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A trip to explore the Guangdong-Hong Kong-Macau Greater Bay Area (粤港澳大湾区) with diverse cityscape, culture, history and economic vitality attracts numerous tourists around the world. And Hong Kong is frequently used as gateway cities to Pearl River Delta, Southern China. For a visit from Hong Kong to “China’s Silicon Valley”- Shenzhen nearby, visa issue probably always confues you a lot. Here we will try our best to explain each policy clearly, provide most useful advice to help you travel Hong and Shenzhen worry-free!
Do I Need A Visa to Shenzhen from Hong Kong?
Shenzhen is located in mainland China and borders Hong Kong, a special administative region in China with independent immigration policy. Whether you need a visa to travel to Shenzhen from Hong Kong, the answer depends on actual siuations, largely determined by your nationality (passport), travel route, entry port, arrival transport and places going to visit and other factors. Transit travelers may get visa-free tour to Shenzhen from Hong Kong if meeting related requirements.
How to Get Visa to Shenzhen from Hong Kong?
Once confirmed you do need a visa for Shenzhen from Hong Kong, eligible foreign visitors may apply a Shenzhen 5-Day Special Economic Tourist Visa on arrival at appointed border ports. Or you can apply a regular China Visa from overseas Chinese Embassy/Consulate beforehand.
Hong Kong to Shenzhen via Luohu Port
China Visa for Visiting Shenzhen from HK
The most popular and budget way to have a Shenzhen visa-free tour from Hong Kong is taking advantage of the current Shenzhen 144-Hour Visa-Free Transit Policy and 6-Day Pearl River Group Tour from Hong Kong. In that case, you don’t have to pay for a visa and prepare lots of paperwork, just apply a Temporary Entry Permit at specific entry port. What’s the conditions of application? How to get a visa-free travel to Shenzhen from Hong Kong? Below are the detailed guide for you.
First Apply 144-Hour Visa-Free Transit at Guangzhou Airport
From May 1, 2019, 144-Hour Transit Visa Exemption Policy has been officially impletmented in Guangzhou, Shenzhen and Jieyang in Guangdong Province. International transit passengers from 53 designated foreign countries are allowed to apply 144-Hour Transit without Visa (TWOV) at Guangzhou Baiyun Airport, Shenzhen Bao’an International Airport and Jieyang Chaoshan Airport, if they hold valid passport or international travel documents, tickets leaving Guangdong within 144 hours.
Once granted entry permit by immigration authority, transit passengers could enjoy a “no-visa” stopover tour in Guangzhou, Shenzhen, any city in Guangdong for up to 6 days. Since there is no flight running between Hong Kong and Shenzhen, you must fly to Guangzhou first and then transfer to Shenzhen from Guangzhou.
● Hold passport (with validity of at least 3 months) of the specific 53 foreign countries;
53 Countries Qualified for Shenzhen 144 Hour Visa Free Transit (Enlarge to See Full List)
● Hold (flight, ship, bus) tickets leaving Guangdong with confirmed seat and date (within 144 Hours).
● Travel route must be Hong Kong - Guangzhou - Shenzhen (Guangdong) - a third country/region
Since the policy is privilege for transit passengers, it requires a transit travel itineray, your departure place should be different from onward destination. It’s NOT applicable for a Hong Kong-Guangzhou - Shenzhen-Hong Kong tour.
Qualified travel route examples:
Hong Kong --> Guangzhou -->Shenzhen --> Macau; Hong Kong --> Guangzhou -->Shenzhen --> US
● Take flight to Hong Kong to Guangzhou Firstly
Shenzhen’s 144-Hour Visa-Free Transit Policy is only applied at Shenzhen Bao’an International Airport, but Hong Kong has no flights to Shenzhen. Obviously, you can’t apply the 6-day visa-free trip to Shenzhen if arrival by overland ports, like Luohu, Huanggang or ferry terminals like Fuyong, Shekou Port. So, you shall apply 144-Hour Temporary Entry Permit at Guangzhou Airport.
1. After entry, the total duration of visa-free stay in Shenzhen is 144 hours. It counts from the 00:00 the second day upon arrival. Visit the Exit & Entry Administation Deparment of the local Public Security Bureau for further help if intend to overstay.
2.Under the 144-Hour TWOV Rule, you are permitted to visit Shenzhen, Guangzhou, Zhuhai, Foshan, Jiangmen and any cities in Guangdong Province only. However, it’s not allowed to travel to places outside Guangdong Province. If have to, also get official assistance from the PSB.
3.To leave mainland China, you must exit from Guangdong’s 32 opened ports, including Shenzhen Bao’an International Airport, Shatoujiao, Wenjindu, Huanggang, Luohu, Shenzhen Bay Port in Shenzhen, or Guangzhou Baiyun Airport, and so on.
Top Recommended Shenzhen Tours:
With the special regional visa exemption policy in Guangdong-Hong Kong-Macau Greater Bay Area, joining in a group tour is another doable choice to travel to Shenzhen visa free from Hong Kong. Specifically, alines in group tours organized by Hong Kong-registered travel agencies may get 6-day tour to Shenzhen, Guangzhou and total 10 cities in Pearl River Delta without applying a visa, if arrival from Hong Kong directly. 6-Day Pearl River Delta Visa-Free Group Tour >>
6 Day Group Tour to Shenzhen and Pearl River Delta from Hong Kong
What are the Qualifications?
① Alreay in Hong Kong and will get to Shenzhen from Hong Kong directly.
② Come from countries that have established diplomatic relations with China.
③ Join in a tourist group received and organized by travel agency registered in Hong Kong.
④ Entry purpose is for tour only.
Special Restrictions Need to Follow
1. Visa-free period is no longer than 6 days. The time starts calculating from 00:00 the next after entry.
2. Stay area is limited within administative regions of Guangzhou, Shenzhen, Zhuhai, Foshan, Dongguan, Zhongshan, Jiangmen, Zhaoqing, Huizhou, Shantou, altogether 10 cities in Guangdong, Pearl River Delta.
3. The “no-visa” tour is applicable to Shantou (汕头) only when the tourist group visit and stay in Shantou only and exit via Shantou afterwards.
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Apply for Shenzhen 5 Day Visa on Arrival at Luohu Port
Shenzhen is well-known not only as a vice-provincial city in Guangdong Province, a super first-tier city in China after Beijing, Shanghai, Guangzhou, but also a leading fast-growing Special Economic Zone (SEZ) in China. Thus, a particular visa policy, a 5-Day Shenzhen Visa on Arrival is carried out in Shenzhen to encourage it’s further development, exchange and opening to the world. No advance preparation is required, only few simple steps, qualified travelers may obtain a short-term single-entry Shenzhen SEZ Visa upon arrival at certain ports.
▶ Visit Shenzhen from Hong Kong directly.
▶ Carry valid original passport (remaining validity should be 3 months and above) with blank pages.
▶ Get to Shenzhen for tourism, business, or other personal affairs.
▶ Complete Shenzhen Special Economic Zone Tourist Visa Application Form at visa office at the border ports.
▶ Enter Shenzhen via specific ports, like Luohu, Huanggang (Shenzhen Checkpoints).
1. Citizens from 25 countries can NOT apply the on arrival visa to Shenzhen. They are Afghanistan, Algeria, Bahrain, Cameroon, Egypt, Iran, Iraq, Jordan, Kuwait, Lebanon, Liberia, Libya, Morocco, Oman, Pakistan, Palestine, Qatar, Saudi Arabia, Somalia, Sri Lanka, Sudan, Syria, Turkey, Uganda, Yemen.
2. The Shenzhen Visa on Arrival is charged different by nationalities at border ports.
3. The port visa merely allows one entry and visit in Shenzhen, no more travel to other cities in Guangdong or China.
4. The Shenzhen SEZ Visa is NOT applicable to Hong Kong-Shenzhen Bullet Train travelers, since Hong Kong departure and mainland arrival clearance procedures will be completed both in Hong Kong West Kowloon Train Station. You can’t get the on-arrival visa in the West Kowloon Train Station.
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Apply China Visa to Visit Shenzhen from Hong Kong
Those who are not eligible for the above mentioned visa-free and visa-on-arrival situations, should apply for a full China Visa to Shenzhen. Multiple-entry Visa is highly suggested. You can either submit application to Chinese Embassy/Consulate abroad ahead of time, or apply while in Hong Kong.
Holding a valid China Visa, you can travel to Shenzhen from Hong Kong, or transfer from Guangzhou to Shenzhen from HK, even extend journey to Beijing, Shanghai, Xian, Guilin, Chengdu and else popular destinations in mainland China. Another convenince is you can choose any transportion available to get to Shenzhen from Hong Kong, maybe a Hong Kong-Shenzhen High Speed Bullet Train, the verry fast MTR subway or by ferry, without limitation like the former introduced cases. Needless to say, getting a regular China Visa makes your Hong Kong mainland tour easier and much more convenient.
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Vibrant Express Bullet Train from Hong Kong to Shenzhen Takes Less Than 20 Minutes
Short distance and available multiple connection makes transporation between Hong Kong and Shenzhen really fast and convenient. At present, tourists can travel to Shenzhen from Hong Kong by high speed bullet train, MTR, coach, ferry, private car. (Note that different transporation could determine if you need a visa for Shenzhen or not.)
◆By MTR : take Hong Kong MTR East Rail Line to Lo Wu - Luohu Port - Shenzhen
◆By Bullet Train: Hong Kong West Kowloon Train Station (Hong Kong) - Shenzhen North Train Station or Futian Train Station (Shenzhen)
Every day, there are more than 90 high speed bullet trains (all G trains) departing from Hong Kong to Shenzhen from about 07:00am to 23:00pm.
◆By Private Driving: around 1 to 1.5 hours - most recommended for business travelers.
◆By Ferry: Hong Kong International Airport/HK Macau Ferry Terminal - Shekou Cruise Center/Shenzhen Bao’an Airport (around 1 hour)
◆By Coach: 1/25 bus stations in Hong Kong to 1/12 bus stations in Shenzhen.
No matter you are planing a quick day trip to Shenzhen from Hong Kong, or thinking about an in-depth discovery in Guangdong-Hong Kong-Macau Greater Bay Area, China Discovery will always provide you updated guide of China Visa, useful trip planning advice, thoughtful service (includng tour guide, driver, hotel and ticket booking...) and any help you may need.
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