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How to get a China visa in Hong Kong

How to get a China tourist visa in Hong Kong

If you want to visit China but didn’t get a visa in your home country, there’s a way to gain entry to China whilst on the road.

You can go to Hong Kong, where you can gain entry without a visa in most cases, which allows you to stay in Hong Kong from 7 to 90 days, depending on your home county. In that time, you can secure a visa to China.

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Unfortunately, getting a Chinese visa in Hong Kong doesn’t apply to people from the following countries: Afghanistan, Algeria, Bangladesh, Congo, Egypt, Gambia, Ghana, Guinea, India, Indonesia, Iran, Iraq, Kazakhstan, Kyrgizstan, Libya, Mali, Mauritania, Morocco, Malaysia, Nepal, Nigeria, Pakistan, Philippines, South Africa, Sri Lanka, Sudan, Saudi Arab, Sierra Leone, Syria, Tajikistan, Tunisia, Turkey and Uzbekistan. 

We were living in Australia when we were planning our last backpacking trip in Asia. We applied for our tourist visas for India while we were in Adelaide, but we didn’t have time to send our passports away twice for our Chinese visa. (Plus our India visas took a long time to get processed, making for a stressful lead up to our departure date!)

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Luckily, we discovered it’s possible to get a Chinese tourist visa in Hong Kong.

The Chinese visa takes about four working days to process in Hong Kong, but you can pay extra and get it in two days. This was our plan. 

This worked out really well for us, as it was an excuse to see Hong Kong, and meant we could leave Australia for Asia as planned.

 

How to get a tourist visa for China in Hong Kong

Where to get your Chinese tourist visa in Hong Kong

Option 1 : Airport

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It is possible to obtain a visa from the airport in Hong Kong.

You go to Counter A04 in the arrivals area in Terminal 1.

It is meant to be possible to secure a Chinese tourist visa at the airport in one working day, so long as you apply before 8.30 am, but it is on a first come first serve basis. Otherwise, it can take 2-4 working days, so I would advise you plan for that.

When we landed in Hong Kong, we were really tired and didn’t see any sign of the office, so we decided to get it in one of the visa offices in the city.

Option 2: Go to tourist office or visa service in the city

Chungking Mansions Hong Kong

We chose to stay in Kowloon, at the Chungking Mansions.

There was a visa service located really near to our place. You come out of the Mansions and you’re on Nathan Road. Across the road there is an iSquare shopping centre to the right. On the left hand side of that road you will find Shoestring Travel located close to the corner of Nathan Road and Peking Road.

Shoestring Travel Ltd. 

4/F Alpha House, 

27 Nathan Road, 

Tsim Sha Tsui

Kowloon 

Hong Kong

 

 

What do you need to get your Chinese visa in Hong Kong?

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In order to get a tourist visa in Hong Kong, you will need your passport, a passport photo, details of where you’re staying in China, and proof of onward travel from China.

Your passport must be valid for the next six months. You must also bring your ticket stub/ landing strip that you get when you arrive in Hong Kong.

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We went to the office the afternoon we arrived in Hong Kong from Indonesia. We had passport photos with us (it’s always good to carry a few passport photos with you when you’re backpacking through countries, as it makes visas so much easier.) and the cash to pay upfront.

How long does it take to get a visa for China in Hong Kong?

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The lady took our passports and our money and told us the passports would be ready three days from now.

We left our passports on April 21 and collected in the afternoon on April 24.

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We planned to leave Hong Kong by train, so we picked up our visa on the day of our departure. We were able to get our visas and get to the train station in time for our 4.30pm train to Guangzhou, China.

 

How much does a China visa cost in Hong Kong

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Source

A 30 day single entry tourism visa costs $200 HKD ($26 USD / €23 )

You will then need to pay for the rush service, which costs an extra $200-300 HKD.

Ours came to $650 HKD each in total. That’s about $84 USD or €75.

 

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    Susan cooper
    October 4, 2016 at 1:11 am

    A visit to China isn’t high in my bucket list of things to do anytime soon. But this is good info for those wanting to go, but didn’t plan ahead.

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    Heather Cole
    October 8, 2016 at 9:39 pm

    Visas are always a tricky issue, especially if not planned ahead. Some good tips here for those who find themselves in similar situations!

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    miranda
    October 9, 2016 at 7:12 am

    This is a super helpful guide! Thanks, especially for the information on how much the visa costs and how long they last for.

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    Lisa
    October 9, 2016 at 10:18 pm

    Great post and tips, especially for those desiring to visit there and have their own adventure. Looks like a unique place for anyone to check out.

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    Daisy J. Crawford
    October 9, 2016 at 11:14 pm

    Ahh I remember asking you about how hard it is to get one on your Instagram. That’s amazing they have little visa stores in HK to get a Chinese visa. That’s so much more convenient than having to find an embassy! Glad you got everything sorted out!

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    Evan Kristine
    October 10, 2016 at 7:16 pm

    This is a well-written visa guide! I’m not planning to visit China anytime soon, but it is handy to know these information’s! Thanks!

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    elisa
    October 10, 2016 at 9:14 pm

    Good post with useful information. Unfortunately for some countries we cannot be as spontaneous as we would like to and some planning is needed! Thanks

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    Nic
    October 10, 2016 at 9:45 pm

    These are great tips, we just got our Chinese visa but luckily we did it before we travel!

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    Yenor
    October 10, 2016 at 9:45 pm

    Oh wow, did not know about any of this! Very useful info for people wanting to visit china if wanting to visit China at the last minute! Thanks for sharing!

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    Nancy
    October 11, 2016 at 12:41 am

    I love good info like this, visa’s can get to be very tricky sometimes. It’s nice to know you can pick one up right there at the airport. Especially if you are already traveling and make a split decision to head over there and don’t have enough time to go through the mail. Good post!
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    Sharmilabanu
    December 31, 2016 at 11:22 am

    Hey thanks for sharing the above tips. It’s really very helpful.

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