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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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  • ReplySherryl Madrona
    3/28/2017 1:04:00 AM

    Hi Philippine passport holder here and were planning to go to Hong Kong for a 5 days visit, i just want to know if we need to get a Chinese visa if we wanted to go to Guangzhou for a day or 2 days from Hong Kong and go back to Hong Kong again. Please reply. Thank you

  • ReplyBevelyn
    3/27/2017 9:18:00 PM

    Hi, I wanna ask a question. I am currently working in HK now and my working visa here is valid only until five and half months.Can I still enter Macau for just one day visit? Looking forward for the response. Thanks

  • ReplyEmily Soriano
    2/13/2017 7:27:00 AM

    im working in canada as a live in caregiver, and i am goin to visit in the phils... and i am goin to stay 1 day to hong kong to visit...what documents needed to the hk immigration to be presented ..note: i have my WP , letter consent, (and oec appointment..in phils )

    • Davis :2/17/2017 10:38:00 PM

      Emily, you need to bring your passport, the return ticket and enough travel fees to visit HK.

  • ReplyPauline
    2/12/2017 5:18:00 PM

    Hi, I'm from the Philippines. I would just like to ask if I can travel to Hongkong from Manila and exit from Macau going to Manila. Is that possible coz i already booked a ticket Mnl-Hk then Macau-Mnl. also, what are the documents I need to show when entering Macau?

    • Pablo :2/17/2017 10:36:00 PM

      Pauline, yes, it is possible for you to do that. You need to provide your passport, the onward ticket, hotel reservation and enough travel fees when you go to Macau.

  • ReplyDandy Altarejos
    2/11/2017 7:21:00 PM

    hi i just want to know if i still can go to shenzen for exit..hongkong immigration allow me only 3 days to stay here in Hk..or they called follow the ticket is it posible to exit in shenzen and coming back again to hongkong??

    • Mandy :2/17/2017 10:33:00 PM

      You can have a try, but I cannot assure anything.

  • ReplyJun
    1/8/2017 8:58:00 PM

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

    • Manny :2/5/2017 3:16:00 AM

      Yeah, you can.

  • 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

    • Mindy :2/5/2017 3:15:00 AM

      yes, it is possible.

  • 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?

    • Anita :2/5/2017 3:14:00 AM

      No, you cannot because you just have single-entry visa.

  • 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.