Do I Need A Visa for Guangzhou If Traveling from Hong Kong?

Generally speaking, most people are supposed to apply for visit visa in advance if traveling to Guangzhou from Hong Kong. According to various visiting purposes, including sightseeing, business conducting and friends meeting, the corresponding visas of tourist L or business M type are required for Guangzhou trip.

Don’t know if you need a visa for Guangzhou from Hong Kong? Please check whether you are qualified for any of the following 7 visa exemption cases:
 

1. Aliens from most countries enjoy 24-hour visa-free transit from Hong Kong to Guangzhou.

No visa will be needed if you are qualified for 24-hour visa-free transit in Guangzhou. Passengers going to a third country or region after transiting in Guangzhou within 24 hours qualify for the free transit policy. For example, if you travel from Hong Kong and intend to go to another country or region instead of HK, and your layover time in Guangzhou is under 24 hours, you can enjoy the 24-hour transit without visa (TWOV). In this case, you don’t need to apply for visa.
 

2. Travelers from 53 countries enjoy 144-hour visa-free transit.

Travelers from 53 countries such as USA, UK and France are able to apply for the 144-hour TWOV if they transit in Guangzhou for less than 144 hours. The 144 hours TWOV enables people to leave the transit area and enter the city for sightseeing.

 Please note: Hong Kong – Guangzhou – Hong Kong is not a qualified transit, so if you come from HK and leave Guangzhou for HK, you should apply for a visa before your departure. 
 

3. 6-Day visa-free for group tourists from Hong Kong to Guangzhou

If your country has established diplomatic relations with China, and you enter Guangzhou escorted by a Hong Kong tourist group, you are entitled to 6 days visa exemption. The cities of Shenzhen, Zhuhai, Foshan, Dongguan, Zhongshan, Zhaoqing, and Huizhou can be visited, too.
 

4. Japanese, Singaporean, Bruneian and Qatari staying in Guangzhou for no more than 15 or 30 days 

If traveling with Japanese, Singaporean or Bruneian passport, and the total layover time is under 15 days, you don’t need to apply for visa for Guangzhou. The reason is that all the citizens of the three countries are qualified to enjoy 15-day visa-free entry to mainland China. Qatar citizens are exempted from visa for 30 day. Thus, there is no need for Qataris to apply for visa for traveling Guangzhou within one month.
 

5. APEC Business Travel Card holders 

If you travel with a valid APEC Business Travel Card, the visit visa is not required when you pass through the immigration authority between Hong Kong and Guangzhou. Considered as a three-year visa with multiple entries, the APEC card will allow you to enter China for many times within its validity, and each duration is no more than 2 months.
 

6. Traveling to Guangzhou with Chinese residence permit

Chinese visa is not required for travelers entering Guangzhou with valid Chinese residence permit (including permanent residence permit, aka Chinese green card). The Chinese exit and entry administration of the local public security bureau will issue the residence permit to those entering China holding X1 visa, Z visa, Q1 visa, J1 visa, S1 visa and D visa after their entry. With this permit, they can exit and enter mainland China for multiple times without applying visa. 
 

7. Diplomatic, service or official passport holders

According to mutual visa-exemption agreements, the diplomatic, service or official passport holders from some foreign countries enjoy visa exemption after their entry to Guangzhou from Hong Kong.

 
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Questions & Answers on Do I Need A Visa for Guangzhou If Traveling from Hong Kong?
Asked by J.Navarro from PHILIPPINES | Nov. 30, 2019 01:20Reply
It is possible to have 48hrs visa from h.k. to guangzhou back to phils.
Im from Philippines going to Macau then we will go to h.k. for disneyland. From hongkong we want to visit guangzhou and from there we will go back to Phils. From this itenerary it is possible we can get 48hrs. Visa free
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Answered by Teena | Dec. 03, 2019 22:01
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Firstly there is no 48hrs visa free, there are only 24hrs, 72hrs and 144hrs visa free. Then, for 24hrs direct transit, it is a little risky since you might be denied at the customs. As for 72 and 144 hrs visa free, you need to have a flight from Hong Kong to Guangzhou, train is not ok.

But for the exactly policy, you'd better to consult the local Chinese embassy or consulate for the
Asked by Mandisa from SOUTH AFRICA | Oct. 08, 2019 03:24Reply
South African flying visiting Hong Kong but want as days trip to China
Hi

We will be visiting Hong Kong for 3 days and would like to go to China Guangzhou East "mainland". We have the Chinese visa the following are the questions A. Do we get the train straight to Guangzhou East or we need to go via Shenzhen for visa clearing or do that can also be done in Guangzhou?
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Answered by Colin | Oct. 08, 2019 18:56
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I am not sure if I get you correct. You already have visa for China mainland right? If yes, you do not have to go to Shenzhen firstly. If you take the train from HK Hung Hom to Guangzhou East, the immigration control of China mainland will be at Guangzhou East after your arrival.
Asked by Manikandan from UAE | Oct. 04, 2019 06:41Reply
Hong Knog to Guangzhou Visa Details
If I use train from hong kong to Guangzhou what necessary document required for travelling .I am indian but living in UAE ,I got UAE emirates ID card..It neccssary for China visa
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Answered by Colin | Oct. 08, 2019 18:58
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I think you need to use passport and China visa for travelling and taking the train.
Asked by Thomas from AUSTRIA | Sep. 27, 2019 03:20Reply
Transitvisa 144h and then to HK
I am traveling from Europe to Guangzhou and want to leave to Hong Kong via High Speed Train. Is it possible to do this with a transitvisa?

Moreover, can I use a transitvisa, I have an unused valid tourist visa in my passport and say, that I don't want to use the tourist visa but the transit visa?

Thank you so much!
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Answered by Wendy from SINGAPORE | Sep. 28, 2019 20:50
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Sorry, if you use high speed rail to out to HK, you cannot use any visa-free transit stay in Guangzhou. High speed trains cannot work for that. You may try another slow train from Guangzhou east to Hung Hom or flight.

If you have a tourist visa but still want to use visa-free transit, it is also fine. You can inform the officer there.
Asked by Alejandro Frangi from UNITED KINGDOM | Jun. 16, 2019 13:15Reply
China to China via Hong Kong - how does visa work?
I have a 1-entry visa to China and will arrive to Xiamen. I want to travel to Guangzhou but I need to pass via Hong Kong (my specific train). I want to spend 3-4 days in HK and then reenter China to Guangzhou to carry on my trip to China. Does this passage through HK consume a visa entry, ie, I will not be able to reenter China? Or does HK count as part of China when it comes to recognition of Chinese visa?
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Answered by Nikolas | Jun. 16, 2019 20:08
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It is a pity that this does not work, the one entry visa will be consumed at the time you leave for HK. So you would need another visa back to Guangzhou.
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