We'll be in Hong Kong for 10 days and planned to spend 5 of those days in Shenzhen using the 5 day Visa On Arrival (VOA) program for the Shenzhen area.
I have a couple of concerns regarding the VOA which I'm wondering if anyone has experience with.
- This article suggests that travellers with entry stamps to Turkey will probably result in a denial. My wife and I both have a Turkish stamp in our passports.
- The same article also suggests that if your passport is relatively new, eg. under a year old, you may be required to produce your old passport. We had our kids passports renewed and don't currently have access to their old ones. Their new passports will be approximately six months old when we plan to travel to Schenzhen.
I'm trying to make a decision on whether given the above it's worth trying, or if I should shelve the idea and simply spend those 10 days in Hong Kong.
I'm concerned about being denied and the cost of losing a booking for accommodation in Shenzhen, and having to book 5 more days in Hong Kong at the last minute.
Has anyone entered using this VOA who had a Turkish stamp or a newer passport? If so what was your experience?