Why does the Chinese immigration ask for the Hong Kong landing slip when applying for the 5-day visa ("Shenzhen Special Economic Zone Tourism Visa") when entering Shenzhen through one of the ports that deliver such visa, and can one still obtain the the 5-day visa if one doesn't have the Hong Kong landing slip anymore? I am a French citizen if that matters.

Hong Kong landing slip:

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Quoting someone from https://www.tripadvisor.com/ShowTopic-g294217-i1496-k11283718-Landing_Slips_yes_i_know_i_can_t_have_a_stamp-Hong_Kong.html (mirror):

One circumstance under which you may have to obtain a replacement if the landing slip is lost would be if you wish to apply for a China visa whilst in HK.

The Immigration Dept indicates that passports may still be stamped under “exceptional circumstances” but that probably means failure of the computer system.

  • I don't think it would matter much. – xuq01 Dec 29 '18 at 8:27
  • they might ask for the slip because they want to verify how long have you been in HK before applying for such a visa in order to help them with the assessment of your application. that being said - I was never asked for this slip.. and BTW - the quoted remark speaks of whilst in HK and not the SZ VOA – Obmerk Kronen Jul 24 at 6:53

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