Interpretation of 144-hour Visa-exemption Transit Policy
To support the construction of Shanghai Science and Technology Innovation Center, sanctioned by the State Council, Shanghai is to adopt a 144-hour visa-exemption transit policy (hereinafter shortened as 'the policy') concerning certain countries at certain domestic ports of entry. As the responsible exit-entry inspection authority to carry out this facilitative policy, the General Station of Shanghai Immigration Inspection would like to avail of the opportunity to answer some popular questions regarding it.
1.Q: Which ports of entry are involved in the policy? A: A citizen from certain countries can transfer in China via any of the following ports of entry including Shanghai Pudong International Airport, Shanghai Hongqiao International Airport, Shanghai Port International Cruise Terminal, Shanghai Wusongkou International Cruise Terminal, Shanghai Railway Station, Nanjing Lukou International Airport, or Hangzhou Xiaoshan International Airport without a Chinese visa by producing his / her own valid international travel document and onward air / vessel / train ticket to a third country (region) with confirmed date and seat within 144 hours upon arrival, and can stay within the administrative precincts of Shanghai Municipality, Jiangsu Province and Zhejiang Province for 144 hours. 2.Q: Which countries are covered in the policy? A: Currently, there are 51 countries and they are Albania, Argentina, Austria, Australia, 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, Luxemburg, Macedonia, Malta, Mexico, Montenegro, Netherlands, New Zealand, Poland, Portugal, Qatar, Romania, Russia, Serbia, Singapore, Slovakia, Slovenia, South Korea, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, United Arab Emirates, Ukraine, United Kingdom, United States of America.
3.Q: If I am a passenger from one of the above-listed countries and travels by train from Hong Kong to Shanghai, before exiting China from Shanghai by air, can I tour around Jiangsu and Zhejiang Province first? Or If I fly from abroad to Shanghai, can I exit by cruise? A: Yes, you can. As long as you have booked your onward air / vessel / train ticket to a third country (region) with confirmed date and seat within 144 hours upon arrival in China, you can enjoy the 144-hour visa-exemption transit policy entering China by air / vessel / train from some specific land, sea or air ports in Shanghai, or Lukou International Airport in Nanjing, or Xiaoshan International Airport in Hangzhou, and later leaving for a third country (region) from any of the above-listed ports of entry. 4.Q: What are the procedures an eligible foreign passenger needs to undergo to apply for 144-hour visa-exemption transit? A: An eligible foreign passenger, while going through check-in procedures from abroad to travel to Shanghai or Lukou International Airport in Nanjing or Xiaoshan International Airport in Hangzhou by air / vessel / train, needs only to produce his / her own valid international travel document and onward air / vessel / train ticket to a third country (region) with confirmed date and seat to the carrier's agent, and the carrier in turn will submit the passenger' information to the corresponding immigration inspection station in China for examination. Once the latter confirms the passenger' qualification, it will process the passenger's application for 144-hour visa-exemption transit upon his / her arrival.