Specialist Tour

 / ©: Kong Fan Mak
Pied Kingfisher in Mai Po
© Kong Fan Mak

Individual Permit

You have to join as a member of WWF-Hong Kong if you wish to use our facilities within the Reserve, such as birdwatching hides and the Floating Boardwalk.

You will also need a 'Mai Po Marshes Entry Permit' to enter the Reserve which you can apply for by writing to:

The Director, Agriculture, Fisheries & Conservation Department, 5/F - 7/F, Cheung Sha Wan Government Offices, 303 Cheung Sha Wan Road, Kowloon, Hong Kong

or by fax (852) 2377 4413.

For enquiries about the 'Mai Po Marshes Entry Permit', please call 2708 8885 or send it to mailbox@afcd.gov.hk.

You need to hold a Frontier Closed Area (FCA) Permit issued by the Hong Kong Police Force if you wish to gain access to the WWF-Hong Kong floating boardwalk and hides outside the Border Fence. WWF-Hong Kong has since the late 1980s assisted its members to apply for the FCA permit which normally requires about eight weeks processing time. Each permit is valid for a maximum 12 month period and expires on 4th March each year. There will be a fee of HK$100 per person for each permit (HK$130 per person after 31st October 2014). FCA permits can now be applied for online, please click here .

Notification will be given when the permit is ready for collection from the Mai Po Visitor Centre via the email address provided by the applicant. The permit will be handed over upon presentation of your HK identity card, a valid* membership card of WWF-Hong Kong and valid* Mai Po Marshes Entry permit (*non-expired on the day of collection).

For non HK identity card holders, application cannot be done online. For more information, please send an e-mail to maipo@wwf.org.hk.

Directions to Mai Po

Aerial view of the Mai Po Nature Reserve Centre / ©: Martin Harvey
Check out how to get to Mai Po by public transport or by private car here.

Solo Walk for Overseas Naturalists

(For overseas naturalists on a short-term visit to Hong Kong only)

We note that overseas naturalists visiting Hong Kong may have limited period of stay here and may find it tight enough to apply for the required government permits to visit the Nature Reserve. WWF-Hong Kong is able to facilitate the native lovers who are one of the following members by providing them a one-day entry permit:
  • members of other affiliates of WWF;
  • members of recognized birdwatching societies
  • staff of recognized natural reserves
  • university teaching staff in related faculty
  • members of other conservation organization to visit the Reserve
To enable this, applicants are required to complete and return an application form together with copy of documental proof (e.g. membership or staff card) of their membership / occupational status at least 1 week in advance.

Age Limit

Inside Mai Po Nature Reserve

Entry the Frontier Closed Area
(The floating boardwalk session)

4 or above

12 or above


Important note:

  1. Only 5 permits would be issued for solo walk visitors every day, we will not issue permit without advance booking.
  2. Please read through the Code of Entry before visit;
  3. Please bring along with your original copy of documental proof and passport for checking at visitor centre;
  4. The latest time for collecting permit at visitor centre is 3:00pm.
  5. The visiting time is 9:00am to 5:00pm