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How to get a visa for China in Hong Kong

When traveling to China, a visa is always required. The easiest option is to apply for a visa in your home country before you leave. But there is an alternative available: you can get your China visa in Hong Kong. This is very handy when you make the decision to visit China while already traveling abroad.

Getting a visa for China is actually very easy in Hong Kong. There are two ways to get your visa: apply yourself at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs or have a visa service agent do if for you.

Option 1 : Do it yourself

Go to the “Office of the Commissioner of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs in the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region.” This is the cheapest option, but expect to wait in line for a while. You’ll have to fill in two forms (A and B) and bring a colored passport photo.

Address

7th Floor, Lower Block, China Resources Building
No.26, Harbour Road, Wanchai, Hong Kong SAR

Easiest way to get there is to take the MTR to Wanchai station or take a cab. All cab drivers know this place so if you say “26 Harbour Road China Visa” they will understand.

China Resources Building

Office Hours

Monday to Friday (except Hong Kong public holidays,)

9:00-12:00
14:00-17:00

Prices

Three Day Service

Single Entry Visa HK$150 (USD19)
Double Entry Visa HK$220 (USD28)

Extra Charges

Two Day Service HK$150 (USD19)
24hr Service HK$250 (USD32)

See their website for more info.

Option 2 : Use a visa service agent

You can also apply at one of the many visa agents. Advantages are less waiting in line and you don’t have to fill in the forms yourself. Drop off your passport and pick it up when it’s done. Of course, it’s more expensive.

The one that I found very reliable and fast is Sunrise International Travel.

Address

Room 4008, 40th Floor, China Resources Building
No. 26 Harbour Road, Wanchai, H.K.
TEL:(852) 2890 9698
FAX:(852) 2895 3892

You need to enter the white building along the main road, just around the corner from the entrance to the Ministry of Foreign Affairs. Go up the escalator and take the elevator to the 40th floor. Turn right twice to find the office on your left.

Office Hours

8:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m. (Monday-Friday)
10:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. (Saturday)

Prices

Single Entry Visa HK$350 (USD45)
Double Entry Visa HK$450 (USD58)

Extra Charges

24 h Service: HKD$300
Same day Service: HKD$900

The only thing you need to bring is a passport. Passport photo can be taken on the spot for a small fee.

Final notes

Country exceptions

China uses a “tit for tat” policy for pricing visas. This means they charge the same as what the applicant’s country charges for a Chinese national. Expect to pay more than the standard rate if you are from one of the following countries:

1. U.S.A. 2. Brazil 3. United Kingdom 4. Belarus 5. Panama 6. Ukraine 7. Uzbekistan 8. Kazakhstan 9. Armenia 10. Iran 11. Ecuador 12. Angola 13. Ethiopia14. Congo 15. Gabon 16. Cameroon 17.Cote D’Ivoire 18.Macedonia 19.Bolivia 20.Venezuela 21.Chile

Changes in policy

China changes their visa policy quite frequently! Although I will try to keep the information updated, the best way to make sure the information is correct is to call the respective offices.

Special Economic Zones

Some parts of China (the so called Special Economic Zones) can be visited by visa on arrival. This is true for Shenzhen, Guangzhou, Hainan and Shanghai. Conditions apply and policies can change so make sure to check before you arrive. See for more information the China Travel Guide

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7 thoughts on “How to get a visa for China in Hong Kong


By dda on 17 April 2014

Although your article is quite complete, there are a few things I’d like to comment on.

“When traveling to China, a visa is always required.”
That is not quite accurate. There are quite a few exemptions.

A/ Citizens of Hong Kong & Macao
They can ask for a “Return to the Homeland” card that enables them to go in and out of China.
B/ Citizens of Japan, Singapore and Brunei (of all places)
They don’t need a visa for stays up to 7 days.
C/ Citizens of 51 countries (see http://www.travelchinaguide.com/embassy/visa/free-72hour/faq.htm)
3-day transit visa on arrival if they have a plane ticket going to a third city (ie not a return ticket HKBeijing, for instance).



By dda on 25 May 2014

To add to this, I have just renewed my Chinese visa — 1 year this time — through Travel Expert (there’s a bunch of shops around HK. I use the one in Central MTR station).

I heard that with the new law it was tougher to get a visa on your own, and you need a bunch of papers. Apparently Travel Expert makes it easy by producing any required paper (insurance, hotel/airplane reservations) for you. They just make “fake” reservations (real reservations that they then cancel after printing I suppose). The cost for one year was kind of prohibitive, 2,100 HKD, but I think well worth the trouble.


By Jasper Ribbers on 29 May 2014

Haha love the creativity that they use to get around those rules :). Thanks for sharing.


By Robin on 9 August 2014

My boyfriend and I planned to go to China for 4 weeks next month. we want to Apply for a VISA for China in HK first. ( we are in indonesia now). Does it still work like written here? I read different things about it on the internet…
Thanks! Robin


By Jasper Ribbers on 9 August 2014

Hey Robin, as far as I know this option is still good. To be sure, I recommend calling one of the visa agencies and ask them though.


By dda on 10 August 2014

The restrictions are more about what you can get (single entry, maybe double), and about where you come from — different rules and costs for different prices.

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