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  1. Hi I hold an Italian passport I have been to China in 2013 with regular Visa, on my passport i have a stamp from Turkey which is dated 2014 (I spent in Istanbul a day) I wanna understand whether I can apply to 5-Day-Shenzhen-Visa or due to that stamp it will be rejected


    • The chance to get rejected at the border is rather high. But it is not 100% certain. If you try, please give feedback what happened.

  2. We have a flight from Seattle, Wa to Tokyo. There is a 2.5 hour stop in Shenzen and an 11 hour layover in Xiamen. My question is will we need a visa for Shenzen? We will not be changing planes and will only be there for 2.5 hours. If a visa is needed, can we get it at the Shenzhen airport?

  3. Canadian passport holder, had a 10-year Chinese visa in the OLD passport, the visa was NOT expired. The problem is, the OLD passport was expired and being threw away.

    Got the new one in Oct 2017.

    rumour said that a passport with less than a year old will be denied VOA, unless the old passport was presented all together.

    But just called a travel agency in HK for advice, claiming that this rule is losen …. since Nov 2017. Got the answer that VOA should be no problem for this case.

    Any update pls? Thanks.

    • Problems are usually passports with no China stamp. That you can’t show the old one is unfortunate. But good luck, some people do get lucky.

      Other problems are stamps from Turkey or Egypt.

      Also new: You need a passport picture, but there is a machine around the corner.

  4. Hi, i am female chinese indonesian, planning to go to shenzhen with my mom next week. I have been to china with full visa before (and even i have my single entry visa for now but it is for my trip to guangzhou on the end of this month). Can i apply dor a voa while i have single entry full visa? Is it possible for me to enter shenzhen? What about my mom who have no china stamp? Kindly advise.. thank you

  5. Hi, me and my boyfriend want to go shopping in Shenzhen for 1 day. We have Dutch passports. I have been in China befor and some stamps in my passport. My boyfriend has not. Can we still get visa at the border of lowu?

    • NL passport is no problem, but no China stamp is most likely a problem. So you can, but your boyfriend has a high chance not getting it.

        • If you have no China stamp in your new passport, but one in your old passport it’s better to bring it.

          BTW, Singapore passport holders do not require any China visa in advance and can enter China without visa.

  6. Hello,
    We are a travelling trio from France, Canada and the Netherlands. All of us have never been in china before. So no china-stamp.
    Can we get the shenzen visa at the border? Is it possible? Or maybe possible? Or just completely shut down?

    Or any other idea to get to the city?

  7. Hello,

    We are going from HK to Shenzen. We hold Spanish passports. There should be

    Is it true that we cannot get the 5 days VISA on arrival if we never got a Chinese VISA before? I saw it somewhere on this page but I’m not sure about the sources.

    Regards and thank you.

    • You better hide your US passport then. US people can get the 5-Day-Visa now, but the cost is RMB 956 – that is about US$ 150

      First part, not all EU countries are treated the same. Lithuania should be no problem as far as I know.

    • Belgian passport holders should be no problem, as long as your passport has no stamp from Turkey or Iran in it.

  8. I just tried to get the VoA, with Dutch passport. The officer browsed through the visa pages several times and after confirming that I have been to Iran twice he sent me back to HK. I was only planning to stay a day, so it was mainly an interesting experience, but for those who have hotels etc booked: make sure you read this page very well before counting on getting the visa.

  9. Hi,
    I am a UK resident who has been living in Hong Kong for the last 6 months. Does this count as having a chinese Visa (I have a HKID card and a student Visa to study in Hong Kong)?

  10. Hi dear im female indonesian, i will go to shenzen on march 2018 from hongkong. I’ve been entry china before (guangzhou) last year. So, is that possible for me to get VOA at shenzhen? Because i saw your article female indonesian can’t get VOA right?

    • I am unsure about this. Having already a visa from earlier is certainly good. I will ask the next time I cross the border.

      • hi.. can you please give the update about this question..
        I’m female indonesian too and i’m planning to go to shenzhen april 2018.. i’ve been entry shenzhen at march 2016 with shenzhen voa..
        is it possible for me to re-enter shenzhen with voa this time ?
        thank you

        • From my knowledge it’s currently not possible. I may re-check within the next few weeks. But you may consider getting a full China visa.

          • thank you so much 🙂 looking forward for your information.. I plan to go to dongmen then go back to hong kong on the same day so getting a full China visa is too expensive..

  11. Hi
    I have been told today that it is no longer possible for a UK Passport holder to get a 5 day Shenzhen visa at Luohu border crossing. Is this true?

    • Told by whom? From my information they can get the visa. But things can change from one day to the next at the border, so at this point I can’t say it’s wrong, unfortunately.

    • I am not sure, as far as I know the ‘female’ problem is only with Indonesians, so I would say you are fine to visit Shenzhen. But I will double check it next week for you.

  12. Hi. Im Indonesian. I want to know if this information is still valid : Update Nov 24th 2017:
    I ask at the border today. For Indonesian passport they look at each case individually. The risk that you all, or one in you group can’t enter is very high. I suggest you get a full China visa before you leave your country..
    Thank you 🙂

    • I didn’t hear anything other yet. I will ask next time I cross the border. For now, you may try at your risk.

  13. Dear, Im a russian citizen planning to vizit Shenzhen from Hong Kong for 3-5 days. I have read that, if I havent chinees visas before, it will be impossible to obtain 5 day visa on border, but my colligue has the same situation and she gained a visa in start of October 2017 without any problem in Lo wu. So I what to know what is the offical information now?

    • Alena, my information is that since June 2017 you must have a China stamp in you current, or any old passport that you can show. I have no idea how your friend managed.

    • My latest information is that Indonesians can get again the 5-Day-Shenzhen-visa at the Luohu or Huanggang border. You can only get the visa if you have been in China before, means you have a China stamp in your passport. No China stamp – no 5-Day-Shenzhen-visa! If you have one in an old passport bring it! That is accepted.

      Update Nov 24th 2017:
      I ask at the border today. For Indonesian passport they look at each case individually. The risk that you all, or one in you group can’t enter is very high. I suggest you get a full China visa before you leave your country.

  14. Hi,
    I will fly from Belgium to Shenzhen Airport on Dec 2nd with a Belgian passport. I need to be in Hong Kong the next evening and as I don’t have a Chinese visa, I wonder what my options are. Some websites claim that very recently Shenzhen Airport has also adopted the 5-day shenzhen visa, others claim that recently there is also the 72h or 144h visa free transit and then I also read that there is a way to transit to Hong Kong directly by ferry or bus without any visa at all. I tried to contact Shenzhen Airport but they don’t reply. I wonder if you could get the correct confirmed updated info here as so far it seems impossible to find. Also it seems like the TIMATIC info is not updated correctly either. Anyways, I think it would be good for you to know if it is true that the 5-day-shenzhen-visa is indeed available at the airport since some months.

    • I can’t give you correct confirmed updates but I can give you some ideas up to my knowledge.

    • You can not get the 5-Day-Shenzhen-visa at the Shenzhen airport!
    • There is no visa free transit from Shenzhen to Hong Kong (however you can go from HK to China without entering Hong Kong)
    • I am not sure about the visa free transit for Shenzhen, I doubt it exists, but even if so, you need an ongoing flight out of China to a 3rd country
    • Whether TIMATIC is updated (I guess it is) or not does not matter, that is the database your check-in counter uses – and you might not be able to board your flight!
    • There is a high risk that you will not be allowed to check in. You could buy a ticket to a 3rd country, such as Taiwan or Thailand. However, I don’t know if you can leave Shenzhen through a land border (I guess you can), but I am pretty sure you can’t go back to China without visa. However, with a BE passport you should be able to get the 5-Day-Shenzhen-visa at the Luohu or Huanggang border and you can can leave China with that visa through Shenzhen airport.

  15. I am a german citizen with a Chinese 72 hours entry stamp from Peking. My intention was to visit Shenzhen for the weekend. The Visa officer at Lo Wu swiped 10 times through my Passport and told me to go back to Hongkong and to apply there for a Visa. I don’t see a reason why the refusal was eligible. Furthermore they act completely intransparent (not how governments should act)

    • From my knowledge a 72 hours entry stamp from Peking should be sufficient for the German passport. But rules are often applied arbitrarily in China. Do have have any other bad condition such as entry stamps for Turkey, Iran, Saudi Arabia in your passport?

  16. Hello
    I am holding US passport. I will be traveling Thailand next month, and I will fly from Thailand to transit at SHENZHEN CN, SZX airport for 5 hours before coming back to the US. Do you know if I need a visa for this 5 hours transiting? I get different answers for this question. I am not trying to get out of airport. Thank you

    • Your question is not specifically about the 5-Day-Shenzhen-Visa, which is not available at the airport. You ask about a transit visa. I suggest you check your airline, they can check the TIMATIC visa database.

      You can access the DB yourself for example here:

      I was curious and had a look, and I am sorry…:

      Visa required.

      Passengers transiting only are exempt from holding a visa when:
      Holders of confirmed onward air, cruise or train tickets for a max. transit time of 24 hours. Transit incl. multiple stops within China (People's Rep.), with a total transit time of max. 24 hours, is permitted. They must travel to a third country.

      Transit without visa (TWOV) is not possible at Fuzhou (FOC), Huangshan (TXN), Mudanjiang (MDG), Shenzhen (SZX) and Yanji (YNJ).

      This does not apply at Urumqi (URC).

      This does not apply at Guangzhou (CAN).

      Nationals of USA are not permitted to use the multiple-stop transit within China, if transiting through Weihai (WEH) or Wuhan (WUH).

      Holders of confirmed onward air tickets in transit through Guangzhou (CAN) to a third country, for a max. transit time of 24 hours.

      Nationals of USA holding confirmed onward airline tickets departing directly to a third country, if arriving in and departing from the same city:

      at Changsha (CSX), Chengdu (CTU), Chongqing (CKG), Dalian (DLC), Guangzhou (CAN), Qingdao (TAO), Tianjin (TSN), Wuhan (WUH), Xi'an (XIY) or Xiamen (XMN) for a max. transit time of 72 hours, starting from 00:01 on the day following the day of entry.

      at Beijing (PEK), Guilin (KWL), Harbin (HRB), Kunming (KMG), or Shenyang (SHE) for a max. transit time of 72 hours;

      Nationals of USA holding confirmed onward air, cruise or train tickets to a third country, arriving in and departing from any one of the following locations: Hangzhou (HGH), Nanjing Lukou (NKG), Shanghai Hongqiao (SHA), Shanghai Pudong (PVG), Shanghai Port International Cruise Terminal, Shanghai Wusongkou (Baoshan) International Cruise Terminal or Shanghai Railway Station for a maximum of 144 hours, starting from 00:01 on the day following the day of entry.

      All transiting passengers are subject to a check by immigration. Passengers in transit must hold passports or other documents accepted to enter China (People's Rep.). .

      This does not apply at Beijing (PEK) if staying in the international transit area.

      When transiting in Chengdu (CTU), carriers must send notification to the CTU immigration office before departure.

      When transiting in Changsha (CSX) or Xiamen (XMN) for a maximum stay of 72 hours, carriers must send notification to the local immigration office before departure.

      Certain Visa regulations apply as follows:
      When passengers transit for a maximum of 144 hours, they can arrive in and depart from any of the following locations: Hangzhou (HGH), Nanjing Lukou (NKG), Shanghai Hongqiao (SHA), Shanghai Pudong (PVG), Shanghai Port International Cruise Terminal, Shanghai Wusongkou (Baoshan) International Cruise Terminal or Shanghai Railway Station.

    • I have been having the same issue trying to get the right answer if we need a visa for an 11 hour layover in Shenzhen from USA to Malaysia. I decided to go to Chinese consulate to get a visa and they told me no I didn’t need one. Again today, China Airline said I did need one. If we don’t have one when we arrive, where will they deport us to? Back to USA? How was your experience? Dis you need one afterall?

      • The airport does NOT have the 5-Day-Shenzhen-Visa. So the question is, how about transit?

        There is nothing conflicting and the rules are very clear:

        Transit without visa (TWOV) is not possible at Fuzhou (FOC), Huangshan (TXN), Mudanjiang (MDG), Shenzhen (SZX) and Yanji (YNJ).

        That means, you need a full China visa.

  17. Hi, I am holding an Indonesian passport and planning to go to Shenzen from hongkong. Please note that I never travel to china before. Can I get the voa at shenzen ? Read from the internet that Indonesian passport must apply for china visa previously prior getting voa at shenzen. Is this still valid ? Thanks for your info

    • According to my information Indonesians can go again. It is risky though as regulation can change very often.

      Good luck!

  18. Hi i am indonesian,
    I plan to go shenzhen on 25th oct 2017 from hong kong, is the visa arrival avalaible?
    Thank u for the kindly reply.

    • My latest information that Indonesians can go again is already a few weeks old. At that time it was OK. One thing is very important – your passport must have a China stamp! No China stamp in your passport – no visa! You can bring an old passport with a China stamp in it, that is accepted.

      Good luck and please post feedback here!

  19. Using the shenzhen 5 day visa, I want to travel back to New Zealand from Shenzhen airport, transiting through Chengdu (not leaving the airport).
    Has it been confirmed that this is not possible?
    Is there anywhere I can get more official information on this?

    • You can use the 5-Day-Shenzhen-Visa to leave China from Shenzhen Airport (which is actually in Baoan/宝安) to any international destination. Chengdu has a 72 hour visa free regulation, that looks good. But the key question is whether you go to Chengdu on a local flight or on an international flight – where do you actually go through immigration to leave China?

      If Shenzhen Airport it might work, it has its risks though.

  20. Hi I am holding a Malaysia passport and I have been to China with single entry visa before in my old passport. Im planning to go HK and enter Shenzhen in mid October. Can I still get the 5 days VOA with my new passport?

    • To get the 5-Day-Shenzhen-Visa you must bring your old passport if your new passport has no China stamp yet. With only the new passport you will not get the visa and you will be send back to Hong Kong.

  21. Hello, me ( Slovak) and my boyfriend (Czech) we did not get today 3.10.2017 5 day Shenzhen visa as our passport were issued in August 2017 and we did not have our old passports with us. They have send us to Chinese ambassy which we could not make it today as we were late. We are planning to go there tomorrow. Question is : Is it possible to get 5 day Shenzhen visa at Chinese Ambassy or we have to apply for regular chinese visa? Can we get it done in one day? Does it worth it to go there?

    • Unfortunately since June 2017 you can get the 5-Day-Shenzhen-Visa only if you have been to China before and can prove it, means your passport must have already a China stamp – or you bring an old passport with a China Stamp.

  22. I live in Hong Kong but have friends in Shenzhen that I would like to visit using the Shenzhen Visa. Is there a limit to the number of times I can have the 5 day visa? Will I be refused if I request and use it too many times?


    • There is no limit on the times you can apply for the 5 day Shenzhen visa. But for you, living in Hong Kong, it might me cheaper to simply get a multi-entry visa, considering that every 5-day visa will cost you RMB 168 (HK$200 / US$ 26)
      You can check your options with, the are 100% reliable.

  23. Hi…
    Is voa shenzhen open on 3 october 2017? Because I see on chinese calendar from 1 to 8 october national holiday. Please help answer. I would appreciate it.,thank u

    • Sorry for the late reply. The 5-Day-Shenzhen visa offices are open on holidays too.

      Please make sure you have a China chop in you passport, or an old passport. No more arrival visa for first time visitors.

  24. Hi, I’m Indonesian. I will go to Shenzhen via hongkong on End of june 2017 with my family
    Can i apply the visa on arrival via lowu/louhu ?
    Please kindly advise . Thanks.

    • My latest information is that Indonesians can go again. The fee is RMB168 per person. You do not need a passport picture.

  25. I am Canadian citizen and my husband has a British passport. We will be in Hong Kong but would like to visit Shengzhen for one day to do some shopping. Will there be an issue getting the Shengzhen visa and other than our passports and fed, is there other documents or ID that we need to bring?

    • Canadian passports are no problem, UK passports are no problem too, but the fee is higher. Normal fee is RMB 168 and UK passport fee is…. I think it just changed a few weeks ago and is now RMB 300-400.

      You need your passports, that’s it. No passport photo required.

      Update: UK passport fees did not change. The were and are RMB 304 – you can pay by credit card too.

  26. Hi, I’m Indonesian. I will go to Shenzhen via Hongkong in 30 May 2017 with my family,
    Is Visa On Arrival (VOA) still available?
    Please kindly advise . Thanks.

    • You can get the 5 day Shenzhen visa in Lowu/LuoHu or Huanggang. But not in Lokmachau! ID passports are OK, or at least were OK in April 2016

  27. Hi, I am from Indonesia. I am planning to go to Shenzhen in June 2017 with my family from Hong kong and I am not stay at Shenzhen and back to Hongkong at night. Can I apply 5 days VOA shenzhen? Because there are a few issue passport Indonesian couldnt apply it or Indonesia passport holders have to showe passports with visas previously issued by the Chinese government.

    If I can apply it,what price of VOA Shenzen for Indonesian Pasport now

    Thanks for your reply

    • • Indonesians can get the 5 day Shenzhen visa!
      • Price is RMB 168 (I will next time I go to Shenzhen if that applies also to ID passports)
      • The 5 day Shenzhen visa is only good for ONE entry. If you leave you need to buy a new one.
      • You can get the visa even if you have not been to China before.

  28. Dear Sir,
    We are a family of 4 from India. We enter HKG for 3 days in March ,have done PAR. Then goto Japan for one week, then return to HKIA> in afternoon flight fropm Tokyo. On arrival we wish to travel directly from HKIA to Shenzen by Taxi. for ONE Night . Return to HKG , for 4 days and then return to India from HKIA.
    For Shenzen 2 Day visit will We get Visa on Arrival at border or should we apply for Visa to visit SZ before departure from India. ,

    • I am afraid, but Indian passport holders can not get the 5-Day-Shenzhen-Visa. You need to get a full China visa before arrival. Since your time is very limited you need to apply for a China Visa before you leave India.

  29. Hello. I am from Indonesia. I am planning to go to Shenzhen in 20 Feb 2017. Can I apply 5 days VOA shenzhen? Thankss. Because there are a few issue about my country couldnt apply it.

    • Yes you can, since some time in January 2017 Indonesian passport holders can get the 5-Day-Shenzhen-Visa again!

      Please send a feedback if it was successful.

  30. Hello,if i get a 5-days visa from Shenzhen can i visit Foshan?Also i am leaving from Guangzhou airport,do i have a problem with this?

    • Sorry, this is not possible!

      You can only visit the wider Shenzhen area, Baoan, Nanshan etc. Foshan is near Guangzhou and quite far from Shenzhen. You can fly from Shenzhen Airport with the 5-Day-Shenzhen-Visa, but you will not be allowed to leave from Guangzhou. You need the full China visa.

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