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Answers to Frequently Asked Questions Concerning
72-hour Transit Visa Exemption


Q1: Travelers from what countries may apply for the 72-hour Transit Visa exemption?

Answer: (1) In Shanghai, Chengdu,Chongqing,Guangzhou,72-hour Transit Visa Exemption Policy is valid for passport holders from the following 45 countries:

a.24 Schengen countries in Europe: Austria, Belgium, Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Greece,
Hungary, Iceland, Italy, Latvia, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Malta, Netherlands, Poland, Portugal, Slovak, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden and Switzerland

b. 7 other European countries: Russia, Great Britain, Ireland, Cyprus, Bulgaria, Romania and Ukraine

c. 6 American countries: The United States, Canada, Brazil, Mexico, Argentina and Chile

d. 2 Oceanian countries: Australia and New Zealand

e. 6 Asian countries: Republic of Korea, Japan, Singapore, Brunei, United Arab Emirates, and Qatar

NOTE: During the visa exemption period, the passengers In Shanghai,Chengdu and Chongqing, are allowed to move around within the administration precincts of the municipalities. In Guangzhou, the passengers are allowed to move around within the administration precincts of Guangdong province.

(2)In Beijing, Xian, Guilin: 72-hour Transit Visa Exemption Policy is valid for passport holders from the following 51 countries:

a.24 Schengen countries in Europe: Austria, Belgium, Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Greece,
Hungary, Iceland, Italy, Latvia, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Malta, Netherlands, Poland, Portugal, Slovak, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden and Switzerland

b.13 other European countries: Russia, Great Britain, Ireland,Cyprus, Bulgaria, Romania, Ukraine, Serbia, Croatia, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Republic of Montenegro, Macedonia and Albania

c.6 American countries: The United States, Canada, Brazil, Mexico, Argentina and Chile

d.2 Oceanian countries: Australia and New Zealand

e.6 Asian countries: Republic of Korea, Japan Singapore, Brunei, United Arab Emirates and Qatar

NOTE: During the visa exemption period, the passengers In Beijing and Guilin, are allowed to move around within the administration precincts of the municipality. In Xian, the passengers are allowed to move around within the administration precincts of Xian and Xianyang municipalities.

Q2: What requirements foreign nationals have to meet to apply for the 72-hour Transit Visa Exemption?

Answer: There are 3 requirements:

1) Citizens from the above countries under the 72-hour Transit Visa Exemption Program

2) Foreign nationals with valid international traveling documents and air ticket for a through air ticket with confirmed date of flight and seat for a third country (region) traveling within 72 hours

3) Transit passengers from the allowed transit Airport for a third country (region).

Q3: How can a foreign national that meets the requirements for the 72-hour Transit Visa Exemption apply for it?

Answer: A foreign national that meets the requirements may submit his/her request to the airline company that carries him/her and the airline company or the passenger him/herself shall make the application to the border control authorities that shall grant a temporary entry of a passenger meeting the requirements for Transit Visa exemption upon verification.

Q4: Can a traveler apply for the 72-hour Transit Visa Exemption when no exit air ticket is bought at the time of entry but he or she plans to purchase the air ticket for a third country leaving within 72 hours after entry?

Answer: According to the requirements, a foreign national applying for the 72-hour Transit Visa Exemption must hold the air ticket for a through air ticket with confirmed date of flight and seat, i.e., the exit air ticket is already in place before entry. Therefore, this facilitation measure does not apply to a foreign national that does not have a confirmed air ticket for a through air ticket leaving within 72 hours.

Q5: Does this measure apply to a foreign national coming to Beijing or Shanghai from a certain country (region) with a confirmed air ticket for flying back to the same country (region) where he or she comes from within 72 hours with confirmed date of flight and seat?

Answer: According to the requirements, the 72-hour Transit Visa Exemption measure is for a foreign national passing through the allowed transit airport for a third country or region. Therefore this measure does not apply to a passenger traveling from New York, USA, and stopping over at Beijing on his/her way to Los Angeles, USA.

Q6: Can a foreign national leave Beijing, Shanghai, Guangzhou or Chengdu for another Chinese city after getting the 72-hour Transit Visa Exemption? What should be done in case a foreign national who has the 72-hour Transit Visa Exemption cannot leave China within 72 hours due to some special reason after entry?

Answer: A foreign national obtaining the 72-hour Transit Visa Exemption at the airports of Beijing, Shanghai or Chengdu may not leave the administrative precincts of Beijing, Shanghai or Chengdu. A foreign national obtaining the 72-hour Transit Visa Exemption at the airport of Guangzhou may leave the city of Guangzhou but not travel beyond the administrative precincts of Guangdong province. In case of need to leave the precinct for some special reasons, the passenger must apply for a visa to the exit-entry administration department of the municipal public security authorities of Beijing, Shanghai or the province of Guangdong, Sichuan as required by the law.

Q7: In case a foreign national has entered China with the 72-hour Transit Visa Exemption issued by the Capital Airport of Beijing, can he or she apply to leave China from the airport in Shanghai, Guangzhou or Chengdu?

Answer: A foreign national with the 72-hour Transit Visa Exemption is not allowed to leave the city where the stopover is permitted. Therefore, a foreign national obtaining the 72-hour Transit Visa Exemption at the Capital Airport of Beijing shall leave China from the same airport in Beijing within the permitted time of stay and may not leave China from the airport in Shanghai, Guangzhou or Chengdu.

Q8: Can a passenger enter China at the Beijing West Train Station and then leave by air within 72 hours?

Answer: It does not apply to passengers who travelling by train, ship or other transportation. For example, the 72-hour Transit Visa Exemption in Beijing is only applicable to a passenger obtaining it at the Beijing Capital Airport.

Q9: Will the 48-hour Transit Visa Exemption by the Shanghai municipality for certain foreign nationals continue to apply?

Answer: The 48-hour Transit Visa Exemption for certain foreign nationals by the Shanghai municipality ceases to apply as from the date of the 72-hour Transit Visa Exemption coming into effect in Shanghai.

Q10: Is the 72-hour limit in the “72-hour Transit Visa Exemption”calculated by starting with the entry time?

Answer: YES. The 72-hour limit is calculated by starting with the entry stamp time and ending with the departure stamp time at the immigration desk at the airport.



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