How to Get a Chinese Visa in Hong Kong

Best bet is a visa agency, but you'll need lots of documentation

Low-angle view of the entrance to the Forbidden City in Beijing, China
The entrance to the Forbidden City, Beijing, China.

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Citizens of the U.S., U.K., Australia, New Zealand, Ireland, Canada, and the European Union can enter Hong Kong without a visa. All you need is your passport. (When you enter Hong Kong you will get a stamp or sticker saying you can enter without a visa. Save this because you will need it to get a Chinese visa.) If you know well in advance that you want to go to China in combination with your trip to Hong Kong, you can get a visa to enter China at a Chinese embassy in your home country well in advance. But if you are the spontaneous type and decide you want to make a visit to China while you are in Hong Kong or the Chinese embassy in your home country is difficult for you to visit, you can get a visa to enter China in Hong Kong. 

Transit Visas

An easy way to avoid getting a visa to enter China is to do so while in transit to a third country, with China being a stop that lasts just a short time.

You can spend up to 72 hours in China without a visa if you are in transit from one country to another with a stop at a major Chinese airport. You must have documentation of your plane, train, or ship tickets for the continuation of your journey that are for dates within the 72-hour time frame. If you are transiting through the Shanghai-Jiangsu-Zhejiang region or the Beijing-Tianjin-Hebei region, you can stay up to 144 hours without a visa and move around among the three cities in that region during that time. As with the 72-hour free transit visa, you must have transportation tickets that show that you will leave China within the 144-hour time frame.

Where to Get a Visa in Hong Kong

The best and easiest way to get a Chinese visa in Hong Kong is via a visa agency. You'll find many visa agencies in Hong Kong, but the most recommended are the ​China Travel Service (CTS) and Forever Bright. ​​​​​​

Documents You'll Need

To get a Chinese tourist visa in Hong Kong, you'll need several documents. If you don't have all of these documents, you will have great difficulty getting a visa. 

  • A travel itinerary that includes your round trip tickets to and from China
  • Arrival and departure dates and places you plan to visit
  • Photocopies of all of your hotel bookings for the duration of your stay in China
  • A photocopy of first main pages of your passport, which include your photo and information
  • A passport photo
  • A photocopy of the arrival stamp or sticker that you received upon entering Hong Kong
  • A visa application form (this can be found and filled out at the visa agency)

Cost of a Chinese Visa in Hong Kong 

The price of a Chinese visa in Hong Kong is dependent on both your nationality and how soon you need the visa. It usually takes about four working days to get a visa, and if you need it sooner, you'll have to pay extra. Prices change for visas regularly so you should contact the agency you plan to use in advance to be sure of the current cost.

Standard Prices for Chinese Visa in Hong Kong Dollars

These prices are via the China Visa General Agency, as of April 2019:

  • Single Entry Visa: HK$760 ($96.89)
  • Double Entry Visa: HK$970 ($123.66)
  • Multiple Entry (6 months): HK$1,170 ($149.16)
  • Multiple (12 and 36 months): HK$1,530 ($195.06)

Price of Visas for U.S. Citizens

  • Single Entry Visa HK$1,100 ($140.14)

Price of Visas for U.K. Citizens

  • Single Entry Visa HK$940 ($119.77)