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72-Hour Visa-Free Transit

In order to make it easier for international travelers to visit China, 18 cities throughout the country have adopted a new policy that allows transit passengers arriving by air to enter for up to 72 hours without a visa. Passengers from 51 international countries who have a booked airline ticket to a third country or region (and a valid visa for the third destination, if required) for within 72 hours can explore Beijing, ShanghaiGuangzhou, Chengdu, ChongqingShenyang, Dalian, Xi’an, GuilinKunming, Hangzhou, Wuhan, Xiamen, HarbinTianjin, Nanjing, Qingdao, and Changsha visa-free.

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The 51 countries eligible for the 72-hour transit visa exemption are: Argentina, Austria, Australia, Albania, Belgium, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Brazil, Brunei, Bulgaria, Canada, Chile, Croatia, Cyprus, Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Iceland, Ireland, Italy, Japan, Latvia, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Macedonia, Malta, Mexico, Netherlands, New Zealand, Poland, Portugal, Qatar, Republic of Montenegro, Romania, Russia, Serbia, Singapore, Slovakia, Slovenia, South Korea, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, United Arab Emirates, Ukraine, United Kingdom, and the United States.

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