Shenzhen 5-Day Visa on Arrival

The Shenzhen 5-day visa on arrival, also known as Shenzhen 5-day VOA, enables tourists from most countries to stay in Shenzhen for up to 5 days without applying for a regular visa. During the 5 days, tourists cannot leave Shenzhen for other mainland Chinese cities.

Note that Shenzhen VOA can neither be extended nor converted. Holders should leave China before it expires. The 5 days start counting from 00:00 the day following the entry date.

Shenzhen 5-day visa on arrival
Shenzhen 5-day visa on arrival (Sample)

Do I Need a Visa to Go to Shenzhen?

Foreigners need a visa to go to Shenzhen unless they qualify for the 24-hour visa-free transit or they come from countries that have reached visa waiver agreements with China. The good thing is that citizens of most countries can apply for a Shenzhen visa on arrival.

Can I Get a Visa on Arrival in Shenzhen? - See Who Are Eligible

1. Most European and developed countries are eligible for the five-day VOA, including US, UK, Canada, French, Australia, Germany, Korea, New Zealand, Poland, Romania, Spain, Sweden, and Switzerland.

2. Indonesian and Filipino passport holders can get it only if they have been granted a Chinese visa previously.

3. Citizens from the following countries are ineligible: 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, and Yemen.

 Note: The list is subject to changes. Citizens of countries not mentioned should contact the relevant Chinese embassy or port to ask if they can apply for the Shenzhen visa on arrival.

Can US Citizens Apply for Visa on Arrival in Shenzhen?

Yes. According to the latest news, US citizens can apply for the five-day VOA in Shenzhen.

Where to Get the VOA?

The five-day VOA is available at Luohu (Lo Wu) Port, Shenzhen Airport, Huanggang Port, Shekou Port and Fuyong Port. There is no office at Futian Port although it is only a few hundred meters from Huanggang Port.

Ports VOA Office Opening Hours Phone Number
Shenzhen Airport 10:00 - the arrival of the last flight (0755)82327700
Luohu Port 7:00 - 23:30 (0755)82324022
Huanggang Port 00:00 - 24:00 (0755)83391060
Shekou Port 9:00 - 13:00 & 14:30 - 17:00 (0755)26691202
Fuyong Port 10:00 - the arrival of the last carrier (0755)23459289

How to Apply for the VOA & How Long Does It Take?

1. Show your valid passport. The five-day VOA is a sticker pasted on the passport like a regular visa. Hence, there must be at least one blank page in the applicant's passport.
2. Complete the application form when you are at the port.
3. The officer will take a photo of you after you hand over your passport and application form. 
4. Pay for the VOA (in Chinese RMB); there is a window for currency exchange.

In most cases, people can get the visa within ten minutes.

How Much Does a Shenzhen Visa Cost?

Usually, the fee for a Shenzhen VOA is the same as a regular visa. It is CNY168 for most, but not all countries. For example, UK passport holders need to pay CNY 304. Only China Yuan (CNY) is accepted by the visa-issuing ports.

What Can You Do During the 5 Days? 

Visiting Splendid China - Folk Culture Villages will provide tourists an opportunity to appreciate the charm of Chinese culture. Happy Valley and Window of the World are the perfect places to relax and be entertained. Dameisha Beach and Xiaomeisha Beach will not disappoint tourists for the fascinating coastline scenery.

Besides, tourists can taste the delicious morning tea and Cantonese cuisine in Shenzhen. Businessmen can engage in some commercial activities and make a short business trip within the 5 days.
 Recommended Shenzhen Itinerary: Private Shenzhen City Tour

FAQ about Shenzhen 5-Day Visa on Arrival

1. Can I travel back and forth from HK to Shenzhen daily on this visa or do I need to apply each time?
The 5-day VOA is for single entry only, so you need to apply for it each time.

2. May I apply for Shenzhen VOA beforehand or through a travel agent?
No, you cannot. You cannot use a travel agent and you need to apply for it at the border crossing upon arrival on your own.

Further Reading: China Visa on Arrival
- Last modified on Jan. 21, 2019 -
Questions & Answers on Visa on Arrival
Asked by Linda from HONG KONG | Jan. 20, 2019 22:52Reply
New Zealand passport holder Hong Kong resident - do you know current cost for Shenzhen visa?
Cost of NZ passport holder visa for China went up a huge amount last year. Do you happen to know current cost of Shenzhen visa only for NZ passport? Thanks very much for any help..
Answers (3)
Answered by Dylan from FINLAND | Jan. 21, 2019 01:33

If you apply for the Shenzhen visa in HK, the cost is HKD860.
Answered by Linda from HONG KONG | Jan. 21, 2019 02:44

Thanks so much, Dylan. Not the news I wanted to hear, but Good to know..
Answered by Linda from HONG KONG | Jan. 21, 2019 02:53

Does this mean the price at Louho border?
Asked by Katie from UNITED KINGDOM | Jan. 20, 2019 07:12Reply
We are flying into Shenzhen airport and arrive at 5 pm,we are only staying for 3-4 days
And then going over to Hong Kong before we fly out to we need to get a visa before we fly to SZ from London heathrow, or can we get a five 5 visa when we arrive at SZ airport?

Will they let us on the plane in london if we don't have our visa?

Thank you!
Answers (2)
Answered by Christopher from USA | Jan. 21, 2019 01:16

Don't worry. You can get a the VOA.
Answered by Katie from UNITED KINGDOM | Jan. 21, 2019 09:38

Can you explain how we do that? And when ? Cause we can’t find a definite answer out!

Thank you x
Asked by Guest from AUSTRALIA | Jan. 19, 2019 03:13Reply
5 day Visa on Arrival for 7 day trip
Hello all,

I plan to fly into Shenzhen airport from Australia for a 7 day trip.

Can I get a 5 day voa when I fly in, leave to HK on day 4 then return back to SZ on the same day and get another 5 day voa for the remainer of the trip?
Answers (1)
Answered by Anthony from CANADA | Jan. 21, 2019 01:31

You cannot apply for the VOA at the airport. You need to apply for the visa in advance in your country.
Asked by Mike from UNITED STATES | Jan. 15, 2019 05:57Reply
Is a voa available for USA passport holder to go in and back to Hong Kong?
Answers (1)
Answered by Adrian from CANADA | Jan. 15, 2019 19:24

Yes, it is available.
Asked by Hayley from UNITED KINGDOM | Jan. 14, 2019 05:49Reply
British Passport travelling from HK to Shenzhen for 1 day of shopping - do I need a visa?
Answers (2)
Answered by Emery from ROMANIA | Jan. 14, 2019 23:33

You can get a visa on Arrival. Don't worry.
Answered by Hayley from UNITED KINGDOM | Jan. 15, 2019 01:45

Perfect, thanks Emery :)
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