How to come to China without a visa?

2023/11/16 23:29:49

China provides more channels and convenience for foreigners to come to China for tourism and other purposes. One is to provide port visa convenience for inbound tourists. At present, 97 port visa agencies in 71 cities across the country can apply for group travel visas for foreign tourist groups organized and received by domestic travel agencies, with each stay in China not exceeding 30 days. The second is to continuously optimize the transit visa free policy. At present, 31 ports in 23 cities and 18 provinces have implemented a 72/144 hourvisa free transit policy for personnel from 53 countries. Personnel from 53 countries who transit from China to third countries orregions can hold valid international travel documents and connecting tickets and stay in designated areas for 72/144 hours without a visa, providing convenient travel for foreigners to engage in temporary business, meetings, tourism and other activities during short-termtransit. The third is to implement regional entry visa free policies. Foreigners who meet the applicable conditions of the policy cantravel within the designated time and area. Currently, China has implemented a 15 day visa free policy for foreign tourist groups entering Shanghai, a 30 day visa free policy for 59 countries entering Hainan, a 144 hour visa free policy for ASEAN 10 countries entering Guilin, Guangxi, and a 144 hour visa free policy for foreign groups entering the Pearl River Delta region and Shantou in Guangdong. The fourth is to optimize customs clearance guarantees. Further simplify the inspection procedures for cruise ships and crew members, promote onboard inspection methods, improve customs clearance efficiency, and help promote relevant tourism enterprises and cruise companies to design and launch more cruise routes and tourism products, attracting more visiting cruise ships and foreign tourists to visit China for sightseeing. Next, the National Immigration Administration will continue to coordinate and research policies and measures to deepen and expand the opening up of immigration entry and exit management, further serving and ensuring the development of China's tourism industry.

China attaches great importance to inbound tourism services and will take multiple measures to meet the inbound tourism needs of foreign tourists. One is to actively promote the convenient application of entry and exit documents. Establish an identity authentication platform for entry and exit documents, and promote the convenient application of entry and exit documents in government services, public services, and the Internet. Currently, Hong Kong, Macao, and Taiwan residents can enjoy 35 conveniences in transportation, finance, telecommunications, education, medical care, social security, industry and commerce, taxation, accommodation, and other fields by holding Mainland (Mainland) passes and other documents; Promote the convenience of social applications such as foreign tourists holding passports, permanent residence identity cards for foreigners in the People's Republic of China, and Hong Kong, Macao, and Taiwan tourists holding entry and exit documents to and from the mainland (mainland) to book scenic spot tickets, purchase car (ship) tickets, and register accommodation. The second is to strengthen the training of inbound tourism courses. Actively participate in the inbound tourism partner action, continue to provide course trainingfor foreign tourists engaged in tourism business in China, help relevant personnel understand relevant laws and policies, improve thequality of tourism services, regulate tourism behavior in China,prevent overseas group tourists from leaving at will, maintain normalin bound and outbound order, and provide high-quality inbound tourism services for tourists in China.

What conditions do foreigners need to meet to apply for a 72/144 hour transit visa exemption?

First, Citizens of countries within the 72/144 hour transit visa free range;

Second, Must hold a valid international travel document that can proveone's national identity (with a validity period of no less than 3months) and meet the entry requirements for traveling to a third country or region;

Third, According to the transit visa free duration applied for, it isnecessary to hold a connecting ticket or relevant proof to a third country or region with a confirmed date and seat within 72/144 hours, fill out a temporary entry card for foreigners, and accept inquiries from the entry and exit border inspection authorities.

If foreigners meet the above conditions, they can apply for a 144 hour transit visa exemption to the border inspection authorities of 20 cities in China, or apply for a 72 hour transit visa exemption to the border inspection authorities of 3 cities. Other cities have not yet implemented this policy.


Individuals who hold passports or other international travel documents with avalidity period of less than 3 months, have a stamp of refusal fromChina's visa authorities, or have records of illegal entry, exit, residence, or employment within 5 years will not be granted atemporary entry permit by the border inspection authorities. Therefore, such individuals cannot apply for a 72/144 hour transit visa exemption.

Regional entry visa free policy

Shanghai Foreign Tourism Group Cruise Line Entry 15 Days Visa Free

Foreign tourist groups (2 or more people, including 2 people) are organized and received by travel agencies registered within China, and enter the Shanghai cruise port as a whole without visa application. The tourist group must accompany the same cruise itinerary and exit the country. The scope of activities is limited to coastal provinces and Beijing, namely Shanghai, Liaoning Province, Hebei Province, Tianjin City, Shandong Province, Jiangsu Province, Zhejiang Province, Fujian Province, Guangdong Province, Guangxi Zhuang Autonomous Region, and Hainan Province. Cruise ports are located in cities and their surrounding urban administrative areas, with a stay time of 15 days.

30 day visa free for inbound tourism to 59 countries in Hainan

Individuals from 59 countries can enter Hainan without visa through travel agency invitations, unit invitations, or self declaration. The applicable countries are limited to 59 countries, including Russia, the United Kingdom, France, Germany, Norway, Ukraine, Italy, Austria, Finland, the Netherlands, Denmark, Switzerland, Sweden, Spain, Belgium, CzechRepublic, Estonia, Greece, Hungary, Iceland, Latvia, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Malta, Poland, Portugal, Slovakia, Slovenia, Ireland,Cyprus, Bulgaria Romania, Serbia, Croatia, Bosnia and Herzegovina,Montenegro, North Macedonia, Albania, the United States, Canada,Brazil, Mexico, Argentina, Chile, Australia, New Zealand, SouthKorea, Japan, Singapore, Malaysia, Thailand, Kazakhstan, Philippines, Indonesia, Brunei, United Arab Emirates, Qatar, Monaco, Belarus, with activities limited to Hainan Province, All ports of entry and exit in Hainan that are open to the outside world, with a stay time of 30 days.

144 hour visa free entry for tourist groups from 10 ASEAN countries in Guilin, Guangxi

A travel group consisting of two or more people from ten ASEAN countries, organized and received by a travel agency, can enter Guilin Airport without visa application. Applicable countries are limited to Malaysia, Thailand, Indonesia, Vietnam, Cambodia, Laos, Myanmar, Singapore, Brunei, and the Philippines. The scope of activities is limited to the city of Guilin, Guangxi. The entry and exit ports are the open ports of Guilin, Guangxi, with a stay time of 144 hours (6 days) and a group entry and exit method.

144 hour visa free entry for foreign groups from Hong Kong and Macao entering Guangdong

Foreign citizens from countries that have established diplomatic relations with China are allowed to enter the Greater Bay Area through legally registered travel agencies in Hong Kong and Macau (with a tour groupof 2 or more people) to travel from Hong Kong and Macau to 9 citiesin the mainland and the Shantou area. They are allowed to enter without a visa and stay for 144 hours with a regular passport. The scope of activities is limited to 9 cities including Guangzhou, Foshan, Zhaoqing, Shenzhen, Dongguan, Huizhou, Zhuhai, Zhongshan, Jiangmen, and Shantou. The entry and exit ports are open to the outside world ports of the 10 cities mentioned above, with a stay time of 144 hours (6 days) and a group entry and exit method.



















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