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China 72 Hour Visa Free Policy

The new 72-hour visa free stay policy which will be effected since Jan 1st 2013 allow people who need to transit in China a more convenient way to have a short exploration of specified cities. This policy amis to stimulate the tourism of China and also would like to build a more strong bridge between China and the rest of the world.

Present 72-hour Visa-free Policy Cities

Implement Time
2013 Jan
Beijing Capital Airport
2013 Jan
Shanghai Hongqiao airport
Shanghai Pudong Airport
2013 Aug
Guangzhou Baiyun Airport
2013 Sept
Chengdu Shuangliu Airport
Chongqing Visa Free
2013 Nov
Chongqing Jiangbei Airport
Dalian Visa Free
2014 Jan
Dalian Zhoushuizi Airport
Shenyang Visa Free
2014 Jan
Shenyang Taoxian Airport
Xian Visa Free 2014 June Xi'an Xianyang International Airport
Guilin Visa Free 2014 June Guilin Liang Jiang International Airport
Kunming Visa Free 2014 Oct Kunming Changshui International Airport
Hangzhou Visa Free 2014 Oct Hangzhou Xiaoshan International Airport
Xiamen Visa Free 2015 April Xiamen Gaoqi International Airport
Wuhan Visa Free 2015 May Wuhan Tianhe International Airport
Tianjin Visa Free 2015 June Tianjin Binhai International Airport
Harbin Visa Free 2015 Aug Harbin Taiping International Airport

Visa Free Policy FAQs:

1. Who can apply for a 72-hour visa-free stay in?

Transit travellers who 
► Hold a visa to the third country (third country is not China)
► A connecting air ticket of leaving above authorized airports to the thrid country (thrid country is not China) within 72 hours

2. Things must knows:

► You must have the confirmed airport leaving ticket before arrival, or you will be rejected to apply the visa-free right
► The 72-hours visa free time is valid since you finish the visa-free procedure but not the arriving time of your plane to above cities
► One visa-free permit only valid in one city, that means Beijing visa-free permit could ensure a visa-free policy in Beijing only, no applied in rest places in China

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3. Where can I get the transit stay permits?

You need to register at the police station with your visas within 24 hours of your arrival at the authorized airports, the only entry-exit applicable for the policy. And the 72 hours will be calculated starting from the moment you get the transit stay permit.

4. How to apply this stay permit?

When you are citizens in one of the above mentioned countries, you could ask for help from the staff of your international airline which transit in Beijing or Shanghai. The staff will help handle this application by reporting to related airport immigration control departments in Beijing or Shanghai. After checking about your situation, they will inform you whether you apply successful or not timely.

5. The cities you can stay during this 72 hours

Only authorized cities are legal for you to walk around during this 72 hours, or you will be regarded as illegal immigration if you beyond the cities.

Another thing should be attention is you only can stay only one of the authorized cities. That means if your international flight arrival Beijing, you should hold Beijing leaving ticket. If arrival Shanghai, Shanghai leaving ticket only.
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6. Could I hold round air ticket to apply this permit?

No, round air ticket is rejected to apply this permit. Only ticket to the third country can apply this permit.

See following:
(×) Air ticket: from New York (US) - transit in Beijing - to L.A. (US), no 72 visa free permit for you.
(√) Air ticket: from New York (US) - transit in Beijing - to Tokyo (Japan), 72 visa free policy for you.

7. Could I take train to Beijing or Shanghai and then leaving by flight?

No, this policy is only effect in authorized airports only.

8. Countries can enjoy this policy in authorized cities in China

At present, 45 countries citizens can enjoy this transit visa-free stay right including
Continent Coutires
EU (24 countries)
Austria, Belgium, the Czech republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Iceland, Italy, Latvia, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Malta, Netherlands, Poland, Portugal, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland
Europe (7 countries)
Russia, Britain, Ireland, drought-stricken Cyprus, Bulgaria, Romania, Ukraine
America (6 countries)
the United States, Canada, Brazil, Mexico, Argentina, Chile
Oceania (2 countries)
Australia, New Zealand
Asia (6 countries)
South Korea, Japan*, Singapore*, Brunei*, the united Arab emirates, Qatar
*Note: In above countries, Japan, Singapore and Brunei enjoy China 15 Days visa free policy in China exit and entry related regulation. So these three countries no need to apply 72 visa free procedure.

Aiming to meet this new policy, Top China Travel prepare some flexible 2 or 3 days city tours in above cities, more visa-free tours can be see in China Visa Free Tours.