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. Visitors can also refer to the eligible countries of 144-hour visa-free transit policy. Generally, travelers from these countries can get the Shenzhen VOA.

3. For those beyond the above lists, it doesn’t mean that you are not able to get the 5-day visa but it does have a high risk of being rejected. Thus for a smooth trip, it is suggested to obtain a China visa in advance from the local embassy.

4. Tourists who have been granted a Chinese visa previously will benefit your 5-day VOA application but it is not guaranteed.

 Note: The list is subject to changes. Citizens of countries not mentioned can also 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, 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
Luohu Port 9:00 - 16:30 (0755)82324022
Huanggang Port 9:00 - 16:30 (0755)83391060
Shekou Port 9:00 - 13:00 & 14:30 - 16:30 (0755)26691202

 Shenzhen Bao'an International Airport does not issue the visa on arrival.


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?

From December 31, 2023 to December 31, 2024, the Shenzhen 5-Day Travel Visa cost is reduced to CNY 130 for all citizenships, and the other 5-Day visa types with single entry costs CNY 206 for non-reciprocal countries and the following list are prices for reciprocal countries. 

Generally, US passport holders need to pay CNY 971, and Canadian passport holders need to pay CNY 406 while it costs CNY 626 for the UK passport holders. 
 Visa fees shall be paid in RMB Yuan (CNY) in the cashless form, like credit cards, Alipay and WeChat Pay. 
Country Visa Fee (CNY)
Saudi Arabia 413
Uzbekistan 623
Israel 146
Maldives Free
Botswana 699
Burundi 493
Benin 579
Congo (Brazzaville) 440
Congo (Kinshasa) 612
Gabon 419
Cameroon 493
Cote d'Ivoire 605
Liberia 493
Lesotho 646
Madagascar 572
Mauritania 659
Mozambique 619
Namibia 499
Uganda 572
Angola 832
Ghana 519
Bulgaria 413
North Macedonia 452
Roumania 392
Serbia 14
The United Kingdom 626
Belarus Free for those under 16; CNY 206 for others
Albania Free 
Bosnia and Herzegovina Free
New Zealand 552
Federated states of Micronesia Free
United States of America 971
Canada 406
Panama 313
Venezuela 499
Argentina 779
Brazil 739
Chile Free for F, L, M, Q2, S2 visas; CNY 206 for others

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 updated on May. 24, 2024 by Gabby Li -
Questions & Answers on Visa on Arrival
Asked by Desi India from INDIA | Jun. 19, 2024 00:12Reply
Can an Indian passport holder apply for a 5D Shenzhen visa on arrival?
Answers (1)
Answered by Borut | Jun. 19, 2024 05:39

Formally yes, but the outcome is quite doubtful. If I were you I would not take a chance to be rejected/returned from the border crossing, but would apply for a visa obtained in advance.
Asked by Melly ang from INDONESIA | Jun. 17, 2024 10:05Reply
Visa on arrival for indonesian passport holder
Hello, i'm indonesian passport holder.. Is it possible for me to get visa on arrival to go to Shenzhen from hongkong? I'm travelling with my family(4adults, 2kids). Thankyou so much
Answers (1)
Answered by Borut | Jun. 17, 2024 23:23

Indonesian citizens had relatively poor success rate until some time, but it seems that recently the situation is improving significantly. In another words, it is definitely worth trying nowadays. You are advised to reach Lo Wu (Luohu) border crossing before 09:00 when the visa office starts with the operations to minimize the queues that inevitably form at one stage. You should be aware that the price for a Shenzhen visa is 130 CNY regardless of citizenship and the age of the applicant. Visa fees are payed in cashless form, by a card.

After your stay in Shenzhen, you can return back to Hong Kong by taking any border crossing and by taking any mean of transport, high speed train included.
Asked by james | Jun. 15, 2024 07:34Reply
VOA for British Citizen
Is it possible to acquire a visa on arrival for a British citizen travelling to Shenzhen from Hong Kong, and if so how much would it cost in June/July 2024?
Answers (1)
Answered by Borut | Jun. 16, 2024 23:22

Yes, it is definitely possible and the price of Shenzhen 5 days visa on arrival is exactly 130 CNY that you will pay by card. You are advised to use Lo Wu (Luohu) border crossing or to take the first morning ferry from Hong Kong to Shekou port in Shenzhen. Please, just arrive early enough, before 09:00, if you intend to cross the border at Lo Wu (Luohu) border crossing.
Asked by Leon from RUSSIA | Jun. 13, 2024 01:35Reply
Visa for Russian Passport
How much money visa for Russian Passport? Thanks in advance.
Answers (1)
Answered by Borut | Jun. 13, 2024 04:18

It is 130 CNY, paid in cashless form (by card). You have to arrive at one of designated border crossings and apply in person. Shenzhen visa is limited to Shenzhen city limits only. After your stay in Shenzhen you can return back to Hong Kong by taking any border crossing and by taking any mean of transport, high speed train included.
Asked by intan from INDONESIA | Jun. 12, 2024 23:11Reply
do i have to have a china visa to transit in shenzhen china?
Can I get a visa on arrival.
I am an Indonesian passport holder. I have a flight schedule from Dubai to Indonesia with a 5 hour transit in Shenzhen China
Answers (1)
Answered by Borut | Jun. 13, 2024 02:17

Intan, you will be covered by 24 hour visa free transit and you do not need any kind of visa. In reality, everything will be quite simple because you will not be a subject of immigration and customs inspection in Shenzhen, but you will just walk from your arrival gate to the gate from where your flight to Indonesia will depart. You do not need to announce anything to anybody and you do not need to fill out any forms. You will just walk around a bit at the airport and basically that's it. Have a nice and relaxed journey.
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