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Certain foreigners may apply for landing visas after arriving at certain China entry ports. Citizens of the U.S. and France are not allowed to apply for port visas.
A landing visa is available at ports in Shenzhen, Zhuhai and Hainan, however, it is not guaranteed that a landing visa will be issued to every tourist. It is advisable to get a visa before departure.
The number of days allowed in the city varies between entry ports; as do the costs and conditions. Zhuhai allows three days in the city but Shenzhen and Hainan are more flexible with a stay of up to three months combining other cities.
Tourists from America and France are not granted a landing visa. The visa fee will be only charged in CNY, cash on the spot. British tourists are expected to pay almost double for the visas.
Foreigners, both individually and as groups, who hold visas issued by port visa administrations, are allowed to enter China from all the open ports of China.
China ports of entry offering port visas include Beijing, Chengdu, Chongqing, Dalian, Fuzhou, Guangzhou, Guilin, Haikou, Hangzhou, Heihe, Jinan, Kunming, Machuria, Nanjing, Qingdao, Sanya, Shanghai, Shenyang, Shenzhen, Suifenhe, Tianjin, Wuhan, Xiamen, Xi’an, Weihai, Yantai, and Zhuhai.
The Port Visa Administration shall issue port visas with an entry period of no more than 5 days for individuals and 15 days for groups, and a stay period of no more than 30 days.
Individuals holding port visas should enter China through a specific port, while tour groups may enter China through all open ports.
Under particular circumstances, foreigners should stay in the designated port area and leave from a designated port, as per requirements of the port visa administration.
The port visa administrations in Shenzhen, Zhuhai, and Xiamen can issue Special Zone Travel Visas of 3 to 5 days validity. Foreigners holding Special Zone Travel Visas are not allowed to go beyond the administrative area of the entry port.
Shenzhen Entry-Exit Visa Administration under the Guangdong Public Security Department is in charge of issuing port (landing) visas. Port (landing) visas are issued at Luohu Port, Huanggang Port, Shekou Port, and Yongfu Port of Shenzhen, open at the following times.
The Shenzhen Special Economic Zone Travel Visa is valid just for one entry, and a stay in Shenzhen of 5 days (calculating from the issuing date). Holders are not allowed to leave Shenzhen for anywhere else in China.