I went to Japan during the National Day holiday. Since it was my first time to go there, I looked for various guides on the Internet, but there were few descriptions about transiting from Shenzhen to Hong Kong. I was not sure what documents I needed to bring and what the whole process would be like. So I went through the process myself, recorded it, and shared it with those who needed it. I made all my plans as far in advance as possible to avoid any accidents and have room for recovery.
Regarding going from Shenzhen to Hong Kong Airport, there are two options: bus and cruise. Because my flight was at 9 a.m., and the flight required check-in 2 hours in advance, it meant arriving at Hong Kong Airport before 7 a.m., which was obviously impossible. However, if you take a boat to the Hong Kong Airport from the Shekou Pier, it is considered a combined transport. You can check in directly at the Shekou Pier. However, not all airlines support check-in. You can find out which airlines support it through the Hong Kong Airport website. intermodal transport. In addition to Shenzhen, Dongguan Humen, Guangzhou Nansha, Guangzhou Pazhou, Shenzhen Fuyong (Shenzhen Airport Terminal), Zhongshan, and Zhuhai Jiuzhou all support this intermodal transport. In addition, different airlines have different requirements for early check-in time, and some require 3 hours in advance.
Buy ferry tickets
Because my flight takes off at 9:20, I can only buy tickets for the first boat to Hong Kong Airport at Shekou Pier (departures at 7:15). I usually buy ferry tickets through the “Tongcheng Travel” app, but when I purchased this time, Tongcheng reminded me that I need to buy an earlier ferry. I guess Tongcheng set the check-in time to 3 hours. Bar.
I finally made the purchase successfully on the WeChat official account of “China Merchants Shekou Home Port”. When purchasing, you need to fill in the flight number. After filling in the flight number, it will be based on the flight departure time. Boat flights that exceed the check-in time will become unavailable, so you can All purchases are valid for check-in. Here I successfully bought the first boat to Hong Kong Airport.
When buying a ferry ticket, you need to fill in the document information, usually a passport, a Hong Kong and Macau pass, and an ID card. This is mainly used when picking up the ticket. Because you will not actually enter Hong Kong when passing through Hong Kong to Japan, you do not need a Hong Kong and Macau pass. It is recommended here. Use your passport to purchase. When picking up tickets, you can actually pick them up through the QR code. If you have any questions, you can also pick them up with your passport.
The first ferry from Shekou Pier to Hong Kong Airport is at 7:15 (there may be changes in the future, please check the WeChat official account of “China Merchants Shekou Home Port” for verification). Check-in also starts at 6 o’clock, and will not be processed half an hour before departure. Boarding. I arrived at Shekou Pier at about 5:50. After arriving at the terminal, I went directly to the second floor and saw the check-in counter. If I continued walking forward, I would find a ticket to pick up the ferry ticket. After picking up the ferry ticket, I could queue up to check in. , there are already many people queuing up at this time. When checking in you will need:
- Visa information
- round trip air ticket
- boat ticket
I printed my visa information and round-trip air tickets in advance and handed them directly to the application counter. They will be returned after the application is completed. After completing the check-in, it’s time to wait to board the ship. The first ship’s boarding time is 6:50 (so check-in will stop at 6:45), so it doesn’t have to be very early. I finished check-in at almost 6:05 , we have to wait until 6:50 to board the ship.
When boarding the ship, you must first go through the exit formalities. You can go through the self-service gates just like you usually go to Hong Kong. The difference is that you need to use your passport to go through the immigration procedures. You can go directly to the gate with the passport plan without opening it. Before crossing the border, someone from the customs may come to check your passport and visa information. Just show him the same information as when you checked in (an electronic version is also acceptable).
After leaving the country, you will wait in the waiting room to board the ship.
By the way, after checking in, you will get a tax refund coupon from Hong Kong Airport, which is valid on the same day and can be used if you shop at Hong Kong Airport.
Boarding in Hong Kong
It takes almost 30 minutes from Shekou Pier to Hong Kong Airport, which means arriving in Hong Kong at 7:45. The first thing you do after disembarking is to go through airport security. The computer needs to be taken out of the bag, but the power bank does not, so it is relatively simple. After passing the security check, just follow the signs. First, you need to take the airport train to the corresponding boarding gate. There is a train on the left and right. The boarding gate for each train is different. You need to find the boarding gate that matches yours. Consistent train.
After getting off the bus, just follow the signs to the corresponding boarding gate. Here is a small episode. My boarding gate needed to pass through a corridor of more than 10 meters. I had already taken a long photo in the corridor. There were people in the queue, so I subconsciously followed the queue. But I actually didn’t know what this queue was for, so I went to the front of the queue and took a look. In fact, it was just one of the queues at the boarding gate. Because there were too many people, the queue was already outside. So if you encounter someone queuing up, don’t follow them blindly. Go to the front of the line to check the situation and see if it’s your boarding gate.
I landed at Narita Airport in Tokyo this time. After landing, there were two procedures to go through. The first was to enter Japan, and the second was to file tax returns.
After landing, follow the instructions and you will see a place where many people are queuing up and there are also many people filling in something next to them. There are two ways to register for entry here. One is to fill in the paper version. The paper version is also in simplified Chinese. Just look for it, but it must be written in English. The main thing is to fill in your name, address and phone number in Japan. , just write the hotel’s address and phone number.
It is recommended to declare entry directly online, register an account in advance at https://www.vjw.digital.go.jp and fill in your information. Just register there when entering the country. After registration, there will be a QR code for entry. The second procedure will be needed.
There are two steps to enter Japan. The first step is to enter your passport information and fingerprints. See what other people do and just follow them. There will also be some staff who know how to speak Chinese. If you don’t understand, just see who can speak Chinese and ask them. After entering the fingerprint, you need to queue for manual review. At this time, you need to use the QR code or the filled-in paper entry boarding.
After passing the immigration registration, you have to pick up your checked baggage. If you don’t have checked baggage, you can directly declare the tax and leave the airport. You can also apply for tax declaration online. There will be a QR code at the window. You can apply after scanning it, or you can fill in the paper version. Only one person in the same group can fill it out. Fill out the queue and show it to the staff for review, and then you can leave the airport.
All the procedures at the airport have been completed here, and the next step is to take the subway to downtown Tokyo. If you don’t have a Japanese mobile phone card yet, you can also buy it directly at the vending machine here. I forgot to check the price.
There are two main types of subway to the city. One is the ordinary subway, which requires one transfer to get to the city. It takes more than an hour. You can check it directly on Google Maps; the other is the Airport Express. (Express), there is no need to transfer, the speed is faster, almost 45 minutes, but the price is also more expensive. I took the Airport Express to the city. I swiped my Pasmo card when entering the station and had to buy tickets after entering. The total price of Pasmo+ tickets purchased after entering was about 3,000 yen.
Tips for preparing ahead of time:
- Understand the early check-in time requirements of different airlines.
- Find out if check-in procedures for your airline are available at the terminal.
- Buy ferry tickets.
- The most critical documents are passports, visas, air tickets and ferry tickets.
- Enter entry information in advance at https://www.vjw.digital.go.jp .
- You don’t necessarily need to buy a mobile phone card in advance, you can also buy it at Japanese airports.
- You can save a lot of money by opening the Posma metro card on your iPhone in advance, preferably in conjunction with the pass.
- In addition, both Google Map and Apple Map may have problems in Japan. Sometimes the routes given do not actually have the best route. You can try both.
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