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 Dec. 30, 2019 -
Questions & Answers on Visa on Arrival
Asked by Jenny from NEW ZEALAND | Jan. 20, 2020 07:42Reply
How old do you have to be to apply for your own port visa?
Planning on visiting a friend of mine there in Shenzhen, but I’m concerned whether I can get my own visa on the way there. Currently 15 yrs old.
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Answered by ZUPAN | Jan. 20, 2020 12:37
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If you intend to travel alone, this is a problem. You will not be allowed to do it alone, but you have to be followed by a person old at least 18 years. If you are 16 then maybe, but even in this case this is not recommended.
Answered by Jenny from NEW ZEALAND | Jan. 20, 2020 17:05
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ah okay, thank you for the fast reply!
Asked by Chris from POLAND | Jan. 18, 2020 16:10Reply
Will working hours be the same during Chinese New Year?
We plan to enter China by Louhu Port on Jan, 26th and we want to apply for 5day VOA
Chris
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Answered by Pam from USA | Jan. 18, 2020 23:09
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It will open from 6:30 to 24:00.
Asked by JL from MALAYSIA | Jan. 18, 2020 09:31Reply
voa. malaysia passport. malaysia to shenzhen.
hi, i would like to know. im a malaysian. would like to visit there for 3-5 days from malaysia before my macau trip. can i apply voa when i arrived bao'an airport?

i have applied visa and visit china during 2016 and 2017
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Answered by ZUPAN | Jan. 19, 2020 03:37
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The above answer is wrong. Malaysian citizens are not eligible for any visa free transit scheme and also for Shenzhen VOA. You are advised to obtain a Chinese visa in advance or to change your travel plans.
Asked by Sonny from INDONESIA | Jan. 16, 2020 19:35Reply
Indonesian pasport for shenzhen VOA
Hi we are Indonesian,
We will visit Hong Kong and plan to go to Shen Zhen as well for 3 days. Can we apply for Shen Zhen VOA and how much is the cost? Thanks
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Answered by Orla from DENMARK | Jan. 16, 2020 21:50
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Yes, you can. The fee for SZ VOA is the same as a regular visa. It is CNY168 for the most, but not all countries.
Answered by ZUPAN | Jan. 17, 2020 09:32
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Unfortunately, Indonesian citizens are not eligible for a Shenzhen VOA. You should definitely disregard the above written answer because it is wrong. You are advised to obtain a Chinese visa in advance or to change your travel plans.
Answered by Sonny from INDONESIA | Jan. 18, 2020 17:48
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Thanks for your answer, but i did search more and found that Indonesian citizens can get the VOA if they granted a chinese visa previously. Or is the rule change already ?
Answered by ZUPAN | Jan. 19, 2020 03:39
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Sonny, this detail is written on this website, but this website was not updated for too long time. In other words, Indonesian citizens are not eligible for a Shenzhen VOA at all. Again, you are advised to obtain a Chinese visa in advance or to change your travel plans.
Answered by Ben from INDONESIA | Jan. 19, 2020 21:37
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Sonny, As I check, the detail written on website is modified Dec 31, 2019, so I believe you still can apply the VOA at Lo Hu shen zhen.
Answered by ZUPAN | Jan. 20, 2020 12:39
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This website is chronically not updated for too long time! They are updating it from time to time just nominally, but the essence is not updated. So, I will repeat, Indonesian citizens are not eligible for a Shenzhen VOA at the time being.
Asked by clare louise bacon from ENGLAND | Jan. 16, 2020 19:21Reply
5 day visa at the Shenzhen Bao'an Airport
I land Shenzhen airport at 00:20 on the Monday, and leave the Thursday. Can I get a 5 day visa when I land at this time or will I have to wait until 10am.
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Answered by Paloma from USA | Jan. 16, 2020 21:49
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Yes, as I know, you can.
Answered by ZUPAN | Jan. 17, 2020 09:31
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Unfortunately, you are not allowed to do that. Simply speaking, there is no Shenzhen VOA office at Shenzhen airport. Please, just disregard the above written answer because it is wrong.

Anyway, if you have some third country or Hong Kong/Macau as your next destination after Shenzhen, you can enjoy 144 hour visa free transit. You will make me know about this detail and I will further explain what you should do to enjoy this visa free transit option that allows you to travel throughout the entire Guangdong province and not only within Shenzhen city limits.
Answered by Sonny from INDONESIA | Jan. 18, 2020 17:47
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Thanks for your answer, but i did search more and found that Indonesian citizens can get the VOA if they granted a chinese visa previously. Or is the rule change already ?
Answered by ZUPAN | Jan. 19, 2020 03:40
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Sonny, please read the answer to your question in the post above this one.
Answered by Sonny from INDONESIA | Jan. 19, 2020 17:33
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Yes sorry, I posted on the wrong section,but realized immediately but cannot delete it and already sent it to the right one, thanks for your information.
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