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 Mar. 03, 2020 -
Questions & Answers on Visa on Arrival
Asked by Christopher Lim from SINGAPORE | Mar. 12, 2020 11:07Reply
Entry to Shenzhen
I am Singapore and would like to know if anyone know is there any restrictions to enter Shenzhen and if there is no restrictions, my stay after 14 days can i do a re-entry via hongkong or macau?
Answers (1)
Answered by Dolores from CANADA | Mar. 15, 2020 20:59

As I know, you need to have 14 days observation isolation when you entering Shenzhen.
Asked by Dave from UNITED KINGDOM | Mar. 01, 2020 08:29Reply
Shenzhen Luohu open?
Has the border crossing at Luohu been opened again after closure due to virus?
Answers (1)
Answered by Mark from AUSTRALIA | Mar. 03, 2020 16:44

Well, as I know, it is still closed.
Asked by Mike from PHILIPPINES | Jan. 27, 2020 18:31Reply
Hi, Im Filipino with a valid Chinese Visa. Unfortunately, I will have to cancel my travel to china
Unfortunately, I will have to cancel my travel to China because of the current situation. Will I be allowed to get the 5 day visa on arrival when I arrive in Shenzhen? By that time my previous visa is already expired.
Answers (1)
Answered by Janez from SLOVENIA | Jan. 28, 2020 15:02

Unfortunatelly, Philippine citizens are not eligible for a Shenzhen visa at the time being. You will have to obtain a new visa in advance or to change your travel plans.
Asked by Amanda from CANADA | Jan. 24, 2020 13:40Reply
I am a dual passport holder of both USA and Canada. I entered Hong Kong with my USA passport.
Is it possible to enter Shenzhen with my Canadian passport to avoid paying the high USA fee? Thanks!
Answers (1)
Answered by Janez from SLOVENIA | Jan. 28, 2020 14:59

Yes, you are perfectly ačlowed to do that because Hong Kong and mainland China have separate immigration policies.

You should keep in mind that you will also use your Canadian passport to exit mainland China and after that you will switch to your US passport.
Asked by Jenny from NETHERLANDS | Jan. 23, 2020 03:35Reply
re-application VOA Shenzhen
When I have VOA Shenzhen for 5 days. After my 5 days stay in Shenzhen I exit Shenzhen (China). Can I get another VOA to enter Shenzhen again (the same day that I exit)?
Answers (3)
Answered by ZUPAN | Jan. 23, 2020 11:50

Yes, you can. This is perfectly legal. Anyway, it is possible, although not compulsory that you will be maybe asked a couple of bureaucratic questions. Just invent some good reason(s) and you will be granted a brand new Shenzhen VOA.
Answered by Jenny from THE NETHERLANDS | Jan. 28, 2020 07:13

Hi Zupan,
Thank you very much for your response. I know it is legal, however I need to know for sure. I am planning to enter from HK (LuoHu port) to Shenzhen and then after the first 5 days VOA is expired I will exit Shenzhen via LuoHu to HK. Then I want to enter Shenzhen again the same day via LuoHu by 5 Days VOA. I hope there are people who have done this by experience and can share this for sure. Thanks!
Answered by Janez from SLOVENIA | Jan. 28, 2020 14:55

Jeenny, as you know, there is no visa in this world that you can get for 100% certainty and this is the reason why nobody can tell you that you will be able to do it with absolute certainty. In reality, your chances are extremely good and you will manage to get your second visa. If I were you, I would do it without any hesitation.
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