Visa Free Visit to Beijing and Shanghai

If you transit through Beijing or Shanghai for 72 hours or less you will not need a Chinese Visa from the 1st January 2013.
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Dec. 28, 2012 - PRLog -- It has been confirmed that from 1st January 2013 UK and US citizens, along with citizens of 43 other nations including most of Europe, will no longer need to obtain a Chinese Visa if they transit through Beijing or Shanghai for 72 hours or less. This scheme is applicable to tourists who have confirmed onward tickets for international flights to or from a third country (i.e. not their own country and not China). It applies only to those who arrive at Beijing International, Shanghai Hongqiao or Shanghai Pudong Airports and does not apply to visitors arriving at bus or railway stations in those cities, or international arrivals at any other airports in China at the moment, nor does it allow passengers to leave those cities before their departure flight.

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. can arrange Beijing or Shanghai private guides, sightseeing tours and day trips to the Great Wall or quaint water towns for visitors looking to make the most of their visa-free stopovers. Email if you would like us to customise a package of private guided tours in Beijing or Shanghai just for you.
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