How To…

Before you go, check this:

You have a passport, bring it

The passport must have at least one free page without any stamps

Your passport is not from one the following countries:

  • India
  • Indonesia
  • Philippines
  • South Africa
  • Turkey

Special note, the above countries can not get the 5 day Shenzhen visa! The list is not complete, there are more countries that can not get the 5 day Shenzhen visa!

You need a passport picture now. There is a free machine in front of the visa office. But you need RMB 168 (for most countries*). Get RMB in Hong Kong. It is legal to bring up to RMB 20,000 into China.

You can get the visa at following borders:

Lowu/Luohu (MTR only)
Huanggang (Bus/car)
Shekou (Ferry only)
Fuyong (Ferry only)

You can definitely not get the visa at his border:
Lok Ma Chau / Futian
Shenzhen Bay
Shenzhen / Baoan Airport

We have details instructions for:
Lowu/Luohu
Huanggang

28 thoughts on “How To…”

  1. A friend has a US passport and needs to be in Shenzhen ASAP with no time to apply for a Chinese. Can they get a 5 day visa on arrival at the Shenzhen airport when he arrives? Alternatively, should he go to Hong Kong then travel to Shenzhen and apply for a visa at the border? How does he get to Shenzhen from Hong Kong?

    • To my knowledge US passport holders can NOT get the 5-Day-Shenzhen-Visa at the airport. He needs to fly to Hong Kong and enter from there. The cost for US passport holders is RMB 956

      From the HK airport he can take a bus a Huanggang border. Or Take Airport Bus A43 to Sheung Shui and take the MTR train to Lowu. Do not take the train the LokMaChau, that border has no visa service.

  2. Hello I have traveled to Malaysia, Vietnam, and Cuba under my current passport which is under one year old under CANADIAN passport. Will I be denied visa?

    • Nobody can get the 5-Day-Shenzhen-Visa at the airport. Shenzhen Airport has no such service. You need a full China visa when you fly to Shenzhen. Alternately, fly to Hong Kong and get the 5-Day-Shenzhen-Visa in Luohu or Huanggang.

  3. Hi, I’m Thai and will be travelling to Shenzhen for a daytrip from Hong Kong.

    Adult 1 (men): Thai passport, issued in 2015, travelled to several countries including Hong Kong, USA, South Korea, Japan, Indonesia, Singapore, Schengen, and China (full visa)
    Adult 2 (men): Thai passport, issuded in Aug 2017, travelled only to China (with full visa)

    We would travel back to HK in the same day, before fly back to Bangkok in the evening (already had a booked flight).

    Will we be able to obtain a VOA at Luohu? Thanks for you advice in advance!

    • Yes, with the 5-Day-Shenzhen-Visa you can take the train from Futian to Kowloon West station. This is no problem. It’s also no problem to get the border visa for NL passports.

  4. I now lived in indonesia but I’m a Nederland passport holder. Can i get the 5 days shenzhen visa ?

    If so, how to take care of it in indonesia ? Can i registered it from there ?

    • Generally a NL passport is no problem. They may take a closer look at your name and ‘look’. Not sure how that will work out, but there is no way to check that other than actual trying. Example: Six month ago German passport holders with Turkish names where refused entry. But that is also history now and no problem.

  5. Good evening,
    I’ll stay in Hong Kong and I’ll take a flight to Seul from Shenzhen airport; I’ll arrive in the city and go directly to the airport.
    I never been in china before
    Question 1: Can I take the 5 Days Visa?
    question 2: Which “Address in Shenzhen” should I insert in the form?

    Best regards!

    • You did not write what passport your hold. But for most passports it should be fine. You can use the visa to fly from Shenzhen. Note that you can not return to Shenzhen by air without visa.
      On the address field you can write ‘Daytrip’.

  6. Hello, I would like to know if my partner and I can get a 5 day Shenzhen visa. We have Argentinian passport. It’s only for being 24 hrs in Shenzhen because of a stop of our plane on the way to Spain. We haven’t been in China before.
    Thanks!

    • I believe Argentina passport and no China visa should be fine. The cost is RMB 168 per person. You need to enter at Lowu/Luohu or Huanggang. Note that you can not get the visa in Lok Ma Chau.

      Please report back how it went.

  7. Hi, i m nepalese passport holder and hongkong permanent residence, is it possible for me to get 5 day shenzhen visa. And what is the procedure

    • I am not aware that Nepali people are banned from getting the 5-Day-Shenzhen-Visa, but I am also not sure that you can get it.

      Procedure is:
      Go to either Lowu (by MTR) or Huanggang (by bus, there is NO MTR!) border leave Hong Kong, get the visa just before China immigration. Look for the sign Port Visa. Cost for most is RMB 168

      As a Hong Kong permanent resident you may investigate if you can get a 3-year multible entry China visa. You may can.

  8. Hello, I would like to ask you if my swiss friend and myself (bolivian) will have a problem to get a 5 days visa?
    I’m an exchange student in Hong Kong and he is coming to visit me, but we’ve never been in China before

    • Swiss is certainly no problem, I am not sure about Bolivia but don’t think it is a problem. However, not being in China before is a problem. Your passport (or any old passport you can show) should have an old China visa in it, means you have been in China before.
      So the answer is most likely, no, you two will not get the 5-day-Shenzhen-visa at the border. Sorry.

  9. Hi there, I would like to ask you…
    Can we still do 5 days visa on arrival at luo hu?
    I mean we are travel by train to shenzhen,
    We are thai people.
    Cause we heard last year around june to Agust 2016, 12 countries can’t do voa and that include thailand.
    What about the shekou ferry port, if we came by ferry from macau, can we do it from there too?
    Can we leave any immigration door, exsample
    We do visa at luohu and leave China at shekou port immigration door to macau?
    We plan to stay at luo hu for 1 night.
    And how much is the cost for visa,
    Any special documents I need to prepare?
    Photo needed? And also shirt color wearing for men and lady in the photo.
    How old long does it take to do the visa so we can prepare good timing distance, we are going on 23th may 2017.
    Hope to receive your advice soon.
    Thank you

    • Can we still do 5 days visa on arrival at luo hu?

      Yes. Depending on your passport.

      I mean we are travel by train to shenzhen

      You mean you take the MTR to Lowu. Yes you can do that. Note that LokMaChau has no 5 Day Visa service!

      We are thai people.

      Thai passports will be ok.

      What about the shekou ferry port, if we came by ferry from macau, can we do it from there too?

      As far as I know Shekou Port has also 5 Day Visa service.

      Can we leave any immigration door, exsample
      We do visa at luohu and leave China at shekou port immigration door to macau?

      Yes, that is no problem. You can also leave from Shenzhen Airport and fly to Thailand (but not other destinations inside China)

      And how much is the cost for visa,

      RMB 168 for Thai passports.

      Any special documents I need to prepare?
      Photo needed? And also shirt color wearing for men and lady in the photo.

      No, and no need for passport photo or similar.

      How old long does it take to do the visa so we can prepare good timing distance, we are going on 23th may 2017.

      Usually there are no people waiting and you can get the visa withing 15 Minutes.

      Have a nice trip!

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