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6-Day Group Visa Exemption for Guangdong via Hong Kong or Macao

Guangdong Province, as a forefront of China's reform and opening-up, has always been a popular destination for foreign tourists. To further promote tourism and economic development, the Chinese government implemented the 144-hour (6 days) visa-free policy for foreign tourist groups entering Guangdong from Hong Kong and Macau. This policy simplifies visa procedures, reduces travel costs, and provides more options for surrounding tours for foreign tourists in Hong Kong and Macau.

Policy Requirements


Foreign tourists must travel in groups organized by legally registered travel agencies in Hong Kong or Macau.

The tour group must consist of at least 2 people.

Travel within the Greater Bay Area mainland, including 9 cities and the Shantou region.

Holders of ordinary passports

Scope of Activities:

Limited to the following 9 cities (Guangzhou, Foshan, Zhaoqing, Shenzhen, Dongguan, Huizhou, Zhuhai, Zhongshan, Jiangmen) and Shantou.

Entry and exit ports are the designated open ports in these 10 cities.

Maximum Stay Duration: 144 hours (6 days).

Mode of Entry and Exit: Group entry and exit.

Important Notes:

  • Not applicable to individuals holding diplomatic or official passports.
  • For travelers heading to Shantou, entry and exit must be through Shantou, and the activity scope should not exceed Shantou city.

What Do I Need to Do to Benefit from This Visa-Free Policy?

  1. Contact a legally registered travel agency in Hong Kong or Macau.
  2. Discuss your travel plans with the agency and finalize the detailed itinerary.
  3. Prepare a valid ordinary passport.
  4. Arrange your trip through the travel agency, ensuring that your activities fall within the specified cities.
  5. Arrive at the designated entry port to enjoy the visa-free convenience.

Compared with the 144-Hour Transit Visa-Free Policy in Guangdong

Foreign tourists who want to enter Guangdong without a visa have two options: the 144-hour visa-free policy for foreign tourist groups entering Guangdong through Hong Kong and Macau travel agencies, and the 144-hour transit visa-free policy in Guangdong. Although both policies allow visa-free entry to Guangdong, they differ in terms of implementation conditions, applicable scope, and passport requirements.

Feature Group Entry Visa-Free Transit Visa-Free
Applicable People Citizens of all countries

Citizens of 53 eligible countries

Entry Method Group entry and exit Individual or group transit
Scope of Activities Limited to 9 cities in Guangdong, including Guangzhou, Foshan, and Shantou Covers the entire administrative area of Guangdong province
Maximum Stay 144 hours (6 DAYS)
Document Requirements Ordinary Passport Ordinary/official Passport; confirmed connecting tickets to a third country or region 
within 144 hours (including flight, ship, or train tickets)
Entry and Exit Ports Designated ports in 10 cities Available at 32 designated ports with passenger transport functions across Guangdong

When choosing, travelers should consider their travel plans. If you need to transit from Guangzhou to other countries (region), transit visa-free may be more suitable. If you’re in Hong Kong or Macau and want to explore more surrounding areas, group entry visa-free is a better choice.

What to Do and See During Your 6-Day Stay

Guangdong Province offers a blend of historical and cultural cities, beautiful island landscapes, and unique Lingnan culture. During your 6-day stay, you can choose from the following experiences:

1. Danxia Mountain: Known for its unique mountain shapes, tranquil caves, and rich history, Danxia Mountain is a famous scenic area in Shaoguan, Guangdong.

2. Chimelong Tourist Resort in Guangzhou: Explore attractions such as Chimelong Safari Park, Chimelong Paradise, and Chimelong Ocean Kingdom.

3. Canton Tower in Guangzhou: This iconic 454-meter tower provides spectacular city views.

4. Lianzhou Underground River: Discover the underground river and admire its peculiar formations.

5. Kaiping Diaolou and Villages: These unique Diaolou (watchtowers) and villages in Kaiping are a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

6. Xiqiao Mountain in Foshan: Visit ancient temples and enjoy magnificent natural scenery.

7. Qingyuan Drifting Adventure: Experience thrilling natural river drifting in Qingyuan, which hosts international drifting competitions.

8. Yingxi Fenglin Corridor: Located in Yingde, Qingyuan, this is one of Guangdong's longest and most beautiful hiking routes.

9. Seven Star Crags in Zhaoqing: Explore the Danxia landforms featuring red cliffs, unique rocks, clear springs, and cloud shadows.

10. Nanao Island in Shantou: Known as the "Oriental Hawaii," Nanao Island offers beautiful beaches and island views.

Additionally, savor authentic Cantonese cuisine and immerse yourself in Guangdong's traditional culture and warm hospitality.