In order to take advantage of the visa-waiver scheme, passengers must advise their airline that they wish to do so, and the airline will arrange this with Immigration in Beijing or Shanghai in advance so that on arrival their paperwork is in order.
Previously passengers in transit were required to stay within the airport precincts but this relaxation of visa regulations enables passengers to enjoy the sights of the city for up to 3 days, plenty of time to explore the well-trodden highlights as well as hidden gems. Shanghai has offered a 48-hour visa-free stay for several years but Beijing’s decision to go one better has prompted Shanghai to extend its scheme to match.
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