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Stay Up To 21 Days Visa Free in China

 2013-08-05    kate    News    Beijing    1186  

The past couple of months has seen the 72 hour Visa free transit policy being implemented in other cities throughout China. The recent policy applies to Beijing, Shanghai, Guangzhou and Chengdu, where visitors who are transiting through the city for another country destination are given the rights to stay in the city for 72 hours without a Visa.

The new legislation is an attempt to boost tourism in China’s major cities and open up the country for further tourism expansion in the future. The short stay allows visitors to fit in time for sightseeing and touring the city. Here at we have some of the best tailor made visa free China tours especially catering to those who want to take this opportunity to make the most of their short stay.

Currently the policy has been implemented in Beijing, Shanghai and Guangzhou, a date is yet to be given as to when the policy will commence in Chengdu. There are currently only 45 countries who are enlisted for this visa free transit, these countries are:
Austria, Belgium, Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Iceland, Italy, Latvia, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Malta, Netherlands, Poland, Portugal, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden and Switzerland, Russia, United Kingdom, Ireland, Cyprus, Bulgaria, Romania and Ukraine, United States, Canada, Brazil, Mexico, Argentina, Chile, Australia, New Zealand, Korea, Japan, Singapore, Brunei, The United Arab Emirates and Qatar.

Applying for the Visa Transit Permit

In order to apply for the permit travelers must have the correct travel documents, a valid flight ticket for a third country meaning that their stay in China is only for transit purposes only and cannot be the final destination. They must also put forward their transit permit request with the airlines they are traveling with so the airline can communicate with customs prior to landing. On arrival the relevant entry forms will have to be completed.

There are some details that suggest you know before planning your trip, travelers are often unaware of the strings attached to this policy. The first common misunderstanding that travelers make is not knowing when the 72 hours starts to tick. The 72 hours begin when the traveler has obtained the transit permit and should not be mistaken for when they land at the airport. Another main point that needs to be highlighted is that travelers upon their arrival must register at a police station within 24 hours with their transit permit. 

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Restrictions of the Visa Free Permit

There are also restrictions for visitors during their 72 hour stay in the selected cities. Within the 72 hour policy, visitors are not allowed to leave the city and cannot extend their stay beyond the 72 hours. Travelers must travel by air in order to take advantage of this policy and must be transiting using the following airports: Beijing Capital Airport, Shanghai Pudong Airport, Shanghai Hongqiao Airport, Guangzhou Baiyun Airport or Chengdu Shuangliu Airport. Moreover, if there are any unforeseen circumstances whereby visitors are unable to depart after their 72 hour stay is over they will have to apply for a Visa.

With numerous Visa free options available have a range of tours that are suitable for your travels. Apart from the 72 hour Visa free transits there are also other Visa exemption schemes for other locations in China such as the Pearl River Delta Region and Hainan.

Below are the details for both:

Visa Exemption for Pearl River Delta Region
Visitors travelling in a group, upon arrival in Hong Kong, can get a group Visa or 144-hour Convenient Visa to travel to Guangdong Province. This is a separate piece of paper (not attached to any passport), which requires that group members enter and exit China together.

Foreign visitors in Hong Kong can visit Guangdong Province for a maximum of 144 hours (6 days) via entry ports in Guangzhou, Shenzhen, Zhuhai, Foshan, Dongguan, Zhongshan, Jiangmen, Zhaoqing, Huizhou and Shantou. There is a choice of ports of entry or exit in Guangdong Province but you must enter and leave the areas together via the above-stated ports of entry.

Applications & Conditions:
* Visitors must join a tour group organized by a registered Hong Kong or Macau Travel Agent and must travel in a group consisting of a minimum 2 people and a maximum of 40 people.
* The group you have joined is organized by a registered travel agency.
* You are a citizen holding a passport issued by one of the nations with diplomatic relations with China.
* You don’t have any intentions on staying in the Pearl River Delta Region for more than 6 days.

Visa Exemption for Hainan
The provincial government of Hainan issued a preferential policy granting visa exemption to tourists holding private passports from 26 countries to promote tours in Hainan with duration of 21 days. For the duration of the visit visitors are not allowed to leave Hainan and must travel to Hainan in a group organized by international travel agencies that are registered in Hainan.

Applicable to passport holders of the following countries:
Australia, Austria, Canada, Denmark, France, Finland, Germany, Great Britain, Indonesia, Italy, Japan, Kazakstan, Republic of Korea, Malaysia, Netherlands, New Zealand, Norway, Philippines, Russia, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, Singapore, Thailand, USA and Ukraine.
In the mean time if you have plans to travel to any of the four cities mentioned and require more information about how the scheme works or any of products please do not hesitate to get in contact. 

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