I was reading this helpful guide on transits and read the following in regards to the Pearl River Delta visit from Hong Kong.

Applicants must hold a single citizenship passport; dual citizenship passport holders are not allowed.

Can anybody confirm this? I've only seen this here. Don't have access to Timatic.

Source: https://www.chinahighlights.com/travelguide/visa-application/china-visa-exemption.htm#tour

PS — In my case the passports are from Spain and the Dominican Republic.

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"Dual citizen" in this case means someone who also holds Chinese nationality, as they must hold a mainland passport, Mainland travel permit (for Hong Kongers, Macanese and Taiwanese) or Taiwanese national ID card.

That said, if caught as a dual national, your Chinese nationality is gone, except for those with hukou in Hong Kong (not sure about Macau and Taiwan). Even there, however, you're obliged to use a Chinese document

If you're not a Chinese citizen, this doesn't apply to you.

So if you have a Spanish and a Dominican passport, you can use your Spanish one to enter visa-free for a 72-hour transit (by air) or to get a 3 or 5-day visa on arrival (by land)

  • Super interesting. Question, so a Chinese citizen who is also American, EU can travel to Hong Kong but not Guandong / Guangzhou unless they have these documents per your observation? Would love to see the source for that.
    – ovatsug25
    Commented Oct 2, 2017 at 6:21
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    The source is that the mainland doesn't even allow dual citizenship - meaning you legally lose Chinese citizenship the Moment you take on another citizenship. HK, being autonomous with some laws of its own, does allow dual citizenship.
    – Crazydre
    Commented Oct 2, 2017 at 6:27
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    Actually Hong Kong doesn't recognize it -- if you register your foreign citizenship at Wanchai Immigration you'll lose your Chinese citizenship. But on the other hand, HK doesn't take a proactive stance on dual citizenships like Mainland China does, Commented Oct 2, 2017 at 6:39
  • @TheGrouchHK I meant "allow" as in "doesn't Strip a dual citizen of their Chinese citizenship"
    – Crazydre
    Commented Oct 2, 2017 at 6:47
  • Why would they single out dual citizens from China in this communication? Very confusing even though I see what you're saying.
    – ovatsug25
    Commented Oct 2, 2017 at 6:51

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