Visas in Shenzhen

Information on Shenzhen Port Visa on Arrival

Visas on arrival can be applied at the following ports:

  • Luohu Port: 9:00am to 22:30pm (office hour)
  • Huanggang Port: 9:00am to 13:00pm, 14:30pm-17:00pm
  • Shekou Port: 8:45am-12:30pm, 14:30pm-17:30pm
  • Fuyong Port: 8:30am -5:30pm

The Port Visa on arrival will be issued by Shenzhen Visa Office of Exit-entry Administration of Guangdong Public Security Department.

Notes to foreigners applying for visa on arrival

  1. Foreigners who hold regular passport should fill the visa application form when applying for “tourist visa to Shenzhen Special Economic Zone”.
  2. Submit the form and passport to visa officer and answer relevant questions.
  3. The tourist visa to Shenzhen Special Economic Zone will valid for five days for one entry starting from the issuing date. The visa will be invalid if the visa holders leave Shenzhen Special Economic Zone within the five days.
  4. Visa fees should be paid according to national principle of reciprocity.
  5. Office hour of Luohu Port: 9:00am to 22:30pm.


According to Rules of Implementation for the Law of the Peoples’ of Republic of China on Control of the Entry and Exit of Aliens, the following foreigners are not allowed to enter:

  • Foreigners who have been deported from China by Chinese Government and are still within the term that they are not allowed to enter into China;
  • Foreigners who are suspected that they would commit terrorist, violence or subversive activities after entering into China;
  • Foreigners who are suspected that they would engage in smuggling, drug trafficking or prostitution after entering into China;
  • Foreigners who have communicable diseases of public health significance such as mental disorder, leprosy, AIDS, venereal disease, tuberculosis etc;
  • Foreigners whose financial support in China could not be guaranteed;
  • Foreigners who are suspected that they would commit other activities that would endanger China’s national security and interests.

Your photo will be taken when you apply for the visa on arrival. So you don’t need to worry about the application materials. What you need is just a valid passport

Division of Exit-entry Administration of Shenzhen Public Security Bureau


20 replies on “Visas in Shenzhen”

Hi – We are all UK passport holders and in Hong Kong for 3 days & wanted to spend 1 day/night visiting Shenzhen before we head back to HK for a weeks holiday in Singapore.

Can we just arrive and apply for 5 day visa to Shenzhen at the port, day before we leave or are we best to apply as we travel from HK to Shenzhen?

Many thanks,


I’m a Bulgarian, holding a Bulgarian passport. I’m flying to Hong Kong at the end of the month.

Can I get a 5-days visa to Shenzhen at Lo Wu border?

Update: May 3, 2013:

Canadian, coming from HK, used to live in SZ, but my old visa just expired and I needed to do some banking there. Arrived at LuoHu at 9:07am and was out by 9:09 queuing up at customs. 168rmb. 5 days. It’s just like a normal Chinese visa and takes a whole page, so I’d recommend getting a multiple entry visa if you’re going to go there more than once or twice in the next year.

Russian’s are not currently eligible for visa on arrival. You will need to apply for a normal Chinese visa.

is it really Indonesian not eligible for VOA at Louhu? My Indonesian friend used to get in in 2008… and I also read in one forum, one Indonesian lady used to get VOA somewhere in 2011. Is that the new rules that Indonesian cant get VOA anymore? please help..tq

I am a American citizen who holds a Crew Visa, can I still able to go to Shenzhen without a visa, or can I get a 5 days visa in ShenZhen border?

I’m not sue, You might be able to get a 1 day transit visa when you land? But if you are going to spend more than a day there you will need to apply for a visa in advance. American’s are unable to obtain a visa on arrival.

You cannot travel anywhere in Asia (and really the world) with less than 6 months in your visa. You will need to get it renewed.

I am a Zambian, thinking to travel to Guangzhou and stay for 10 days 2 nights. Can me and my wife (both are zambians and already been to China before) apply Visa on arrival in SheKou? What kind of document & photo need to submit and how much is the Visa Fee? Look forward to hearing from you soon. Thank you

I indonesia I want to Shenzhen two days now I’m on holiday in Malaysia, and not have my passport visa kah indonesia what I can do visa on arrival from hong kong china? I have already bought tickets and hotel go back there. I was there November 24, 2011? thanks for co.

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