Some updates in July 2018:
I was told by a 5-Day-Shenzhen-Visa staff that the ‘must have passport with China stamp‘ rule stopped. You can get the 5-Day-Shenzhen-Visa now with a new passport. My advice: bring your old passport with China stamp anyway if you have one. Rules can change all the time.
For Indonesians, sadly, there is no news. Males can get the 5-Day-Shenzhen-Visa, females can not.
Another change at the border! You now need a passport picture when you apply for the 5-Day-Shenzhen-Visa. There is a photo booth just outside the visa office.
I am sorry to post this, but the policy for Indonesians changed again!
Currently you can not get the 5-Day-Shenzhen-Visa! You must get the full China visa before you go to the border.
It’s not exactly news, but since a few month USA passport can get the 5-Day-Shenzhen-Visa!
So far this is good news for US Americans!
However, the cost for them us RMB 956 – that is roughly US$ 150
French passport holders can now make use the of 5-Days-Shenzhen-Visa. Cost is the regular RMB 168
Same rules apply, you need to have already a China stamp in your passport – if not no visa! If your passport is new and you have any old passport with a China stamp in it, bring it! That is acceptable.
According to the official Hong Kong China visa office in Wanchai they close to the public and outsource! business:
From now on the official visa please ist http://www.visaforchina.org landing site, or http://bio.visaforchina.org/HKG2_EN/ for Hong Kong.
Another option are travel agents, here is one that is also used by many to buy China visas:
Not everybody needs a visa to enter China. There are a few nationalities that do not need a visa at all:
90 days visa free entry: San Marino
60 days: Mauritius
30 days: Bahamas, Barbados, Ecuador, Fiji, Grenada, Serbia, Seychelles, Tonga, UAE (after 16th January 2018)
15 days: Brunei, Japan, Singapore
Visitors from Indonesia are currently strangely treated when they apply for the 5-Day-Shenzhen-Visa – males can get the visa – females not!
Even for families that come in a group, husband and kids can get the visa – the wife not!
Some people suggested that this maybe related to Muslims (wearing headscarf or other Muslin dress) but this is not the case, it applies to all women from Indonesia.
There is a new regulation:
No more 5-Day-Shenzhen-Visa for first time China visitors!
If your passport has no China visa in it from a previous visit you will not get the 5-Day-Shenzhen-Visa.
If you have a new passport with no China chops, but have been China before you must bring your old passport if you want to get the 5-Day-Shenzhen-Visa.
How about the visa place next door to the #ShenzhenVisa office in Lowu/Luohu?
No visa there currently. They did sell normal China visa (not the #ShenzhenVisa) in the past. But they have currently no visas at all. You can change money there, that’s it.