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 (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?
In most cases, people can get the visa within ten minutes.
How Much Does a Shenzhen Visa Cost?
What Can You Do During the 5 Days?
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.
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.
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
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!
Thanks for any advice on this.
Can I get this VOA visa?
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.
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.