Stay Up To 21 Days Visa Free in China


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The past couple of months has seen the 72 hour Visa free transit policy being implemented in other cities throughout China.

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Stay Up To 21 Days Visa Free in China

  1. 1. Stay Up To 21 Days Visa Free in ChinaThe past couple of months has seen the 72 hour Visa free transit policy beingimplemented in other cities throughout China. The recent policy applies to Beijing,Shanghai, Guangzhou and Chengdu, where visitors who are transiting through thecity for another country destination are given the rights to stay in the city for 72hours without a Visa.The new legislation is an attempt to boost tourism in China’s major cities andopen up the country for further tourism expansion in the future. The short stayallows visitors to fit in time for sightseeing and touring the city. HereatChinatouradvisors.comwe have some of the best tailor made tours especiallycatering to those who want to take this opportunity to make the most of theirshort stay.Currently the policy has been implemented in Beijing, Shanghaiand Guangzhou, adate is yet to be given as to when the policy will commence in Chengdu.There arecurrently only 45 countries who are enlisted for this visa free transit, thesecountries 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,
  2. 2. 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 PermitIn 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 fortransit purposes only and cannot be the final destination. They must also putforward their transit permit request with the airlines they are traveling with sothe airline can communicate with customs prior to landing. On arrival the relevantentry forms will have to be completed.There are some details that Chinatouradvisors.comsuggest you know beforeplanning your trip, travelers are often unaware of the strings attached to thispolicy. The first common misunderstanding that travelers make is not knowingwhen the 72 hours starts to tick. The 72 hours begin when the traveler hasobtained the transit permit and should not be mistaken for when they land at theairport. Another main point that needs to be highlighted is that travelers upontheir arrival must register at a police station within 24 hours with their transitpermit.Restrictions of the Visa Free PermitThere are also restrictions for visitors during their 72 hour stay in the selected
  3. 3. cities. Within the 72 hour policy, visitors are not allowed to leave the city andcannot extend their stay beyond the 72 hours. Travelers must travel by air inorder to take advantage of this policy and must be transiting using the followingairports: Beijing Capital Airport, Shanghai Pudong Airport, Shanghai HongqiaoAirport, Guangzhou Baiyun Airport or Chengdu Shangliu Airport. Moreover, ifthere are any unforeseen circumstances whereby visitors are unable to departafter their 72 hour stay is over they will have to apply for a Visa.With numerous Visa free options available Chinatouradvisors.comhave a range oftours that are suitable for your travels. Apart from the 72 hour Visa free transitsthere are also other Visa exemptionschemes for other locations in China such asthe Pearl River Delta Region and Hainan.Below are the details for both:Visa Exemption for Pearl River Delta RegionVisitors travelling in a group, upon arrival in Hong Kong, can get a group Visa or144-hour Convenient Visa to travel toGuangdong Province. This is a separatepiece of paper (not attached to any passport), which requires that groupmembers enter and exit China together.Foreign visitors in Hong Kong can visit Guangdong Province for a maximum of144 hours (6 days) via entry ports inGuangzhou, Shenzhen, Zhuhai, Foshan,Dongguan, Zhongshan, Jiangmen, Zhaoqing, Huizhou and Shantou. There is achoice of ports of entry or exit in Guangdong Province but you must enter andleave the areas together via the above-stated ports of entry.Applications & Conditions: Visitors must join a tour group organized by a registered Hong Kong orMacau Travel Agent and must travel in a group consisting of a minimum 2people 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 withdiplomatic relations with China. You don’t have any intentions on staying in the Pearl River Delta Region formore than 6 days.Visa Exemption for HainanThe provincial government of Hainan issued a preferential policy granting visaexemption to tourists holding private passports from 26 countries to promote
  4. 4. tours in Hainan with duration of 21 days. For the duration of the visit visitors arenot allowed to leave Hainan and must travel to Hainan in a group organized byinternational 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, NewZealand, 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 mentionedand require more information about how the scheme works or any ofChinatouradvisors.comproducts please do not hesitate to get in contact.Contact:Wenson FanChina Tour Advisors12th Floor, Pacific Building,No.4028,Jiabin Road, Shenzhen, China 518001+86 755 25029115sales@chinatouradvisors.com