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    Can USA passport holders go to Shenzhen for a day trip without a visa?

    Would love to head there for a peek, but as myself and husband have US passports, we need visas.
    We're happy to get one but would love to do a quick run there to get some bedding etc. sometime very soon.

    Any idea if that's possible, or how to find out? Are there shopping trips that go in by bus maybe?

    Yeah, I'll look that up, but any advice, know-how etc would be most welcome-

    Thanks!


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    No
    But Visa for SZ only, at border available


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    No.

    And the "Shenzhen visas" at the border are NOT available for US passport holders.

    You need a normal China visa, available here in Hong Kong. Only takes a few days. You could have it by next weekend.

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    Certain nationalities visiting from Hong Kong can obtain a single-entry five-day Special Economic Zone Tourism Visa on arrival for ¥160-1,000. The office is at Lo Wu (Luohu) upstairs after clearing Hong Kong immigration and customs, and currently only accepts RMB as payment, so be sure to obtain sufficient cash in advance. It can be reached at +86 755 8232 7700. The visas are reported to be available for Canadian, New Zealand, and British passport holders. Note that the charge for UK passports is way higher at currently ¥469 for the 5-day Shenzhen visa). US passport holders will not get any visa and may get fined for arriving there without a valid visa! 5 day Visas can be issued on arrival at Huanggang and Shekou ferry port border offices. There is no visa-on-arrival office at Lok Ma Chau (Futian)
    Go to the consulate in Wan Chai and apply for fast tourist visa
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    you can however get 72-hour visa free access to Guangzhou, Beijing, Shanghai, and Chengdu.

    http://usa.chinadaily.com.cn/china/2...t_16820217.htm

    http://www.travelchinaguide.com/emba...a/free-72hour/


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    Quote Originally Posted by chris_yang22:
    you can however get 72-hour visa free access to Guangzhou, Beijing, Shanghai, and Chengdu.
    No, this is transit only to a 3rd country.

    PS: Seems Chinas new visa policy is working is really successful:

    China received about 12.8 million foreign tourists in the first half of this year, 5 percent down on a year ago, according to the exit-entry authority under the Ministry of Public Security.
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    No you cant get it at the border. If you go to the consulate thing at 8am and line up and pay for the 1 day visa processing then you can get it the next morning. This will cost a decent chunk of money. I'm not sure how much it costs for US citizens but I would assume it's over $80-100 USD per person.

    You also can get a 72 hour transit visa if you fly from say, USA - SHENZHEN (or Shanghai or some place like that) with a final destination of say Hong Kong or Macau.

    (I -THINK- Hong Kong, Shenzhen, Macau would be acceptable...)

    If you guys have dual-nationality it would be useful.. Australian / Irish / UK something like that can get the visa at the border.

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    Quote Originally Posted by chris_yang22:
    you can however get 72-hour visa free access to Guangzhou, Beijing, Shanghai, and Chengdu.

    http://usa.chinadaily.com.cn/china/2...t_16820217.htm

    http://www.travelchinaguide.com/emba...a/free-72hour/
    Sorry but that is not exactly correct either!

    Directly from your second link:

    "Restrictions of the 72-hour Visa-free Transit:
    1. This regulation does not apply to passengers who travel on round trip flights (e.g., Hong Kong - Beijing - Hong Kong), which means the destination and place of departure can not be the same. That is to say, only those who make transit through Beijing or Shanghai International Airport to the third country are eligible for this policy."
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    Quote Originally Posted by pillow.bob:
    You also can get a 72 hour transit visa if you fly from say, USA - SHENZHEN (or Shanghai or some place like that) with a final destination of say Hong Kong or Macau.

    (I -THINK- Hong Kong, Shenzhen, Macau would be acceptable...)
    Shenzhen has no 72 hour transit visa policy.

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    Quote Originally Posted by climber07:
    Sorry but that is not exactly correct either!

    Directly from your second link:

    "Restrictions of the 72-hour Visa-free Transit:
    1. This regulation does not apply to passengers who travel on round trip flights (e.g., Hong Kong - Beijing - Hong Kong), which means the destination and place of departure can not be the same. That is to say, only those who make transit through Beijing or Shanghai International Airport to the third country are eligible for this policy."
    Woops. Thanks for pointing that out.

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