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About Shenzhen Visa On Arrival

Friday, October 19th, 2018

The Shenzhen visa on arrival enables travelers from most countries, including Australia and Canada to stay in Shenzhen for 5 days without applying for a regular visa. During the 5 days, foreign tourists eligible for the VOA cannot leave the Shenzhen urban area and countryside. The five-day VOA is a sticker pasted on the passport like a regular visa. Hence, there must be at least one blank page in the applicant’s passport.

Lo Wu isn’t the only place where you can get the Visa On Arrival for Shenzhen, as Pesky said, you can get it at Lok Ma Chau and Shenzhen Bay as well. The other two crossings are even faster than Lo Wu with usually no line at all – been in and out in less than 5 minutes many times.

The general price is 168 RMB for most nationals (although the price can vary based on nationality) i.e for a UK passport holder it will be around 314 RMB. The fee must be paid there at the booth and has to be local currency (RMB), you will easily find foreign currency exchange windows at the border crossings, in case you don’t have RMB on you.

Technically this visa is only valid for visits to the Shenzhen area, but I don’t know how they will know if you travel to other areas of China, as long as you leave through the same port. Keep in mind, while you can travel to other parts of China, you may be reprimanded if caught and asked to show your visa by the authorities. Many tourists go to Guangzhou for example and come back since there is no passport check to travel domestically via bus/train. Air travel most certainly will require passport check.

In case you have a relatively new passport, bring your old one as well. Stamps to some countries (such as Turkey, Pakistan, Iran) will probably be an issue while getting a visa on arrival.

In coordination with the Chinese Foreign Ministry in Hong Kong and travelers real-life experiences, the information here will be kept updated. If your experience differs from the advice below, please drop us a line and let us know so we can issue an update. .

Now, many major cities in China such as Shanghai, Hangzhou, Beijing, and Tianjin have had a 144-hour (6-day) visa-free transit policy for passengers from 53 countries. It is possible for you to enjoy a visa-free tour in China.

Getting a tourist visa in Hong Kong takes from 1 to 3 days and costs HK$150-1,100. A list of costs is available. Macau’s visa office is less crowded and the hotels are a bit cheaper, but it takes just as long. In general, only single and double entry visas are granted to visitors without HKID cards, although foreigners with previous entries into the mainland and Hong Kong student or work visa holders have been known to be approved for multiple entries.

To confirm – this is not for the 5-day visa that I have written about. This is for a full Chinese visa, which this article doesn’t cover. Gustavo is right in saying that to get a full Chinese visa, you do need to apply for a visa beforehand.

Yes, you are not allowed to visit other cities on a Shenzhen VOA. Like your trip itinerary said above, you need a China visa, a single entry is enough.

Temporary visas for Shenzhen are issued for tourism purposes only. In the article below, we go into further details and update the information offered in our previous article on business visas, as well as give answers to the following questions.

You can visit one of the numerous travel agents in Hong Kong who will assist you and forward your application and visa to the Chinese government. You can apply for most any visa type through this method but again, it’s still advised to get your visa in your own country. Of course, the agent will also take a fee on top of the visa fee. In most cases, processing takes four days although you can pay extra for a rush service. In most cases with these visas, you will be required to cross the Shenzhen border at Luohu.

If you intend to apply for a visa at the border of Shenzhen and Hong Kong, or Zhuhai and Macau, and you held a Chinese visa in a recently replaced passport, you may be asked to present your previous passport and Chinese visa. If you have visited China previously, you may be denied a visa on arrival if you are unable to produce your previous China visa. Some visas issued in Hong Kong or at Hong Kong-Macau-Chinese mainland border crossings are valid for limited travel to designated areas only, such as Shenzhen, Zhuhai or other areas in Guangdong Province. It’s illegal to use these permits to travel to other parts of China. Carefully check your visa requirements and limitations.

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