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Shanghai, Jiangsu, Zhejiang and Guangdong have had a 144-hour visa-free transit policy for passengers from 51 countries or regions since 2016. During the visa exemption period, eligible passengers are allowed to move around within the above cities or provinces.
Which Countries Are Covered in the Policy?
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
Passengers from the above-mentioned countries can enter China via any of the following ports of entry:
If you want to enjoy the 144-hour visa-free transit policy, you need to meet relevant qualifying criteria, as detailed below:
You need to provide the documents listed below to apply for the 144-hour visa-free transit:
The 144 hours start counting down from 00:00 following the day of entry. For example, you enter Shanghai at 6am on June 1st, 2016; your stay period starts counting down from 00:00 on June 2nd and you can stay until 23:59 on June 7th. So you actually can have more time than 144 hours if you can find suitable transport.
If you are unable to depart on time due to unavoidable reasons, such as flight cancellation, you need to apply for a visa from the Municipal Public Security Bureau.
1) Inform your carrier of your intent to use a 144-hour visa-free transit at the check-in.
2) Fill in the arrival and departure card form.
3) After disembarking, follow the signposts within the inspection areas to locate the dedicated lanes for 144-hour visa-exemption transit passengers.
4) Show your tickets, passport, and China arrival card at the inspection area. Tell the immigration officer that you wish to transit without a visa.
5) After clearing immigration, claim your luggage and go through customs as normal.
6) Leave from a designated port before midnight on the sixth full day. There is nothing different from leaving China normally. Hand over your completed departure card at the security inspection.
Since October 1st, 2016, Shanghai has been implementing a 15-day visa-free policy for foreign tourist groups entering China by cruise.
Eligible passengers can be exempted from the requirement of Chinese visas and entitled to not more than 15 days' (calculated from 00:00 following the day of entry) stay in China.
During the visa exemption period, passengers travelling with the ship are not only allowed to visit Shanghai, but also to travel to other Chinese coastal cities (including Beijing and Tianjin) and provinces (including Liaoning, Hebei, Shandong, Jiangsu, Zhejiang, Fujian, Guangdong, Guangxi and Hainan).
If you want to take advantage of the 15-day visa-free policy, you need to meet the relevant qualifying criteria, as detailed below:
A 144-hour visa-free tour to Shanghai, Jiangsu, Zhejiang and Guangdong has become a reality. We can help you to customize a tour to make the best of your time. Just let us know your interests and requirements.
Here are our most popular Shanghai and Hangzhou tours, for inspiration:
Guilin now offers 6-day (144-hour) visa-free transit to ten ASEAN countries. Passports holders from Malaysia, Thailand, Indonesia, Vietnam, Cambodia, Laos, Myanmar (Burma), Singapore, Brunei, and the Philippines can enjoy the new visa-free transit policy.
Read more about Guilin visa-free policy.
All visitors to Hong Kong and/or Macao are able to visit the surrounding Pearl River Delta visa-free as long as they go with a registered tour group and meet certain conditions. The stays can last 6 days or 144 hours for most countries.
Read more about this policy.