 3:56:00 AM

      Because you two haven’t got married, your fiancée can only apply for a tourist entry permit for HK and stay for a short time. After you get married, she can apply for dependant entry permit and stay in HK with you.