After completing visa-free entry procedures in Shanghai, can tour groups travel to other port cities in China with the same cruise ship and leave the country there?
Yes. Enter China from Shanghai might call at and exit the country from other port cities in China. However, foreign tour groups should travel as a whole with their cruise ship. The areas of activity are confined to Beijing Municipality, Tianjin Municipality, Shanghai Municipality and provinces (including Liaoning, Hebei, Shandong, Jiangsu, Zhejiang, Fujian, Guangdong, Guangxi and Hainan).
For those foreign passengers who do not join in a 15-Day Visa-Free Tour Group and do not leave China with the same cruise ship, can they transfer to a third country (region) by other means of transport without China visas?
Yes. For foreign passengers who have booked onward air/vessel/train tickets to a third country (region), once their transit applications have been declared by the cruise company and agency and approved by the immigration inspection authority, there are two options:
First, transit to leave China with other transports within 24 hours upon arrival, he/she can apply for 24-Hour Visa-Free transit to Shanghai Immigration Inspection Station and departs within the stipulated time.
Second, if a passenger is from one of the 51 countries covered in the 144-Hour Visa-Exemption transit policy, he/she can transfer to another country (region) via changing other transports and exit the country within the stipulated time from such entry ports as airports, railway ports, cruise ports in Shanghai as well as Nanjing Lukou International Aiport and Hangzhou Xiaoshan International Airport.
The nationals of the following countries are eligible for the visa exemption program:
Americans (of 6 countries): the United States, Canada, Brazil, Mexico, Argentina, and the Republic of Chile
European citizens (of 37 countries): Austria, Belgium, Denmark, Czech Republic, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Iceland, Italy, Latvia, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Malta, the Netherlands, Poland, Portugal, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, Russia, the United Kingdom, Ireland, Cyprus, Bulgaria, Romania, Ukraine, Serbia, Croatia, Bosnia-Herzegovina, Montenegro, Macedonia, and Albania
Oceanians (of 2 countries): Australia and New Zealand
Asians (of 6 countries): South Korea, Japan, Singapore, Brunei, the United Arab Emirates, and Qatar