Visas are not required for:
1. British passport holders for
stays up to 180 days – or 90 days for citizens of British
Dependent Territories and British Overseas citizens
2. citizens of
Australia, Canada, the EU, Israel, Japan, New Zealand and the
USA for stays up to 90 days
3. holders of many African (including
South African), South American and Middle Eastern passports for
visits of 30 days or less.
Anyone wishing to stay longer than
the visa-free period must apply for a visa before travelling to
If you require a visa, you must apply beforehand at
the nearest Chinese consulate or embassy; see
Visa extensions must be applied
for in person at the Hong Kong Immigration Department seven days
from visa expiry.
If you plan to visit mainland China, you must
have a visa.
You can check all visa requirements at