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 Nov. 04, 2019 -
Questions & Answers on Visa on Arrival
Asked by AlanB from HONG KONG | Nov. 11, 2019 19:43Reply
Can you get a VOA if you already have a valid visa for China in your passport?
Hi Zupan! Thanks for your excellent article.

I have a dual-entry visa for China in my (British) passport with one entry left on it. I need this entry for a scheduled trip to Shanghai in two weeks.

I might need to go Shenzhen though in a couple of days' time and so I am wondering if I can do a VOA when I go to Shenzhen, even though I have a valid visa for China, and keep my last entry on that visa for my future trip to Shanghai.

Your advice would be much appreciated, thanks!
Asked by Mark Davis from UNITED KINGDOM | Nov. 11, 2019 10:02Reply
Border issues?
Hi. Given the situation in HK at the moment are there any issues with getting VOA for British passport holders at Luohu port?

Thanks for any advice on this.
Answers (1)
Answered by ZUPAN | Nov. 11, 2019 12:03

I understand your concerns, but at the time being, UK citizens are normally granted a Shenzhen VOA. I have noticed several concerns before on this website regarding the UK citizens, but so far everything is going on as it was before the actual situation in Hong Kong.
Asked by BRAULIO | Nov. 11, 2019 06:52Reply
VOA for Colombians
Hi! I have a Colombian passport.
Can I get this VOA visa?
Answers (1)
Answered by ZUPAN | Nov. 11, 2019 11:59

Colombian citizens are eligible for 5 day Shenzhen VOA. The price should be 168 CNY and you are advised to bring that amount in Chinese cash along with a passport size photo.
Asked by Rita from IRELAND | Nov. 11, 2019 06:09Reply
can I apply for VOA at Shenzhen bay ?
Hi, We have Irish (Ireland) passports and want to take the bus from HK to Shenzhen Bay, is it possible to get the VOA there ?
Answers (1)
Answered by ZUPAN | Nov. 11, 2019 11:53

No, unfortunately, this is not possible because you plan to cross the border crossing without a visa facility.

If you intend to take a bus to Shenzhen, you should definitely take one crossing Huanggang border crossing. This border crossing has visa facility and you will be able to obtain it there for the price of 168 CNY. You should bring a Chinese cash that you can easily obtain at one of many Hong Kong money changers.
Asked by MWeinB from GERMANY | Nov. 10, 2019 22:30Reply
I want to travel to Shenzhen from HK for a two-days trip.
My passport is relatively new (January 2019) and I read on other websites that this could cause a problem for getting the VOA on the boarder. They could request to see the an expired passport, which I don't have, as this is my first passport. Do you think this could be a problem? What else would be the advisable procedure to get a visa?
Answers (1)
Answered by ZUPAN | Nov. 10, 2019 23:15

In reality, a new passport is not an obstacle to be granted a Shenzhen VOA, but people tend to declare it a problem because the holders of a new passport are usually asked several question regarding the document itself and also for the reason of having a new passport. This has led some of the travelers not to answer truthfully or to deny answering at all. This is the worst mistake and such a behavior brought them to be denied a visa.

Since you are a German citizen and especially if you are somewhat younger person, you can declare that you were not traveling outside EU until the obtaining of a new passport because you were traveling within the EU countries until that time. This is a good reason for not having a passport because you just needed your ID to travel to more than 20 countries. This explanation will be satisfactory and you will be granted a Shenzhen VOA.
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