I just want to record crossing to Shenzhen for Malaysian passport holder via Lo Wu is OK. I was reading on some forum or blog indicate Malaysian crossing were unable to apply Visa on Arrival(VOA).
Sometimes it does happen. Any time China have those big political event, they might restrict some country citizen from entering. Malaysian is probably in their radar because we are an Islamic country.
I have crossed 3 times in the pass 6 months and I was able to get the Visa. The cost is $168 RMB per visa with validity up to 5 days. You have to pay in RMB. I don’t take think they take other form of payment other than cash.
For me, it’s just day trip, I went up just to get away from Hong Kong to take a day of breather. We just hang around Lo Wu and Futian area for food and do nothing. Over in Shenzhen, places like mall are not crowded and the restaurants seating are spacious. There is no pressure for you to leave right after you finish your meal.
After crossing the HK immigration, head to the foreigner lane to Shenzhen and look for the below sign.
Go up the escalator. Turn Left. You go into a glass room. On the left hand side, there is a bench with form.
1) You need to take a selfie photo on their photo Booth.
2) After filling up the form (below is a sample of the form), the form is on their small table.
3) you will see a lot people sitting inside a room. once you entered, on left there is a touch screen machine. Press the screen to get a NUMBER.
4) wait for your number to be call.
5) hand in the application form, photo, passport and your Hong Kong entry paper.
6) wait to be called to pay. in my case it’s RMB $168.00
7) after you pay, you need to wait again for them to put the Visa on your passport.
8) that it.
To complete the process take a minimum of 45 minutes to 2 hours. So..whoever is waiting for you on the Shenzhen side, tell them its gonna be a while.
1) this visa is only valid to hang around Shenzhen only. Guangzhou or Dongguan is NOT Shenzhen. So…don’t take unnecessary risk.
2) they will take your hand print of your 10 fingers and photograph (again) as you cross the immigration counter. if you think that privacy is an issue, then might re-Think on visit Shenzhen.
3) if you are from other country, no need to bombard me with questions. i would not know. Their (China) immigration policy changes constantly. Plus, the immigration counter official might deny your visa based on something you said or the way you behaved.