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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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  • ReplyMeryll
    2017/7/18 7:23:00

    Hi. Im from the Philippines. My friend and I are planning to go to HK on October for our friend's wedding and a concert but the allowed 14days for tourist is too short for us to watch the concert. We would like to extend our stay for another week. How are we going to do that if we are planning to exit in macau? Thank you so much for your help.

  • ReplyAlly
    2017/7/17 21:08:00

    Hi there,Could you please advice. We are going from Australia through Hong Kong to Almaty (Kazakhstan). We are going to stay in Hong Kong for 9 days. On the way back from Almaty through Hong Kong to Australia we are going to stay in HK for another 6 day. So in total it would be more than 14 days, which allowed for Kazakhstan.Do we require HK visa? Or every entry in HK counts as separate and you can stay every entry up to 14 days?Cheers,Ally

  • ReplyRowel G. Dela Cruz
    2017/7/6 20:39:00

    Hi good morning! I am Rowel from the Philippines with passport. I have Auntie working in Macau as DH. Does she allowed to invite me for a tour? What are the needed documents to prepare for? I am planning for a Macau trip for one week. Thanks!

  • ReplyPrabu
    2017/7/5 8:05:00

    Dear sir I booked ticket with return 7 days stay in Macau for tourist, how much show money to enter in Macau? Need hotel booking?

  • ReplyCeries dabu
    2017/5/3 12:26:00

    Hi im an ofw here in hk and im planning to visit guangzhou at the end of may,my question is do i need a chinese visa even i just aty there in 3 days??thnks

    • Cora :2017/6/14 2:48:00

      Yes, you need a visa for that and you should apply for it beforehand.

    • Arthur :2017/6/15 1:33:00

      Yes, you need a visa for that. Apply for one in advance.

  • Replykristine tabernero
    2017/6/7 1:29:00

    Hi! I wantvto stay in hongkong for more than a month , to spend time with my mom.. For a tourist like me 2weeks is the only allowed time for me to visit but I have to exit in Macao so I can extend my stay for another 2weeks. Is it possible to exit in Macao twice?? So I can stay in hongkong for 2months at least?

    • Kira :2017/6/14 2:43:00

      It is possible for you to do that, but if possible, you are advised to apply for a dependant visa in advance because you may be denied re-entry if the time gap between each entry is too short.

    • Connie :2017/6/15 1:36:00

      Yes, it is possible to exit Macau twice.

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

    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

    • Tracy :2017/5/3 23:27:00

      Sherryl, yes, you need to apply for a visa in advance for Guangzhou.

    • weng :2017/6/5 19:26:00

      Hi, I will go to Macau from Hongkong and go into Zhuhai, Stay in Zhuhai for 1 day and then go to Macau on the next day and return to Hongkong. How many days can I stay in Macau for my second entry?

    • Mindy :2017/6/15 1:37:00

      You can stay there for not more than 30 days.

  • Replyalga
    2017/6/2 9:49:00

    Hi. Me and my sister were planning to go in HK for a 2 day trip. Is it possible to enter macao via ferry without a visa? We will just stay there for one night and back again to hk. Thank you for the response!

  • ReplyBevelyn
    2017/3/27 21:18:00

    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

    • Justin :2017/5/3 23:26:00

      Yes, you can.

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

    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 :2017/2/17 22:38:00

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