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Policy regarding visa exemption for 72 hour transit in Beijing and Shanghai airports for certain countries

2013-01-24
 

1.What requirements foreign nationals have to meet to apply for the 72-

hour transit visa exemption at ports of entry in Beijing and Shanghai?

  Answer: There are 3 requirements: 1) Citizens from the 45

countries under the 72-hour Transit Visa Exemption Program; 2) Foreign

nationals with valid international traveling documents and air ticket

for a connecting flight with confirmed date of flight and seat for a

third country (region) traveling within 72 hours; 3) Transit passengers

from the Capital Airport of Beijing or Pudong or Hongqiao Airports of

Shanghai for a third country (region).

2.Travelers from what countries may apply for the 72-hour transit visa

exemption? How are the countries chosen?

  Answer: Travelers from the 45 countries may apply for the 72-hour

transit visa exemption, which are: 1) 24 Schengen countries in Europe:

Austria, Belgium, Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France,

Germany, Greece, Hungary, Iceland, Italy, Latvia, Lithuania,

Luxembourg, Malta, Netherland, Poland, Portugal, Slovak, Slovenia,

Spain, Sweden and Switzerland. 2) 7 other European countries: Russia,

Great Britain, Ireland, Cyprus, Bulgaria, Romania and Ukraine. 6

American countries: The United States, Canada, Brazil, Mexico,

Argentina and Chile. 4) 2 Oceanian countries: Australia and New

Zealand. 5) 6 Asian countries: Republic of Korea, Japan, Singapore,

Brunei, United Arab Emirates, and Qatar. The above 45 countries are

chosen on the basis of the figures of foreign travelers' entry,

stopover and accommodations in Beijing and Shanghai in recent years.

3.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 to

Beijing or Shanghai, which shall make the application to the border

control authorities of the Beijing or Shanghai airports that shall

grant a temporary entry of a passenger meeting the requirements for

transit visa exemption upon verification.

4.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

connecting flight 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 connecting flight leaving within 72

hours.

5.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 Beijing or

Shanghai 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.

6.Can a foreign national leave Beijing or Shanghai 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 with the 72-hour transit visa exemption may

not leave the administrative precincts of Beijing or Shanghai. In case

of need to leave the precinct for some special reason, the passenger

must apply for a visa to the exit-entry administration department of

the municipal public security authorities of Beijing or Shanghai as

required by the law.

A foreign national having the 72-hour transit visa exemption should

leave China within the permitted time. In case of special need to stay

longer than 72 hours, the passenger should apply for the relevant visa

to the exit-entry administration department of the municipal public

security authorities of Beijing or Shanghai before leaving China as

required by the law.

In case a foreign national fails to apply for the required visa, he or

she shall be dealt with in accordance with the law for illegal

residence in China by the exit-entry administration department of the

public security authorities or border control station of the location

where such an act is found. The border control authorities are entitled

to deny his or her application for the 72-hour transit visa exemption

via an airline company the next time because of such a breach.

7.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 an airport in Shanghai?

  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 an airport in Shanghai.

8.Can a passenger enter China at the Beijing West Train Station and then

leave by air within 72 hours?

  Answer: This measure is currently available only at the airports of

Beijing and Shanghai, which means the 72-hour transit visa exemption in

Beijing is only applicable to a passenger obtaining it at the Beijing

Capital Airport.

9.In case I have more questions concerning this measure, how can I ask

for an answer?

  Answer: You may make an inquiry with the border control authorities of

the ports of entry in Beijing or Shanghai or leave a message under the

column of Asking Questions to the Police on the website of the Ministry

of Public Security. Contact phone of the Beijing General Station of

Immigration Inspection: 010-56095400; Contact phone of the Shanghai

General Station of Immigration Inspection: 021-51105100; Website of the

Ministry of Public Security: www.mps.gov.cn.

10.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.

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