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Since October 1st, 2016, Shanghai has had a 15-day visa-free policy for foreign tourist groups entering China by cruise.
If you want to take advantage of the 15-day visa-free policy, you will need to meet these criteria:
During the visa exemption period, qualifying cruise passengers are not only allowed to visit Shanghai, but also other coastal municipalities (Beijing and Tianjin) and provinces (Liaoning, Hebei, Shandong, Jiangsu, Zhejiang, Fujian, Guangdong, Guangxi, and Hainan).
1. Can I use this policy if I travel to Shanghai by cruise but leave by air?
Sorry, you can't use the policy unless you leave on the same cruise. You can consider 72-hour visa-free transit and 144-hour visa-free transit.
2. I don't want to return to the ship to spend the night — can I stay at a downtown hotel?
Yes, but when you check in, your group will need to provide all your passports and a tour member name list stamped by the Immigration Inspection Authority.
3. Can I get off the cruise and take a tour in Shanghai on my own if I don't book a tour in advance?
No, you can't. You must join a tour conducted by a Chinese travel agency.
We at China Highlights provide a leading one-stop tour service. Tell us your interests and requirements, and we will help you handle your visa-free transit and arrange a China tour to suit you.
These itineraries have been produced especially for cruise tour groups:
Not interested in the above options? We can tailor-make your own unique tour.