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Can I (a foreigner) apply for a China Visa in Hong Kong?
Hong Kong Special Administrative Region is one of the top international tourist cities which also serves as an important gateway city to Shenzhen, Guangdong and mainland China. If needed, foreign passport holders may apply and get a Chinese Visa in Hong Kong, and then travel further to mainland China from Hong Kong to discover more fantastic scenery, culture and history. Certain tourists even can make full use of China’s free transit policy to have a short visa-free layover tour in Guangzhou, Shenzhen, Beijing, Shanghai, Guangzhou, Guilin, Chengdu, etc.
With extraordinary charm and favourable entry policy, Hong Kong attracts numerous foreign tourists each year. Due to shorted travel time and a variety of tourism resources, Hong Kong-Mainland China Tour becomes more and more easy and popular. During your trip in Hong Kong, it’s very simple and convenient to get a China Visa to enjoy such a combined tour, especially with our help, providing related Invitation Letter, application instruction and other help.
China Tourist Visa (old version used before June 1, 2019) Issued in Hong Kong
Below are documents required for a China Visa (take Tourist Visa as example)：
Original passport which should has a validity of at least 6 months and over 2 blank pages. Make copy of the passport’s data page, already used visa pages, former China Visa if had.
● China Visa Application Form
Option 1: Fill in online application form at http://www.visaforchina.org..
Print the completed form out, write down application date and sign on the paper form
Option 2: Download the latest version of China Visa Application Form (v.2013 - 4 pages in total) and finish the form and sign it.
At least 2 recently-taken (within last 6 months) passport-size color photos which are against a light background. (Size: 38mmX48mm)
Useful Link: China Visa Photo Requirements
1.) Proof of legal entry, stay, residence in another country or region, if you not apply in your home country.
2.) Previous Chinese passport & copy of the data page, if you used to be a Chinese citizen and apply China Visa the first time. If you had got China Visa before, please provice photocopy of the data page, photo paga, previous China Visa page of your old Chinese passport.
● Travel related documents: round-trip (flight, train, ship) tickets, hotel booking, travel itinerary, etc.
● An Invitation Letter: if you’re inviteed to travel to China, please prepare formal Invitation Letter by the invited individual or unity.
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Passport is Required when Applying China Visa in HK
Log in Visa Center Website to Complete Application Form & Make Appointment
Booking Air Tickets and Hotel for China Tourist Visa Application
Since January 22nd 2018, foreigners holding ordinary passports are required to submit visa application through Chinese Visa Application Service Center (CVASC). The Office of the Commissioner of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the PRC in the Hong Kong SAR will not accept any visa application of ordinary passport holders, except diplomatic, service passports applicants.
Note: The service center only accept application, and whether to issue or not, the final decision is still made by the Commissioner’s office.
Location: 20F, Capital Center, No.151 Gloucester Road, Wanchai, Hong Kong
Telephone: (852) 29921999
Fax: 852) 34132345, (852) 29891116
Working Days: Monday to Friday (closed on public holidays).
Submission Hours: 9:00-16:00 (urgent service must be submitted before 12:00)
Pick-up Hours: Regular Service 10:00-17:00; Express and Urgent Service 12:00 to 17:00.
China Visa Application Serivice Center in Hong Kong
Individuals can prepare all documents by yourselves, or you can seek help from experienced travel agency, like China Discovery, to finish the application form, offer detailed instructions as requested.
Bring All Prepared Documents to Submit via China Visa Application Service Center in Hong Kong
Following are our step-by-step guides to apply for a China Visa in Hong Kong:
Step 1 - complete the China Visa Application Form & prepare required documents
Choose one of the two above mentioned ways to prepare your visa application form. Don’t forget to paste a photo on the application form, and make pre-scheduled appointment online after filling the form. China Discovery is always ready to help, if you find it’s difficult to finish the form on your own.
Step 2 - submit the application & choose visa service
Bring all the required documents, visit the China Visa Application Service before the appointed time. Upon arrival, scan your passport to get a queue number. Submit to the center staff when be called, choose visa service. Receive a payment notice and pay relevant fees at the counter. Keep the pick-up slip for later collection.
Step 3 - pick up your passport and visa
Check the date informed on the slip and visit the service center to collect back your passport and visa. You can get it by yourself, or entrust your friend or travel agency to help you.
China Visa Application Service Center will collect visa fees and express service fees, ugrnet service fees on behalf of the Commissioner’s office. At the same time, the center will charge service fees. So total cost = visa application fee + service fee (download detailed schedules of fees here.)
(Visa Fee+Service Fee)
(Visa Fee+Service Fee)
(Visa Fee+Service Fee)
|U.S.A||HK$1,340 = HK$1,100 + HK$240||HK$1,550 = HK$1,100 + HK$450||HK$2,000 = HK$1,100 + HK$900|
|UK||HK$1,180 = HK$940 + HK$240||HK$1,390 = HK$940 + HK$450||HK$1,840 = HK$940 + HK$900|
|Canada||HK$850 = HK$610 + HK$240||HK$1,060 = HK$610 + HK$450||HK$1,510 = HK$610 + HK$900|
Others (non-reciprocal states)
Regular Application as Example
Single Entry: Visa Fee: HK$550+Service Fee: HK$240=HK$790
Double Entry: Visa Fee: HK$710+Service Fee: HK$240=HK$1950
Multiple Entry (6 Months): Visa Fee: HK$860+Service Fee: HK$240=HK$1,100
Multiple Entry (1 Year & above): Visa Fee: HK$1170+Service Fee: HK$240=HK$1,410
Notes: 1.) Cash & Debit Card are the only accepted payment by China Visa Application Serivce Center in Hong Kong. 2.) For citizens of U.S.A, UK, Canada, Australia, the visa fees for single entry, double entry, multiple entry (for 6 months, 1 year or longer) is the same.
General China Vis processing time depends which application service you choose to use. There are three kinds of services available. Despite the typicla processing time, the Commissioner’s office has right to request interview or send supplementary materials for longer procedures.
Regular Service: about 4 working days
Express Service: about 3 working days
Urgent Service： about 2 working days (urgent service must be submitted before 12:00)
Currently, there are four major transportation methods tourists can take to get to mainland China from Hong Kong, including taking flight, train, bus and ferry.
Hong Kong operates lots of daily flights to about 50 cities in mainland China, such as most popular tourist destinations - Beijing, Shanghai, Xian, Guilin, Guangzhou, Chengdu, Hangzhou, Kunming, Xiamen, etc. Check Hong Kong Flight Schedules here >>
Related HK-Mainland China Tours (by flight):
High Speed Train - Within few hours in a single day, you can travel from Hong Kong to Beijing, Shanghai, Guilink, Tianjin, Xiamen, Nanning, Zhengzhou, Wuhan, Changsha, and very close Guangzhou, Shenzhen, Futian, Chaoshan, Shantou, Zhaoqing in Guangdong Province by fast and convenient high speed rails.
Useful Link: Hong Kong to Mainland China High Speed Bullet Trains
(Normal Speed) Through Train - Beijing, Shanghai, Guangzhou, Foshan and Changping has direct ordinary trains to Hong Kong Hung Hom Station.
Useful Link: Guangzhou Hong Kong Through Train
Related HK-Mainland China Tours (by bullet train):
You can take bus to Zhuhai from Hong Kong through the newly-built Hong Kong-Zhuhai-Macau Bridge (world’s longest sea-crossing bridge), or cross Luohu Port or other ports to transfer to neighboring Shenzhen in the north.
Ferries between Hong Kong and (Guangzhou, Shenzhen, Zhuhai, Dongguan...) Guangdong Province, Macau are also available.
Hong Kong International Airport
Enjoy Hong Kong-Mainland China Bullet Train Journey
Hong Kong-Zhuhai-Macau Bridge
Special Notes: If you join in Hong Kong tour group to visit Shenzhen, Zhuhai Special Economic Zones, you may apply a Shenzhen Visa on Arrival, which is a short-term special Chinese Visa (Special Economic Tourist Visa) issued at the border ports. Some also calls the Visa on Arrival - Same Day China Visa. Besides, international transit passengers meeting related requirements are allowed to apply 144-Hour Transit Visa Exemption if transit in certain airports and heading to a third country (region) afterwards.
Most Recommended China Destinations from Hong Kong:
China Discovery is a professional and experienced travel companion who offers high-value and worry-free tours for you. We not only design ideal itinerary covering sightseeing, dining, transfer and hotel, but also can provide any support & help you need to for a China tour. With a Chinese Visa, you can freely travel to many cities in mainland China, among all, taking a trip to Beijing, Shanghai, Guilin, Yangtze Delta Area from Hong Kong are the most popular and top-ranked choices. Besides, transfer from Hong Kong to Guangzhou, Shenzhen, Foshan and other cities in Guangdong is also an excellent and convenient travel. If you like, you can visit Xian, Chengdu and more destinations in mainland China to discovery different regional culture, history and local customs.
You may choose from our Best China Tours from Hong Kong, or just contact us, tell your interests and travel plans, we could customize a perfect China tour as you like.
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