Latest China Visa News Updated on January 30, 2023:
1. From January 8, 2023, persons coming to China should undergo a nucleic acid test 48 hours before departure. Those with a negative result can come to China without applying for a health code from our embassy or consulate abroad. Travelers will no longer need to quarantine upon arrival.
2. The issuance of port visas is available now, so his the 24/72/144-hour transit visa-free policy.
3. Currently available visa applications include work visa, business visa, student visa, family reunion visa, stay permit, etc.
4. The issuance of Tourist visa is still on hold.
5. 10-year visas issued before the pandemic remain suspended, but new applications are allowed.
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Guangdong-Hong Kong-Macau Travel Map
To promote further travel to Guangdong Province for tourists to Hong Kong and Macau, China implemented the “144-Hour Convenient Visa to Guangdong Province” since November 2000. Foreigners holding ordinary passport can visit 10 cities (Guangzhou, Shenzhen, Zhuhai, Foshan...) in Pearl River Delta, Guangdong, mainland China without visa for no more than 144 hours, and are allowed to exit from any ports in Guangdong Province, as long as he/she travel from Hong Kong or Macau and join in tour groups organized by HK/Macau-based travel agencies.
The 6-day free visa policy was operated in Guangdong Province much earlier than 72-Hour (later extended to 144 Hour) Visa-free Transit, which facilitates long-distance tourism to different types of travel resources in Guangdong-Hong Kong-Macau Greater Bay Area.
Latest News: Since May 1, 2019, Guangdong began to offer 144-Hour Transit Visa Exemption for international transit passengers from 53 countries.
In China, each visa exemption has specific regulations for application. If you travel from Hong Kong or Macau to Pearl River Delta cities in Guangdong, you may either use the 144 TWOV (Transit Without Visa) or 144-Hour Guangdong Free Visa for tour groups. It depend on your specific situations, including nationality, travel route and itinerary and possible places to visit.
Transit travelers are highly suggested visit our 144-Hour China Transit Visa Waiver Program to get detailed requirements. Below are the essential conditions of 6-Day Visa-Free Tour Group to Pearl River Delta:
● Hold valid ordinary passport issued by any foreign country which established diplomatic relations with China, such as U.S.A, Canada, Australia.
● Already arrived in Hong Kong or Macau.
● Join in a tourist group organized by travel agency legally registered in Hong Kong or Macau.
● Plan to visit cities in Pearl River Delta region only (no intention to visit other cities beyond the 10 mentioned cities).
Passport is Needed for Pearl River Delta Free Visa
◆ Area of Movement: After entry, foreign tour groups are only allowed to visit and stay within the administrative regions of the 10 cities in Pearl River Delta zone, including Guangzhou, Shenzhen, Zhuhai, Foshan, Dongguan, Zhongshan, Jiangmen, Zhaoqing, Huizhou and Shantou.
◆ Duration of Stay: For eligible visitors, the longest stay period is 6 days, which counts from the date stamped on the Temporary Entry Permit. It is enough to arrange an in-depth tour in Guangzhou, Shenzhen, Foshan and major destinations in Guangdong.
◆ Ports of Entry & Exit: Tourists are permitted to enter and exit from any ports located in the 10 cities and opened to overseas visitors in Guangdong Province.
A Chinese Visa is required at the Exit-Entry Administrative Office of Public Security Bureau, if you intend to stay longer than the permitted period, or travel to other places beyond the appointed cities. How to Apply for A Chinese Visa >>
Foreigners was submitting passport for checking at airport
While travelling in Hong Kong or Macau, you firstly need to contact a local travel agency to arrange such a group tour to cities in the Pearl River Delta zone. You shall tell the agent your personal information and tour plan, like travel date, places going to visit, etc. The authorized travel agency will make detailed schedule and confirm details with you.
All you have to do is prepare own valid original passport and follow instructions offered by the travel agency. They will handle the visa-related procedures, help you go through customs clearance and give any support you need during travel in Pearl River Delta.
Now Guangdong offers two kinds of 144-hour visa-free entry policies for foreigners, which apply to different applicants, travel routes, and impose homologous restriction to visitors. See the table below to figure out which is suitable for you.
|Visa Policy||Application Requirements||Special Notes||Travel Form|
|Nationality||Document||Travel Route||Entry&Exit Ports||Duration of Stay||Stay Area|
|144-Hour Visa-Free Transit||53 Countries||passport, connecting ticket||
country (region) A→Guangdong → country (region) B
Guangzhou Baiyun Airport, Shenzhen Bao’an Airport, Jieyang Chaoshan Airport.
Exit Ports (32) in Guangdong
21 cities in Guangdong
|single traveler or tour group|
|144-Hour Visa-Free Visit||any foreign countries (establishing diplomatic relations with China)||passport, ticket & hotel booking, travel itinerary||HK/Macau → Pearl River Delta → Any Country/Region||Entry & Exit Ports in Guangzhou, Shenzhen, total 10 cities in Guangdong||
Guangzhou, Shenzhen, Zhuhai...
10 cities in Pearl River Delta
|tour group only|
It’s clear to see that the 144 TWOV is more suggested for international transit passengers with fixed travel route, while another rule allows visitors to go back to HK(or Macau). In both policies, a Temporary Entry Permit will be issued for the short-term visit at the port of entry, without any charge. You’re free to use one of them based on your own situations.
The Pearl River Delta (PRD) in Guangdong Province is not only a bustling economic region in Southern China, a globally influential base of advanced manufacturing and modern service industry, a important foreign trade port to the world, but also is the origin and carrier of Cantonese culture, Teochew Culture and Hakka Culture.
During the 6 day group tour to Pearl River Delta, you can witness the modern metropolis cityscape and trace back history in Guangzhou, marvel at architectures in worldwide styles in Shenzhen, gorgeous costal landscape in Zhuhai, catch a glimpse of Yue Opera, Lion Dance, Foshan Martial Arts in Foshan, taste delicate Cantonese Cuisine in the UNESCO City of Gastronomy - Shunde, etc.
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