Shenzhen 5-Day Visa on Arrival
The Shenzhen 5-day visa on arrival, also known as a Shenzhen 5-day VOA or Shenzhen Special Economic Zone Tourism Visa, enables tourists from most countries, including Australia and Canada to stay in Shenzhen for 5 days without applying for a regular visa. During the 5 days, foreign tourists eligible for the VOA cannot leave the Shenzhen urban area and countryside. 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.
|Shenzhen 5-day visa on arrival (Sample)|
Who Is Eligible for the Five-Day VOA?
2. As of July 2017, French and US citizens qualify for the five-day VOA.
3. Indonesian and Filipino passport holders can get it only if they have been granted a Chinese visa previously.
4. As of this writing, citizens from the following countries are ineligible: Afghanistan, Algeria, Bahrain, Cameroon, Egypt, India, Iran, Iraq, Jordan, Kuwait, Lebanon, Liberia, Libya, Morocco, Oman, Pakistan, Palestine, Qatar, Saudi Arabia, Somalia, Sri Lanka, Sudan, Syria, the United Arab Emirates, 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.
Where to Get the VOA?
|Ports||Opening Hours||Phone Number|
|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?
Most days, except public holidays and festivals, people can get the visa within ten minutes if only few people are waiting. However, the first days after the Chinese New Year, it may take several hours and there are usually long queues.
How Much Does a Shenzhen Visa Cost?
What Can You Do During the 5 Days?
FAQ about Shenzhen 5-Day Visa on Arrival
The 5-day VOA is for single entry only, so you need to apply for it each time, however, there is no limit to the number of times you can apply.
2. May I apply for Shenzhen VOA beforehand or through a travel agent?
No, you cannot. You need to apply for it at the border crossing upon arrival.